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Monday, July 08, 2002

is jacko wacko?

Well, if the world needed further proof that Michael Jackson is losing what's left of his marbles, he seems determined to give it to them in spades.

Michael Jackson criticizes treatment of minority artists: Multiplatinum singer Michael Jackson, already feuding with his record company, charged Saturday that the recording industry was a racist conspiracy that turns profits at the expense of performers -- particularly minority artists.

Not that he's wrong, necessarily ... but how on earth can he, of all people, make that particular argument? (And no, I'm not talking about his complexion; I assume, until proven differently, that it truly is vitiligo, since I've seen its effects firsthand.) Surely he benefited massively from his contracts; by the time anyone was in a position to even think of taking advantage, he was such a thoroughly established performer that they couldn't get away with it. (The comment about Mottola is simply vicious hearsay without an actual quote and witnesses -- especially considering as the man was married to Mariah Carey, for heaven's sake.)

Jackson made Exeter FC director: Michael Jackson has been made an honorary director of Exeter City football club, his friend and co-director Uri Geller said on Wednesday. The singer visited the third division club during a trip to south west England last month, hosted by psychic celebrity Geller. "When I asked him what does he know about football he said 'absolutely nothing but I love Exeter City,'" said Geller.

Um ... Yeah. OK. Whatever. Chalk it up to World Cup fever boiling over, or some such. And, after all, it's not as if he quite did anything. Quite.

Michael Jackson buys country library: The King of Pop is moonwalking all over Nashville. Pop superstar Michael Jackson and his partners at Sony Music Entertainment have agreed to buy the legendary country music publisher Acuff-Rose, whose 55,000-song library includes works by Hank Williams, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers, the seller, Gaylord Entertainment Co., said yesterday.

OK, work with me here: the man is calling the people at Sony Music some quite nasty names in public. He's accusing them of cheating him and of not promoting his entirely vincible Invincible. He's most particularly accusing them of making his album do badly so that they could press him into selling the rights to the rest of the Beatles catalog. He is in fact LEAVING Sony. Therefore, he goes and buys another music publishing company with Sony Music as his partners.

Um ... what? I mean ... WHAT?

Quite apart from that, the Great Gloved One is reportedly some $150-200 million in debt ... to Sony. (What vaguely sane person buys a million dollar watch?) What in heaven's name is the man doing buying a tissue, let alone a company? What, precisely, is he buying it with? More credit to Sony?

If nothing else, the way he handles his money would indicate that he thinks of money in a very different way from even most unnecessarily rich people.

I don't see how one can escape the conclusion -- if one hadn't reached it before -- that the Great Gloved One may no longer be All There.

Posted by iain at 12:34 AM in category

 

Comments

I don't think he's wacko, I think he's desperate. He is deeply in debt, and it would have required him to sell 20 million copies of his most recent album (instead of the 2 million which actually did sell) just to get closer to the surface.

So he's playing the "race card". (What did you expect from someone who had just spent the day talking to Al Sharpton?)

Posted by Steven Den Beste at July 8, 2002 10:21 PM

Michael Jackson has is no more than a pathetic wreck of a man, a caricature more grotesque than any concocted in a Hollywood script writers office.

Though he may be heavily indebted to Sony, this cannot mask that his career, reputation, personal and mental heath has been in decline for at least a decade.
He cannot play the race card against Sony, as any third party other than himself does not substantiate his claims.

He has spent six years writing his new Invincible album at an unprecedented cost of £20m plus marketing which when released was panned by almost all critics as being out-dated, embellished with ideals out of touch with reality.

The use of the race card by Michael is flawed on several grounds:

The first black artist ever to appear on MTV.
His album, Thriller is hall-marked as the biggest selling album of all time with over 50M units sold world-wide, with a follow up album Bad a worthy follow up to the original.

Worldwide recognition and respect that he deserved not only from the public who bought his albums but celebrities, politicians, and dignitaries alike.

So what could have gone so wrong ?

Sadly being amongst the most successful music artists of all time does not remove the damage to his self-image caused by having a disturbed childhood marred by mental and physical abuse; Michael needs to realise that cosmetic surgery cannot remove psychological scars.

With the huge wealth that his career bought him it was tragically easy for someone as vulnerable as Michael Jackson to get caught in his own hype. Wealth, which has bought him power and allowed him to indulge his ego and create a fantasy world. The landmark interview with the prestigious talk show Oprah only made people more aware that something was ‘not right with the boy.’

His obsession with plastic surgery, the inability to form any form of bond or association with adults or the opposite sex, his preference for sleeping in oxygen tents and isolation from the outside world has drawn wide attention to him.

