August 31, 2009

We Killed Michael Jackson

Posted: 12:01 AM ET
Where were all the weeping fans, the artists who hail him as their hero, the radio DJs who can't stop playing his music? Where were they 10 years ago?
Oh right. Everyone thought Michael Jackson was a freak – a plastic surgery addicted child molester. His last studio album "Invincible," released 2001, failed to garner true hit single because radio stations refused to play the songs. Music critics tore him to shreds. He was blackballed. People made fun of him, he was considered a washed-up, has-been, crazy person.

The success of "Thriller," which as sold over 110 million copies worldwide and counting, can never be matched. ("Invincible," for the record managed to sell respectful 13 million copies worldwide to date. No artist can keep up that kind of string of hits. But, he put his heart and soul into every new recording he did, but judgment had already been cast before anyone heard the music.
He was a desperate man in pain and everyone threw stones at him. Now it's fashionable to be a Michael Jackson fan. Radio stations now play his music on heavy rotation. His albums are flying off the shelves.

Urban Outfitters even carries a commemorative vinyl collection that hipsters can frame and put on their walls. Suddenly the entire world has rediscovered Michael Jackson.

He's dead damn it. Imagine what this kind of love would have done for him while he was living? Maybe then he wouldn't need drugs to sleep.

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Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 12:09 am ET

Tamara go crawl under a rock you hateful thing you. We true fans was always there.

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 12:13 am ET

No I mean those people are hateful. Didnt mean her. Those hateful people who wanted his money killed him

lex   August 31st, 2009 12:14 am ET

the fans aint kill michael it was the damn media dat conviced ppl dat he was this freak so blame the f'n media michael jus wanted 2 be left alone

Patty Anderson   August 31st, 2009 12:15 am ET

How ridiculous. The true fans have always been there for Michael. Can't say the same about you article writing idiots though. It's the media that wouldn't see the good in Michael.
But now he will soar to the top and stay there once again

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   August 31st, 2009 12:15 am ET

Hmmm...what an interesting title. The media is complicit, for certain. The fans, such as myself, who have always loved and supported Michael, even in death - I think not.

A more appropriate question to pose is: Why wasn't the *media* more empathic to Michael during his life? In death, the media machine uses Michael as a means to higher ratings.

Perhaps media types should view the "Man in the Mirror" before pointing fingers at Michael's infinitely loyal fan base. You in the media couldn't even allow Michael to be flown to the coroner's office without showing the world his deceased shell being rolled to and placed within a Sheriff's Dept. helicopter.

Shame on you, media. You killed Michael Jackson.


Lori   August 31st, 2009 12:16 am ET

I NEVER EVER thought Michael was a freak. I was always there for him. I never doubted his innocence. I never doubted he would be acquitted. I played his music. It was not the fans that doubted Michael it was the biased MEDIA (anything for a story) it was bleached blond former prosecutors, it was the music industry and the people who just could not stand it that the biggest star in the world was MICHAEL JACKSON.

We are here, supporting Michael and the entire Jackson Family. And I for one, will never stop listening to his music.


Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 12:18 am ET

Now the Journalists wants to blame the fans. Oh please. It was the media and only them. Michael will still be with us today if it wasnt for the lies that was spread about him.

sarah   August 31st, 2009 12:19 am ET

correction MEDIA killed MICHAEL< not fans, fans didn't call him JACKO THE WACKO or didn't played his music ..................... IF it up to FANS MJ would still be alive.... Don't blame the fans !!!


Patty Anderson   August 31st, 2009 12:21 am ET

Excellent Nicole and Lori

Night everyone

lex   August 31st, 2009 12:23 am ET

how could this women evn write somehng so damn stupid the media killed mj end of story evrythng mj did thy critized him thy nvr mention all the charites mike donated 2 nope thy wanna report how many damn plastic surgeries he had..whi cares if he had plastic it possible 2 sue the media lol cuz the jacksons should

Lori   August 31st, 2009 12:23 am ET

Night Patty! This article is beyond bad!


Nicole S. -- North Carolina   August 31st, 2009 12:24 am ET

Thanks, Patty - and good night to you.


Rhonda   August 31st, 2009 12:25 am ET

It was the MEDIA and all the LEECHES that wanted more from him than he was willing to give. Well, hope your all happy, because HE GAVE IT ALL

Lori   August 31st, 2009 12:28 am ET

This article also stated "Only the inner sanctum at AEG believed in him...." Really? The fans always believed. And many of us feel that there may be something just a bit shady in the AEG deal.


Heidi   August 31st, 2009 12:31 am ET

Good Night tomorrow

sandymjfan   August 31st, 2009 12:35 am ET

That is the most ridiculous statement to date....The MEDIA killed Michael, Most certainly NOT the fans.. Michaels true fans have always stood by him. I Never believed the garbage the media put out.....The media was on a modern day "Witch Hunt" when it came to Michael!!!
I have been a loyal Michael Jackson fan for 40 years, I will ALWAYS be his fan..FOREVER...
The media is crazy for trying to turn their guilt onto us...the fans!!!

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   August 31st, 2009 12:35 am ET

Oh, give me a break! AEG believed in him? AEG?

AEG tried to work Michael into ground! They worked him so hard that he was too wound up to fall asleep naturally. They had Dr. Death on the payroll.

Sure...the "inner sanctum at AEG" believed in Michael alright. They believed him right to DEATH. Does the author work for AEG? She is sure kissing their butts pretty well.

I'm sure Ratty Phillips and Co. are almost giddy right now.


Carol   August 31st, 2009 12:40 am ET

NEWSFLASH IT WAS THE MEDIA WHO KILLED MJ...not his fans...his true loyal fans stayed with him trough thick and thin!!!

Toni   August 31st, 2009 12:40 am ET

I think maybe she is talking about the people that wanted nothing to do with him before, now act devestated over his death and are now trying to be instant fans. The radios not interested in playing his music before he died is now playing his music constantly, and trying to act devestated, friends that were suppose to love and care for him, suddenly are nowhere to be found when he needed them most and family members that are now cashing in on his death. I dont think she met his longtime loyal fans. But I wish she would have included the media, because they played a bigger part in his death then the public.

What show was Geragos on tonight?

Lori   August 31st, 2009 12:40 am ET

Did AEG complete and due diligence before allowing the hiring of Dr. Conrad Murray, dispenser of diprivian? The AEG deal was brokered by shady character Thome Thome. Leonard Rowe believed that AEG was controlling Michael. The Jackson Family believes that there was foul play. Everyone needs to be rounded up. No one should escape. Michael did not. The world is watching and we want answers.


Heidi   August 31st, 2009 12:42 am ET

I’ve liked the Huffington Post, but you are crawling like snake on your belly. Who are you talking about the fans killed Michael Jackson well I didn’t see you writing and article about Michael being innocence Tamara Conniff – Musical expert.

You should take a look in the mirror missy, maybe you are the reason Michael is gone.

Don’t you dare blame the fans.

Rhonda   August 31st, 2009 12:43 am ET

He was on Geraldo

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   August 31st, 2009 12:44 am ET

Toni - Geragos was on the G-man's show tonight.


Rhonda   August 31st, 2009 12:44 am ET

you go girl

Toni   August 31st, 2009 12:45 am ET

Ok Ok....I misread the post. After reading all of this , I now know what she was trying to say. Sorry, Michael. 🙁

Lori   August 31st, 2009 12:45 am ET

Toni, he was on the G-man. The one we can trust.


Toni   August 31st, 2009 12:46 am ET

Is Geraldo still pushing for justice for Michael?

sandymjfan   August 31st, 2009 12:51 am ET

Well said Heidi!!! 🙂

Heidi   August 31st, 2009 12:56 am ET

Thanks sandymjfan!

kei from japan   August 31st, 2009 1:10 am ET

'We' means media, right?
We fans have been believed in him, supported him, listened to his music all the time. We always know his humanity and his talent .
Media killed him.

MaryRM   August 31st, 2009 1:12 am ET

Please do not include intelligent people in your ridiculous headline.

The media dehumanized and ridiculed Michael for years without regard for his dignity as a human being. He was an easy target, easy money.

I didn't know most of the garbage spewed out about him because I have never bought a tabloid in my life, I have always considered them mind garbage written and consumed by idiots. I didn't realize just how dangerous and irresponsible they could be, my mistake. When he would try to explain (ie his vitilago, the media could have done all kinds of exposes on this disease, its causes and effects, but instead, they simply questioned his claims and insinuated aberrant behaviour instead.

The media and the gullible may not have killed him directly, but they certainly helped set the stage.

sandymjfan   August 31st, 2009 1:14 am ET

The fans have ALWAYS believed in matter what the media was trying to shove down our throats.....the Media is to blame along with Murray, Klein, AEG, Sony, Tohme and the list goes on and on.....

vitoria   August 31st, 2009 1:23 am ET

I do not know if Tamara is talking from from heart or from her professional viewl to gain popularity and ratings because the media and the world did see and discover that Michael always was a genuine and sensitive truly human been , but for sure what ever reasons she is writing this articles on Michael Jackson she describe exactly what we knew all along . . Michael Jackson was a victim of ignorance , greed , injustice , racism and most hurtful BETRAY AND USED by people that he loved and trusted , the word justice in this will never be enough for Michael , the media fire up all the malicious and unconscious gossip to sell their garbage articles , they all have blood in their hands .
the Law should be review and changed duo to his death and to prevent future targets , America will have to wake up and stop feeding this illusionist journalism system , maybe a trip to the library or volunteering to the needs will be a way to starting to heal instead spend your money in crap paparazzi or sensationalism live interview shows like Diana Sawyer and Bashir did with Michael few years ago , their irresponsible acts added to Michael much fragile feelings .

Lillian   August 31st, 2009 1:24 am ET

we mean the" media" killed him by publicy discriminating and saying negatives things about him and exploiting him and his lifestyle, media was hounding him every where he went, also talking about any and every little thing he did, MICHAEL JACKSON THE KING OF POP AND THE MICHAEL THE HUMANITRAIAN. Michael was doing a lot for the world and was investing in 30 charities, no one was speaking negative when they were getting his MONEY, I love MICHAEL and will always love him, I never listens to the media and the paparatizzi, they are always looking to destroy someones character, he was a human being damn it. LOVE ALWAYS TO YOU MICHAEL AND TO HIS FAMILY.

Lillian   August 31st, 2009 1:32 am ET

Michael was right when he wrote 'MONEY', I understand every thing he sung about, for money, you'll lie for it, die for it , kill for it even for the thrill of it, the idle gabber are the back stabber, sell your soul to the devil. this is some of the lyrics taken the song money, he knew what he doing and wrote about every thing that happened in his life through his musics, GENIUS, GENIUS GENIUS, PEOPLE NOW ARE STARTING TO REALIZE MICHAEL, when they should have realize him back then, not when he died.

irina   August 31st, 2009 1:56 am ET

I agree. We killed Michael. Forgive us God please! And were are the people , the charities organizations he helped.I never heard their voices . Not now , not during the trials. The damn tabloids , their owners
have blood on their hands. They have to pay for what they done to Michael. The TabloidsTRIAL OF THE CENTURY MUST BEGIN.

Lisa S   August 31st, 2009 2:02 am ET

I agree to a lot of things in this article. We, in this blog was there. But where were everynody else that now shows up?

We wanted so desperately him to be like before. I dont know how many times i ve heard that phrase. "he looked just like the old time" Like Madonna is doing, we wanted him to ensure us that he would dance for ever and ´never grow old. So yes, our expectations contributed to his wish to show the world that he was still the same.

We were so used to him being the best so the world wanted his to show us that he still was.

