The seventh anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson is quickly coming upon us, so it should come as no surprise that news outlets have once again started reporting about the oddity that Michael Jackson became. His daughter Paris seems to regularly make the news, so why not Michael Jackson himself?
“Everything in these reports, including what the County of Santa Barbara calls ‘content that appears to be obtained off the Internet or through unknown sources, is false, no doubt timed to the anniversary of Michael’s passing,” a statement released by the estate of Michael Jackson stated, according to Los Angeles Times.
“Most people don’t know me, that is why they write such things in which most is not true.” – Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/czEcQpMCvf
— Iηviηcible (@xbenotalways) June 22, 2016
The spokespeople for the Michael Jackson estate are possibly not wrong, which only proves just how enduring the King of Pop’s legacy continues to be. The problem is, it’s the wrong legacy. In the 1990s and the 2000s, much was rightfully made of the possibilities that Michael Jackson’s sexual proclivities might well extend to children, and he faced several court cases, both before his death and after, according to Spin. Two cases were filed against Michael Jackson in 2014, Spin reported, which was around five years after the singer passed. If Michael Jackson was found guilty of crimes against children during his life, he definitely should have faced time for it.
As a parent, I found it unconscionable that Michael Jackson effectively looked guilty when he settled the one court case, as it suggested he may well have been responsible for inappropriate behavior with a child, though the grand jury involved in the criminal case deemed there was not enough evidence.
In the case of Michael Jackson, though, with the fact that he settled the case rather than letting the events play out as they should have done in court, he might as well have stood up and told the world that he had committed a crime. The court of public opinion looms large for every celebrity, and Michael Jackson should have been well aware of this — so should his advisors.
What’s to be gained from pursuing charges against Michael Jackson, or from revealing his sexual predilections at this point? To be sure, we live in salacious times, and it would seem that, the stranger the news seems, the more intrigued the population becomes. However, let’s keep in mind Michael Jackson has been gone nearly seven years, so is it fair to either him or his children that we continue to denigrate his memory? It is bad enough that he died of a drug intoxication; worse still for his children and family to realize that he was likely as troubled as was rumored for years prior to his death.
In an email to Billboard, the Sheriff’s Department of Santa Barbara County has said that they did not release any evidence of a stockpile of pornography from Michael Jackson’s residence to the media, and even Tito Jackson’s son Taj slammed claims that Michael Jackson was as troubled as this recent evidence might demonstrate.
“Not only is there absolutely no truth to this story whatsoever, but I’m truly sick of this crap. #getalife and stop living off ours,” Taj tweeted.
— MJStar Official (@MJStarOfficial) June 22, 2016
The Estate of Michael Jackson closed their rebuttal statement by saying, “Michael remains just as innocent of these smears in death as he was in life even though he isn’t here to defend himself. Enough is enough.”
While there might be some closure offered to any potential victims of Michael Jackson by revealing his sexual collections, there is none to be offered his family. Regardless of how the public at large might feel about Michael Jackson and his upbringing, no family member wants to be reminded constantly of the trouble another family member encountered. Let Michael Jackson rest.
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