Thursday, May 31, 2012

Michael Jackson: Did He Just Want to Hang Out With Kids? (Part 2 of 2)

In Part 1 of this blog I mentioned Bob Jones Book ("Michael Jackson:  The Man Behind the Mask"). I must admit I haven't really liked giving reference to this book, because for me this book is nothing more than the ramblings of a disgruntled ex-employee. I know I have said that before in regards to Bob Jones, but it can't be said enough believe me. Yes, I have given some credence to Jones and given him credit for writing some stuff that did make some sense, such as the reason Michael Jackson ultimately married his second wife Debbie Rowe, which I talked about in a previous blog entry entitled: "MichaelJackson's Second Wife:  Did She ReallyLove Him?  (Part 1 of 3) 

Once again, I still find most of this book unbelievable as the stuff I'm about to go into now. As stated, Bob Jones accused Michael Jackson in this book of only wanting to hang out with kids, he stated once the kids got older Michael would get rid of them. So is there any truth to this?

Let's take a closer look and see.  Now, I know the day before Michael Jackson's death it was reported that his long time friend, Miko Brando, the son of Marlon Brando was at the "This is It" rehearsal with him.  Now the last time I checked Miko was not a child, right?  He is a grown man, and he and Michael have been good friends for years.  Then there was another report that Michael had co-written a comic book with Dr. Deepak Chopra's son, Gotham in March of 2009', to whom he first met when he was a teenager, but now Gotham is in his thirties.  Their friendship has obviously continued regardless of the fact that Gotham is now older.
Sample of the Comic Book Michael Jackson and
Gotham Chopra wrote together.
Then in 2001' when Michael performed at his fortieth anniversary in show business concert actor, Macaulay Culkin was there and sat next to Elizabeth Taylor.  There is a photo of him and Michael having a conversation. 
(See photo below at this event).

Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin in 2001'
Macaulay also testified in Michael Jackson's 2005' child molestation trial defending his longtime friend. 

(See photo below)
Macaulay Culkin arriving in 2005' at Michael Jackson's
Child Molestation Trial to defend his friend.
As many of you know Michael first met Macaulay Culkin when he was a young kid and now that Macaulay is older that they had remained friends.  Macaulay was also seen at Michael Jackson's private funeral at Forest Lawn Cemetery with his girlfriend.

(See photo below)
Macaulay Culkin an his girlfriend at Michael Jackson's
private funeral at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Then there was comic, Chris Tucker who Michael has a longtime friendship with and they even did the video together, "You Rock My World". 

(CLICK HERE to watch video) 

The last time I check Christ Tucker was well over eighteen years old.  Marlon Brando and Miko Brando were also featured in this production as well.  Also, let's not forget a person by the name of Dave Dave.  Michael met this guy when he was very young due to a story Jackson had heard about this boy's father setting him on fire and severely burning him.  Dave Dave appeared on "Larry King Live on CNN news" and talked about how he and Michael had remained friends throughout the years.  And, yes Dave Dave is way over twenty-one years old now.

And as much as many of us might not want to acknowledge this Michael Jackson and Dr. Conrad Murray had become friends.  They met in 2006' and their friendship grew.  Now granted I only have Murray's take on this, but it does seem somewhat logical, since Michael obviously trusted this man with his life.  It's too bad that the trust was short lived.

So the question still remains did Michael Jackson just want to hang out with kids?  My take on this is no, but in the same breath I think the reason Michael probably liked being around kids at times is because they didn't treat him like a superstar and that they didn't want anything from him like most adults did.  I think he also found a part of his childhood that he was missing.  It was stated in his 2005' child molestation trial that a note written by Jackson in one of his books, which was seized amongst the police raided items read:

"Look at the true spirit of happiness and joy in these boys faces this is the spirit of Boyhood.  A life I never had and will always dream of." (Michael Jackson)

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Michael Jackson: Did He Just Want to Hang Out With Kids? (Part 1 of 2)

In this blog entry I want to set straight something that Michael Jackson's ex-public relations manager Bob Jones wrote about in his tell all book:  "Michael Jackson: The Man Behind the Mask".  Now normally I wouldn't give so much creedence to Mr. Jones but this is something I felt I needed to.  In this book Bob Jones accused Michael Jackson of only wanting to hang out with kids. He stated in this book that Michael had no adult friends.  He went on to say that once the kids got older Michael would get rid of them. (Huh, this is a man who worked for Michael Jackson for 30 years, right? So why do I feel like I know Michael Jackson better than he does, and I never even met Michael.

