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Posted by on Jul 2, 2009 in Arts & Entertainment, International, Media, Society | 0 comments

Neverland Was Never Forever: Folha, Brazil

The planetary Rorschach test that is Michael Jackson’s death continues with this article from Brazil’s Folha newspaper. For Folha, Joao Pereira Coutinho delves into the inevitable conspiracy theories surrounding Jackson’s death – and how the singer failed to grasp the myths he himself adopted and altered for his own purposes.

Joao Pereira Coutinho writes in part:

“Poor Michael Jackson. The man dies as we all die. Only more radically. With his heart prosaically saying goodbye to his body. The world, crying and in a trance, doesn’t believe it. A myth doesn’t die like this. Because this is how we, anonymous and mortal, die … Myths die only by accident or through the jealous conspiracies of third parties who can’t bear the incandescent brilliance of the star.”

Then, touching upon the origins of the name of Jackson’s ranch, Neverland, Coutinho writes of the author of the book Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie:

“I don’t know if Jackson read Barrie. Probably. But I know he stole the name for his ranch from him – “Neverland” – where children never grow up. If Michael Jackson had read Peter Pan carefully, he would have known that, even in “Neverland,” although children never grow old, they die.”

By João Pereira Coutinho*

Translated By Brandi Miller

June 30, 2009

Brazil – Folha – Original Article (Portuguese)

Lisbon: Poor Michael Jackson. The man dies as we all die. Only more radically. With his heart prosaically saying goodbye to his body. The world, crying and in a trance, doesn’t believe it. A myth doesn’t die like this. Because this is how we, anonymous and mortal, die – plunged into our own misery. Myths die only by accident or through the jealous conspiracies of third parties who can’t bear the incandescent brilliance of the star.

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