Saturday, August 20, 2011
First of all, Michael was religious. He really did believe in monogamy. So, extra martial relationships were tantamount to disobedience to God. But in 1984, things seem to come to a head.
There is the Paula Abdul connection. Many people do not know that Abdul was having a serious affair with Jackie Jackson. The two met up when Jackie hired Paula to choreograph the Jacksons' "Torture" video. In fact, Paula would be instrumental in many of the videos put out by Janet for her "Control" album.
Michael was angered by Jackie's affair because he has strong feelings about infidelity. "Michael is disgusted when he sees anyone he knows who has a wife or fiancee' involved in any sort of philandering," said his former band director James McField. "All of that really upset Michael. I've heard him make comments to people. I once saw him go up to a guy who was looking at pictures in a dirty magazine and say 'I should tell your wife. ' To him, just looking is bad."
Of all of the sister-in-laws, Michael was closest to Enid Jackson, Jackie's wife. Now, he would be losing her because of Abdul. Paula always said publicly that Jackie and her were just friends. But Enid said, "I found out for sure that they were having an affair when she called me at home and told me herself." There were many things that were going on that verified the affair, but it is safe to say that they were together, seriously.
Michael Jackson lived in a world where most of the men he knew were philanderers. His mother had to deal with Joseph's relationships, among with the knowledge of a child born from one of the "other women." From a child, Michael had seen both Jackie and Jermaine use women as sex objects. Michael, was still a devout Jehovah's Witness, and saw the behavior by some of the men in his world totally wrong, and the results, devastating. So, at twenty-six, Michael was afraid of romance, and sexual love.
Photographer Francesco Scavullo recalled Michael asking him, "What do you do about falling in love? Are you afraid they're just after you for what you can do for them?" Scavullo answered "Michael, you can't live your life that way. You have to take a chance."
Michael said, "I'm scared because of what I've seen The men in my family don't know how to treat women. I don't want to be like my brothers."
So much can be said about the various relationships with different members of the Jackson family, and the mental, emotional, and financial toll it took on all parties.But with Michael, the question was always, "What's his situation?"
Thank you J.Randy Taraborelli "Michael Jackson- The Magic and the Madness" pgs. 378-382
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
If I'm correct, it was an L.P. (long-playing album, for you youngsters). "Got To Be There, " by Michael Jackson. I remember getting my allowance, and walking to (now I'm really showing my age) J.M.Fields, and buying it. OMG!! He was so gorgeous on the cover. Oh, and the album was excellent !!
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Michael, after having to deal with Don King,needed a manager to look after his interest and money. Motown had released an album called Farewell My Summer Love 1984, though the songs were a collection recorded more than ten years prior. The album sales were only 106,583 copies, far from the 33 million copies of Thriller, which was released just before Summer. Michael felt that Berry Gordy was trying to cash in on his fame, and he didn't like it. "It's not fair," he said. '"I need someone to stop things like that from happening."
Monday, January 31, 2011
Who do you think? What is there to NOT admire about Michael Jackson? From the moment I first saw him, I wouldn't say it was idolization, but true love. He was my first TRUE love. But I must say the thing that blows me away about him most is his faith in God. It must have been strong to get through the torture of his life.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Anyone that knows me, knows my answer to the question.
Michael Jackson's death was not only surprising and shocking, but also eye-opening. I still speak of him in the present tense. He is not dead in my heart and mind, because he left such a legacy of work and images, that he will always be alive for me.
As a generation before with Elvis Presley, and John Lennon, this one was probably more profound, because Michael bridged people of different races, ages, and cultures. He is truly THE most famous person in the world.
With his death, I feel, has come an understanding of the man, and the world now is appreciating him for what he is...The greatest enterainer. Many may argue with that statement, but the amount of people that agree, outweigh them.