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June 25 is approaching quickly now... We all want to honor Michael
and his legacy on this day that changed so much for us. We have
seen things unfolding during the past 11 months - soon it will
be a year which has shown us the extent of issues Michael was
forced to deal with. A few days ago I posted two videos on Insanity
X Lives Light - featuring Michael, the song was "I am a
big boy now". This is the first hit record of the Jackson
5. I listened to his voice, and I was looking at the pictures
and video clips. He was there, performing at a very young age.
You could see how Michael enjoyed it - yet on the other hand,
we remember what he told us regarding how he felt about his
childhood... Throughout his life, as the lead singer of the
Jackson 5 and as a solo artist, he was in the spotlight, and
not just on the stage. People wanted to know more about him,
and the media covered his private life as well. And I wonder
if you can talk about a private life in his case at all... I
am not going to detail all this here. It is in front of our
eyes. He was enormously successful, his Thriller album is the
most sold album of all times, Michael revolutionized the music
industry - he staged breathtaking tours... We can recall the
crazy stories - the hyperbaric chamber, the elephant man, and
I am sure I am not aware of all them... Anything Michael sold
and still does. Paparazzi followed each and every step he made.
Michael was in search of his childhood. He bought Neverland
and turned it into a fairy land, with everything a child's heart
would enjoy - no obligations here, no duties, no appointments,
just away from it all... He invited children of all backgrounds,
children in need, socially disadvantaged children to enjoy this
fairy land; he had finally found a place where he was not in
the spotlight. Looking at the pictures from Neverland you can
see the peace and tranquility that this landscape breathes.
Yet Neverland was to become the place where the greatest intrusion
into his privacy transpired. The means were all of the accusations
made by children who where coerced into this by their parents.
Michael so lovingly allowed all children into his home to be
close to him. After the first set of accusations, and intrusion,
he married, and divorced, married again and had children - Michael
still chose to live in Neverland. Then here came Martin Bashir's
dreadfully biased film, the second set of accusations, followed
by the search of Neverland - watch the footage of it! Then the
ensuing trial came. Neverland, the place which Michael had created
for himself, where he felt at home, where he was surrounded
by things he loved, where he was himself, was desecrated and
made to become the center stage of the greatest intrusion into
his private life ever! The trial was broadcasted worldwide and
made to be a media spectacle. It was complete with everything
(with the exception of a horse and a pony) - although no cameras
were allowed inside, the trial got recreated for televising
purposes utilizing actors in a horrid recreation which chronicled
An excessive amount of media outlets were there to cover the
trial of the century. What they portrayed to their viewers was
far from the truth! The majority of them were aware; some of
them just followed the trail of others. There was nothing you
could do wrong here as there were no journalism ethics applied
- this was very clear, was it not? Very few of them acknowledged
what was going on and went public, like William Wagener; some
of them had doubts, and some of them changed their mind after
the verdict - like Aphrodite Jones. However, the fact remains
- Michael was once again catapulted into the spotlight and dragged
through the media which exposed him to a massive onslaught.
And all this in the very place he had created for himself to
have some privacy, to be able to be himself... Michael was not
allowed to have this dream fulfilled. Michael left Neverland
after the trial because of the desecration of his of his home
- first for Bahrain (could you imagine any place farther away,
and I am not just talking about the geographical distance?),
then for Ireland. When he returned to his home country, he came
to Las Vegas and then to Los Angeles.
Michael never returned to Neverland - and he expressed his strong
feelings of disdain regarding how he felt about the desecration
of his home. The beauty of Neverland fell in disrepair. The
zoo and the amusement park were all emptied and dismantled.
Neverland became the focus of financial dealings, being in danger
of foreclosure. While under Tohme Tohme's auspices, the remainder
of Michael's personal belongings were taken out of Neverland.
This was done because the ranch now had new owners, which was
a joint ownership including Michael and Colony Capital. In less
than clear circumstances Michael's belongings were supposed
to be auctioned off by Julien's. These were his personal belongings!
This happened as recently as in March, 2009. Michael had had
to watch the closure of his home the Neverland Ranch and the
dismantling of the zoo, the railway and the amusement rides.
These were all of the things Michael cherished and had brought
in to make his childhood dreams come true. And now his private
belongings were being paraded around for public viewing, nicely
presented in an auction catalog, and up for sales. This was
yet another massive intrusion into his privacy.
Upon his return to his home country, the United States, concert
promoters were trying to close deals with him, be it for Las
Vegas shows or concert tours. AEG had a proposal on the table
as early as first half of 2008 - more or less the same details
as in 2009. Again, Michael would have been in the spotlight,
performing. This was to be a major event headliner once again.
First it was 10, and then 30, and then 50 concerts! Michael
Jackson would again be heading to set yet another world record
- while pushing it to the limits and beyond.
The footage from the rehearsals was made into a movie; therefore
we do not have the concerts, we got the movie, and the DVD,
and the Blue-Ray. We can even acquire this movie the footage
of which was filmed in the days just prior to June 25 - as an
added bonus on technical gadgets like memory sticks! The technical
gadgets are complete with his silhouette performing Billie Jean
which is clearly depicted! This is the public Michael - the
performing Michael, the Michael out there on the stage, in front
of the cameras and the bright lights. The Michael that was there
for the public since a very young age - again, listen to "I
am a big boy now"... There was no place that Michael owned
for himself, no place to retreat to - a place with no name...
All Michael had were his children and he was attempting to protect
their privacy by all means. By all means! Privacy was a big
concern for him. Listen to "Privacy", and "Leave
me alone". Think about what is stated when he is called
a "reclusive" - he wanted times where he could be
away from all of that. "Reclusive" to my ears has
a negative connotation - he had a right to privacy! He had a
right to be away from all this.
