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Thoughts on the Death of Michael Jackson

June 27, 2009

The life, death, and career of Michael Jackson are now ubiquitous. Turn any media on, and there it is, staring you in the face. I first found out by flipping my cell phone on and staring at the Yahoo headline. It seemed ill-fitting that such news was first shared between me and my phone. It’s as if I expected another human to deliver such news, the death of a pop icon.

What are we to make of all the media attention to Jackson’s death? What are we to make of the life and career of Jackson? Entire books will soon be released on all of this, so I won’t try to compete (nor am I capable) with the experts. Nor will I try to provide a savvy analysis. Instead, let me share some reflections by Andrew Sullivan

I loved his music. His young voice was almost a miracle, his poise in retrospect eery, his joy, tempered by pain, often unbearably uplifting. He made the greatest music video of all time; and he made some of the greatest records of all time. He was everything our culture worships; and yet he was obviously desperately unhappy, tortured, afraid and alone.

I grieve for him; but I also grieve for the culture that created and destroyed him. That culture is ours’ and it is a lethal and brutal one: with fame and celebrity as its core values, with money as its sole motive, it chewed this child up and spat him out.

And Carl Trueman’s thoughts, which I found insightful:

I never liked Jackson’s music but he was clearly a hugely popular and talented entertainer.  And he continues to entertain in death — not just because his records can be played but, at least for a week or two, because the media are able to play his death as one more big showbiz event, burying the tragedy of real death, real bereavement,  and really shattered and terminated relationships under the schmaltz of the faux-bereavement of his fans through the sanitizing and distancing medium of television and video.  Of course, the response to his death by the people on the street says a lot about the importance of entertainment in our age, indeed, about the idolatries of the modern world. But is also tells us something about the entertainment media.  Like casinos in Las Vegas, come rain or shine, the House always wins.


6 Comments leave one →
  1. massachusettsmark permalink
    June 27, 2009 7:38 am

    I’m truly baffled at the adoration being expressed about Michael Jackson. Has the world gone totally insane? The man was a predator who used his popularity to lure young boys to his bed and then covered his tracks with his wealth. If even one child can be spared the life sentence of grief caused by that freak, then the world is a much better place without him. Good riddance I say.

  2. ChrisC permalink
    June 27, 2009 12:39 pm

    To MASS,

    I understand your angst by the portrayal of MJ and whether it is true or not, I am saddened by your response to his death with “good riddance. I would hope you would re-evaluate that statement.

    Moving on to my opinion of Mj’s death…

    I see MJ’s demise and consequent death as a larger than life and chilling tale of what the world and sin can do to an AMAZING creation of God.

    There is no argument that MJ was iconic and and an amazing performer. It is tragic how God’s creation ended.


  3. massachusettsmark permalink
    June 27, 2009 1:19 pm

    I stand by my statement. A child molesting predator is among the most evil of humanity.

  4. Tracy permalink
    June 27, 2009 1:32 pm

    I just wanted to state something, I myself was not fully convinced of what Michael was said to have done. But no matter anyone’s opinion on that subject, he still had 3 children, and family that loved him. Many people believed in his innocence and loved him and they are entitled to their grief. Do you really think that his family and children deserve to be reading comments and statements as such during this time. I believe that if you have nothing nice to say then why bother to say it.
    My condolences to the Jackson family.

  5. Michelle Graham permalink
    June 27, 2009 5:37 pm

    I agree to a point that Michael Jackson was not a very good person and much evidence does point to that he used his popularity to exploit people and for evil. However, I would be more happy if in his earthly life he stopped doing things for evil and turned to God. I agree that for his family on earth and the kingdom of God, we shuld wish a bad death and ill on people – God alone is the true judge. We should pray and know that Jesus conquered death and always look to the cross.


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