The Medical Records…Are They The Real "Pandora's Box" That Everyone Fears Out Of This Trial?

Are Worried Fans Possibly Sending The Wrong Message?
Are Worried Fans Possibly Sending The Wrong Message?

The myth of Pandora’s box is an analogy that has been tossed around ever since the KJ vs. AEG civil trial became imminent, and now that it’s here, the phrase has even more relevance, especially  since Judge Yvette Palazuelos has ruled that Michael Jackson’s medical records will not be sealed.

“The Jacksons are opening Pandora’s box,” has gone the line, repeatedly, across almost every MJ advocacy website, blog, and forum, as well as almost every MJ-related social media page.

Well, what does that mean exactly? Let’s look at the origin of the Pandora myth.

Once up a time, a long time ago, Zeus ordered Hephaestus (Aphrodite’s husband) to make him a daughter. It was the first woman made out of clay. Hephaestus made a beautiful woman and named her Pandora. 

Zeus sent his new daughter, Pandora, down to earth so that she could marry Epimetheus, who was a gentle but lonely man. 

Zeus was not being kind. He was getting even. Epimetheus and Prometheus were brothers. Zeus was mad at one of the brothers, Prometheus, for giving people fire without asking Zeus first.  

Zeus gave Pandora a little box with a big heavy lock on it. He made her promise never to open the box. He gave the key to Pandora’s husband and told him to never open the box. Zeus was sure that Epimetheus’ curiosity would get the better of him, and that either Epimetheus or his brother would open the box. 

Pandora was very curious. She wanted to see what was inside the box, but Epimetheus said no. Better not. “You know your father,” Epimetheus sighed, referring to Zeus. “He’s a tricky one.”

One day, when Epimetheus lay sleeping, Pandora stole the key and opened the box.

Out flew every kind of disease and sickness, hate and envy, and all the bad things that people had never experienced before. Pandora slammed the lid closed, but it was too late. All the bad things were already out of the box. They flew away, out into the world.

Epimetheus woke up at the sound of her sobbing. “I opened the box and all these ugly things flew out,” she cried. “I tried to catch them, but they all got out.” Pandora opened the box to show him how empty it was. But the box was not quite empty. One tiny bug flew quickly out before Pandora could slam the lid shut again. 

“Hello, Pandora,” said the bug, hovering just out of reach. “My name is Hope.” With a nod of thanks for being set free, Hope flew out into the world, a world that now held Envy, Crime, Hate, and Disease – and Hope.

http://greece.mrdonn.org/greekgods/pandora.html

I suppose it is neither here nor there that Pandora’s “box” was never a box at all, but an urn (as so often happens, bad translations through the centuries managed to turn the original Greek word for urn, or jar-“pithos” -into a “box”). However, you get the idea. This young woman, overcome by temptation, unerringly releases all of the evil into the world. Up until then, according to the myth, the world had been an idealistic place, similar to the Garden of Eden state of the  Judaic-Christian tradition. Once released, there is no way to take the evil back; no way to return it to the confines of the box and return the world to its former, idealistic self.

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The myth of Pandora’s box seems to make perfect sense in relation to this trial, except that-as so often happens-those who are lightly tossing the phrase around are ignoring the facts of the actual myth, and simply using it as a convenient “catch all” phrase based on its most rudimentary meaning. Today, we often refer to opening “Pandora’s box” to mean a small action that will, nevertheless, have far reaching and severe consequences down the road. By that definition, it makes perfect sense to use Pandora’s box as an analogy for what is happening-or what may happen- with this trial.

I Love This Rare, Touching Moment Captured Between Michael And Mother Katherine. But Has She, In Fact, Unleashed A Pandora's Box of Troubles
I Love This Rare, Touching Moment Captured Between Michael And Mother Katherine. But Has She, In Fact, Unleashed A Pandora’s Box of Troubles?

But there are two crucial twists to the actual myth that I believe bear scrutiny. One is the fact that the story of Pandora’s box relies on the belief in a perfect idealistic state of being. Or in other words, ignorant bliss. If we take the story of Pandora at literal face value, it means accepting that humanity lived in a state of perpetual, ignorant bliss before Pandora opened her box because the “evils” of the world were unknown to them.

Also, the crucial twist at the end of the story is often all but ignored. Pandora does release all of the evils of the world. But she also releases Hope. Perhaps we could argue that without evil, there is no need for Hope. But how sad would the world be if we lived in perpetual evil-plagued by all of those nasty things Pandora released-without Hope?

All of this brings me to the subject of the trial, the medical records, and how the myth of Pandora’s box truly applies to all of them. In fact, if we’re going to make comparisons to Greek or Roman mythology, then perhaps the threat of those heretefore sealed medical records could be called the Sword of Damocles. Why? Because I believe if most fans are truly honest with themselves, it is the threat of opening those medical records-what they may contain, and what may be “unleashed” onto the world by their revelation-that has stirred the most concern of this entire trial.

Indeed, whatever truth lies hidden within those records is at the heart of virtually every argument that fans and defenders of Michael Jackson have had to wage against the haters and the media from Day One. With the exception of the molestation allegations, no issue has raised more heated debate and controversy among fans, haters, cynics and the media than those pertaining directly to Michael’s medical history. Did he or did he not have vitiligo? If so, what brought it on? Was it natural, or “chemically induced?” (Keep in mind this has nothing to do with what I believe, but rather, the kinds of questions that are being kicked around on many discussion forums and by the general public).  Did he or did he not have addiction issues? Did he or did he not have xxx amount of cosmetic procedures? Did he or did he not father his own children biologically? It doesn’t take long to figure out the pattern. All of it-practically every issue that is debated in regards to Michael Jackson other than the molestation allegations-comes down to his medical history.

Photos Like This Inspired Endless Tabloid Speculation About The State Of Michael's Health (I Personally Think This Was Just Another One Of His Infamous Disguises!).
Photos Like This Inspired Endless Tabloid Speculation About The State Of Michael’s Health (I Personally Think This Was Just Another One Of His Infamous Disguises!).

