Most of the time I agree with this type of treatment for Michael Jackson's death I disagree. Here we have a person who started out as a young talented person in a family of talent who lived in an Midwestern America, industry town. This family had a tyrannical father who abused the children mentally and physically. This family is black/African American (whatever label you prefer) during the era of the civil rights movement. This family went on to achieve more than any other family of it's kind during this time. From that family, the true powerhouse talent emerged. He experienced an astonishing rise to fame. To the world it was a mythic climb of a wholesome family and their golden child. Over the years that golden son achieves more and more fame and begins to undergo a transformation which at first appears to be simply cosmetic, a response to the demands of fame. Gradually, it becomes obvious it is much more than that as he he continues his metamorphosis. It comes out just how abusive the father was. Time goes on, the famed son becomes more and more reclusive, it comes out that he might be having inappropriate relations with children, two bizarre marriages result. Unlikely children are produced. The toll of the continuous cosmetic surgeries take their toll on him. Drug abuse is whispered. His health becomes an issue. He slips in to his seclusion. He dies of questionable causes in response to his return to the public eye (probably drug related).
Here we have a tale of an individual who represented civil rights successes, personal dedication and achievement to his craft, the height of fame, the grim realities of domestic abuse, drug abuse, the pain of seclusion. It is a tale so American, so deeply human. It is a narrative that possesses the height of artistic accomplishment as well as elements perverse enough to challenge any art house film or Jerzy Kozinski novel. Yes, his death, as was his life, is a spectacle but one quite unlike any other. It serves as both as example and warning to the rest of us. Is it the height of banality? Certainly. Is his a real life morality tale. Indeed it is.