Expectations are good, but sometimes they can be like a prison.

mika   August 31st, 2009 3:14 am ET

"We (American Media -> they never appreciated Michael) Killed Michael Jackson"

jdf from holland   August 31st, 2009 3:15 am ET

monkey junkson killed himself

Alicia   August 31st, 2009 3:23 am ET

No, there is some truth to what she says. I have been struggling with the fact that I wasn't an active fan for the last several years. I never believed anything bad about Michael, never believed he hurt anyone, child or otherwise, and always thought of him as my all time favorite musician. But the truth is, I feel that I wasn't "there" for him, when he needed me, as a fan. I am killing myself with guilt over it, which is part of my grieving for him. I wish I had taken more of an interest while he was still alive, the last few years, even 10 years. But in my defense, I had pretty much stopped listening to all music, and didn't follow anyone. It was a non musical time in my life.

So, while I never turned on him, I didn't support him, either. I'll have to always live with that.

someone   August 31st, 2009 3:28 am ET

michael is gone. what's the point, now? The media treated him BADLY!!!! stupid media!!!!

Susan   August 31st, 2009 3:32 am ET

Tamara couldn't say "media" did it because she is part of the "media". She used a very generalized term of "public". If she thinks the "public" killed MJ, then she should add up how many albums/CD's he sold worldwide. MJ rose above all the negative media and came out for the 02 tour to blow everyone away. That concert would have gone done in history.

claire   August 31st, 2009 3:45 am ET

Remember Michael saying that we should get all the Tabloid madia and burn it, Well thats exactly what they did to him.

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 31st, 2009 3:56 am ET

August 31st, 2009 3:50 am ET

Lora & Luda,

The Sisters of faith article I am sceptical about too, as soon as someone speaks anonymous, I start to doubt.

As for the pastor from Chicago, I am sure he spoke through the Holy Spirit. It just can’t be he brings up Michael just 4 days before he died in the way he did.

Your alternative is that he is a muslim, as Meddie claims. For if he did not accept G’d, but stayed with Allah, then that is the consequence.

Pojanee - Thai   August 31st, 2009 4:12 am ET

The US media killed him.
We, most of Asia, love this man and his music.

b   August 31st, 2009 5:04 am ET

I don't quite agree. The fans were always there for him. And they believed him. It was the MEDIA that tried to destroy him. Not the fans. The sale of O2 tickets was proof that his fans were with him. Despite all the negative things been said and written about him.

Allure   August 31st, 2009 5:24 am ET

Hi eveyone!
Have you seen lindafromnewyork this morning? I can't wait hearing her report on Spke Lee's party in N.Y.
Linda – wake up!

agnes   August 31st, 2009 5:46 am ET

American media killed Michael Jackson

And you're one of them

Us fans, were always there for him. I NEVER LEFT HIM.


Mimi   August 31st, 2009 5:47 am ET


Maria   August 31st, 2009 6:12 am ET

Hmm, I think that things should be a little more nuanced.
Who are "we"?
If it's about the "friends" and acquaintances who are everywhere now telling their embellished stories, then I guess the author is right to criticize their hypocrisy. It's fashionable and profitable to appear as a friend of MJ now – it wasn't so fashionable a year or four years ago. For an outsider, though, it's difficult to say which ones were "enablers" or plain uninterested in his health and which ones were really trying to help him get off drugs.

If it's about the general public, then I agree with Lisa S. At every point in his life, there were people that wanted and expected him to be "like before" and never change. He grew up and people were saying: "ugh, so this is Michael... but where's the little cute boy?" He released Bad and Dangerous, only to have their sales and impact compared negatively to Thriller. The same has happened with the following albums. Now he was preparing for the O2 comeback shows and many were expecting either a big failure, or a MJ exactly like he was 20-30 years ago (complete with curls – no wonder that he chose to look like this again!). This kind of pressure can drive you mad – I suppose he could never feel artistically relaxed, because of these extremely high expectations put on him. Artistically relaxed like, for example, Iggy Pop with his last album.

If it's about the media, there's no such thing as "the media", judged as a whole. There are tabloids, that are only interested in cosmetic surgeries and who's dating who, there are serious newspapers like WSJ or magazines like Forbes, where one can find details about MJ's financial situation or his relationship with lawyers, there are TVs like CNN and BBC, that have reported about his trial as a newsworthy event, there are specialized media magazines like Rolling Stone Magazine or Pitchfork, that have promoted and praised him as a musician. So it's simplistic and untrue to say that "media killed him". Tabloids and paps are awful, Bashir was awful, but that doesn't mean that we should demonize "the media" and say that journalists are guilty for his death.

If it's about the fans, IMO true fans are only the ones who buy his music, listen to his music (I mean ALL the albums and singles, not only Thriller) and go to his concerts. Not the ones who claim their long lasting love for the man MJ, but don't even know how Invincible sounds like. Not the ones who used to scream and mob him everywhere on the street or at the shop or to suffocate him wih hugs on the stage until his staff was pulling them away. Susan Etok says this on her blog – and I believe her: "Michael himself was VERY SCARED of his most VOCAL and “DEDICATED” FANS. He felt that they made him a prisoner in his own life by constantly swarming him". But again, this doesn't mean that fans are to blame for his death.

mika   August 31st, 2009 6:16 am ET

American Media KILLED Michael Jackson!!!

MaryRM   August 31st, 2009 7:53 am ET

A well written argument, however, most media have become lazy, often repeating previous rumours as though they were fact. My daughter bought me the commemorative issue of Rolling Stone and I noticed a very big difference in the quality and content of the writing between the 1982 reprinted article and some other portions of this magazine. For instance, they simply repeated the false nose nonsense as if it was fact and that MJ was breaking records no one cared about, what kind of a statement is that – no one cares because MJ keeps winning? I was deeply disappointed that what I considered to be a quality magazine had lowered its standards to such a level. The Huffington article also has misleading statements such as the crack about Invincible. Any artist should be so lucky as to sell 13 million copies of a poorly marketed album.

Back to the article:
Where were MJ fans? Not reading tabloids. At the Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto the performer with the largest crowd was someone singing Michael songs with a jazz arrangement. This was not an MJ imitator, just a jazz musician. I couldn't pull my 17 year old daughter and her friends away to see some of the other performers. I started to realize what an impact his music had – this was last year when he was still very much alive and mostly out of the spotlight.

As far as 8-10 years ago, I was quite frankly unaware of the Invincible album (see above remark about poor marketing) and was spending my music money taking my other daughter, then 11, to N'Sync to watch Justin Timberlake et al dance (like MJ I might add) and sing.

Anything I knew about Michael between those years was what I saw on the mainstream news in Canada – the raids on Neverland, which shocked me, the trial, which sickened me and his 02 announcement which made me very happy to see him looking so well.

Jasmine   August 31st, 2009 8:03 am ET

Funny how we try and make excuses for his actions because we like his music and because he is rich and famous. But when the average person has demons and isn't able to overcome them we say that its their own actions that caused their death. Double standard. His death is sad and tragic but in the end its the choice that he made. Look at all the other stars that die from overdoses. Seems like the more famous you are, the more likely you are to live life in excess and die young.

In the end no one made MJ take anything. Even when his family tried to intervene he refused. No one really knows if MJ was a child molester or not. If he is or he isn't he is still going to be judged. Leave it in God's hands

MB Banks   August 31st, 2009 8:08 am ET

I totally agree. When he was at court being accused of all types of things, where were all these "very close friends" that we now see on the news every day, talking about how close they were?

Mary   August 31st, 2009 8:16 am ET

I never ever believed the crap being written about him all those years....and would say so publicly, but she is right, now it is fashionable to have always been a fan of his, but those same "fans" demonized him years before...they should not have the right to call themselves fans, but that's what people do, it's pretty digusting.

Disgruntled Professor   August 31st, 2009 8:23 am ET

"We Killed Michael Jackson?" Oh please – what a joke.

"We," if we is referring to the public, are merely reactionary. Look at the root causes; you'll find that his father will be among all of them.

Along similar grounds, you can't even blame the doctor. Though he should have his medical license taken away, one can hardly call it a homicide. Michael *wanted* the anesthetic. He demanded it. And if the doc didn't supply him with his "milk," then he would hire one who would. (...why anyone would want an anesthetic to cure insomnia is beyond me. Going under the stages of anesthesia is not even close to the same thing as sleep...)

cherubijne, The Netherlands   August 31st, 2009 8:34 am ET

To Alicia:
You have an honest heart and that is a blessing.

To Maria,
I totally agree with your comment.

and there are integer and honest journalists but when the money is (it is allways about the money)

Some of his now so called friends haven't seen him since 2003. Is that a friend?
There are others of his inner circle who claimed they are the fathers of his children. Is that a friend?

Michael Jackson had a lot of true fans in this world, not the obsessed ones...difficult, much better than this so called friends. He knew it.
It is not an easy way to be so famous and he was much more.

The MEDIA in generally, there is something to learn here:
Maybe it is an IDEA to give our comments to the media in an earlier fase.

To SKYNEWS.COM (is that the TABLOID- media)?:

Where is your integrity?
J.A.C.K.O. isn't his name but why it's on your program on television.
What is j.a.c.k.o.????
For you and all the media, it is always mr. Michael Jackson.

Maybe you can change your name in when you are so fond of it.
You are so used to spread this negative news about him, WAKE UP, he is already DEAD.
He is dead because of the money and the very evil people who are involved.
What a mass we have made of the world. 'We have a lot of work to do'.

(I will send Skynews an email)

With love,
to the family, all of the bloggers and Larry King

Oluwatoyin. M   August 31st, 2009 8:36 am ET

Fans did not kill Michael Jackson, the Media killed him. Michael even sang a song similar to this topic which is (Why are you tipping on me) that, didn't you get enough picture? They are writing more and more about him, want to make him loose the real man he was. Please go and play and listen very carefully to this particular song, then you will get more details.

Lora Ottawa Canada   August 31st, 2009 8:38 am ET


I agree.....I ws reading the New York Post Saturday.....they were calling him JACKO....

I sent an email to the editor saying that this was extremely DISRESPECTFUL to his family and his fans and that is name was

M I C H A E L J A C K S O N.....NOT.....J A C K O.......get it!

No reply so far!

The Mirror in U.K. calls him that too! Shame!

Janice   August 31st, 2009 8:39 am ET

I agree that the MEDIA killed Michael. They always reported negative things about him and showed the worse of video clips in the background just to make him look "wacko." They did everything they could to turn the general public against him...and it worked! How much pain can one man take? BUT, his fans, family and friends always believed in him, always stood by him, always knew he was innocent, always knew he had the heart of an angel, always knew he would take his own life before he would harm or be inappropriate with a child, and additionally, we will ALWAYS fight to preserve this beautiful and talented man's legacy! Michael was the very best at what he did, and his achievements and talents will NEVER be matched!

cherubijne, The Netherlands   August 31st, 2009 8:46 am ET

For your information:
I was a young girl when I was giving my first comments...

My 2 cents   August 31st, 2009 8:56 am ET

I would have to say the MEDIA did the damage to Michael Jackson....the MEDIA does most of the hurtful /untrue things. It's then these reportings that people hear and believe without knowing the facts. I can't say that I was a diehard MJ fan but I can confess that his death really left me with a hole in my heart. Michael was such an outstanding performer, perhaps he was a bit strange but I can't blame the guy....he never had the chance to have a childhood, to ride a bike, play basketball, watch cartoons. At a young age he was forced to be a man and that was very unfortunate and was the basis for him living "childlike" while he was actually an adult. I do beleive MJ was a good person and he is now safe with our Maker and entertaining all those up in Heaven!

