69 million page views

Please let's not speak ill of the dead, especially when they were found innocent...

Reader comment on item: Islamists Respond to Michael Jackson's Death
in response to reader comment: Islamists respond to Michael Jackson- Surprising Islam thinks Jackson was such a role model.

Submitted by Alana Ronald (Canada), Jul 15, 2009 at 17:16

Anne A. speaks about Jackson's alleged pedophilia as if it were an absolute fact. No one except those chlldren knew what really happened, and, observing the behaviour of the parents and reading court transcripts, with subsequent recants by at least one boy, makes this allegation very shaky indeed.

Jackson's Dr. Klein confirms the diagnoses of both vitiligo and lupus. The former J. mentioned in one television interview, and Klein explained that as the "leopard spotted" pattern, typical of the former condition, was not in keeping with standards in the entertainment industry, bleaching strategies were employed to even skin tone.

That Jackson survived abuse, fought through his embarrassment about the former and often debillitating effects of the latter speaks to a character stronger than Ms. A. would suppose. Since suffering a severe burn during the filming of a Pepsi commercial it is also understandable how he would turn to painkillers. It is clear to me that Jackson, supporting almost 40 registered charities, plus helping 6 African nations with his co-authored We Are the World and subsequent Live Aid drives, really was a humanitarian and I for one would prefer to ascribe his love of children to his child-like nature, and desire to recapture something of this carefree innocence he was denied.

We have little idea of how the everpresent paparazzi, the circling jackals who wanted pieces of not only his success but part of his fortune, nor how much physical and psychic pain contributed to his demise. And we certainly know many who have neither fame nor fortune who become involved in situations over their heads, resulting in bad choices, drug addiction and actions that seem bizarre. Let us not judge but rather remark over the G-d given talent, and the fact that he left such a remarkable body of work that delighted and inspired, despite a life of great challenge.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to Please let's not speak ill of the dead, especially when they were found innocent... by Alana Ronald

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2023 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)