'In 100 years, what will be remembered is the music,' Jones says

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Like the world, last week I was devastated by the news that Michael Jackson had unexpectedly left the room.

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Jim

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I remember MJ as the little kid who could sing, the child molester, and the weird, sheltered freak that is exalted by the African-American community, meanwhile trying to morph into a white person, even going as far as raising white children! In his death his blue-eyed children are going to be raised by a 79 year old black woman from Gary, Indiana! How weird is that? With literally thousands of black children across America, needing a home, food and a parents love and care, this is crazy! Is MJ really an icon for black Americans? Or is he another wannabe?

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MJ was good but not great dominant like the Beatles and Elvis - no.

And the 1980s had U2 - Michael Jackson was considered more pop than rock.

In 100 years, I'm hopeful the masses will mature to the point where they don't worship artists as icons but simply respect the art and care not a whit about the artist.
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Jim wrote:
I remember MJ as the little kid who could sing, the child molester, and the weird, sheltered freak that is exalted by the African-American community, meanwhile trying to morph into a white person, even going as far as raising white children! In his death his blue-eyed children are going to be raised by a 79 year old black woman from Gary, Indiana! How weird is that? With literally thousands of black children across America, needing a home, food and a parents love and care, this is crazy! Is MJ really an icon for black Americans? Or is he another wannabe?
Well said Jim,Well said.....
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Sure it will - just like Enrico Caruso is a household name today.

(I'll bet I'm one of the few here who actually know who the above was, and what he did, without looking it up first)

Get real, the 'music' of Jackson will slip into obscurity long before 100 years pass.
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One can't deny that he created some good music and was a good entertainer -- 20 years ago. However, throughout the most recent 40 percent of his life, he was an alleged child molester, a reclusive freak, addicted to all kinds of dangerous drugs, and, well, what did he do to his skin and face?!!
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He was a child molester.
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Wacko Jacko, the ultimate freak show!
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Earnest in Evanston wrote:
I'm hopeful the masses will mature to the point where they don't worship artists as icons but simply respect the art and care not a whit about the artist.
I'm hopeful the masses will mature to the point where they place a higher value on human life than on art. Michael Jackson was an abuser of children, emotionally if not sexually, and I judge him as a human being, not an artist.

Respecting the art also means supporting it financially and that means putting money into his defense fund coffers and giving him the lifestyle which enables him to make $20 million payoffs and hide his activities inside gated mansions.
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Roll over Beethoven

“I'm Joe Cool”

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Michael is nothing. For that matter, Elvis is nothing either. 400 years later we still listen to the music of Mozart.
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RealMusicFan wrote:
Michael is nothing. For that matter, Elvis is nothing either. 400 years later we still listen to the music of Mozart.
Dude:

That is the truth, though it is only 250 years later.

Mozart lived from 1756-1791.
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Michael Jackson is not dead. It's all a scam to help record sales. He is alive and living with his ex-father-in-law, Elvis near Memphis. I think I saw them at Shoney's this morning at the breakfast buffet.
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He should be remembered as a pedophile and reviled not celebrated...

“Brevity is the soule of wit”

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Spiro Agnew wrote:
Michael Jackson is not dead. It's all a scam to help record sales. He is alive and living with his ex-father-in-law, Elvis near Memphis. I think I saw them at Shoney's this morning at the breakfast buffet.
Jackson was seen two days ago, running away from a 7-11 after a little boy screamed,

"Mommy! That man tried to TOUCH me!"
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Al Sharpton said that Jackson was not a freak. As if Sharpton isn't a freak.

While he may be remembered for his music it will be in the same sentence describing Jackson as a freak.

How can you not be a freak when you start life as a black man and die as a white woman?
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Quincy Jones said Michael Jackson didn't want to be black. If everything that happened to Michael Jackson after Thriller was just "noise" then why say that?
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spoiled rich garbage people do rich spoiled garbage things
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He did more good thing with his talent and popularity then most world leaders or successful people in the world. So let remember what MJ gave us and celebrate it . Lets stop and think how we will or can change thing with are talent in a positive way. <br/><br/>I not to judge him as a human being.
But i have seen nobody flashmob mozart of the Beatles and Elvis all over the world to zazzle mj_kingofpop up people. <br/><br/>He was famous for the colour of his skin. He was neither black nor white: he was both that the irony is some people can't see past the color. <br/><br/>When the sky is black here on Earth, we see stars. That why MJ really an icon for black Americans.

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black and white wrote:
He did more good thing with his talent and popularity then most world leaders or successful people in the world. So let remember what MJ gave us and celebrate it . Lets stop and think how we will or can change thing with are talent in a positive way. <br/><br/>I not to judge him as a human being.
But i have seen nobody flashmob mozart of the Beatles and Elvis all over the world to zazzle mj_kingofpop up people. <br/><br/>He was famous for the colour of his skin. He was neither black nor white: he was both that the irony is some people can't see past the color. <br/><br/>When the sky is black here on Earth, we see stars. That why MJ really an icon for black Americans.
I hope you're a kid. In that case, I hope you find another hero soon.
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Jim wrote:
I remember MJ as the little kid who could sing, the child molester, and the weird, sheltered freak that is exalted by the African-American community, meanwhile trying to morph into a white person, even going as far as raising white children! In his death his blue-eyed children are going to be raised by a 79 year old black woman from Gary, Indiana! How weird is that? With literally thousands of black children across America, needing a home, food and a parents love and care, this is crazy! Is MJ really an icon for black Americans? Or is he another wannabe?
What you will remember is the good ole days when America was a safe clean White nation.

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