That death was a fucking tragedy, and it still breaks my heart to think of it. I cannot imagine the pain that her husband and parents and siblings suffer every single day.
I own Thriller and Off the Wall — both on vinyl, both amazing albums — and an MP3 of Rhymefest’s “Man in the Mirror.” Jackson was a freakazoid, but he was an outstanding musician, just as Bill Clinton was a philandering scumbag and an excellent president. Most of us at Popdose are middle-class, and most of us were raised with the middle-class, Boy Scout ethos that hard work and upright behavior are the keys to success. I believe in it too, but I also recognize that there’s an enormous difference between middle-class accomplishment and what it takes to be a great president or the King of Pop (self-anointed or otherwise).
Michael Jackson had greater flaws than most of us, but he also produced greater art that most of us ever will. Death didn’t make him a better person, just as his life didn’t make him a lesser artist.