Brigida, Italy   August 31st, 2009 9:21 am ET

Media... money... yes they killed him.
Fans? Don't think so. Do I have to put the blame on me also? For me, Michael Jackson always was there but I knew only that what media gave me. In Italy they didn't talk that much and mostly they gave back what other media wrote/said. So the last years that was pretty little things. Away from the big news like the trials and other few things.
For me, Michael was there like someone from our family living far away and you promise to visit them one day... and suddenly this person is gone. So you had missed the visit and you feel guilty. In this sense yes, I could be guilty.
But like several of you wrote... where were his "truly and closed friends" when he needed them? Why didn't we see this crowd of friends around him the last years? Only a few stood behind him and the others?
And really, like Lillian wrote, where are all the charities. Any sign/word of them since he died?
At last, I blame also his family. If they really cared that much, no security or order could have stopped me to get Michael and take him to rehab and good doctors! And I think, if this family stood behind him with love and less for the money and fame, half of his problems wouldn't exist. My opinion.

John   August 31st, 2009 9:33 am ET

The media destroyed Michael Jackson, the same media that made him a star – but those people who bought the dirty mags and gossiped about it also contributed, even his hardcore fans! Invincible sold 13 million copies with little marketing – Celine Dion's last albun sold 3.5 million copies...and that was with a world tour!! Madonna couldn't sell that much today, nor Britney Spears.........a flop for Michael was everyone else's dream!

Jewel   August 31st, 2009 9:36 am ET

I really miss MJ!!! He was the best!!!

Michelle   August 31st, 2009 9:37 am ET

Unfortunately the Media is supported by a lot of "us" that is why the national enquirer/TMZ etc is still in business. I believe the doctors should be held accountable for their greed – the money was too great for them to pass up being MJ's doctor – but lets be realistic an ADDICT, which Michael was, will find the greedy doctors that will SUPPORT his HABIT.

I can't know exactly what caused his habit – the original Pepsi burning perhaps – but with the childhood he had it may be that he became an Addict because he found it easier to "kill" all the pain with Medications.

While I believe his influence on music/dance will outlast us is unfortunate that his INAPPROPRIATENESS with CHILDREN is OVERLOOKED by his FANS. Even after the inquiries and secret payoffs he made, he continued to invite children to sleep in his bed. This is NOT NORMAL BEHAVIOUR! The fact that he did NOT realize this makes it easy to conclude he was a PEDOPHILE. Many Pedophiles do not actually believe they are "hurting" children they believe they are "loving" children. TWISTED YES. He specifically targeted disadvantaged or ill children whose parents were susceptible to looking the other way so they could pay for medical costs – shame on them too.

When you view the documentary he provided the British reporter with -you see a man not used to having anyone say "NO" to him. Look at his buying sprees – another addiction to find some sort of happiness in his life.

Unfortunately the pressure to support his family as a child was tremendous, MJ's father – still a Jerk who will take advantage of MJ's children if given the chance; but we must hold Michael accountable for his ADDICTION. He had the means to get help but since no one ever said "NO" to him – he was never held accountible. What a shame!

He was an amazing Entertainer...i loved his music...I hated him for being a Pedophile.....but now I am able to buy his music without the guilt of supporting a pedophile and knowing the money will hopefully go to his children. I will celebrate him as a great Entertainer and let GOD deal with his sins.

Lastly is it me or is the whole idea of the movie of his last performances feel sleazy. His management company continues to try to pump him for lost profit....its a bit disgusting...i would like to hear them donate all profits from the movie/docum to Michaels trustfund or favorite charity.

Patty Anderson   August 31st, 2009 9:39 am ET

Maybe the family can go after the junk tabloids that destroyed Michaels spirit. Just a thought

debra   August 31st, 2009 9:48 am ET

Why are we taking the blame for yet another musician who decided to abuse drugs? The blame lies first and foremost with Michael Jackson. After he got himself hooked, then it was up to his doctors to not become enablers and his "friends" who got drugs for him in their own names.

Pat M   August 31st, 2009 9:55 am ET

Rest in Peace Michael
Forever In Our Hearts and Minds

The Way We Were

Like the corners of my mind
Misty water-colored memories
Of the way we were
Scattered pictures,
Of the smiles we left behind
Smiles we gave to one another
For the way we were
Can it be that it was all so simple then?
Or has time re-written every line?
If we had the chance to do it all again
Tell me, would we? could we?
Memories, may be beautiful and yet
Whats too painful to remember
We simply choose to forget
So its the laughter
We will remember
Whenever we remember...
The way we were...
The way we were...

Trix   August 31st, 2009 9:55 am ET

Maybe he couldn't sleep because he was tormented by public opinion or maybe he was tormented by other things weighing on his conscience. 10 years ago everyone that is now lamenting was ostricizing him, so sure we had a hand in it. Where we judging? Damn straight! Did he deserve it?? Monsters make monsters Mr. Joe Jackson. Or has everyone forgot about that too. Maybe he didn't do the things that he was accused of. Maybe Chris Brown doesn't remember beating the crap out of the woman he "loves", maybe OJ and Kobe didn't do it. Nobody can be sure beyond a shadow of a doubt, but if it looks like a duck people...

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 10:03 am ET

I posted almost the same thing over a month ago.. I got it on my myspace account on Blogs.. first i posted it here....I wonder who put this out???/... Remember the Informer said something the other day... About the Media.....I heard that the The Jacksons are going after all the people that hurt Michael in life....

Patty Anderson   August 31st, 2009 10:07 am ET

Mary U. I hope they do. I hope they take as many people down as possible.
As Lori would say JUSTICE FOR MICHAEL!!!!!

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 10:08 am ET

I'll tell you who killed Michael Jackson–The media did–with their constant harrassement-they never left him alone. Michael's true fans never deserted hin and he knew that. I always believed in Michael. Like Michael said the minute he started to break all the records held previously by others, i.e., The Beatles; overnight he was called every vile name that the media could think of. Michael Jackson will always the Greatest Star ever and he wasn't just loved; Michael was adored by is fans.

Trix   August 31st, 2009 10:11 am ET

As for the media killing MJ, the media serves the people. We dictate what we want them to report on. As long as we continue to be a bunch of celebrity hoares, they will keep giving us exactly what we want, and what we want isn't the humanitarian crisis' that are rampant all over the planet or the good news stories about Fifi the poodle saving babies from a burning house. We want Britney Spears with her junk showing, Rihanna with her head mashed up & Michael Jackson with his hand in the cookie jar.

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 10:16 am ET

8/30/09 i put this on TMZ...
Yeah i remember that interview with Martin Bashir.... when he made
Michael so nerves when Michael was feeding Blanket that Michael got
up and left... The idiot kept asking Michael about his face, Michael
was getting upset... and asking him about the abuse from his
Father.... The only abuser i see is Martin Bashir... did more Damage
to Michael and the media than his Father ever did..... Think about
that.... Michael Preformed... for his fans... If Joe had hurted him
so much he would of never preformed as good as he did... when did
Michael go in hiding.. after the accusers, the non Michael Jackson
fans called him names...the Media ran him down...
Who is the abusers.....YOU

rosegarden   August 31st, 2009 10:20 am ET

Media killed him, started from the "Bad" album, media non-stopped criticizing he couldn't bypass the achievement of "Thriller", following by the gossip of "Neverland", the 1st false allegation, but the most vital shots were from Basher, and the prosecutor-Tom Sneddon, and ignorant people like some haters here. They chose to believe tabloid coverage rather than to spare couple minutes to do some research abt the truth.
Tim, please go to google the article-"The Wounded Messenger" written by Matt Semino, just this one, please.

Tina (Germany)   August 31st, 2009 10:21 am ET

The media contributed 99% to this disaster, not the fans and for sure not the people with a little bit of common sense. I won't say any names here but the people know who they are. And they still riding the same old horse even now after he died and they know those things are lies.

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 10:21 am ET

We never left Michael... Michael left the public.... I was waiting to hear from him again what he was doing next... ....I sent emails on Myspace to friend that knew Michael on how he was... I never left Michael side....Michael needs to know this... We love him.....and the family...

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 10:23 am ET

Martin Bashir
That two face lying piece of crap–Thank god Michael had enough sense to have his own crew film that interview–When you watch the unedited version–it really shows what a snake that Bashir is-He praised MJ-being a wonderful father, how peaceful Neverland was, how MJ was a wonder humanitatian, How wonderful it was for MJ to open his home to terminally ill children, I mean the praises go on and on. Then he turns around and stabs him in the back. I heard that Martin Bashir was suffering from a Brain Tumor-well isn't that too bad–poor thing

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 10:26 am ET

Oh–and let's not forget Diane Dimond, Jane Velez Mitchell, Nancy Grace and Maureen Orth- they all contributed to Michael's death.

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 31st, 2009 10:28 am ET

Mary U,

Am I understanding you correctly if you see Larry also abused Michael? At least that is what I seem to read above.

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 10:31 am ET

You know Sony is now starting to put out the Beatles records and stuff again. Something they couldn't do when Michael was alive being that he owed half of their publishing rights.

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 10:31 am ET

We see what is going on... This is why all Michael Fans, Surpporter are here...

trish   August 31st, 2009 10:35 am ET

I always have known that the media had a campaign against MJ.and a lot of jealous,envious and ignorant people jumped on the bandwagon.Mostly people who hated the fact that he was so well loved and that he was so generous and caring.Most of these people would not be able to match MJ in any area even if they had several life times to live.But to hell with them all.Michael is the greatest entainer of all time ,the most generous and loving superstar that ever lived and all the hate in the world can`t change that fact.His good deeds go out before him,they speak loads about him,and he is better and greater than anyone that ever spoke negatively about him.Check their records and see what they have done to help the world and you will find nothing.All they do is hate.

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 10:36 am ET

You see how they calling that DJ AM guy a tragic overdose, but when it comes to Michael they call him a drug addict. DJ AM was using crack cocaine as well as Xanax and benzodiazepines. But they go easy on him. This is ridiculous.

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 10:36 am ET

I was letting Larry Know Know had he didn't help... when he Digging Joe about abusing Michael and Digging into things that was none of his business... Larry had a smirk on him.... it air July 23 or the 22... see if you can pull it up the next day other media got on with Larry praising him for what he did to Joe....

Wendy Keegan   August 31st, 2009 10:37 am ET

Oh Larry yep here is what I been saying... thanks for this article. Its like I don't need Princess Fiona anymore (LOL). My feelings are valid and its not my lack of prozac. Maybe I was a bit harsh saying family should have taken him for rehab but to be honest Michael should have been loved and respected and yes carried. And this article says it all. He was treated like (excuse the word) *h*t.

Larry you are a mensch. Jackson family if I insulted you in any way I am very sorry.... Thanks again Larry... I am going to go do a happy dance and hug shrek 🙂


Luda   August 31st, 2009 10:42 am ET

This article is not completely wrong... The fans have always been there supporting Michael, but for all the rest, medias, DJ, the industry, the doctors, the improvised biographers, the supposed friends, ... all the rest, they killed him....

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 10:43 am ET

Michael did have a good interview with Barbara Walters..She is on the GOOD LIst...With Geraldo and Oprah

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 10:44 am ET

GOOD.... well said... Luda

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 31st, 2009 10:45 am ET

Oprah on the good list?

Where is Oprah now? I am not in the States, so fill me in on her latest open condoleances and tributes.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 10:47 am ET

Michael's estate will still get his share right?

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 10:49 am ET

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel

Oprah is not on the good list. It was said she will not do a report on Michael because he is a child molestor. She said on her show and I saw that one that grown men dont sleep with kids in their beds. She will not do one because her viewers are of a different nature.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 10:50 am ET

@mary U
Oprah? He did do a very nice interview with her-and then she turned her back on him when he could have used her help-Oprah is freaking trader–She needs to watch her back–her day will also come. Oprah has not said one word since MJ's death. She was certainly crying at Eunice Shriver's funeral. Wake up Oprah. you will be brought down the same way Michael was.

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 10:50 am ET


They suppose to. It depends on who has the catalog and who can produce it.

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 10:51 am ET


Yes she will. Oprah and Obama have some nerve.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 10:52 am ET

How are you today

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 10:53 am ET

Toni... At the Music Awards in 2006... Michael Thanked his Family and Joe for their Support.... quit blaming the Family they have their own money... all of them are talented.... Latoya i have no idea...