And these are not only the issues that drive the most heated debates between fans and haters/cynics. They are also  the very issues that drive the insatiable tabloid market for stories on Michael Jackson, and continue to keep it fed.  These are all of the very issues that have kept millions of fans busy on the internet, endlessly defending, arguing, presenting facts and evidence, etc. Go to any general discussion forum dedicated to discussing Michael Jackson, and you will see that all of the above are the most hotly debated topics. Mostly such “debates” are  an exercise in futility, as most haters are ignorant of the facts and already have their heels dug comfortably in. They are content to live in their state of “ignorant bliss” (they, in turn, are only too happy to say the same about fans!). But that still leaves many who are neutrally curious-as I was in 2009-who just want to learn the truth-whatever it is.  I am forever grateful to those who at least opened my eyes to question what the media had fed me. Over the years, I have somewhat come to my own conclusions of the man and artist that was Michael Jackson, but always being careful to keep those views flexible in light of new evidence and new things I may learn.  I am not content, in other words, with “ignorant bliss”-either on the side of blind idealism/fanaticism on the one hand,  or pointless calumny and vilification on the other.

But given that all of these topics have been, for years, the most hotly debated among fans and foes alike, it is small wonder that the idea that we may finally have the full truth unleashed is creating more than a few ripples. And more than a few concerns.

But what exactly are we so afraid of? Perhaps that’s the real question that fans ought to be asking. Because the exact message that we (and the estate, via its request that the documents and/or certain aspects remain sealed) are sending is that we must feel there is something to fear. Many of us, whether intentional or not, are sending that exact message loud and clear, a message that says  we must fully believe all of the AEG propaganda of “deep, dark secrets” to be revealed-and are shaking at the thought!

However, I believe firmly that propaganda is exactly what it is, and that such sensationalistic scare tactics are being fed to a pro-AEG media to elicit just such responses.

Take, for example, this recent article on the revealing of the medical records and the typically salacious words and phrasings used:

Michael Jackson – Michael Jackson’s medical records to feature in trial

29 April 2013

AEG Live will use Michael Jackson’s medical records as part of their defence in their lawsuit against Katherine Jackson, who is suing them for the wrongful death of her son.

Michael Jackson’s medical records to feature in trial

Michael Jackson’s  ”astounding” medical records will be used as evidence in his wrongful death trial.

The late King of Pop’s mother Katherine Jackson is suing concert promoters AEG Live – who were responsible for the 50-date London residency he was preparing for at the time of his death from acute Propofol intoxication in June 2009 – for negligence in hiring Conrad Murray to supervise the ‘Thriller’ star’s medical care.

However, the concert promoters plan to back up their argument that Michael was addicted to powerful painkillers and went to great lengths to keep it hidden by using the medical records, which had previously been sealed.

A source told RadarOnline.com: ”Until the trial, the records had remained sealed for a very good reason. The contents of the records will stun even the most diehard Michael Jackson fan.

”Michael’s dependence on prescription drugs for routine cosmetic procedures was astounding.

”The judge has allowed AEG to present Michael’s medical records to prove their point that he was addicted to drugs, and the lengths he would go to keep it hidden. They had absolutely no knowledge that Dr. Murray would be giving Michael Propofol at his home. If AEG did, they would have terminated talks with Murray immediately, and taken the appropriate action. AEG doesn’t want to present this evidence, but they are being sued by Katherine for $40 billion dollars.”

Insiders warn the trial – which begins today (29.04.13) in Los Angeles and could run for up to three months – will be harmful for Michael’s three children, Prince, 16, Paris, 15, and 11-year-old Blanket.

The source added: ”The wrongful death trial is going to be hard for his three children who will be forced to relive his death all over again. Paris and Prince are expected to testify. They could learn stuff about their dad he never would have wanted them to know. There will be no winners in this case, no matter what the outcome of the trial is.”

http://www.contactmusic.com/news/michael-jackson-s-medical-records-to-feature-in-trial_3633832

First of all, I would be very, very curious to know who this “unnamed source” is. Secondly, note the very specific way in which certain keywords and phrases are used:

“…astounding medical records…”

“…the records had remained sealed for a very good reason…”

“…will stun even the most diehard Michael Jackson fans” (somehow, I doubt this seriously!).

“…Michael’s dependence on prescription drugs for routine cosmetic procedures was astounding…” (so are they going for a record to see how many times they can drop the word “astounding” into one article?).

The propaganda machine is in full force throughout this very typical article, assuring fans that we absolutely should be shaking in fear at the threat of these records coming to light.

It is obvious to me that these stories are being planted in order to stir public sentiment against the trial and Katherine Jackson’s case-or more aptly, to stir the rage of fans.

Let me make my position on this very clear. I certainly do not believe that Michael’s medical records should be made public, anymore than should any other private citizen’s. The idea of putting someone’s medical records out for public consumption and scrutiny smacks of the very lowest common denominator of human decency. His medical history-whatever it contains-is confidential information. Throughout this trial, I have been less than impressed with Judge Palazelous’s handling of issues, and my respect for her has just been lowered another notch. There is really no earthly reason why these documents could not be kept confidential between herself, the attorneys, and the jury. What is the justification for making them available publicly?  What is the rationalization? Well, it seems that court records are assumed to be public property, and Palazelous has stated both the fact that Michael’s medical history is the main “issue of this trial” and the impracticality of closing the courtroom to the public when medical information is presented.

But I think the bottom line is that we are not dealing with a judge who is going to be nearly as sympathetic or as compassionate towards Michael as we saw with Judge Pastor during the Murray trial. Pastor, at the very least, seemed sympathetic and aware of the salivating media circus that surrounded every morsel of information regarding Michael Jackson, and took some pains to keep such a media circus from happening (or at least, from happening to the extent that it might have). I suspect we are not going to get nearly as much from Palazelous, whose main concern seems to be to just get the damned thing underway and dispensed with as quickly as possible, and as with little effort on her part as possible. In other words, don’t count on her to go the extra mile to ensure Michael Jackson’s “privacy.” Her MO seems to be: The plaintiffs wanted this case, so here it is. Deal with it.

Do Fans Fear That Michael Was Less Than Forthright With Us? Most Will Say "No"...But Actions Seem To Speak Louder Than Words
Do Fans Fear That Michael Was Less Than Forthright With Us? Most Will Say “No”…But Actions Seem To Speak Louder Than Words

However, let’s keep some perspective on this. Are some of the fears from fans unwarranted, or as the old saying goes, a mountain being made out of a molehill? Keep in mind that, whatever Michael’s medical records contain, the issues relevant to this trial are those directly related to his health at time of death, as well as  issues of drug dependency or addiction. A much more realistic expectation of just what may come from the revelation of the medical records was offered by Jacksons’ attorney Kevin Boyle:

Michael’s estate, although not a party in the suit, has requested that certain portions of his medical history be kept private. Patricia Millett, a lawyer for the estate, said she hadn’t spoken with attorneys in the civil case about which exhibits they planned to introduce.

