I have to admit, I’m horribly conflicted on Michael Jackson, never moreso than during the massive media crush we’ve been subjected to since his passing.
That said, I totally understand the incredible outpouring of emotion — and coverage — on this story, this figure, this man. And so I figured that, on the day of his memorial, I’d post a couple of videos where MJ was connected to sports, including his teaming with the other MJ for “Jam” as well as video from his Super Bowl halftime performance (where he stood still for — although he does turn his head — for almost 90 grueling seconds).
Still, as amazing a performer as Jackson was, his story does not and should not be closed without at least recognizing that Jackson seemed to very well have had a terrible dark side. And so I can’t comfortably post his videos without also posting the link to journalist Maureen Orth’s series of scathing articles she wrote for Vanity Fair about the last 15 or so years of Jackson’s odd life. Be warned, the stories contain some very graphic details.
But they are a part of the story nonetheless.