the mudpond

It's good to let things breathe in your imagination because often your initial response to it is not the best thought-through response. I savour little glimpses of life. Mine and those of people who turn me sideways and around. Friend or stranger. Even a child. (the world looks different from down there) Sometimes an author, photographer, artist. I let things saturate and incubate here. Hopefully, deeper meanings can percolate up and flower.

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Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

A stray cat.

6/05/2005

A Falling Star

Captain Hook: "Proud and insolent youth, prepare to meet thy doom."
Peter Pan:
"Dark and sinister man, have at thee."


Life imitating art (again)?

It’s a real-life
Thriller.

Fourteen weeks of testimony by more than 130 witnesses. Over 1,000 pieces of evidence. And the spectacle of superstar Michael Jackson, self-styled King of Pop; Peter Pan in pyjamas.

The jury is now out.


As the eight women and four men jury weigh in the verdict, even his fans ponder the case’s outcome.

Innocent or guilty?
Flamboyant sexual predator of young boys or naïve victim of a con?
Will he Moonwalk or do the Jailhouse Rock?
Peter Pan or Pervert Pinnochio?


Image: Friedrich A Lohmuller, 1999
Posted by Hello

If convicted, MJ faces more than eighteen years jail-time.

But regardless of the verdict, the trial proceedings have dealt him a fatal blow. His image and future career goals will be next to impossible to recover. Guilty or innocent, the taint of this child abuse trial will haunt Jackson’s career for the rest of his life.

From the sweet
Ben to the bizarre waiflike innocence of his Peter Pan persona, in his many incarnations, Michael Jackson is a multiple platinum-selling artist. His place in music history has been cemented for decades.

Musically, he has
acquitted himself in stellar and spectacular style. He has given us some of the finest, most influential music since the debut of recorded sound. Equally, the falling star is himself Spectacle Extraordinaire.

Tragically, the legendary Michael Jackson is now a subject of loathing and
satire.

Is Michael strange because of his fame, or is it fame that makes him strange? Is he g
ay or straight?

Will the King of Pop be able to
wear make-up in the can?

Guilty or innocent, his lusty falsettos and robotic basslines - as much a part of Western popular culture as McDonald’s, Mickey Mouse and Levi’s 501s - may never be seen again.

It’s a tragedy of truly stellar proportions.

Links: Jackson Memories, Remembering Jackson, The Life of MJ

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4 Comments:

Blogger Lucia Lai said...

i like michael jackson's (MJ) music. if he is guilty, it won't change my mind of his music because i like a singer's music for his music not for the his lifestyle.

what i find strange about MJ is why he detest being black. he had to go for countless plastic surgery to whiten his face and you see the finaly result he turned out to be so ugly.

i think MJ might be innocent. the reason everybody jump to conclusion he might be guilty, i think is because he is a weird person. it's like a stereotype thing... when you see someone as weird, and when something wrong/bad happened, fingers will tend to point at her/him.

you are right, percolator, it's a sad thing this MJ's child molestation case. guilty or innocent doesn't really matters now as like you pointed out, MJ's image and career goals will be impossible to recover.

6:01 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

Well I dunno... He is so deluded, he could very well be innocent. If guilty, a good defence might be insanity caused by childhood abuse and America's obsesssion with celebrity. If convicted, I think there's a possibility of a suicide attempt.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous ah pink said...

For me, nothing changes for he will always be remembered as a talented little black boy, trying his damndest to to buy back his lost childhood in a white world.

His music rules, always have and always will. Hopefully, whether he is pronounced innocent or guilty, he will find God because only He can set MJ free from himself and the world.

3:01 PM  
Blogger percolator said...

ah pink,
I couldn't agree more. If they convict him, they convict celebrity-obsessed America and child abuse.
The psychological impact of a conviction would be tremendous, astounding. I really believe his fragile psyche would simply shatter to smithereens.

1:00 PM  

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