“There are two kinds of light – the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures.”
Michael Jackson was a music phenomenon to many. I liked his music, dance, and artistic contributions – a lot.
But he was a child molester. I think one trumps the holy living shit out of the other.
I was aghast at the thought of MJ’s upcoming “comeback tour” in London next month. I think that his death before this comeback is timely, if his was to be a comeback that would have provided him with more fame and money, and thus access to even more children. I do not say this to mean that I believe that the universe intervened to deal out a just punishment by death. As an aside, I don’t believe in punishment by death, even for child molesters. Life in prison without the possibility of release is another matter.
Now, sure, if you know me, or have been reading this blog for long, you might think I’m a little biased. I am. Having said that, while I’m watching people mourning on TV and hearing reports that his albums are selling out and that fans are setting up shrines around the world, I’m just thinking that there’s one less child molester in the world and that’s a good thing.
I have explored and do embrace the powers of forgiveness and redemption, but MJ never expressed anything but denial. Regardless, even when there is an admission and treatment, the recidivism rate for child molesters is astoundingly high.
I know MJ has three children (the sole custody rights of whom he purchased) who will mourn him. At their age, I would have mourned my father’s death too, and I am thinking of MJ’s children now. But all of MJ’s talents and charitable works don’t change the fact that he was a child molester whose money and celebrity status gave him access to children in untold (and some told) ways and numbers.
I won’t think of MJ and his creative contributions to the music world today. And, no, I don’t care to wait a so-called respectable period of time to say this. I’m thinking about the innocent children who were his prey. I think all the respect belongs to them.