The reason I say I feel I know Michael Jackson better is because I know that he did indeed have adult friends, some his own age, others who were older. Here is a list of some of Michael's friends.

Elizabeth Taylor: Do I really need to explain any further, three blog entries were devoted to this friendship, that's how close she and Michael were.

Marlon Brando: Legendary screen actor became good friends with Michael. In fact it's been reported that Michael helped pay for Brando's medical bills toward the end of his life, because Brando was unable to do so himself.

Miko Brando: Marlon's son and a very dear close friend of Michael's who was around his own age. Miko appeared in Michael's film "Moonwalker" and was one of the people who came to his aid when Michael had that horrendous accident filming the Pepsi commercial where Jackson was severely burned. Miko was also at the Staple Center for Jackson's "This Is It" rehearsal the night before Michael would be found dead the following day. So there's has been a long and lasting friendship.

Donny Osmond: Once again an entire blog entry has been devoted to this friendship. Michael and Donny were the same age, both singers, and both grew up in the limelight. Their friendship endured over all those years, and whenever one needed the other they were there for each other.  In fact, Donny stated he had talked to Michael just two weeks before the untimely death of the Superstar Icon.

Brett Ratner:  who is a director/producer became good friends with Michael.  They were around the same age.  Michael stated in his Private Home movies he liked Brett because he was a person who liked to have a good time and goof around. (I know what Michael is talking about here because I have a friend like that and I think its good to have someone like that around just to be able to let loose and get rid of the stress in your life).

Gotham Chopra: the son of life guru, Deepak Chopra who met Michael through his father.  They became friends and from what I found out during early 2009' they apparently wrote a comic book story together.

Barry Gibb: one of the brothers to the famous group, The Bee Gees.  Michael and Barry were such good friends that Barry because godfather to Michael's kids.

Diana Ross: A bit older then Michael, and was the one who first introduced the Jackson 5 to the public while she was also with Motown Records. Michael would later go on to co-star with her in the musical film, "The Wiz". Over the years apparently their friendship remained, so much so that he actually named her as the secondary guardian to his children in his Last Will and Testament.

Liza Minnelli: Daughter of screen legend Judy Garland, and film producer Vincente Minnelli, and a talented performer in her own right. She and Michael had apparently been very close friends, in fact when she married her last husband it was Michael who gave her away at the wedding.

Gregory Peck: Another great screen legend, who was also a friend of Michael's along with his wife. There is actually a hilarious story about them visiting the Neverland amusement park, which tells you how close they must have been.

(Click Here to Watch Video)

Shirley Temple Black:  This was a person that Michael could obviously relate to since Shirley Temple was someone who grew up in the spotlight at a very early age just like Jackson.  There're friendship probably grew from their own experience of having to grow up faster than the average kid and to basically have ones childhood taken from them.  I'm sure this bonded their friendship.

Frank Casio:  This was someone that Michael hung out with a lot at Neverland.  He even gave him an assistant job.  From what I gathered from Bob Jones, he was not someone that Jones liked very much.  Jones often referred to him in his book as that Casio kid.  In Frank Casio's book: "My friend, Michael", it was definitely depicted as a good friendship, the kind that many of us have when we can declare someone to be our best friend.  (This blogger knows what that's like since I have such a friend in my life).

This is just a small sample of the friends that Michael had that were his own age or older. I'm sure that many of you saw somewhat of a pattern here though, because we saw either singers or film stars. Well I think the singers are self explanatory, they related to Michael and him to them. As for the film stars, as many of us know Michael was a film buff, so he no doubt idolized these people and when he got to actually meet them found someone he not only admired but found he had things in common with.

Now as for the allegation of Bob Jones that once the kids got older Michael would cut them out of his life. Is this true? Well we'll take a closer look at this allegation in the next blog entry so stay tune for
Part 2.