The worst of these being the paedophile allegations, which effectively destroyed his once unblemished reputation and put a sinister slant to his odd behaviour.

His addiction to plastic surgery, points to someone who is in turmoil, and someone who is trying to eradicate his past. He has been transformed from a young black male into something which can only be described as a white androgynous ‘it’.

Every time he appears in public his face becomes more and more disfigured, his behaviour more erratic and bizarre.

The baby-dangling incident in Germany followed by the spectacle in the zoo does little to quell unease that a man so obviously disturbed has been allowed to have ‘mother-less’ children.

Children whose upbringing is as disturbed as their Fathers.

Paris Michael, Prince Michael I and II did not seem happy, where reported to be incommunicative, lacking the spirit and spontaneity that young children of their age should possess.

Their chosen names alone suggest that Michael has lost it – The so-called King of Pop sees his children as members of a dynasty, heirs to his throne and he himself as some kind of warped saviour.

This saviour syndrome (or narcissism depending on your own opinions) is seen in his songs, his outbursts to the media and that baby incident in Germany.

Why would any sane person do such a thing, why would they cover the baby’s face with a towel then reappear moments later dropping the towel as some kind of symbolic offering?

It was like he was giving the crowd his own version of the Turin shroud.

The media is now playing out Michaels last act as an artist, were the down-ward spiral of his career, appearance and reputation are more newsworthy than his music.
However much he is derided and ridiculed it must be remembered that he was once a great artist and ambassador for all people, and that he was the face of music in the 1980’s.

Posted by surj at November 22, 2002 08:04 AM

Michael Jackson has is no more than a pathetic wreck of a man, a caricature more grotesque than any concocted in a Hollywood script writers office.

Though he may be heavily indebted to Sony, this cannot mask that his career, reputation, personal and mental heath has been in decline for at least a decade.
He cannot play the race card against Sony, as any third party other than himself does not substantiate his claims.

He has spent six years writing his new Invincible album at an unprecedented cost of £20m plus marketing which when released was panned by almost all critics as being out-dated, embellished with ideals out of touch with reality.

The use of the race card by Michael is flawed on several grounds:

The first black artist ever to appear on MTV.
His album, Thriller is hall-marked as the biggest selling album of all time with over 50M units sold world-wide, with a follow up album Bad a worthy follow up to the original.

Worldwide recognition and respect that he deserved not only from the public who bought his albums but celebrities, politicians, and dignitaries alike.

So what could have gone so wrong ?

Sadly being amongst the most successful music artists of all time does not remove the damage to his self-image caused by having a disturbed childhood marred by mental and physical abuse; Michael needs to realise that cosmetic surgery cannot remove psychological scars.

With the huge wealth that his career bought him it was tragically easy for someone as vulnerable as Michael Jackson to get caught in his own hype. Wealth, which has bought him power and allowed him to indulge his ego and create a fantasy world. The landmark interview with the prestigious talk show Oprah only made people more aware that something was ‘not right with the boy.’

His obsession with plastic surgery, the inability to form any form of bond or association with adults or the opposite sex, his preference for sleeping in oxygen tents and isolation from the outside world has drawn wide attention to him.

The worst of these being the paedophile allegations, which effectively destroyed his once unblemished reputation and put a sinister slant to his odd behaviour.

His addiction to plastic surgery, points to someone who is in turmoil, and someone who is trying to eradicate his past. He has been transformed from a young black male into something which can only be described as a white androgynous ‘it’.

Every time he appears in public his face becomes more and more disfigured, his behaviour more erratic and bizarre.

The baby-dangling incident in Germany followed by the spectacle in the zoo does little to quell unease that a man so obviously disturbed has been allowed to have ‘mother-less’ children.

Children whose upbringing is as disturbed as their Fathers.

Paris Michael, Prince Michael I and II did not seem happy, where reported to be incommunicative, lacking the spirit and spontaneity that young children of their age should possess.

Their chosen names alone suggest that Michael has lost it – The so-called King of Pop sees his children as members of a dynasty, heirs to his throne and he himself as some kind of warped saviour.

This saviour syndrome (or narcissism depending on your own opinions) is seen in his songs, his outbursts to the media and that baby incident in Germany.

Why would any sane person do such a thing, why would they cover the baby’s face with a towel then reappear moments later dropping the towel as some kind of symbolic offering?

It was like he was giving the crowd his own version of the Turin shroud.

The media is now playing out Michaels last act as an artist, were the down-ward spiral of his career, appearance and reputation are more newsworthy than his music.
However much he is derided and ridiculed it must be remembered that he was once a great artist and ambassador for all people, and that he was the face of music in the 1980’s.

Posted by surj at November 22, 2002 08:07 AM


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