Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Heal the World

My mother watched the evening news tonight exclaiming "I've had it up to here with this circus and all the Michael Jackson coverage, enough is enough. He was a freak." I couldn't disagree with her more.

I wasn't able to watch the Michael Jackson memorial service on tv or streamed over the internet but I did watch bits and pieces online earlier this evening. The person remembered by athletes, actresses, musicians, family members, and his own daughter was a kind, caring, "one of a kind" larger than life person. You can't fake the sort of emotions that were shown during the memorial service.

I know people tend to have strong opinions one way or the other about Michael Jackson. My mom's generation had Elvis, My generation has Michael Jackson. I don't expect her to feel the same way I do. She remembers the trials, the charges against him, and the way the media has portrayed him.I grew up listening to his music on cassette tapes in a portable boom box, spent sleepovers dancing to Thriller, and sang The Man In The Mirror with a friend for a grade school talent show. I remember watching the We Are The World video which included so many other artists and being in awe that one song could bring so many people together for a cause.

This is one of my favorite videos from today's media coverage. This is what I want to remember. I thought it was absolutely beautiful and inspiring. Just watching it gives me goosebumps.



“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe.” ~ Michael Jackson

17 comments:

LBluca77 said...

I didn't get to watch much of the coverage today so thank you for posting that. Man, now i am all teary eyed.

Katie said...

That was really touching.

Michael's daughter, Paris, made me choke up too.

I wasn't sure how I felt about all the people clapping during a funeral. I mean to us he was this huge entertainer, but to his family he was their father/brother/son.

alexa - cleveland's a plum said...

i didn't get to watch any of the coverage during the day cause well i was working but when i saw paris speaking on entertainment tonight i couldn't help but tear up.

i don't care if he could possibly be considered a freak he was the only parent those kids knew.

sad : (

Auburn Kat said...

You are absolutely right, our parents generation had Elvis and the Beatles and we had Michael Jackson. I still remember sitting there and watching his Thriller video for the first time...I was in awe and I wanted to get up and dance.

Kylie said...

I watched most of the memorial and was moved by it. I can remember dancing by myself in my bedroom with my little maroon boom-box and my MJ tapes. Dirty Diana was a favorite. I realize that some people are "over it" but to me he deserved this tribute. No matter what people may think he did or didn't do we must remember that he was never found guilty of any charges.

RIP Michael. You will be missed.

Ray said...

I totally aggree with you Mandy. I think he was a brilliant person.

Jenn said...

i agree with you. so much of the media nonsense overshadowed what a great entertainer he was. and it appears that his kids really had a special bond with him.

someone pointed out on another blog that his daughter REALLY looks like brooke shields when she was young. maybe she's the mother of those kids...who knows? :)

Frank said...

I'm in the "dislike" category, largely due to my age. The first child sex charges were brought against him when I was only 7, so the creep pseudo-pedophile MJ is really the only MJ I have ever known in my lifetime...

Katelin said...

oh man that final video made me all teary and everything at the end. i totally lost it and couldn't stop tearing. especially the very end with his daughter, oh i was a mess. so sweet and so sad.

Little Fish said...

Ah here I am, the lone disenting voice. I'm with your Mom.

chickbug said...

I'm with you. I watched the memorial and thought I wouldn't get emotional...but there I was tearing up multiple times. I think MJ wasn't crazy or weird. He was just misunderstood.

Kyla Roma said...

It's interesting to see how the coverage of him has changed over the years. Leading up to his concerts it seemed like the media was cheering for him to fail, and now we're all in pieces about him. Someone shouldn't have to die to be treated like a person.

I'm with you on his impact and on how the public grieving has resonated with people- I just think it's really sad that this is what it takes to refocus our media, and it's doubly sad that no one in the media seems to be acknowledging it.

Katie said...

same situation for me -- my sister and i have been glued to the tv/computer, obsessively watching old videos on youtube, and mourning...but our mom just doesn't get it. total generation gap.

my sister and i are and have ALWAYS been MJ fans! my sister had a thriller trapper keeper (remember those?!) and i totally remember the day it finally got handed down to me--i used to kiss it. ;) i have no shame, i <3 MJ!

And to Kyla--YES. i think you could apply that sentiment to a lot of media coverage. i have very, very little respect for most modern media sources.

Andy said...

I watched the coverage and my favorite part was Mariah Carey singing. You could hear the emotion on her voice.

She later apologized for singing "so badly", but in my opinion that was just MUCH better.

Lys said...

i stayed away from the internet and television and radio for most of the day. i was never a fan of MJ, and none of the people in my life really were either. i'm so tired of hearing about his death and stuff surrounding his life, i just want to move on already.

WomensDaily said...

The service was beautiful. His daughter definitely made me tear up.

closetsareforclothes said...

the asian looking singer has such an amazingly powerful voice.

i agree with you totally about mj. the part that made me choke up is when his family said, "maybe now they'll leave you alone michael". i burst into tears. i really believe he was a good person