“We won’t know precisely what we need until plaintiffs’ case is done,” said one of AEG’s attorneys Jessica Stebbins Bina. She added that the records were “relevant to the cause of his death, life expectancy and earning potential.”

Kevin Boyle, an attorney for the Jackson family, said he didn’t think the actual records would be a large component, but could become relevant. “The whole trial is going to be about Michael Jackson’s medical condition,” he said.

Excerpted From:

http://www.legendarymichaeljackson.nl/news/michael-jacksons-estate-requested-to-keep-portions-of-his-medical-history-private-in-civil-case/

That, of course, won’t stop the media circus from running wild with every nugget of information that may be revealed in the process, regardless of its direct relevance to the case. And I suspect that, deep down, this is what fans are in dread of the most.

But since this is already a runaway train that is not likely to be stopped, I would like to examine the positives that can come from this, as well. And yes, there are some potentially positive outcomes. Remember, Pandora didn’t just unleash evil and badness into the world; she also unleashed Hope.

Ignorance is Bliss...But Truth Is Empowerment
Ignorance is Bliss…But Truth Is Empowerment

Maybe in this case we can substitute Hope for Truth. “Truth” is actually empowerment…if we but embrace it. Once “Truth” is accepted, the enemy loses power. Yes, revealing Michael’s full medical history may reveal things that some fans do not necessarily want to know. But the records may also reveal many truths that could finally shut some haters and doubters up for good. Who knows; maybe it could be a good thing to finally have some answers so that a lot of these unending debates that have gone in circles for years can finally be laid to rest. As long as “ignorant bliss” continues to rule, there is no chance that any of these issues can ever be truthfully dealt with. As has been the case so often before, such as with the autopsy report, the truth has far more often vindicated Michael than harmed him. This may be a good time to remember his own words: “Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.”

By panicking and fearing the truth of what may come out of these medical records, we are really giving more ammunition to the haters, who will only come back and say, “What are you so scared of?”

Because I embrace Michael’s humanity-as well as his greatness-I am inhaling a deep breath, taking the madness in stride, and adopting the philosophy of the Persian Sufi poets: “This, too, shall pass.” As a Michael Jackson fan, I know that the very worst thing we ever had to fear about him was the fact that, just maybe, those allegations made against him were true. The evidence has been overwhelmingly in support of his innocence. So beyond that, what else is there to fear? Do we fear the shattering of illusions? Do we fear that Michael lied to us, or was less than forthcoming on certain issues? Or more aptly, do we fear the ridicule and taunts from the media and haters when/if some of these things may come to light?

This may be a good time to address some of those questions head on and come to our own terms. There will be no easy answers, and no “right” or “wrong” answers, as we have to determine for ourselves what kind of fan we are, as well as what truths we can accept and which ones, perhaps, we cannot.

"I Believe In Michael"-A Fan. Sometimes The Simplest Truths Can Be The Most Profound-And Most Sincere.
“I Believe In Michael”-A Fan. Sometimes The Simplest Truths Can Be The Most Profound-And Most Sincere.

I want to echo what one fan said recently in the comments section of an article. While I cannot remember the comment verbatim, the gist of it was that she didn’t feel she had anything to fear from this trial or the unsealing of the medical records if the worst there was to fear was learning the truth. Her words touched me in their simple and sincere honesty. “I trust in Michael,” she said.

Personally, I am not one of those naive enough to believe that every public word Michael uttered was 100% complete and honest truth. That may shock you to hear me say, but bear with me a moment and let me explain. Michael, like all celebrities, had a public image to uphold, and sometimes did what it took to uphold that image. But what has actually amazed me most in researching Michael Jackson is, in fact, the depth and extent of his honesty, which-as far as celebrity sincerity goes-was much more forthright than many are willing to credit him. (And if you are not familiar with Craig Baxter’s amazing study of Michael Jackson’s truthful body language in interviews, you should really check him out! http://www.amazon.com/Michael-Jackson-Behind-Mask-ebook/dp/B009LAMGDY). Time and again, Michael spoke the truth, only to be ridiculed until his words were proven true by actual documents and medical reports. More often than not, he has been vindicated by the truth, when many thought he would be incriminated. I have no reason to believe that this time will be any different.

In A World That  Often Refused To Give Him Benefit Of The Doubt, Michael's  Honesty And Sincerity Has Come Through For Him Time And Again.
In A World That Often Refused To Give Him Benefit Of The Doubt, Michael’s Honesty And Sincerity Has Come Through For Him Time And Again.

I guess this is all really a very long way of saying, we simply have to keep faith that the truth will win out. I certainly do not relish the idea of Michael’s private medical records being unsealed, if only for his own dignity and because I dread the media circus that is bound to ensue. However, I do think a certain empowerment can come with embracing and owning the truth, rather than shrinking from it. And I do think we have to honestly ask the questions: What is it we really fear from this information being made public,and what is the worst that can come of it? Once we have faced and owned that very worst “what if” scenario, then nothing else can hurt.

And if, in fact, the very worst that is revealed is Michael’s human frailties, then so what? Is any of it really going to shock me that much? Is it going to make me less of a fan? Is it going to make me love him any less? Admire his humanitarian accomplishments any less? Admire his artistry any less? I think not. Ignorance is bliss, but it is not empowerment. Only truth can do that.

I say, let’s do not fear Michael’s truth, but rather, embrace and own it. There is nothing to fear in truth. We simply have to keep faith that truth will always triumph-ultimately- over ignorance, lies, and injustice.

 

56 thoughts on “The Medical Records…Are They The Real "Pandora's Box" That Everyone Fears Out Of This Trial?”

  1. I don’t think the medical records contain stuff that we don’t already know, it’s just MJ has no privacy left. He is probably the only star whom we can find the size of his underwear on the Internet.

    As for his vitiligo, his 1984 medical records from the burn incident already said he had discoid Lupus.

  2. I don’t really fear what the records will reveal. I just feel that it is morally wrong to display someone’s private medical records for public consumption no matter what they contain. I am the guardian for my brother and the precautions that are taken to maintain his privacy sometimes appear ridiculous and cumbersome. So, for a judge to misuse her power in this way to demean the importance of medical privacy is very offensive. This trial is supposed to be about employment law and whether Murray was an employee of AEG. Since when did is morph into being about Michael’s medical history as a main focus. I not impressed with this judges attention to the law, at all.

    1. I think since it became all about putting the victim “on trial.” I agree with everything you have said here, 100%.

  3. I agree with prior commenters who find abhorrent that a sitting judge would order the unsealing of anyone’s medical records relative to a contract case for negligent hiring and supervision. Just more fodder for the tabloids to misinterpret, misreport, and just plain lie about……bright side may be she has already opened the door to appeal on several issues.