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 10:53 am ET

I am fine Linda. And you?

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 10:55 am ET

Why Obama–He did talk about Michael–I don't what it is that he was suppose to have done–He spoke about Michael twice. He is the President of the United States–he has to be very careful–I don't think it has anything to do with him not appreciating Michael –He said what he had to say privately to the family and that's how it should be.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 10:56 am ET

a little tired–I got up at 7:30

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 31st, 2009 10:56 am ET

@ Jacquelyn, would it be possible to say a bit more about Oprah. In Israel we are running endlessly behind, we are still busy with Oprah's spring recipes and dr. Oz's latest book (which is old for you). Did she indeed say on one of her shows that adult men don't sleep with kids in their beds? I have missed out on that one.

What I don't understand is that her audience is of a different nature. Aren't Oprah and Obama liberals? I thought they would not be so stiff on different customs like having sleep overs. Maybe we are too harsh on her, because she was molested herself? That could cause more concern for her?

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 10:59 am ET

Ok Geraldo and Barbara Walters only on the GOOD LIST....... But Then.. She Made Michael feel Comfortable then...

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 11:02 am ET

Maybe Oprah wasn't thinking of Michael when she said that....

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 31st, 2009 11:02 am ET

Yes she did. But right after her show this whole Jordie Chandler business started. Could be she felt "betrayed", I don't know.

I still think sooner or later she will (have to) talk about it in some sort of way. Her silence will keep hunting her, I am afraid. She might try to find the right opportunity.

Luda   August 31st, 2009 11:04 am ET

Thanks Mary U!

Lisa S   August 31st, 2009 11:07 am ET

Jacquelyn August 31st, 2009 10:36 am ET

Dj Adam was suicide. Something different. That is not Michaels style. He would never do that.

People get upset over the word "addicted" but it simply means that you have a physical and/or psycological need to have certain substances and that you suffer mentally or/and physically if you cant get the substance.

A smoker is also addicted. People automatically accociate to people in the streets when they talk about addiction but that is only a small part of the people addicted. I belive that Nicotine is the most common addiction but I am not sure.

Lora Ottawa Canada   August 31st, 2009 11:08 am ET

You have to remember Oprah was sexually abused as a I see why she is skeptical about MJ! But I'm sure that she must have made up her mind after the interview......sad!

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 11:11 am ET

Lisa S

It was not. It said it was an accidental overdose. It does not matter. They are not labeling him like they did Michael. And no one can tell me otherwise

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 11:13 am ET

Lora Ottawa Canada

She did numerous topics on that after the fact so she has gotten over it. But of course you never fully forget it. Besides you see how the abuse of the kids at her school is being swept under the rug. Oprah will not do certain shows because like I said she caters to a different audience.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 11:13 am ET

The problem I have is the way the media made Michael sound. We all know that Michael was addicted–But they never said Prescription Drugs–there is different connotation to a sentence when you say -was a drug addict than when you say -addicted to prescription drugs.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 11:16 am ET

I know about Oprah being sexually abused as a child, but you know what–that is no excuse for her turning her back on Michael the way she did–

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 11:20 am ET

She better start talking-She is afraid to lose her audience-Well she has lost the support of alot of African Americans, but then again–we are not the audience she is interested in.

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 11:39 am ET


You are so right. She is losing alot of us at a fast rate

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 11:42 am ET

Lisa S

Yes Nicotine is the most common.

Tina (Germany)   August 31st, 2009 11:42 am ET

I would not even call those people journalists, I don't have a name for people like them. The only one out there I respect is Geraldo Riviera and Larry seems also ok.

What the media did 2005 was nothing else than a witchhunt. And some so called journalists acted like the inquisition, but it was more an unholy inquisition with journalists acting like hysterical prophets.

It makes me sick to the bones. I just feel deepest disdain for those people.

rosegarden   August 31st, 2009 11:44 am ET

Who care what Oprah says? The only show I ever watched of her was the interview to Michael Jackson, like other media, she also got career boost by MJ. Look how she turned her back to James Frey, the author of A Million Little Pieces, what she cares is her view rate.

rosegarden   August 31st, 2009 11:48 am ET

Sorry, should be viewer rate.

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 11:53 am ET

Geraldo supported Michael with an Interview... I think he was the only one....

Tina (Germany)   August 31st, 2009 11:58 am ET

Look what Aphrodite Jones said (also someone I respect) when she tried to publish her book "The Michael Jackson Conspiracy". She was told they DO NOT WANT any good things about MJ, even they are the truth. The media DID NOT WANT good news. So she hda to publish it on her own with the help of some people.

That alone shows alot how those people are. Scum....

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 11:59 am ET


Lora Ottawa Canada   August 31st, 2009 12:03 pm ET

Linda NY

Oprah is very opinionated!!!! and she is oportunistic as well (boosted her ratings with MJ interview then turned on him a bit like Bahsir did )....when it suits her!

Tina (Germany)   August 31st, 2009 12:04 pm ET

Lora it is always easier to howl with the wolves.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 12:04 pm ET

She might be popular in Saudi Arabia–but believe me her popularity–has gone down alot in the US–Oprah has forgottten who makes alot of her audience.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 12:05 pm ET

Agree 100%–

Maria   August 31st, 2009 12:07 pm ET

Re Larry King:
All that Larry has asked Joe was legitimate – where was he "throwing stones"?? If he was such a "hater", then why would LaToya dine out with him (see and why would Jermaine team up with him for the tribute? Larry is a journalist, it's his right to ask anything he deems relevant and to express his own opinions (see again And the Jacksons respect this.

And if one thinks that the Jacksons should sue the tabloids and force them to apologize for what they did to MJ, then why LaToya, Tito, Marlon give long interviews to the same tabloids which recycle NOW the allegations of Arvizo and which claim that MJ self-harmed in order to get prescription drugs??

There are people who think that "Michael hated the media" and that's why they should hate it too. But MJ had a very complex relationship with the media and he knew better than many other entertainers how to market himself using the media. Even with stupid and unprofessional questions like Diane Sawyer's "did you two have sex?" – actually this gave Lisa an opportunity to say that their marriage was for real.

I can't share this rigid black and white vision, where people and journalists are either "with us", or "against us" (haters). The world (and the media implicitly) doesn't consist only of fans and "haters". It is not the media's duty to behave like fans or PR people when there is a celebrity who gets interviewed – be it MJ, Joe Jackson, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Barack Obama or anyone else. And the media guys who sided with the Arvizos uncritically are not in the same league with a journalist who asks Joe about MJ's own words on the beatings he got as a child.

Adriana from Romania   August 31st, 2009 12:07 pm ET

I disagree with the fact that Michael's fans weren't there. They've always been there for Michael, actually they were the only ones who supported Michael all the way, the ones who believed in him and gave him the comfort he needed in the most difficult moments of his life. So, don't blame the fans, blame someone else!

Samantha - South Africa   August 31st, 2009 12:08 pm ET

Tamara Conniff should shut the hell up!

Michael's 'truest' fans were with him all the way and never wavered in their support!Also,its a known fact that there's a whole new generation of Michael's fans emerging and kids are just as crazy about his music and dance moves like it was when he was 'on top of the world' in the 80's!

If there's anyone who's responsible for 'killing' Michael,its the screwed up media and their never ending cycle to 'destroy' him with their 'twisted

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 31st, 2009 12:09 pm ET


I really hope she sooner or later will talk about it. I don't have much appreciation for silence. She does not have to agree with his life style, but for sure she could have tributed his talent and the impact had on world music. I m very disappointed. I hate silence. Silence is not good.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 12:15 pm ET

That's what I mean-She needs to do something–I mean come on–

Tina (Germany)   August 31st, 2009 12:19 pm ET

It is too late for her to say something, isn't it?

Lisa S   August 31st, 2009 12:24 pm ET

I think we should leave Operah out of this. I m not big fan or her and it was years since I watched her show. However, she is entitled to her own opinion, no matter what skin colour she has. You dont have to support someone just because you happen to have the same skin colour as a person.

If she has a negative opinion about michael Jackson i think she is vey wise and respectful not to talk about it.

Personally, I dont have a problem with lending your bed to other persons, for me in my culture it is a natural thing that if you have a guest or a child you give your bed to them and then sleep on the floor or elsewhere your self. Just as you give the last piece of bread to a guest instead of having it yourself. I think that Americas pedophile phobia has lost its propotions. After all the % of pedophilias is very low and it takes a lot more than hugging somebody or sleeping beside a child.

But if Operah, born and raised in US has a problem with Michael Jackson giving his bed to a child, then she is allowed to have that opinon. I think by giving her so much space in this thread, you are spreading her opinion and i think it would be better to ignore it as i dont think it is the rigth time or place for that discussion here and now. I dont really understand in what forum she felt she needed to talk about Michael Jackson as she appearently is not one of his friends or fans.

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 12:26 pm ET


I think it is. Its been 2 months already. If she says something it wont be genuine. Remember how Obama came out with his statement it seem as if he was carefully choosing his words. But he did write the family a letter. And I think what was in that letter was probably want he wanted to say publicly but couldnt being that the republicans and others would have raked him over the coals. Just like if Oprah honored Michael which I doubt she would they would bring her down just as fast as they brought her up. One wrong move and she would be history with them. But we are just as powerful as them and she should know this.

Lisa S   August 31st, 2009 12:26 pm ET

Adriana from Romania August 31st, 2009 12:07 pm ET

The fans were there. All the time and I think we were asking and wishing for too much. Our expectations also added to the stress michael as a perfectionist put on him selves. WE wanted him so vadly to come back and be that superstar again and he wanted so badly to make us pleased.

betek   August 31st, 2009 12:30 pm ET

as it is often said that the importance of some one is notice in his absence.MJ was neglected depressed and killed by the very media that pretended to have loved him.when he went through the cold and deadly hand s of his accusers, the media labeled him a child molester and a pedophile.even Oprah whom i though could helped him failed the man who tried to heal the world with his music and humanitarian they have seen that he was a victim of those around him and even those he tried to reach out with his kind words and did.i pray that some of those monsters ,media look at mirror and see that he was not only legend but invincible as he sang because we were unable to see his unique nature..MJ will live for ever that is the fact

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 12:38 pm ET

You're right-No more Oprah–

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 12:41 pm ET

To think just because Michael Jackson, a black man who surpassed The Beatles and Elvis Presley in records sales and everything else the media would go after someone by ridiculing and bashing someone that was a good man and wanted nothing but goodness and peace for the world. As well as embraced by all cultures around the globe. How could they sleep at night.

Lora Ottawa Canada   August 31st, 2009 12:46 pm ET

Where do they find people like Tamara and let them put out garbage like that!!!

Tamara you dont know squat!

Lora Ottawa Canada   August 31st, 2009 12:49 pm ET

Linda NY

I dont watch her anyway....she is self-serving!

I'd rather watch Ellen! at least she makes me laugh!

Mary U from Ohio   August 31st, 2009 12:54 pm ET

on Barbara Walters interview with Michael she asked him... You invited the media in and then you don't have nothing to do with them... You Can't shut them out.. Michael said... Yes i can NO I let them in to tell them you say this and this... None of this is true.... Michael was coming on so he could tell the truth....

eJay   August 31st, 2009 12:57 pm ET

The American media destroyed and killed Micheal Jackson with lies in order to boost rating ,and sell newspapers and magazines

Lisa S   August 31st, 2009 1:04 pm ET

Linda, when are you going to tell us about the party?

