How the Media Drove Michael Crazy

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Michael Jackson can now rest in peace. God he needed to rest; more so perhaps than any other celebrity on Earth. Why, you ask? Simply because his life has been full of ups and downs, like a roller coaster that doesn’t know it’s own path.

Michael grew up in a dysfunctional family. He was physically and emotionally abused by his father, Joe, and lived a celebrity life throughout his childhood. As he was always on the move doing shows, he was never properly able to be a kid. Hell, his father forbid him from calling him “dad”. This is what contributed to his somewhat playful personality later in life, and is also what would lead peope to call him “Wacko Jacko” in the future.

In 1986, Michael Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo, a chronic disorder that causes depigmentation in patches of skin. Unfortunately, Jackson was diagnosed with a universal form, which would cover his whole body. This led to the media wrongly accusing him of bleaching his skin, claiming that Michael allegedly desired to be white. What made this a viable thought was that his father Joe had told him that he was ugly throughout his childhood. Why would Jackson not want to change his appearance after his own father told him he was unattractive? The truth was Joe was simply deranged, as Jackson had many female fans who were crazy in love with him.

Even sadder is that, due to recently released photographs being examined, it is now apparent that Jackson did have Vitiligo all along. The pictures show how Jackson was developing more and more depigmentation as the years passed. All throughout the period of time he was riddled with this disorder, he had been called various rude nicknames that he certainly did not deserve.

With the allegations of Michael wanting to “be white”, coupled with sexual molestation charges(of which he was acquitted of), Jackson understandably hid from society for a while before it was announced that he would be having a comeback tour named “This Is It”. It quickly sold out millions, and Michael was already in preparation for it.

But then came the tragic news. Michael Jackson had passed away. Many couldn’t believe it. Some shed tears. TV stations all over the country were reporting the breaking news, some reporters crying themselves. BET’s 106 and Park had stopped their show to give a moment of silence. On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson had passed away due to cardiac arrest.

Being an avid fan of the man, it is hard for me to discuss the possibility of a drug-related death. But this is something needed in order to further examine and discuss this subject. The point is, we cannot rule out that Michael may have abused drugs not only because of the physical pain he was going through, but the emotional pain as well. The feeling of being so misunderstood. The feeling of not being able to go back in time to when he was on top of the world.

If you look at the points made throughout the article, coupled with points I didn’t really feel like elaborating on, such as the sexual charges, then it becomes quite clear. It wasn’t Michael himself who had the problem. It was his father. And it was the media.

Because of various misundersandings, the media made him out to look like someone he wasn’t: a crazy, social deviant. This is not the case. Those who knew him all reveal how much of kind-hearted, great person he really is. There is truly nobody who knew Jackson who has bad memories of him as a person. And it already goes without saying the massive impact he had on the music industry. With his musical contributions as well as his generous charity donations, he was peerless.

Despite what may come about as a result of the yet to be dislosed autopsy reports, the one thing that matters is that the King of Pop(who will always be the King of Pop) may rest easy now. Rest in peace, Michael.

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