Michael Jackson: A Man Who Lived His Life in Reverse – Le Figaro, France
The remarkable global outpouring of emotion and opinion about Michael Jackson’s death shows no sign of abating.
Questions about his relationships with children, his decades-long attempt to whiten his skin, and his tendency to do everything most people do in reverse, are all touched upon by Le Figaro’s Yann Moix, in this thought-provoking defense of Michael Jackson and the way he was compelled to live.
In regard to the issue of pedophilia, Moix writes in part:
“At seven-years-old, he was already a global star, with businessmen breathing down his neck, managers hot on his heels and groupies on his tail. It was therefore necessary for Michael to postpone his childhood until later: i.e.: until an age usually considered adulthood. … Accusing him of pedophilia when he was “grown up” made no more sense than accusing him of gerontophilia when he was “little.” A child (at last) when his fortune and fame allowed it, he spent his final years playing with children.”
Another controversial section is Moix’s analysis of Jackson’s wish to whiten his skin. He writes in part:
“In a world not only of Whites – but made of white. To whiten himself was a way to blend into the background, to disappear from view, to be nothing but a flake of snow in snow-covered landscape. Jagger and Presley spent their whole lives working hard to become Black; but upside down in every way, Michael did everything he could to become a White man.”
By Yann Moix
Translated By Sandrine Ageorges
June 30, 2009
France – Le Figaro – Original Article (French)
Throughout his life, Michael Jackson was a man living in reverse. Usually, one begins with being a child, and only then moves on to become an adult. Michael was deprived of childhood: First by a father who beat, hated, mocked and humiliated him, and finally, because of celebrity. At seven-years-old, he was already a global star, with businessmen breathing down his neck, managers hot on his heels and groupies on his tail. It was therefore necessary for Michael to postpone his childhood until later: i.e.: until an age usually considered being adulthood.
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