  4. This judge already narrowed the grounds of this lawsuit to whether or not AEG hired Murray. By allowing all this extraneous material to be entered into testimony, she’s violating her own ruling, which will be grounds for appeal by either side.

    There is nothing to fear from MJ’s medical records. In court today, the toxicologist testified that there was NO Demerol, Xanax, barbituates, cocaine, marijuana, or alcohol found in his body, and there was no damage to his liver. (Obviously no “six bottles of wine a day”, Mark Lester!) Michael Jackson was NOT an addict.

    As for vitiligo, it’s an auto-immune disorder with genetic characteristics. It can’t be “induced”. It’s been confirmed by autopsy. There will be nothing different in the medical records. When Prince Jackson takes the stand, maybe he will testify that he has inherited the condition, which is evident from the white patches on his neck, fingers, and arm. That would reinforce the fact that MJ is indeed the bio-father of his children. (The autopsy already stated that he was actively producing sperm, which is a sign of good health.)

    I hate to see Michael’s privacy invaded yet again, but there may be a silver lining to this cloud – his medical records clearly contradict the lies told about him from both sides.

    1. Dr Daniel Wallace will testify. He is a Lupus expert. He said during his déposition that MJ didn’have Lupus. In 2009, he send a letter to the média where he said he could confirm that MJ had vitiligo and discoid Lupus but not systemic. He and Klein both worked in the same hospital.

      1. Why would a doctor send a letter to the media about a patient? That would be an egregious violation of HIPAA. The medical records from the burn accident which were recently put up for auction clearly state that Michael Jackson had lupus. Working at the same hospital as Klein means nothing. Did this Dr. Wallace actually examine and treat MJ?

        1. That guy reacted to what the média was saying and it’s not différent than what Treacy did when he spoke about his vitiligo. They can do that because the info is already public. For the rest we’ll have to see because he was hired by KJ to speak about that.

          1. Doctors have no mandate to react to the media. Unless Michael Jackson was actually examined and treated by this doctor, Wallace is just giving his opinion. MJ spoke publucly about vitiligo. I don’t recall him discussing lupus.

          2. He reacted what was said in the media about the link between child abuse and Lupus.

  5. Thank you for this very sensible post. We should remind ourselves that Michael Jackson respected and loved his fans and admirers, and always worked hard to give them his very best. However, he DID NOT owe the world every breath in his body, every private moment or thought, or every bit of information.

    Yet, because he was Michael Jackson, the world assumed ownership and expected satisfaction as though he were a fantastic meal to consume. As such, he was routinely denied his privacy, denied the benefit of every doubt, his acts of generosity scrutinized, and his very humanity questioned. He was poked, prodded, picked on, picked at, picked over, and picked apart for 40+ years? For the tabloid media, Jackson was an endless source of copy, cash and career building. In return, the media assumed the role of cop, judge, jury, executioner, and even amateur proctologist – figuratively invading Michael Jackson’s back passage with a blazing torch and embark on a search and destroy mission.

    True, his career was blessed with unmatched and hard-won achievements, wealth, and many ‘firsts’ and ‘bests’ that will never be eclipsed. However, the glittering road he travelled was also strewn with shards of broken glass, sharp knives, poison gas and rusty nails.

    Whatever the medical records may reveal, I will not be disappointed in Michael Jackson. I have no right to feel disappointed, disillusioned, shocked or to burden him with my expectations. Jackson was burdened enough deprived of his humanity — his life one long autopsy, and his death one continuing exhumation. Who among us could endure that?

    As they enter young adulthood and take their places in society, Michael’s children have each other, their strong collective memories of their Father’s unconditional love, and the recorded and written testaments of millions worldwide who admired and respected Michael Jackson as the artist and man who was all-too human.

    1. Thanks, Judith. You are right “his life one long autopsy and his death one continuing exhumation.” There is something very ghoulish about this whole thing. The judge seems to be really awful. Maybe she just wants to be in the limelight herself? I think she is not doing a good job. The whole case is now morphing into a monster, and seems to be inseparable from the Murray case, as though it’s Murray The Prequel!

    2. Gosh this is a good post. Thanks Raven. I’ve been a long time reader of your blog, but first time commenter. And thanks Judith for your astute observation. His death has indeed been “one continuing exhumation”. I too will not be disappointed in Michael Jackson, whatever the outcome. I stand in awe of his lifelong nobility and grace under fire. I wish that in the hard times of my life I had responded with as much love. My thanks to you Judith for helping me crystallise my thoughts.

      1. Thanks, hermitcrab. Michael was indeed the epitome of “grace under fire,” in every aspect of how he lived his life.

    3. Judith, you expressed word-for-word my thoughts. As always, your responses are so thoughtful and compassionately expressed. Thank you!

  6. Palazuelos was an assistant attorney in the US Attorney’s office in CA since 1990–her special area of focus was prosecuting large-scale narcotics trafficking and money-laundering. She won awards from the US Justice Dept. and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency). Wow. Maybe this is why she wants to know all about drugs MJ took?? She was appointed by Governor Gray Davis in 2000 to be a Superior Court Judge.

  7. As a diehard fan of Michael I’m not afraid of what the medical records can still reveal. I think we all know, maybe too much. My researches, my readings about him and my judgments are more than enough. I just feel uncomfortable, angry and sad for him. Because it’s very disrespectful making public his most intimate problems, maybe weaknesses. In any circumstances this is a great disrespect, what to say if a person is not here anymore? His memory must be respected!
    But once the situation is that, let’s hope for the best! Mainly for his children that have a life ahead. Raven, your words are perfect:
    “There is nothing to fear in truth. We simply have to keep faith that truth will always triumph-ultimately- over ignorance, lies, and injustice.”
    Fans in silence at this moment are the best way to give Michael the respect we owe him. And our love too.

    1. I feel the same way, Anna. This is more about the invasion of privacy than anything. But I do sense there is some fear in what may be revealed, so I hoped that my post might be able to assuage some of those fears. We can’t prevent this from happening, so learning how to cope and get through it without bursting blood vessels is essential (lol).

