Jun 26th, 2009 // 18 Comments

In case you haven’t been sad enough about Michael Jackson’s death, his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley has posted her thoughts about his passing to her blog: “At some point he paused, he stared at me very intensely and he stated with an almost calm certainty, ‘I am afraid that I am going to end up like him, the way he did.’ I promptly tried to deter him from the idea, at which point he just shrugged his shoulders and nodded almost matter of fact as if to let me know, he knew what he knew and that was kind of that. 14 years later I am sitting here watching on the news an ambulance leaves the driveway of his home, the big gates, the crowds outside the gates, the coverage, the crowds outside the hospital, the Cause of death and what may have led up to it and the memory of this conversation hit me, as did the unstoppable tears.” Much more at the link. [Lisa Marie Presley's MySpace Blog]

  1. To me, Michael’s marriage to Elvis’ daughter was always the strangest fact about him. I could imagine that his f’d up childhood would lead him to being accused of (or god forbid actually committing) molestation, but the thought that he and Lisa Marie got married always seemed too fantastic for me to believe.

  2. I understand that this is a music site, and MJ just died, so for traffic’s sake, it’s probably wise to keep reporting on it.

    That said, I wish people would stop paying attention to this monster.

  3. @frazzled: You know, for some of us, this is the first time in years we’ve felt able to express how much we appreciated his music. So….let us have that.

  4. You can express your appreciation of his music as long as the child molester is talented enough!


  5. @frazzled: you must have a pretty fucking boring collection of music and art in your morally superior universe. some of us, however, prefer to make a distinction between the art and the artist.

    and while i, in no way, condone his ALLEGED activities you try to walk a mile in dude’s shoes (notoriously brutal father who makes today’s pageant moms look like fucking saints, and not an ounce of privacy from, what, the age of 5 on?).

  6. @frazzled: Screw off.

    No one on here has said that MJ was some kind of saint. If you enjoy reducing people to terms like “monster”, then you’re welcome to remember him however you want. But don’t try to take away everyone else’s joy in remembering the soundtrack to our lives.

  7. @frazzled: this guy must hate fall out boy too!

  8. Man, that piece from LMP has to be one of the single most depressing blog posts I’ve ever read. I can’t imagine having had to live through her iconic father’s über-publicized, tragic, sad death once, let alone having to live through it all over again knowing what she did, having been as close to MJ as anyone in the last 20 years.

  9. @iantenna: Can you really separate the art and artist? As much as I appreciate “Billie Jean” and the rest on some level, I have a harder time separating awesome, relatively normal Jacko circa 79-84 to the freakshow/trainwreck we’ve seen for the last 15 years.

    I wonder when O.J. inevitably kicks the bucket, we’ll remember him only for his athletic abilities, and be able to keep it separate from some of the more….unsavory aspects of his life (hey, he was found not guilty, wasn’t he??)

    Incredible, influential, genre-defying artist? You get no argument from me. But man, what a freak.

  10. @dsven: it’s not like i’ve forgotten michael jackson was a raging lunatic, not to mention alleged child molestor, for the last 20+ years of his life. that’s not the point. the point is that i can listen to the jackson 5, or thriller, or whatever, and not think about it in that context. in the same way, i can watch chinatown and not worry about polanski’s reprehensible behavior, or read howl and not think about the fact that ginsberg was a horrible exploiter of young, gay men. in the same way i’m sure buffalo bills fans have not wiped their positive memories of simpson out of their collective conciousness. the list could go on and on, and those are just the ones that we know about, who knows what skeletons lurk.

    there’s no doubt these were reprehensible individuals in their personal lives, does that mean their massive contributions to american culture should be swept under the rug and forgotten? of course not.

  11. @dsven: And the point is that you should hope people will be compassionate enough to appreciate your own complexity, too. We’ve all done things we regret, just as we all have done things that make us proud.

  12. @slowburn: Sorry, just ain’t feeling it. This guy was a cautionary tale/punchline 36 hours ago, and now simply because he’s passed on, I’m supposed to be “compassionate” enough to forget the last 15 years of pedophilia “allegations”, baby-dangling, sham marriage, paying off a surrogate mother, endless plastic surgery, and just remember the music?

    It’s a tragedy for his immediate family, no doubt, but I’ll be honest the first thought that came to my mind yesterday was that maybe his kids will have a chance to grow up relatively normal after all.

    @iantenna:”does that mean their massive contributions to american culture should be swept under the rug and forgotten? of course not.” I agree with you on that totally, but by the same token, let’s make sure we don’t sweep his significant, and I mean SIGNIFICANT personal failings under same said rug.

  13. @dsven: I’m sure you are a perfect, PERFECT human being who will never ever harm anyone else. But could you please go away now and leave the rest of us alone?

  14. @slowburn: Why do you take such offense that I don’t find Michael Jackson to be a particularly shining example of a human being?

    I certainly don’t claim to be perfect; I haven’t sold tens of millions of albums…but then again, I haven’t had “allegations” of child abuse either.

    Between “go away” to me, and “screw off” to Frazzled, you’re obviously not interested in hearing anything remotely critical about your fallen idol.

    To sum: great artist, we’ll always have the music to remember him by, tragedy for the family involved, but don’t forget he was one helluva a freaky human being whose faults should not be glossed over simply because he’s no longer on this earth.

    I go away now.

  15. um, nobody has to go anywhere. let’s all step back and remember that it’s just the internet.

  16. @dsven:

    OJ: Found not guilty the first time, in the criminal trial; later found at-fault in the civil trial and guilty in his second trial for armed robbery.

    As for MJ, maybe we’ll never know the truth. I’m inclined to wait until his kids are older and see what they have to say about him; if there was anything freaky or outright awful about him, I’m sure one of the three will tell the public.

    Personally, I found out any animosity I felt had dissipated years ago, leaving mostly just traces of disappointment.

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