Anne   August 31st, 2009 1:04 pm ET

The world loved MJ. It was only the US media that destroyed his reputation with lies. MJ was the most misunderstood, persecuted, ridiculed person on the planet (only 10% of what you hear and read is true). The man was all about love. He loved everybody. He truly wanted to make the world a better place. He was sweet and loved to have fun.He was magical . The world was unbelievably cruel to this man during his lifetime because it seeks to destroy people who are different or too successful. It breaks my heart to know how much he was suffering and that he didn’t know how much he was loved. He had so much left to give.

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 31st, 2009 1:10 pm ET

Lisa S,

It was not about lending your bed to someone and sleep on the floor, it was about sleeping in the same bed.

It's an interesting angle you bring up appreciating Oprah for not coming out with her disgust but let the fans go their won way.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 1:17 pm ET


In that inteview with Martin Bashir–Michael said tthat the kids sleep on the bed while he sleeps on the floor--In answer to another question–he said that there was nothing wrong with sharing you bed with someone-They just keep showing that one clip–

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 1:19 pm ET

@ Lisa S
The Birthday bash was fabulous–It was like that scene when Michael perfomed at Wembley-Spike Lee had a birthday cake for MJ-sang, danced, cried–it was so nice to be with people of all races and age who loved Michael.

Anne   August 31st, 2009 1:21 pm ET

MJ shared a bedroom with 5 brothers until he was 10. He slept in the same bed with them. To him this was natural and normal. MJ loved children like Jesus – he wanted to be a loving father to all the children of the world because of what he suffered with his own father who never loved him. Oprah's silence makes me angry. She basked in his glory at the height of his fame and then turned her back on him. She showed up at Eunice Shriver's funeral but never said a word about MJ. I guess she thinks she is too pure or better than he is or doesn't want to risk her billions by being compassionate. MJ was the victim of homophobia because of the way he looked and a pedofile witch hunt. He was innocent but the media convicted him and convinced the public he was guilty. That is why I am against the death penalty because it is too easy to convict an innocent man.

Terri   August 31st, 2009 1:23 pm ET

Afternoon everyone how are you doing?

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 31st, 2009 1:34 pm ET


I happen to have seen the Bashir show very soon after it was aired in England, I was in Holland at that time. The moment I heard Michael say this I was stung by a bee. I knew Bashir would hit him hard on it. I saw it happen with my own eyes. It was very honest of Michael, but I wish he would not have said it. Tom Messerau later said that he shaked MJ, begging not ever do this again, for his own sake.

KC   August 31st, 2009 1:38 pm ET

I fail to see how the public can be blamed. It was his life, his choices. What a crazy world we live in when no one takes responsiblity any more.

Lisa S   August 31st, 2009 1:42 pm ET

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel August 31st, 2009 1:10 pm ET

I mean that it doesnt really matter where you sleep but it is all about intentions. And i dont know the figures for pedophiles but i know it is a very rare disorder and most people sleeping with a child, their own or others will find it more annoying than sexual. Do people not camp in US? Do the teachers not share tents with their students when out hiking? What the americans dont seem to understand is that most people dont get turned on by laying beside a child. You are in a bed to sleep. If there are not enough beds you share them. What is so strange with that? Are there anybody in this blog from Asia or Africa that can confirm what I am saying about sharing beds? That it is very usual outside US?

My comment about Operah was more that it was wise not to come out and say negative things about somebody that just died. If you do not have anthing good to say, most normally functioning persons, keep quiet.

John Mc Ginnis   August 31st, 2009 1:43 pm ET

Michael chose to take drugs.
Michael was responsible for what he put or asked to be put into his body.

Lisa S   August 31st, 2009 1:47 pm ET

lindafromnewyork August 31st, 2009 1:17 pm ET

Wasnt this the Ed Bradly interview?

Tina (Germany)   August 31st, 2009 1:55 pm ET

Eli, isn't it already sick that someone isn't allowed to says those thing for his own sake?

How sick is the world, that people have such thougths in their minds when they hear about beds?

Lisa, you are right. The society is crazy, totaly crazy. It is very usual in other parts of the world. Nothing weird at all. There are countries where several generations of people share one hud.
Over-sexualizing everything is a dangerous trend and a very unhealthy thing.

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel   August 31st, 2009 1:59 pm ET

Lisa S,

I think what bothered the Americans the most was not an incident, but the apparant continious slumber parties. Michael stayed at Jordie Chandler's place for, I think 2 months, sleeping all the time in his room, whether in the same bed or not. This Brett whatever from Australia stayed with him for months at Neverland. Although I think it was innocent, I can understand people considering it to be going beyond a social norm.

I am reading Aphrodite Jones' book at the moment and I think it is sad to see how this boy conned Michael, while M's intentions were so good.

I have to go now, have a good night to you all!

Tina (Germany)   August 31st, 2009 2:06 pm ET

And really, pedophile people have not only 2 victims in 20 years, when people have this sexual orientation, they have hundreds of victims. There are criminal networks that deal with those things.
I never heard about a case with only 2 victims and no evidence at home.

They caught someone here some weeks ago and it was again 160 victims and 10000 pictures where found and movies and links to forbidden internet pages.

Those people do not pick one child and live with them for 10 years.

Jacquelyn   August 31st, 2009 2:09 pm ET


Its the media, not the Americans. Not all viewed him like that. This was about destroying Michael because of his achievements and nothing more.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 2:13 pm ET

It was the Martin Bashir Interview--when I saw it that it exactly what was said--

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 2:27 pm ET

you're right–

Lisa S   August 31st, 2009 2:46 pm ET

Eli, Jerusalem/Israel August 31st, 2009 1:59 pm ET

What would become a norm?

Tina (germany)
"Over-sexualizing everything is a dangerous trend and a very unhealthy thing." That is so right.

Sleeping is not the same as having sex. The majority of the people in the world, dont get turned on by children. I feel very sorry for the american men to be under such superstitious lenses all the time. Can they ever be naturally caring around chidlren these days?
I am a woman but I dont know if I even would lay in a soffa reading a book with a child in US. They would probably throw me in jail for that unless the child was my own.

I just dont get it.

Maria   August 31st, 2009 3:05 pm ET

I couldn't agree more. It's sad to think how much he had to take from the media bashing him. He's only human and I'm sure it effected him tremendosly ie not being able to sleep. NBC once had a whole 1 hour special just on his face...seriously I can't imagine if someone talked about my face and called me a freak for an entire hour. I think America is weird to focus on such things not Michael Jackson.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 3:05 pm ET

American Men are are not allowed–and you are right-unless it's family you better not–or you will be accused of some lewd acts. I'll tell you this whatever you do in the US--do not open a daycare center-–you will be accused of all sorts of things.

Sarah D   August 31st, 2009 3:11 pm ET

I JUST HOPED ALL FANS COULD express their disgust and anger for people like martin bashir , who I think, really broke MJ's heart, I really want to make Bashir feel so so so so sorry for himself, more than he already is . michael was and still is my only hope for humanity in this world, and they took him away by confusing him, hurting him with their discusting stupid ignorant questions.

Katie Couric talked with Spike Lee. And she put this discusting fake smile, like she really felt for the loss of MJ. Than she says " oh yes .. bleaching his skin and all" AND SPIKE LEE DIDNT EVEN DENY IT.
What did Michael have to do , to just stop a stupid reporter like Couric believe the tabloids.

HAVE THESE REPORTERS EVER HEARD ABOUT A THING CALLED RESEARCH, before they go on and talk about a person ..

I've talked with one person with vitiligo and its so much more than dipigmentantion, it have such a big effect on your mental health. It's not a easy thing to talk about, but he did on Oprah, he told Bashir .. still they say he didnt want to be what he was ..

I know I will have michaels message with me for the rest of my life..
but I cant help feeling so sorry for this world, I cant help feeling hopeless for the people .. hopeless about human beings.

Lisa S   August 31st, 2009 3:11 pm ET


I wish people knew how much damage it does to children not being touched and have physical contact. The risk of future emotional problems is much bigger than the risk or pedophile.
All psychologists will confirm this.

We are human beings and we need eachother. If we stop hugging eachother, patting eachother on the back, etc, we are going towards a very unhealthy society and we will see consequences of this in form of cold and emotionally disturbed people.

Tina (Germany)   August 31st, 2009 3:14 pm ET

Lisa – I remember a story several years ago where a 7 year old boy was put in handcuffs by police because he helped his 4 year old sister using the toilet.

I remember that I didn't know if I should laugh or cry......

Anne   August 31st, 2009 3:25 pm ET

I think Katie Couric genuinely liked MJ. She said he asked her out on a date once when she was on Letterman about one month ago although she did kind of say it like it was funny. But MJ liked her enough to ask her out when he was in NYC a few years ago. I think she was just trying to draw Spike Lee out to talk about MJ. He didn't seem to have alot of interesting things to say.

mariau   August 31st, 2009 3:37 pm ET

this is my only view about sleeping in bed with children, yes i agree with you Lisa S.
the term sleeping in bed it depends on the person who is talking.
Michael slept with in bed was very controversial because he was celebrity and targeted by Filthy media. first of all Michael wasn't sleep in bed with this children he slept in the floor..
when you said sleep in bed it doesn't mean your making sex..
this is nornal thing to do. Normal because of what was the intentions.
Michael love children with pure innocent love for me i never think that Michael had another intentions.. MJ loves children as part of his own children and family.. MJ grew up with poor family and sharing bed it wasn't bad.
America has this kind of mentality that makes me alarmed that every thing regarding children was exploitation. it's sound ridiculous..
Michael said what is wrong with sharing your room or bed???
he was not Jack the ripper...
Michael love children so much and he was just target by dirty media.
he was not pedophile.. if Michael is child molester he will never say that in camera that he loves children, he will just keep it. He will not do the interview like Martin Bashir and to show up that he was child molester. he was just misunderstood by some narrow minded people.
as i believed the pedophile can victimized at least 200 children a year.
and please check all those molester creep man, they will aloof to children in public.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 3:47 pm ET

That's what I said earlier-Michael never said the sleeps in the bed with the children–He would give up his bed for these kids-and he would sleep on the floor–That is exactly what he said–of course the media totally left hat part of it out.

lindafromnewyork   August 31st, 2009 3:49 pm ET

they also left out the part where Michael said that he would rather slit his wrist than to every hut a child.

Lisa S   August 31st, 2009 4:05 pm ET

Hi Mariau! 🙂

Cocovelvet   August 31st, 2009 4:38 pm ET

Jesus Christ !!!!, can anybody really try to figure out what this media trash is TRYING to imply here !!???. What do they mean the fans were not there ???........ what did they do with their eyes and ears these FOOLS all along and especially during the 2005 case !!???. the fans were always there each and every court session supporting MJ....they are the ones this MEDIA WHO WERE NOT THERE FOR MJ; WERE NEVER THERE FOR MJ AND WILL NEVER BE THERE FOR MJ EXCEPT VERY FEW MEDIA FIGURES LIKE GERALDO......COME ON , JUST PISS OFF MEDIA:::::::

angelwings   August 31st, 2009 4:45 pm ET

funny the media is still talkin trash about Micheal to damn funny

mariau   August 31st, 2009 4:50 pm ET

hi lisa s. how are you 🙂

carol kesling   August 31st, 2009 4:51 pm ET

to tamara, huffington post – DO YOU HAVE NO SHAMEEEEEEE ?????? GET A LIFE AND A REAL JOB, BECAUSE YOU SUCKKKKKK AT THIS ONE !!!!!!!!!!!! you paper is a rag & a piece of should be ashamed of yourself for this article......

mariau   August 31st, 2009 4:55 pm ET

cocovelvet i agree in this article except for this

The AEG deal gave him new life. It brought him back to what he does best - perform, be in front of fans, be around humans. Only the inner sanctum at AEG believed in him. The public and the pundits were waiting for him to fail. Many fans who bought tickets to the sold out concerts just wanted to go to see a historic spectacle, hoping they would witness a car crash.

