Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson: The Price of Fame in America

He will be remembered by many as bizaar and tragic figure. But for those who loved music Michael Jackson will live on in memories as a music giant. His contribution to the popular culture will be unsurpassed. He is a icon. Who, despite committing terrible crimes, will be the standard by which all other musical performers are measured.

I personally grew up with his music, and revere his memory as the great talent he was. He gave me many years of entertainment happiness. I just wish he could've found help for his personal demons.

But Michael Jackson was as much a victim as a victimizer. Super stardom in the entertainment industry is a death sentence (e.g., Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, etc). Child stars in particular.

Then there is the issue of celebrities having easy access to drugs. The government should look into the whole question of doctors prescribing drugs to celebrities at their whim. Such doctors should be prosecuted. Their job should be to heal rather than help destroy lives.
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