  8. As I thought about what earth shattering information could be “hidden” in those medical records I brainstormed all sorts of options. Will they tell us that Michael had say, 20 plastic surgeries instead of 10? Or that he bleached his skin? Will they tell us that Michael did not biologically father his children? Or that he was impotent? Will they tell us Michael had serious mental health issues? Or that he attempted to take his life during the worst times of his life? Will they tell us Michael was seriously drug addicted and/or alcoholic for years? Or is there something that validates the Chandler/Arviso allegations? We’ve heard shades and versions of most of these rumors for as long as I can remember. None of it – if it came to be true – would change my feelings for Michael. In truth, I would probably love him more because his humanness, his pain and determination to fight against all odds would be even more acutely evident. Truth, though sometimes initially painful, is freeing and healing.

    Michael had scars. Some of them were life long and very deep. He also lived under unimaginable pressure, extreme loneliness and the cruelest of scrutiny. If we find out, for example, that Michael was seriously drug addicted which is the cornerstone of AEG’s defense, does that make him any less a person, any less a cherished humanitarian and global icon? If we abide by the rule that someone’s frailties erase all the good someone gives to the world, we have lost all compassion as a people. If this “astounding, stunning” issue is drug addiction, does that make Michael a leper? If it does, we’re playing right into AEG’s hands. Addiction of any kind is a wound – a painful, relentless, imprisoning wound. It is not something to be used to shame, degrade and destroy someone.

    Through “sources” AEG will continue to leak these shadowy, manipulating stories. Medical records, Jason Pfeiffer, Mark Lester, Adrian McManus and undoubtedly more to come. No matter what comes out in this trial, Michael will never cease to be for me a beautiful soul with a gentle heart that never deserved the vilification he received through most of his life. That’s something no one can take away from me.

    1. “As I thought about what earth shattering information could be “hidden” in those medical records I brainstormed all sorts of options. Will they tell us that Michael had say, 20 plastic surgeries instead of 10? Or that he bleached his skin? Will they tell us that Michael did not biologically father his children? Or that he was impotent? Will they tell us Michael had serious mental health issues? Or that he attempted to take his life during the worst times of his life? Will they tell us Michael was seriously drug addicted and/or alcoholic for years? Or is there something that validates the Chandler/Arvizo allegations? We’ve heard shades and versions of most of these rumors for as long as I can remember…”

      I think you have hit at the very heart of the issue. But now is where having educated one’s self really pays off-as well as being media savvy enough to know how they operate in order to spin stories.

      We already know that Michael DID bleach his skin…but this was a prescribed treatment for his vitiligo. Of course, the stories will conveniently leave out that last detail, or will put it in such fine print, buried beneath a salacious headline-“Medical Records Reveal Jacko Used Skin Bleaching Creams”-that it doesn’t register with readers.

      We know already that the autopsy report said he was producing sperm (of course, that may not necessarily mean “healthy” sperm, but he was certainly not sterile as some reports have tried to claim).

      I think most of us-except for those fans in most complete denial-accept that he had far more than two cosmetic surgeries. Of course, the media will love inflating those numbers as well-or trying to. But the records will be public, so whatever spin they try to put on it will be pointless. I certainly know he had more than two surgeries; I just never fell for the ridiculous numbers that the media tried to claim.

      I suppose this could potentially include mental health records as well (as those would fall under the umbrella heading of medical records) but to my knowledge Michael only actively sought therapy after the 2005 trial, and even then only after much prodding from concerned friends. He tended to rely more on spiritual advisers; people like Schmuley Boteach, Deepack Chopra, and Rev. June Gaitlin.

      Like most of you, I am not so much concerned with what comes out, as the spins the media will put on it.

        1. That’s always the conundrum when dealing with Michael and the media. We slam the media, but we still have to rely on them to a very large extent, especially during this time. I have been trying to collect all of the media coverage of the trial in the forum section, though admittedly I have fallen behind in the last few days. Between administering and grading final exams, and having a 24 hr power outtage yestrerday, it hasn’t left me much time to work on it, so I will have major catch-up work to do over the next few days.

          For me, I just try not to give too much attention to the gossip rag sites, and have learned to take most stories with a grain of salt-sometimes a heaping grain of salt. I try not to include links if the article is disrespectful (I do not mind if it is neutral). But you are right; even as we trash the media, it’s a necessary evil. Actually, I dont think any of us are so much anti-media as simply anti-MJ bashing. As a part-time journalist, I am part of the media myself; when I go to an event as “Media” (replete with the cool little badge that gives me “all access,” lol) I realize I am part of the machine. It’s just that we can choose to use that machine for good or bad. So many have used it for bad that it has tainted everyone’s perception of it. But let’s not forget, media can also be used to do a lot of good.

          1. I agree, Raven, this is a conundrum. I’m an independent filmmaker myself, and I’ve long been *very* critical of mainstream media in all its forms–and not just when it comes to MJ.

            That’s why I’ve been letting this whole matter roll off my back, and not paying much attention to what will surely amount to yet another media circus, where more questions are raised than are answered. I don’t believe there’s some ultimate “truth” that resides outside of us, separate from our own consciousness. That’s a philosophical matter, and it may be why I am far more interested in, and pay more attention to what the poets and philosophers (which includes all of us) have to say about Michael than the journalists who purport to deliver some kind of “objective” reality…. reporting that only obfuscates.

            I also don’t know what to think of the merits of the case Katherine Jackson and the children are bringing. Was he ill? Was he well? Was he well enough to carry out the 50 shows in London? It would indeed be gratifying to know, one way or another—but I’m afraid we will never get satisfactory answers to these questions.

            Moreover, it would seem that Michael, perhaps more than any celebrity of our time, has been treated to “rigorous” and invasive examination for years, as Judith, yourself, and others here have pointed. For some time, I’ve been fascinated by why that is, and I’ve been trying to figure it out from the standpoint of cultural analysis. What was it about Michael Jackson in particular that so *upset* people?

            Well, that’s a whole other conversation in itself, as everyone knows. But one possible outcome (a silver lining, as it were) that reaches beyond Michael himself, is the exposure of more widespread corruption and exploitation in the music industry generally… and particularly within touring organizations like AEG. How are artists regularly treated by these corporate entities? Are the artists routinely, or in some cases, “over a barrel” or intimidated in some way? Even if nothing particularly “shocking” emerges from this line of inquiry, even if it’s just “business as usual” in the music industry, I think it would be all to the good if the public were be better informed—not only about MJ, but about what REALLY goes on behind the scenes of a tour like this. I wonder if Prince (the musician), if brought to the stand, might shed any light on this matter. I’d be very interested in learning more about it.

  9. Thanks for another thoughtful post Raven and everyone’s comments.. and Judith (Mason) especially.. so very well expressed . I am in agreement 100%.

    Of course Michael’s private medical records shouldn’t be bandied about in the media.. and of course they will be, and it is the media’s interpretation which bothers me..if anything.. not what the records might reveal.