We killed Michael Jackson. We helped create his gilded cage and then we rejected him. Death serves you well Michael, the world is finally acknowledging the amazing force of nature you were. You changed the face of music. Rest in peace.


Rana   August 31st, 2009 4:55 pm ET

ohhhh my god.. your article really makes me feel bad about him.. although i'm only 18 and i didn't know much about him.. but i really did love and admired him as my father is almost his age and always listened to his music which made me addicted to him and his music.. but to be honest i started searching him and trying to find the truth about him only after he died and after i listened to his songs and understood them.. then i noticed that someone who sings and writes such songs can't be this evil figure the tabloids are talking about... now i know much more about him.. but unfortunately too late.. RIP

emma   August 31st, 2009 5:28 pm ET

Rana...i feel the same...I don't know much about him till the day he,i read about him and get to know him..i feel so bad that i missed him all these years...i can't stop crying when i watch his pain and how he ended....As i am really young I never got a chance to know abt him...I appreciate all his fans around the world who stood his side all this guys are i am also his greatest fan... MJ, if you are seeing all of us here..we all love you..we are not powerful to fight against stupid media or evil personalities who played games out of your pain...we can only cry for our loss and curse the evil...

we know..its too late..but you live in our hearts...FOREVER...
Sorry Mj...for all your pain...Sorry Mj...for what this world did to you...
Finally sorry to us...for losing you....RIP

Cocovelvet   August 31st, 2009 5:43 pm ET


You wanna tell me you really believe in this trash that the fans were not there !!!???......... i just don't want to believe one bet of that........maybe to some extend some of his friends were not there for him, but not the fans.....its quite unfair and ridiculous to say that, taking into account also the fact that as a fan, you are ofcourse an individual out there who doesn't have so much power to do whatever you could have loved to do to help MJ than someone like a friend who is more accessible like in the case of MJ.

Its quite true to certain figures who always displayed themselves as friends of MJ all along, and instead of helping him to come out of all those mishaps, they were actually helping him to go deeper....A GOOD EXAMPLE; WHO ELSE IF NOT DR. PROPOFOL KLEIN !!????....tell me that I'm wrong again.......

Christine   August 31st, 2009 5:44 pm ET

The fact is Michael looked different and when you look different, it's much easier to believe you're capable of evil things. It's a way for our society to feel safe. They want to think that a child molester will look different or weird so I don't have to worry. I really didn't think Michael was guilty. It surprised me during the trial how almost no media outlets investigated the family and their motives. They turned a blind eye because Michael looked different and was weird, so he must be guilty. It's quite sad that this would happen this day and age. For that has been written about this guy, I think maybe 5% of it is actual truth. I don't really think the media or the public really knows who Michael was. I do think he was a good guy who wanted to share his talents but was pretty much stoned to death for being different. I hope he rests in peace and I hope he knows that he's had a profound positive impact on the world....there are not a lot of artists or even politicians that can bring people from all walks of like that way Michael did.

Pam   August 31st, 2009 5:51 pm ET

I do not think people bought tickets to the London concert to see a "car wreck". Those people spent the night in the street waiting for the ticket booth to open to buy a ticket. It sold out in just a few hours. Fans love Mj more than any other entertainer. He could have just stood on the stage and tapped his foot and his fan would love it!

Alicia   August 31st, 2009 5:58 pm ET

Emma, very well said. Better late than never, for Michael. He is a gift that keeps giving, forever. I myself loved him as a kid, and loved him as a teen, and now even more as an adult, but ALWAYS.



Bella   August 31st, 2009 6:09 pm ET

Some of you may feel upset about this article, but there are truth in it. Except for the real fans who have always been with him through his ups and downs, the rest fall under "WE".

What happened to the 110million fans who bought Thriller, and only 13million of them bought Invincible? Certainly the killers are Junk Media including Martin Bashir, Diana Dimond and other garbage tabloid who never let him alone, but WE helped them to achieve their target to shoot him down.

Sad ... "he put his heart and soul into every new recording he did, but judgment had already been cast before anyone heard the music"....

..... But True

Alicia   August 31st, 2009 6:24 pm ET

I LOVE Invincible. If anyone hasn't bought it yet, you must, if you love MJ. It is a little different sound, but wonderful.

Yes, a lot of people fall under "WE".

If you haven't signed the petition to fire Martin Bashir, go to the petitionspot and search Martin Bashir. Everyone, sign it!!!

You can also sign the petition to nominate MJ for a nobel peace prize.

Curious   August 31st, 2009 7:00 pm ET

All you so called “fans” are the real LEECHES. Where were you before he died? Now all the sudden you cant stop praising him. Funny how maggots come to feast on the dead.

Alicia   August 31st, 2009 7:00 pm ET

Missin MJ, I so agree with you! I truly can't believe that people actually pay $ for this garbage!! Every other week I have to look at the cover in the grocery line of who has the most cellulite and the worst bikini body! Like you said, REALLY?????!!!! Come on, people, stop buying it, then they won't waste our time, and money and intelligence!!

emma   August 31st, 2009 7:02 pm ET

I personally think...we should be strong...we should not feel dull and accept everything stated by media...that is again the typical way of media to draw money and focus out of our pain..this kind of humiliation for the great figure in the world should not be repeated...we fans of MJ should do some thing to break this stop media from making experiments and news on him...MJ always said.."please don't read hurts me..".Any kind of news against him should be ridiculed right now...we should not give up..atleast we can make him live in our hearts in the way he deserved.....

this should not repeat to any one in this world again...yesterday lady Mj...there are many popular people who are suffering this kind of treatment but may be not worse as MJ...

Now is the time for all of raise the question....

"What should we do to save our loved great figures from this public humiliation?

Ester Naylor   August 31st, 2009 7:14 pm ET

I think the absolute frenzy the day the tickets for 'This Is It' went on sale says it all – Michael Jackson was worshipped the world over!! The whole thing just got bigger and bigger as demand went through the roof.

Why would we have been weeping fans ten years ago? – we weren't grieving. Michael was still alive. Michael knew he had fans that loved him to bits and pieces – always. The pain he suffered in the last years came primarily from the false allegations. The love of his fans kept him going through the hardest times.

I never ever thought Michael Jackson was a (quote) "freak – a plastic surgery addicted child molester" (unquote). Not for a second. I've loved him since I was a kid.

Mila   August 31st, 2009 7:18 pm ET

I agree with this article for the most part.
We as a society so curious about every little detail of our celebrities private lives, so scrutinous towards everything we hear (factual or not) and so deaf and blind for the pain these people feel because of all this attention, we killed Michael Jackson.

Media that would do anything to deliver scandalous news and an audience that would read and repeat anything ...

Michael Jackson is the most outstanding victim of our society but he's not the only one – Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Brooke Shields, Tom Cruise, Jennifer Aniston ... the list of people who were in the news every single moment of the hardest periods of their lives or were drugged through the mud for expressing an unpopular opinion goes on and on.

One moment they're glorious stars, the other – they're outcasts. How many people can stand to live like that ?

I have only one question to Tamara – if Michael was to come back miraculously, if it turned out that he faked his death – what would she do ?
Would she lay her pen down and surrender to compassion ?
Or would she attack him all over again?

Robyn   August 31st, 2009 7:24 pm ET

I absolutely love Invincible. Too bad I have only discovered it now. I remember the You Rock My World video and enjoyed watching it. No wonder Michael was protesting at Sony. He was frustrated that no one could see the musical genius anymore. I believe the media turned him into a monster and I am ashamed to admit I believed it. I now know the truth and will always have positive thoughts about Michael and always smile when I listen to his music,

Ala   August 31st, 2009 7:50 pm ET

I'd would like to point out that the question is the PUBLIC, not FANS but the the PUBLIC. Yes, there ARE people who don't like him [sadly] but the media made the PUBLIC react to something THE MEDIA created and was 110% UNTRUE. The true, hard-ucore fans, like, decided to go see what their idol's [Michael Jackson's] reaction was to all of the injustice. The tabloid hating songs, the interviews and the 1993 video in which he stated that he deserved a FAIR trial [which I believe he got]. If you haven't seen the video, go check it out because that way you can plainly see how extremely shocked he was to hear the lies his own "friends" said about him being a child molester. I think he found it hard to trust people easily after that....

Cocovelvet   August 31st, 2009 7:54 pm ET

I just couldn't believe that I was always not aware that MJ had that CD Invincible....I only got to know about it when I went on my biggest MJ CD hunt for all CDs which i didn't have just after he died. I remember even wondering if its a recent release, but when I checked at the back for its production information, i found that its from years way back............ I couldn't help asking myself why it seemed it was never so popular despite the fact that its such a good CD just like the others, only to learn about why it was so unknown from all these unfolding debacles which keep coming up about those vultures.

Alicia   August 31st, 2009 7:57 pm ET

Thank you, Mila. Great idea!! I joined.

itsmi   August 31st, 2009 8:03 pm ET

Media Killed MICHAEL ! PERIOD!

Mila   August 31st, 2009 8:09 pm ET

MJ fan club in Facebook has over 10 million fans.

If all these fans had bought the box set The Ultimate Collection and Invincible (or any other 4-5 of his albums) it would have paid for the majority of his debt.

Mila   August 31st, 2009 8:11 pm ET

Alicia, thank you very much !

lisa   August 31st, 2009 8:37 pm ET

The fans did not kill michael. We loved him. The media killed michael with their judgement, constant scruitny, and hateful words. I can go on and on but I won't. His true fans loved him for him. The media killed michael

Alicia   August 31st, 2009 8:39 pm ET

Go to and to her blog, let her know how much you appreciate her book, The Michael Jackson Conspiracy.


karen   August 31st, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Now that MJ has passed the media reports on him only for ratings. I have stopped watching so many shows because they only report what they want you to hear. I am extremely upset that MJ is being cheated out of all the things people want to do to honor his memory like renaming the subway where the BAD video was filmed. They sell out for fear of negative reactions. WE THE FANS NEED TO DEFEND AND PROTECT MJ'S MEMORY NOW MORE THAN EVER! People who claimed they were his best friends have been silent, WHERE ARE THEY?

Barbara   August 31st, 2009 8:46 pm ET

I agree about the Invincible CD. It is a masterpiece, but unfortunately was not promoted and played as it should have been.

Mila   August 31st, 2009 8:56 pm ET

I love Invincible

Missin_MJ   August 31st, 2009 9:01 pm ET

Well, given MJ's closest friends are experiencing their own sorrow, now more than ever is the time to speak out. Not hide away in your security circle.

No disrespect to them.

But, let your voices be heard because his no longer can be. Now is the time. It sounds terrible, but right now, Michael is ever so relevant. I know!! It sounds bad. But to speak out now about the man that he was, would be the best thing for his memory.

TM in CO   August 31st, 2009 9:07 pm ET

Red her article better ppl. With the exception of the very first line "Where were the weeping fans?", she hit it right on the head. The media, ppl who like to feed of the disgusting lies that were told about him, the radio stations. We lost a very caring, wonderful soul that day and those that called him Wacko Jacko and believed the allegations should be ashamed. As I parent myself, I would settle for any amount of money if someone had molested my kids. They would have been prosecuted..................................To all you Michael Jackson haters: LEAVE HIM ALONE AND LET HIM REST IN PEACE.

Emily   August 31st, 2009 9:08 pm ET

Exactly what I have been saying since radio stations played his songs. Where WERE they when he WAS ALIVE?! Even I [ an 18 year old girl] played more of his songs on my MP3 than they did. It's sad that he is now getting recognition dead than alive. Guess its true what they say: Don't know what you have until its gone.
Although, I am glad that they are playing his songs again so younger kids can listen to his music now.

Even my six year old niece loves his music!
God bless Michael Jackson and his family and kids.

