It’s time for a change. Let’s not leave this building and forget what has been said. Put it into your heart, put it in your conscious mind, and let’s do something about it. You have to. We have to. - Michael Jackson’s speech against racism at Sharpton’s National Action Headquaters in Harlem.
It took me a little while, when growing up, to realize they’d/certain parts of the public completely forgot/made themselves forget about his stage accident and the fire; or didn’t want to remember he’d been horribly, horribly burned (head, scalp, parts of his face and neck too, I believe) and came back from that and still performed.
It’s so much easier to call him a ‘freak’.
Lets not forget that everyone and their mother still says he bleached his skin even though the LA coroner confirmed he had vitiligo and a form of skin lupus that suppressed the production of melanin in his skin. Not everyone wants to be white thank you. I also remember in high school ppl talking about how weird it was for a 40 y.o man to wear lipstick and make up. Not only is this sentiment homophobic, but it ignores the fact that MJ probably felt pretty self conscious about the blotches of unpigmented skin on his body. So yeah, he evened out his skin tone with make up. But I guess it’s easy to demonize someone who doesn’t fit into a heteronormative white supremacist patriarchal society.
We deserved him. They didn’t.
And yes as a burn victim and someone dealing with vitilago - his gender presentation (fluid or not) aside, he had plenty of reasons to use make-up to present a more comfortable face.
It’s also hit me recently how activist his songs and works were. As a child I was just singing along. But now I realize why my mom and her generation, specifically those who were immigrants to the US; absolutely burned for him.
I also often thought it weird people thought him befriending children as ‘odd’. Children can be cruel, yea. But children will also accept a person as they are when given the choice to do so. All ‘Oh, that’s just how Michael Jackson looks’.
Like how children can accept that some people use wheelchairs and canes - they point out it out and if given a straight answer? They go with it. It’s adults slapping hands going ‘don’t stare, that’s rude’ and not answering the question that creates this element ‘something we don’t talk about’.
oh man i have a LOT of feels about the dehumanization of MJ
I never saw him as anything less than the definition of a legend, Michael Jackson. The white media could never change that.
Michael Jackson Flipbook Animation
mj’s face when he’s spinning tho
….im dead omg..
Michael Jackson: skin color changed because of a disease that couldn't be controlled.
Public: he bleached his skin because he didn't want to be black.
Michael Jackson: had multiple nose surgeries because of reasons that were personal to him, and honestly nobody's fucking business.
Public: hahaha, he doesn't have a nose! he has to use tape to keep it up! etc. (making fun of him, even though, and maybe you didn't know this, michael was very self conscious of his nose, and had been even when he was little, due to the fact that his brothers and father would pick on him for it being "too big").
Michael Jackson: doesn't sing about sex in every song.
Public: he must be gay.
Michael Jackson: generally cared for children around the world, spending lots of his time and money to help them, to grant their last wish, to put a smile on their face, to give to them what he never had; a childhood. most of everything that he did for helping organizations never even recorded because that's not what he wanted, he didn't do it for attention, he did it because he was a decent human being who wholeheartedly cared for the world.
Public: he's a child molester.
Michael Jackson: created a home behind gates, containing a movie theater and rides and zoo animals, not only because hey, he likes those things, but maybe idk, because he couldn't go to places like that without causing a riot. (and why the hell not have those things, he wasn't able to enjoy them when he was little due to the fact that he started singing and performing at the age of 5)
Public: what a freak, wacko jacko, etc.
Michael Jackson: was accused of child molestation.
Public: let's make huge headlines of this, lets announce this to the world, lets make it be known that this man is indeed a child molester!!!
Michael Jackson: was acquitted from the charges, because literally nothing pointed at him being a molester, no evidence, the stories people told were ridiculous, it was obvious to the jurors that all people wanted was money from him. the first child to ever accuse him of those things, admitted after his death, that he lied for his father to get money.
Public: .........oh.......... well let's put a small article maybe in the corner about this, doesn't need to be big at all, it's no big deal.
So congrats to the public & media, you made fun of a man for having a disease, you made fun of something he was very self conscious of, you took what he loved, and twisted it into something that literally destroyed him inside. And now it is too late to apologize.
Don't believe everything the public says & Don't believe everything you see, hear or read in the media.
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How about “scream-o” lol
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