    When we actually heard the true details of Michael’s autopsy (Murray trial) heartbreaking though it was.. I concluded that it actually gave Michael back some dignity in his death that he never got in life.I was very grateful in particular to the witness from the Coroner’s office, who gave his evidence in a kind and respectful way.(Do you know the one I mean ? Yes the one the media nicknamed Dr Death !!)

    So yes probably the media will have a field day, and their spite will ensure they make the maximum something out of nothing. Those others with the brainwashed negative mindset will remain so, and feel justified in their damnation. Those who remain indifferent won’t be interested. People like us will still love Michael whatever is disclosed, and I think there is every chance that many more of the myths will be totally debunked. ( Didn’t someone say something about “truth runs marathons”?)

    I hope there will be more of a chance for Katherine’s case if it is proved that at the time leading up to the agreement with AEG, Michael was physically healthy but his health deteriorated because of their insatiable and unreasonable expectations and demands, presenting him with a huge burden of psychological pressure that he just couldn’t cope with as time went on.

    At the end of the day it is the jury who need to be convinced, and hopefully not influenced by all this negative spin.. forget medical records.. what about the never ending messy room saga.. oh wait a minute wasn’t Michael doing his packing up and getting ready to leave for London in between rehearsals and everything else ?.. just another example of irrelevant and ridiculous character assassination.

    We just all need to keep the faith that truth will prevail.

    1. “…there is every chance that many more of the myths will be totally debunked…”

      Yes. This is why I say, truth can be empowering, and perhaps nothing to be feared. It is one very gleaming silver lining that I see out of this whole mess.

      Of course, MJ detractors are a very stubborn lot. They will even stand steadfast in the wake of medical records and evidence and still argue the same old rhetoric and same old talking points. They will spin excuses in order to discredit the info, even when it is in official black and white.

      And on it goes…

  10. Thanks, Raven, for this great post.
    I was one of those who said openly that I trust in Michael and that I’m not afraid of the truth, though I also regard it as an invasion in privacy when medical records are made public. But this invasion is nothing new in Michael’s case, it already started in 1993 with the forced photos, it cannot become worse – and for the most part it helped vindicate him.
    You said it right, Raven: “As has been the case so often before, such as with the autopsy report, the truth has far more often vindicated Michael than harmed him.”

    MagUK, this is it:
    “I hope there will be more of a chance for Katherine’s case if it is proved that at the time leading up to the agreement with AEG, Michael was physically healthy but his health deteriorated because of their insatiable and unreasonable expectations and demands, presenting him with a huge burden of psychological pressure that he just couldn’t cope with as time went on.”
    This is what has to be understood! This is what can come out as positive from the trial when all facts are presented. Exactly, we just need some hope and faith that truth will prevail.

  11. One glaring yet glorious truth we heard at the Murray Trial was the recording made by Dr. Murray himself of Michael who was unaware and under medication at the time. Though his speech was slurred, we heard Michael’s own voice talking (paraphrased) about his ‘determination to present the best show in the world and of building the biggest children’s hospital in the world.’ The judge roundly chastised Murray for making the tape without his patient’s permission and keeping it — presumably (according to Judge Pastor)to use for personal gain at a later date. Yet, the tape revealed the Truth of where Michael’s head and heart were focused even at this most vulnerable moment.

  12. Thanks for taking time to post your thoughts and feelings about this subject, Raven. I agree with you and find no need to add anything.

  13. I’m extremely upset and can barely type – TMZ is repirting that WADE ROBSON is filing a creditor’s claim against MJ’s estate for sexual molestation! I can barely breathe. What is up with this!

    1. Take a deep breath. It’s too late by law to file a creditor’s claim (unless for some reason the judge allows a late claim). Robson stated under oath during the 2005 trial that there was no molestation; for him to make that claim NOW imo totally destroys all credibility.

      1. Make no mistake – Robson’s claim has got AEG’s dirty fingerprints all over it. Robson has worked for AEG. Apparently he wanted the Cirque gig that went to Jamie King. Guess this is his way of getting paid.

      2. The Wade Robson story broke while I was in the midst of a power outtage at my home that lasted over 24 hrs. I didn’t have internet, so I had no idea this storm had broken until late last night when I finally got back on. I am still doing a lot of catch-up on the developments of this story, and will be posting on it in the next couple of days.

    2. I don’t know, Simba. I am still gathering all of the details of this story. I will post more in a day or two.

  14. Great post Raven.

    I have to ask–what could possibly come out of his records that is worse than all the crap that has been spewed to date? I say, bring on the records…..with Michael the real deal is always simple and truthful. They will do nothing but confirm what we know already ….. It’s happening again!! The media insanity!!! When we will ever learn…..

    If you want to know the truth, just study his lyrics. It’s all right there…always has been.

    I’m sure MJ wouldn’t like this trial, but I say, let there be a public Vindication that is twice as big as the false humiliations.

    1. That is exactly what Michael always said. “Just listen to my words!” It was never that hard to do, but it’s shocking to realize how little anyone ever actually did that.

  15. Raven writes – And if, in fact, the very worst that is revealed is Michael’s human frailties, then so what? Is any of it really going to shock me that much? Is it going to make me less of a fan? Is it going to make me love him any less? Admire his humanitarian accomplishments any less? Admire his artistry any less? I think not. Ignorance is bliss, but it is not empowerment. Only truth can do that.

    For me Raven in what you have said above you have just hit the nail fairly and squarely on the head. I trust Michael, and in answer to your questions the answer from me is an unequivocal NO. I will be a devoted fan for the rest of my life no matter what.

    However, what does upset me is that all this is going on yet again, and yet again the media are having a field day, not to mention worms like Dobson crawling out the woodwork again in hopes of some money -ugh!!! How many years will it be before our beloved Michael can rest in peace? How many years before people get over themselves about his medical history etc etc etc., and just listen to his wonderful music, enjoy his wonderful short films, read his poetry, get his many many messages that could make this world a better place, and credit him with being the genius he is and the world’s greatest entertainer EVER!!!! for me that is all that matters.

    So perhaps you are right in a paradoxical way – if this all comes out once and for all, then it can be put to rest once and for all, and so can Michael’s memory!!!!

  16. The Pandora box is a perfect analogy to this situationan and you are right that the idea of a perfect world before the pandora box opened is an illusion.
    To put it into perspective : there is nothing worse than ones life taken away ,leaving behind 3 minors.
    I dont think there is one single aspect of Michaels life or medical history , even his most private parts that has not been discussed extensively of all places on public MJ sites and forums. So there is nothing that could be shocking to hear for who paid attention.
    But I do hope the medical records will be limited to what is relevant for the case.