Dorothy   August 31st, 2009 9:25 pm ET

you know who kill Micheal? micheal killed hiself because he wasn't man enough to over ride the negative so he use pills and other drugs to comfort his paon. He was a millionare who had fans all over the world in his corner regardless of what was being said about him. The accident with the pepsi commerical started the ball to rolling with using drugs. He allowed that to take him to a dependency of using drugs to comfort not only his physical pain but his pain of allowing ruthless people to say ugly things about him and accuse him of the unthinkable. All Mike had to do was to ride the storm out and trust the Lord and not allow drugs or any human to mock him, he should have ignored the people because in the end he lost and they won. He is the greatest entertainer ever know and now he will never know just how much the people loved him and who his real fans are. RIP MIKE

Edith   August 31st, 2009 9:35 pm ET


Frank Fielder   August 31st, 2009 9:48 pm ET

It was Michael's self indulgence, coupled with irresponsible prescribing on the part of his physicians, that caused his death.

Nikki   August 31st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Larry, we look to you for fan support! You're a friend of the Jackson family!

There are millions and millions of us around the world that have supported Michael throughout all these years.
Just because we don't have the equipment to put forth grabbing headlines all over the Internet, TV and magazines doesn't mean we haven't supported and loved Michael from a distance!

However, to millions of us, it wasn't an emotional distance. Many of us felt that we knew him, when he sang, it was to us, when he cried, it was on our shoulder, when he danced, it was for our recital and when he gave an interview, he was confiding in us, as his friend and his fan.

So no, the fans did not kill Michael Jackson. If any one of the millions of us could have saved him from this nightmare, we would have. In case Tamara Conniff didn't notice, Michael was pretty surrounded by security. I can't blame him. But at the same time, that security kept out the people that really and truly loved him. His family...and his fans.

RIP Michael, we love and miss you dearly and always will.

Maria   August 31st, 2009 10:37 pm ET

Edith –
Maybe the best answer to what you say would be a question: were the fans aware about his prescription drug addiction? Because I think this addiction, fed by his so-called doctors and enablers, has been his most important enemy in his latest years, not the non-fans or the paparazzi who were taking pics of him at the shop. And if fans were aware, how on earth could they help him, as long as his own family and friends could not?

jovana   August 31st, 2009 11:10 pm ET

I always believed that Michael Jackson was innocent. I am not a die hard fan but i love his music, him as a entertainer and as a person. I think media hurt Michael the most, all those lies and false accusations even after he was proclaimed innocent it was ridiculous. What amazes me the most is how much certain people can hate Michael and why : because he was the greatest ever. There is so much ignorance, hate , irony and everything else even after his death, even though those haters know what Michael was about. I think one thing that media can do now is to say SORRY to his children, family and fans all around the world for making Michael's life so miserable while he was living. That would be only the start for making yourself better person , pray to God that it forgives you because i know i never will and probably i am not alone in that.
Thank you

chris   August 31st, 2009 11:16 pm ET

Tamara is right – "we" the public did kill Michael. It's evident she doesn't mean the fans but rather the public. The media supplies rumours & plain, vicious lies – and consumers greedily eat it up. Tabloid magazines and shows are not hurting for money. It's not just what the media said and wrote about Michael but what the paparazzi said to him: horrible, painful, cruel lies. Can you imagine what that must have been like for Michael? There's no respect left in the world! The media will say anything to anyone to provoke a response. If fans had any part in Michael's demise it might be that we skewed his perception. Think about it, on one hand he had the media telling he was evil/weird/ a freak and some fans treating him like an idol (and not a person.) Maybe that explains why Michael made some unwise decisions – such as surrounding himself with scum e.g., Tohme Tohme, Uri Gellar...

Alicia   August 31st, 2009 11:16 pm ET

I won't be forgiving them any time soon. I think they should say they are SORRY, but I bet most of them don't think they did anything wrong. That is how unaware and clueless they really are.

Nancy   August 31st, 2009 11:19 pm ET

Michael Jackson is a precious gift from God. Michael tried to love all the people of the world, help sick/orphaned children and our planet. But the media destroyed him. God is not happy with the way we treated MJ.

Alicia   August 31st, 2009 11:27 pm ET

Chris, is Uri Gellar scum? I didn't know.....

Judy Florescu   August 31st, 2009 11:43 pm ET

This article brought tears to my eyes...I can't call myself a Michael Jackson fan because I respect the people that were loyal to him for so many years. In two months, through his music and interviews, which most of them I know by heart, Michael changed my life. I was shocked by Lisa Marie's blog when she said that she wanted to save him and by Jermaine who said on Larry King Live that he didn't knew about the drugs until his death.

chris   August 31st, 2009 11:57 pm ET

I read that Uri Gellar lined up the Martin Bashir interview for Michael. After MJ saw the outcome he was angry with Gellar and broke off ties. Since Michael's death, however, Gellar has been looking for his 15 minutes of fame by doing lots of interviews claiming to be Michael's best friend. That's just what I've read. Maybe some other fans might be able to add to this.

Maria   September 1st, 2009 12:10 am ET

Yeah. I saw his recent film about his "best friend" MJ – search on youtube for "Uri Geller – My Friend Michael Jackson" (part 1-5). Private footage galore, of course, and Geller crying in front of the camera and saying how much he tried to get MJ off drugs and how close they were.

marin   September 1st, 2009 1:22 am ET

some people said that MJ was weird.. wacko jacko, they didn't realize one thing: we never treated MJ as a normal person... i agree that the media was and still threatening this great person. about uri geller.. i think he is not MJ's best friend. truly friends shut their mouth and grieve.. they respect the family's loss

Grace   September 1st, 2009 1:44 am ET

as much as this pains me, i think tamara is somewhat right.. where were we when he needed us? we say we're there for him but why didn't we show ourselves?
but i don't agree with the title.. the fans didn't kill him.. the fans just failed to show just how much we love him...

Biff   September 1st, 2009 2:30 am ET

He killed himself. At worst, his dad/forced fame killed him. Classic child star story

Elizabeth   September 1st, 2009 3:18 am ET

the tabloid contributed a lot to MJ's death.. like Bashier, those that called him Jacko....the enquirer, and star, and london tabloids, they're all trash. He knew his fans always loved him and he loved them back always, really, from the bottom of his heart, he said on his last speech.

Sheletta   September 1st, 2009 4:28 am ET

This is F-k–g getting out of hand. Is this the security breach that the corner's was holding back? I knew from some report I read online that Michael was dead for more then 3 to 5 hours. Would love to know who help him moved Micchael's body from one room to other.

So piss right now going to bed and have happy thoughts. Good nite EVERYOnE.

P.S. Pray that before they laid Michael down in his permanante home that we hear or see the new with arrest warrans.

cherubijne, The Netherlands   September 1st, 2009 6:03 am ET

To Curious:

Let me are a tabloid journalist?

We need to keep up the pressure....

Katirina   September 1st, 2009 8:39 am ET

I have always been a Michael Jackson fan for many years..since I was 4..I grew up listening to him..and I feel it was the tabloids that caused him harm..they come up with their negative news about him all the time..WE,His fans never believed them,we stood by him..we buy his albums ..why not blame the tabloids?I just hope the King of Pop gets to rest in peace

Sheila   September 1st, 2009 10:07 am ET

Guys, stop blaming the media! Do remember, without them, we would never know what is happening around the world.They have brought news to us that we would never have otherwise known about.Thank you to all the Media! I appreciate what you guys are doing. Being from South Africa, without the Media, I really would be left in the dark. I watch CNN (by the way, you are writing on CNN's blog – they are the Media to – you claim to hate them so much but here you are writing to the Media?Hypocrites!!) I watch CNN everyday and I especially love Larry King Live.When I miss his interviews, I feel absolutely empty! Now, he is the Media too. If he didnt tell us about the death of MJ, and how he died, would we have known the truth?NO.Now I know and I am very happy that they keep us informed! I know so much more than I have ever known about MJ and I thank LK for that!
Once again thank you LK and thank you CNN and the media!!
Keep up your good work!

Kila   September 1st, 2009 10:37 am ET

I agree. Even I fell victim to his stereotypes. I think the media skewed our views of him and we got caught up in all of this hype without knowing what really happened. The money hungry desparation of a few demolished a legends name and career. It's funny how death puts everything in perspective, funny and unfortunate. I even said that I wish I would've been more supportive in some way...though I do not know him or any celebrities.

Tania from Nicaragua   September 1st, 2009 1:33 pm ET

I always bought MJ´s CD, my mom and I are his fans forever and we never judge him (his surgery or his way of living). Media and the way he managed his publicity were the main cause of his dead.

Truthbereal   September 1st, 2009 2:33 pm ET

I truly believe as stated THE TRUE FANs were ALWAYS there. But it is sad to admit that society was never nice to MJ. Ohh how unfortunate to lose such a talented Artist. If People could have looked beyond the lies, labels and evil remarks they would have realized what a talent that was shared with us. I am truly sadden by the pain that MJ must have experienced at the hands of the media and society

Farah   September 1st, 2009 3:03 pm ET

There is an inherent selfish motive on part of the ‘fans’ when they buy 02 tickets/attend a concert/buy CDs. They were not doing this for MJ. They were doing it for their own pleasure and entertainment. I think if fans, had been vocal and aggressive in their support of MJ say for instance in the wake of airing of Martin Bashir’s documentary or during 2003-2005 trial, things could have been significantly less bad. Just my opinion.

Beautifaalll   September 1st, 2009 4:23 pm ET

I believe that the media killed michael jackson.
All of the false accusations about him, him being a molester, him trying to be "white", him making neverland so that he can mess with little kids even more and all the plastic surguries. MJ was a good man and artist, i think that he is very strong and courageous to be able to live through the media terrorizing him day to day. To go to the store everyday and see things about yourself that arent true and that is messing with your reputation, has to be stressful. MJ donate millions and billions of money to children charities, he made neverland because he never really got the chance to be a child himself so he wanted to be able to experience and be apart of making it fun for other kids and being able to do and see them do what he didnt get the chance to do . There were so many stories showing that all the accusations for michael were not true they just wanted his money as they do for all african americans who come up in this world the media and others try to bring them down somehow, as they did to Michael Jordan Kode Bryant Michael Jackson etc. Everyone thinks that racisim is not a factor anymore since slavery ended but thats not true at all, and this is a perfect example. MJ did not want to become white he had a skin disease for all of you idiots spreading rumors(also the cause of other many stresses he had) and that is the reason his skin looks like it does. He did get surgery on his face and nose but if you research plastic surgery is in fact bad for you and you have to keep going back and getting it redone so that it will say because it falls. MJ did not want his nose to start peeling and forming into somethings else ... who does... and what would be his reasoning for that???? He is normal and human like everyone else, he had feelings and a hard childhood..... everyone who had a part in the stress for michael, the rumors made about Michael and his family and decisions you all will get have to deal with god ... and after that theres not much more to say......
You are missed very much Michael ... My prayers go out to you and your family.... eventhough i didnt grow up listening to you because I am only 17 my mom introduced you to me and I have always loved your music.... and always will. at least your in a better place and you wont have to deal with all the stress and choas anymore... RIP
love always my family and I

carmen   September 1st, 2009 6:35 pm ET

is correct, media is the one who considered and destroyed people's life. It is not only the Celebrity Michael Jackson, but can be someone else in the future. Please hesitate and respect the privacity of the people.

Californian dweller   September 1st, 2009 8:53 pm ET

freakish media people.. when will they ever have sympathy

mytake   September 1st, 2009 10:04 pm ET

When I first read the title of this thread, I wanted to say, NO, not everyone is in the "WE" category. I agreed only because to not agree would have let the vipers who denigrated Michael off the hook.

I stood by Michael through every single speck of smut thrown at him when I first heard the DA was after his neck. NEVER did any of the crap being said register to me as being TRUTH.

I saw through it all and I became vigorous in my spiritual nature to rip through the lies pouring out of vile mouths of the media and the public masses, and totally gained strength and belief that what I felt was RIGHT that MICHAEL WAS ALWAYS THE VICTIM.