On June 25 again, even his death - the circumstances were broadcasted
to the public. There was not ever any privacy - yet he was alone
on that day. We have seen numerous statements, videos, opinions,
interviews, search affidavits... We have even seen a photo of
Michael in the ambulance, and be it a fluke or not, it does
not take away from the fact that this photo is there because
the public will purchase it! Regardless be it a fake or not,
this is another intrusion into his privacy again! It is as if
Michael is public domain - the property of and he owned by all
of the masses, readily available - and packaged for retail sales
The autopsy reports were published, all three of them (I know
of three versions), and details made the headlines. There is
now even a fear that the photos taken during the autopsy might
be leaked. Every day I look at the web and I am very afraid
when seeing headlines related to these photos... It seems that
the events of June 25 will be the subject of a lawsuit and a
criminal trial. The civil wrongful death action is being brought
on behalf of Mr. Joe Jackson - Michael's father. The criminal
legal ramifications involve Conrad Murray (Involuntary Manslaughter/Wrongful
Death). Both will unavoidably place Michael in the epicenter
- and will supply countless headlines for the media. Just see
what has been going on in relation to the two court hearings
in Februray and April - and you will get an idea of the publicity
and noise created, and the real trial has not even started yet.
There will be much more publicity surrounding the day he died
- yet again!
We remember the memorial at the Staples Center (owned by AEG)
and the funeral in Forest Lawn, Glendale - broadcasted live,
and footage recorded. Once again on these days he was in the
spotlight - the huge media coverage, the motorcar cavalcade
- some say there were even thoughts of having a funeral parade
for him in Los Angeles like the one Lady Diana had - helicopters
circling in the air, and more. In the days just after June 25,
there were rumors about a burial in Neverland - you recall,
right? Can you see what this would have implicated? The place
he had created for himself to get away from all of that and
which became the focus of the greatest intrusion into his life
ever - the place he left behind in 2005 with a vow to never
return - this place would have become the final, and the ultimate
place for him to perform in public again forever! A burial in
Neverland would have created a second Graceland! Have you ever
looked at the revenues Graceland yields? According to what I
have read it is the most visited private home in the United
States second only to the White House.
Neverland would have easily rivaled that hands down! There would
be shops with plenty of merchandising along with thousands of
people. His grave would have been in the center of it. A shrine
possibly, decorated with all sorts of things. Michael, or rather
the image the public has of him, would be performing again for
his audience. Over and over again Michael is on that stage,
in the spotlight with no privacy. NO, not even now, and all
of this would have been in Neverland!
Mrs. Jackson, Michael's mother had him buried in Forest Lawn
Glendale, in a place secluded from the public. The gates were
firmly closed and Michael had his privacy - finally! No more
performances. No more spotlight - Lights out with peace and
serenity. You think so?
The first breach of privacy occurred last year already when
photos were taken and published on TMZ. As a result, security
was tightened, and all non members of the family who were on
the visitors' list got removed from it. Moreover, this incident
caused a lot of tension among fans and created a lot of rifts,
if not to say hatred, all with his grave being the center of
it. Then, Debbie Rowe visited Forest Lawn, and afterward Conrad
Murray, both events were filmed. This sparked discussions, controversies,
media coverage and outrage. A few days ago, Lisa Marie Presley
told the world on her Myspace profile what his grave looks like,
behind those gates. During this public address she requested
that the fans send sunflowers to Forest Lawn - for them to be
placed inside the mausoleum since she felt the place looked
lonesome. Here we go again, with this putting his grave into
the spotlight. Some say that Lisa Marie Presley got it wrong,
and some are looking for sources for sunflowers to send there,
and TMZ picking up on it - is this all a coincidence?
Jason Levin was able to deliver anything between 1,500 and 3,000
sunflowers (the figures vary depending on the source) to his
grave, practically overnight; there was mass delivery of sunflowers?
Was this yet another Michael Jackson record to be reported about?
TMZ even published a story regarding Lisa Marie Presley sending
a thank you flower bouquet to the sunflower guy (sending a thank
you flower bouquet to a flower seller?). Now how many stories
did we get out of the sunflower appeal already? Is this no intrusion
into his privacy? Is this not exploitation? Meanwhile, TMZ again
had photos from inside the mausoleum on their website - showing
the sunflowers surrounding his grave! Still, no privacy for
Michael - more or less at the same time, we are seeing tweets
about making his grave, the place his mother Mrs. Jackson chose
for him to get his privacy after all those years, publicly available
- via the media? As a family they also have the right to privacy
while they deal with personal affairs. Michael would be in the
spotlight then again, performing for the public! On a day which
had Michael exposed to the public like hardly any other day
in his life - the day he died, a year ago! And once again, this
sparks controversy and puts his final resting place, and him,
in the spotlight. I have seen the first article now pondering
if his grave may be moved to a more public site. Will it never
end for him?
Michael is resting behind these locked gates of the mausoleum.
Here, he should find peace and rest and finally be out of the
spotlight. Look at the videos of "I am a big boy now"
that I mentioned at the beginning of my blog... No more performing,
no more entertaining, just Michael! No more intrusions into
his privacy! No more camping outside the gates of wherever he
is, and no more peeping through the gates! He has been there
for his audience for most, if not all of his life. Michael has
performed for his audience many times over - he entertained
us. Michael tried to open our eyes to the reality of this world.
He tried to make this world a better place. What more could
Michael J. Jackson owes us nothing. Leave him alone, let him
rest in Forest Lawn now. After all of it is said and done, it
is simple - let our hearts be with him, for all time.