Here’s something I wrote about Michael Jackson’s death.
First published at FHM Philippines, July 20, 2009 | 01:10PM
While a few weeks have already passed, Michael Jackson’s death remains big news. Although his fame was mostly in the 70s and 80s, his passing affects generations – young and old alike. It is difficult to be indifferent about his demise because there is a little of Michael Jackson in all of us.
He was arguably the most exciting performer of his time. At the same time, he was probably the most unconventional entertainer. His dancing style was unorthodox and was known for his moonwalks and crotch-grabbing dance moves. He had a unique high-pitched singing style that was occasionally punctuated with yells, squeals, deep breaths and titters. He even dressed differently with sequined socks, single glove, military-type tops and multi-zippered jackets.
As years went by, Michael slowly transformed into a bizarre figure. His nose became narrower, his skin paler, his chin more prominent and his hair straighter than ever before. He even spoke in a breathy, juvenile voice. It appeared like he was a little boy trapped in a grown man’s body. He had a chimpanzee for a best friend and constantly surrounded himself with children. He lived in Neverland, a fantasy playground filled with toys, rides and animals. Because of his outrageous ways and lifestyle, he was often referred to as “Wacko Jacko.”
It seemed that he was forever trying to challenge the norms of society. His very essence was all about waging war against stereotypes. And this is where I feel a certain connection with Michael. In my own way, I may be a wacko too because I also try to defy gravity. I own and run a company that operates in a male-dominated market and I secretly post sexy photos in the net for kicks.
Love him or hate him, there is no escaping Michael Jackson even in death. Whether we like it or not, we are affected by his death because we somehow see part of ourselves in him. To me, his death is tragic. It means that there is one less wacko in this world today.