I constantly wrote uplifting letters to Michael on his MJJSource website. There's NO WAY that I am one of the "WE" that this thread title is describing.

The author is correct on all other descriptions of hate and despise that so many spewed and STILL DOES, which is PATHETIC. It's SAD how WORDS can be used to sway the thoughts of mental followers who don't think for themselves but rather follow the ridiculous rantings of deception and lies.

mytake   September 1st, 2009 10:06 pm ET

Fans...If you haven't done so already, please take the time to become a "dot" in the largest portrait of Michael.

Please go to:

and join for free to be one of the million fans needed to complete the portrait.

Check it out, if you're interested and pass the words along. One million fans are needed.

mytake   September 1st, 2009 10:08 pm ET

The "j" in Jackson wasn't supposed to be capitalized, but the link should still work.

mytake   September 1st, 2009 10:15 pm ET

Something happened to the link . It disappeared from MY monitor, so I'll try it again, this time with just the words...


Patty Anderson   September 1st, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Thanks mytake. I signed up as soon as it started.

Stacey   September 1st, 2009 10:47 pm ET

The people that have stuck by Michael through the good and bad did not kill him.......I can't say the same for the people that did nothing but ridicule and judged him and who used him. As much as people will probably get mad at me for saying it but it was not just the media, it was also some of those people that claim that they were his friends, those same people that are now claiming they loved Michael and they knew all the things that we was doing, but yet still did nothing but enable him (I'm not saying no one tried to help him, some poeple did try to help and did truly love him, but not everyone really cared about Michael). Yes the media has a huge part in his death, but to put all the blame of them, I feel it isn't correct.... I love Michael just as much as the next person, Michael Jackson the King of Pop was what I feel in love with at the begining, but his caring, kindness, and soul is the reason why I love him today, it's the human that was behind the superstar that I care most about. But the human behind the superstar also brings sadnes to my heart, because he was never understood. I feel as if all he wanted was to be treated like a human and to be understood. No one will ever really understand what Michael had to go through on a day to day basis, nor would we have been able to walk in his shoes and what he had to deal with was things no human being should have to go through.. Just like he said "I hurt, I bleed and I embrass easily". He was human. He was blessed with all these incredible talents.. We made him into the superstar, King of Pop he became and he was the best..... But bad always follows the good, and unfortunately the bad took a huge toll on Michael...... Lets not remember Michael with the bad, lets remember all the good, and selfless things he did and his music. People keep asking what Michael's legacy will be and I think it is his music, but most important, his heart, caring, and kindness.......Michael may you finally rest in peace........You are loved and missed........

cc   September 1st, 2009 11:00 pm ET

That is so true. I remember when invincible first came out. I was over some friends house they asked he has a new cd out I said yeah I played it they were like it sounds good. I heard it wasnt doing that good.

Lot of people that are young dont know too much about michael but now their jumping on the band wagon. I guess biggie is kinda right the song he wrote before he died. Your nobody till somebody kills you.
Meaning now everybody and than some loves him should been doing this when he was alive. This is for the people that werent real fans.

mytake   September 1st, 2009 11:25 pm ET

You're welcome Patty. I know a lot of fans probably already has a "dot" scheduled, but I'm sure a lot of them haven't heard about it.

spookykast   September 1st, 2009 11:50 pm ET

It was time for "THE HARVEST" young lad. BRITTANY SPEARS is next !!!!

marin   September 2nd, 2009 1:16 am ET

i think elizabeth give a really good opinion, especially about bashir.. i don't like him mostly after i watched the footage you were never meant to see. and stacey, i love your thougth.. it bring tears to my eyes when i read it.
@ mytake: i already has a dot but i don't know what to do next... what should i do with it, by the way i'm sooo glad i got it. because i really want to be a part of michael jackson tribute portrait. it's awesome..

Mandela Morais (from Angola)   September 2nd, 2009 9:34 am ET

I do agree with you at certain extent but even though I didn’t listen to his music frequently, I never stopped listening to his music, never stopped buying his song. I confess not buying invincible because it was a bit scarce to find it when i had money.

Yeah I was a bit distracted with other new artists in the market and then MJ came in second plan, but I never stopped loving Michael and used to fight every time they tried to say he is a bad man, people that don’t know him used to say things like they live with him.

Michael is a example how the human specie is ungrateful like they were with JESUS.

But even though I don’t go to Church as religious people I love JESUS and I try to follow Gods wish, but I am only human.

Now what I think really killed Michael was people that surrounded him. The press, his promoters, the industry.

His fans around the world loved him, people that don’t give a damn about the racial issue, people who forgave the past and care about the future.

Michael is our symbol.

I cried so much when he died, in a manner I never thought I would cry. It was involuntary. I am 30 years old and cried next to my wife, my daughter and my house workers.

I cried once in the club when they played his song surrounded by a lot of people.

Michael Jackson is one of the greatest human beings of our time. I had the chance to meet him in South Africa in person he signed my autograph.

We didn’t had the chance to meet Jesus Christ, but we had the chance to meet Michael Jackson and still some of us didn’t believe that love and forgiveness his the answer, they didn’t forgive Michael Jackson and because of that some people helped MJ´s enemies crucify him.

His Doctor was his Judas and he killed him even with no intention, but why should we bother to put this man in jail, Michael is gone; this is not going to bring him back.

But MJ was childish to trust a so un professional doctor and once again a black brother that ashamed us.

Rest Peace MJ

Mandela Morais (from Angola)   September 2nd, 2009 9:57 am ET

Just one last thing...
If its not the media and strong (close) enemies who killed him then why they created the name KING OF POP and then after the media created a name that they posted in every headline.

I am talking about the WAKO JACKO name.

His fans have nothing to do with that Tamara.

The media killed him, and all the powerful enemies he had in the industry. MJ, Princess Diana, Marlin Monroe are all your victims.

Because the Media presented this talented American to the world the same media who rediculed him.

And the dumb (believers of everything they read and see on TV) helped.

I will alway love you Michael Jackson, You are the greatest of all time.
You were sent from Heaven

Rest in Peace

marin-indonesia   September 2nd, 2009 12:08 pm ET

@ mandela morais: I reply your comment on the wrong article –lol–, but I'm gonna re-write it here
Lucky you to had an opportunity to meet michael jackson. I come from indonesia, and I never had a chance to meet michael jackson personally, but even tough I'm from far far away land, I always love michael jackson for his talent and his kindness to the people. Michael break the nationality boundaries, so all the people from around the world could enjoy his great music. Michael was indeed the greatest of all time.

Pren   September 2nd, 2009 1:15 pm ET

You should be asking if the media played a role in his passing!
If the stupid media never tore him to shreds in front of the world maybe alot of his new fans like myself would have known the person he was before his passing.
I have magazines that are a few years old and they contain articles such as "Jacko gets more wacko", "wacko in a wheelchair" !!!
I once watched a show called "count down of the weirdest weddings" and Liza Minelli's wedding came up and you know what the commentator said, "hey what do you expect from a wedding that had Michael Jackson as the best man." This is what infuriates me.
How does a fanbase grow when you the tabloids have made him look like the weirdest/freakish person on planet earth?
I thank Michael for opening up my eyes to the bloodsucking media – I will never judge a celeb again because of him.
I am only sorry that it took his passing to make me see him for who he was.

lisa   September 2nd, 2009 4:32 pm ET

my honest opion is that my jackson was a grown nan who wanted desperately wanted the childhood he never got to have, but he took it WAY too far until he got so bad he started to self distruct and no one tryed to stop him because they knew how vunrebale he was and wanted to take advantage of his fragileness;those people have his blood on their hands. We did'nt kill michael they did.

Cindy   September 2nd, 2009 4:33 pm ET

It wasn't the Media or the Fans that killed Michael it was Drugs.

I think that people need to really take an honest look at what happened to Michael. If someone is doing an extreme amount of drugs for long periods of time well guess what it eventually will kill you. The reality is Michael was not being treated for an illness that killed him.

I have always loved Michael Jackson's music and he will truly be missed.

Alicia from Hawaii   September 2nd, 2009 6:12 pm ET

Something I got from the HTWF. A nice piece to offset some of the trash we are reading here:

Written by: Jeff Koopersmith (one of the few opinion journalists to defend MJ): I never believed that Michael Jackson did what the publicity-seeking LA Police Dept. and a twisted, fame-grabbing district attorney crammed down the insensitive, sycophatic media's throats. Of course, Jackson was acquitted. Now he is gone, and all I gave him was my courage that he was just as he said: a man who loved children, and a childhood that was robbed from him by us. Michael Jackson was one of the most talented performing artists of the 20th century. Instead of simply celebrating the joy Jackson brought a worldwide audience, dead-tree outlets and cable bobbleheads obsess over the more tawdry and seemingly inexplicable facets of his too-short lifetime. I once claimed that we had lynched Michael Jackson. I stand by that opinion. I will miss him. We will all miss him.

Real   September 2nd, 2009 6:27 pm ET

Even now, there are so many people criticizing “Michael” with out knowing anything.
It makes me say, if he (MJ) didn’t do anything to you, and you do not have proved of your words and don't know.
What is your point, motive, reason, hatred? Why? What?

Liz   September 2nd, 2009 6:50 pm ET

The media did put a lot on him , with all the Wacko Jacko sruff, he was already unstable. The other countries really did support him, America wounded him.

kqool   September 2nd, 2009 7:00 pm ET

The world has no respect for the legacy of the dead nor that of the living. Jesus Christ died also as a result of the world hate. They hated Him without a cause. Freedom Speech and Opinion will always goes too far. There is nothing to stop mans "un-tameable tounge" its like a two edge sword. Michael Jackson never stopped of ways to show the world love. Not many has ever been worthy to compare any such love they have shared with the world let alone people in their family. -kqool

Cynobia   September 2nd, 2009 9:19 pm ET

The public didn't kill MIchael, don't try to turn it around on the fans, because the media now has blood on their hands. We never called him Wacko Jacko, Put out hateful articles on him, ridiculed him. Or caused him to flee from his own homeland. If anything we loved MIchael and if it was up to us, he would still be here.

Cali MJ Fan   September 6th, 2009 3:21 am ET

This is a repost of someone's comments– and truly fitting.
Sunset in the Pacific September 4th, 2009 3:53 pm ET

I wish I had to time cross post this on every Michael Jackson Blog on LKL.

September 3rd was a fitting tribute and dignified ceremony honoring one of the most beloved entertainers of all time. The guest list and the attendance spoke of well deserved respect and affection bestowed both on the deceased and for the family. And once again the children made a poignent statement through their love and final gestures.

Not one circumstance, lie, truth or rumor will ever change the finality of last evening. Many virtual friendships and connections seemed to have been made by all the cross-posters who attended these Blogs, as well as creating other opportunities to visit off-line websites.

As a mark of honor and in good taste, Larry King Live & CNN Webmasters, why not close down the Blogs that continue to enflame speculation for no good reason any longer.

To truly allow the family, friends and fans some lasting peace and consideration.

BJ   September 15th, 2009 2:23 pm ET

I mostly agree with this EXCEPT that the fans who loved MJ and always believed in him stood by him and he knew it. Although I am sure some left and believed the media. The media is the main culprit here and then society as a whole. The media spent the majority of their time trying to vilify a man who was proven innocent in court. And society loves a story. Who was there to care about him, besides his fans and family? To this day despite the fact that MJ has gotten all the love and attention now that he is gone ,(which is sad) there are still people (the media and society as a whole) who are insistent on still labeling MJ as a monster and leaving the worst comments imaginable on sites that are very hurtful to those who love MJ. These horrible people are not happy that they helped lead to his death, they want to still keep destroying his name. I am very happy that there are many who are trying to vindicate his name. Too bad it's too late for him to see.

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