    Thanks Judith Mason for this
    “We should remind ourselves that Michael Jackson respected and loved his fans and admirers, and always worked hard to give them his very best. However, he DID NOT owe the world every breath in his body, every private moment or thought, or every bit of information”

    AEG promised it will be dirty and they kept their word.
    Im now waiting for someone to expose their connection to Wade Robson and others who they paid to do their smear campaign.
    This is textbook conspiracy = An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
    I hope Robson will be charged with purgery if only to set an example.

  17. Raven,the picture of michael sitting in wheelchair is due to the lupus flare-up and the incessant back pain.

    1. There has actually never been a definitive explanation for the wheelchair pic. Michael was known to use such disguises routinely (another disguise was “burn victim.). It could have also well been legit pain; he was known, for example, to use a wheelchair after strenuous dance rehearsals due to foot pain. But I don’t think there was ever a definitive explanation for this particular pic.

      1. Another possibility for the wheelchair is if he had had a procedure involving a sedative, etc. (maybe something dermatalogical?) they do put you in a wheelchair. I had a procedure and the hosp.insisted on taking me outside in a wheelchair rather than having me walk–something to do with their liability if I fell or hurt myself. Is he outside a clinic or hosp.in the photo?

      2. There are also pictures of Michael in a wheelchair receiving treatment for dehydration which he experienced many times while touring.

  18. I’ll start by commenting on Michael in the wheelchair. In his book, ‘You Are Not Alone, Michael, Through a Brother’s Eyes’, Jermaine writes, that months before Michael made his ‘This Is It’ Press announcement at the 02 Arena in London, ‘he had the world fooled with a deliberate act of frailty being pushed in a wheelchair…all part of his clever plan!’ This could either be Michael’s sense of humour or just an attempt to beat the Press at their own game by appearing frail when he wasn’t.
    Could it be that AEG is opening Pandora’ Box, an evil powerful corporate body, but it might turn round and bite them. Those medical records will give us the truth, so a good thing if it shows that Michael was a fit man, as said in the autopsy report. I support 100% too comments by Judith, and by Nina F, particularly those about ‘ corruption behind the scenes, exploitation in the music industry by corporate entities like AEG’.

  19. I’ll start by commenting on Michael in the wheelchair. In his book, ‘You Are Not Alone, Michael, Through a Brother’s Eyes’, Jermaine writes, that months before Michael made his ‘This Is It’ Comeback Press announcement at the 02 Arena in London, ‘he had the world fooled with a deliberate act of frailty being pushed in a wheelchair…all part of his clever plan!’ This could either be Michael’s sense of humour or just an attempt to beat the Press at their own game of forever underestimating him, by appearing frail when he wasn’t. Jermaine wrote that Michael was doing a ‘Willy Wonka, who had a crippling limp, but then throws away his cane, and does a somersault. Gotcha.’
    Could it be that AEG is opening Pandora’ Box, an evil powerful corporate body, but it might turn round and bite them. Those medical records will give us the truth, so a good thing if it shows that Michael was a fit man for his age, as said in the autopsy report. I support 100% too comments by Judith, and by Nina F, particularly those about ‘corruption behind the scenes, exploitation in the music industry by corporate entities like AEG’ being brought out in the open.
    I have been following the trial on line with links at ‘MJJC Fan Club/Community’, and was shocked at Karen Faye’s saying that, in Bangkok in 1994, she put her arms round MJ and tried to stop a Dr. Forecast making a ‘wobbly’ MJ (from painkillers?) go on stage to perform. This man, an AEG executive?, tried to choke her and said, ‘You don’t know what you are up against.’ ! She said Paul Gongaware, a future AEG top executive, was there at times. The Press have not reported this, of course; but they make sure they tell us about Wade Robson!
    I believe that the media, the prosecution, AEG, Conrad Murray, even this judge, are all part of a controlling Big Brother set-up, that will go to any lengths to defend itself. We must hope the jury see through the lies, and that Good triumphs over Evil in the end. I’ve always said that the corporate powers that be feared Michael’s fame, power and wealth, and that his death was no accident.
    Jermaine refers to how Michael lost weight during the ‘This Is It’ rehearsals, in his book, but was ‘healthy, fit and focussed’. In the trial transcript, it was reported that it seemed Michael was being poisoned, was cold and skeletal – Michael Bush said he could see Michael’s heart beating in his chest through his ribs! Some testimony says that Michael could have gone on to live a normal life span and earned a lot of money from film making.

  20. I really don`t care what the ” Pandora box” will reveal ! Of course i hope he was in good health until the end . To me will MJ always be the Genius and the most Humanitarian Artist . WE all have our faults ,but the whole world may not know about it ,and can not torment and make a fool of us . Michael Jackson was a bullying target for the media (and still is) .Many love the distorted image of him ,and are not interested in the real man behind all the lies an accusations .

    1. Well said Maria. There has been so much said here I agree with. For me the fear is not what is in the records – something we don’t already know? I doubt it. Rather it is the sensation the media will make of stuff they have already written about, that was already revealed in the autopsy report, at Murray’s criminal trial, and in this trial.

      The media suffers repeatedly from short-term amnesia. Anything about Michael they can make a headline out of – even if they’ve already done it weeks/months/years ago, they’ll do again. I hate it. For someone who so craved privacy in his personal life, he has, in death, suffered the most humiliating kind of public dissection – it makes me feel quite literally ill.

      However, if its one thing I’ve come to realise of late it is this… the public in general don’t remember everything they read, and nowadays they don’t necessarily believe it. My interactions with members of the public of late while wearing an MJ t-shirt is that people are reaction more in terms of his being the legendary King of Pop – and not as the tabloid freak.

      Has his death and repeated public dismemberment by the media (to the point of there almost being a TV re-enactment of the autopsy – FFS)actually woken the public up to the absolute ghoulishness of the media? To their blatant double standards? To their screaming foul at what they see are injustices (that don’t involve them personally)while ignoring their own unethical practices?

      It’s not just Michael himself, and, I think it should be pointed out, the sheer humanity and genius of him that was shown in This Is It, which so many people saw at the cinema or on TV, a lot of them out of sheer curiosity – but the FANS too have had a lot to do with actively correcting errors in the media, using social media and voting in on-line popularity polls, to keep him foremost in popular culture.

      I know the controversy plays a roll in that too. But I really believe we’ve gotten beyond that now. Or at least starting too.

