Song Of The Day: 2/22/12 (Tabloid Junkie)

This song, “Tabloid Junkie” by Michael Jackson is one of my very favorite songs from later in his career off of one of his very best albums “History: Past Present and Future”. It came on my iPod, this morning, while I was working out and it got stuck in my head all day. The message of the song is important, not just in reference to Michael Jackson’s life, but with everything. People take what they read in the newspaper and magazines and see on the T.V. as if it were the word of the lord and a lot of it is sensationalized crap and the rest is simply untrue.  I don’t believe much of anything that was ever said about Michael in the media. I don’t believe the sexual charges aimed at him. I think they were just trying to play on his weakness and, yes, his inherent “different-ness” and make him into some sort of monster and get his money. When you rise so high, people just want to bring you down. All the stories about plastic surgery are ridiculous too. They would say he wanted to be white, but that’s simply unture. He was born with a disease called Vitiligo that caused him to have white spots on his skin and as he got older it got worse. At a point it became too much work to cover it all up with makeup and you can see in his “Off The Wall” and “Thriller” days that the makeup was taking a toll on his skin in the form of really bad acne. So instead of keeping up the charade, he took the only other option he had and bleached out the remaining black skin so at least he would be all one color and because of that his more pronounced Black features didn’t look quite right with his new look so he had some work done, but yes after that he went to far, continually trying to improve himself. I do think he was different, but what do you expect from an artist as amazing and earth shattering as Michael Jackson? However, I do not believe any of the nonsense said about him during his lifetime in the media. He was a gentle and kind soul and was uber, uber talented. He should be remembered for the GREAT artist, trail-blazer and humanitarian that he was. Don’t believe everything he see or read because as Michael said, “Just because you read it in a magazine or see it on the T.V. screen, don’t make it factual.” Michael Jackson never made a video for this song, but this is a pretty good fan made video.

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