      Everything happens for a reason; we may not like it or agree with it, but, in the long run, I hope and pray, we will see it was for the highest good of all concerned – and especially for Michael’s integrity and artistic and humanitarian legacy.

      1. Kerry, that is an excellent point! I can’t count how many times I have cringed this week reading headlines like this:

        Autopsy Reveals Michael Jackson’s Secrets

        when the reality is that the autopsy report has been public record for over THREE YEARS and everything they are reporting now (the tattoos, etc) were reported and pasted over and over again THREE YEARS ago and yet they are banking on public memory being so short that people will have no idea this is regurgitated news.

        And if they are going to rehash the autopsy report, why not report on the things that matter? Who CARES about the dang tattoos? What about the overall state of his health and organs? What about the part that proves Jordan Chandler’s lie? What about the verification of vitiligo? (To be fair, some reports have mentioned this, but it’s always as an aside to the reporting on the tattoos).

        I do agree with you about the general public’s perception of Michael. Despite all of the media’s best attempts to keep the caricature they created alive and well, it doesn’t seem to be having the same effect that it did at one time. People as a whole are much more media savvy now, and with the explosion of social media (which was still mostly in its infancy at the height of the MJ public lynching in 2003-2006) it is a lot more difficult now for faulty or biased reporting to go unchallenged. Also, due to the advent of social media and internet, people today are more inclined to seek out the news that actively interests THEM. Therefore, people who are neutral/indifferent to Michael Jackson really aren’t going to go out of their way to look up stories about him. I find often that today, unlike the super charged atmosphere of 2005, most people aren’t even aware of stories about Michael that are in the news. They simply aren’t being bothered anymore. The general consensus (among those I encounter, anyway) seems to be, “The guy is dead. Let him RIP.”

        Of course, I love for Michael’s name to be kept relevant, but only when it is in a positive sense. Every time there is a big MJ-related story in the news, my stats here double. But that is a two-edged sword; good in one way (for me) but I would certainly rather it not be under such circumstances. However, I guess if there is a silver lining, it is at least knowing that their searches are bringing them to places where they can get truthful and positive information

  21. Raven I started a long drawn out response to this post. As you can see, I deleted it. I must simply say, you have freed me up mentally. You have really gotten to one of the core disturbances that people who love Michael have felt for a very long time. June 25 was so destabilizing for all of us. Thank you for reminding me of the light-ness of the Truth.

    1. Actually, I can’t see posts that are deleted. But thank you for your response. And I enjoy “long, drawn out” comments, lol.

      Yes, I think those “What if” fears are in the minds and hearts of many, even some who have most loyally followed Michael. We’ve heard so many rumors, so much crap, that it’s sometimes hard to know just what to believe. We certainly want to be vindicated and validated; to have the world know that what we have always known about Michael is the truth. Yet these public trials always mean having to readjust some of those expectations and things we thought we knew. Most fans, for example, never believed he drank-even socially- until the 2005 trial. There is a tendency on the part of most to accept whatever evidence comes out of a trial as undeniable truth, as it comes from testimony sworn under oath and evidence that the court felt compelling enough to allow, so I think there is understandable some nervousness about what may come out of this. (Of course, that being said, I have seen many haters who continue to completely ignore or twist evidence to suit their own agenda). However, I think for most fans, the facts that can potentially come out of this trial may mean an adjustment of expectations. But we also fear how the media will twist things because, let’s face it, public perception is a huge part of Michael’s legacy. And certainly the more favorable that perception, the easier life is as an MJ fan. I certainly don’t think there is a fan out there who wouldn’t prefer to spend their time just enjoying his music and celebrating his legacy, rather than constantly having to debate and defend.

      Overall, there will probably be some things that come out of this trial which vindicate him, no doubt. But AEG has promised a smear campaign, and I suspect we’re going to get it; in fact, it’s already well underway. Who knows what will come out of it? Who knows how much of it will be true? This is, for sure, “bury down the hatchets” time.

  22. Raven I find my own re-action to the AEG trial and “smear campaign” somewhat puzzling, in the sense that for once I don’t appear to have one.
    The usual emotions of anger and outrage have been replaced by a sort of “oh for crying out loud.. what next” and I can almost sense Michael having the last laugh at all the constant and never- ending squabbling and fighting over him.
    I am not trivialising the importance of this case, and you will know from my other comments that I am a huge admirer of Michael. So as I said it rather puzzles me that I feel this way. Is it just that I have realised at last that there is only one sane voice in all of this and that is Michael’s ?

    He showed AEG what he was capable of (despite the fact TII was carefully edited it showed us some really great stuff). Clearly from the evidence already given, Michael was also showing them that all was not well , not just with him , but with the way things were going with the show itself and that the timescales for the preparation of this huge concept were inadequate to produce a quality product.

    I am sad that it would appear that the last few weeks of Michael’s life must have been pretty miserable for much of the time. I remember Randy Phillips saying that Michael was at the top of their “wanted” list of artists ( Murray trial) Well they had him . Michael didn’t deserve to die , but they certainly deserved to lose him.. (yes I know it is business but even in business you need to take care of, and have respect for your valuable assets don’t you ?)

    Ironic also that two cleverly edited and manipulated documentaries (Bashir and TII) would be used as the basis for putting Michael Jackson on trial. So maybe that’s why I have this “laissez faire” attitude. If it wasn’t so serious the whole thing would be nonsensical.

    On a lighter note I rather liked the “shoulder pad” jacket that you referred to in your latest post. In fact I just had to buy myself one in a rather jazzy grey and silver stripe !! Yes I do need to be taken to task by the fashion police !!(lol)

    I can’t actually bring myself to comment on the subject of “Maybe God”.. other than to say I find the concept heart-breaking.

    1. I think it is because, unlike past trials, there isn’t really a clear cut villain. Sympathy for KJ and the Jacksons is sharply divided. And I think the indifference you speak of probably stems from the same thing so many of us are feeling-that Michael will be the loser, no matter who “wins” the case. In the Murray trial, fans were unanimously on the same side of the fence with his family because that was Michael’s “side” and Murray was clearly the villain that nobody wanted to see go free.

      But now, with so many questioning the family’s motives behind this trial, the whole thing has just become very, very tainted. On a personal level, my sympathies remain with KJ and the family and their quest for answers. But it doesn’t seem to matter which side the testimony is coming from-it’s all very sad, and difficult to hear day in and out.

      The jacket itself may be cool. It does have a certain rock chic to it. It just wasn’t flattering on Michael. It didn’t fit well, and really accentuated his thinness.

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