So I didn’t actually get to watch the memorial service live, although I did listen to some of it on the radio, but I just spent the last couple of hours watching it on a local ABC channel website. There’s a lot of talk about how ridiculous the service was, and about how over the top everything has been since MJ died.
We all know that MJ turned out to be a somewhat strange person, but let’s give him a break people, he just died. I think it would be in pretty bad taste for people to bring up all the bad and weird memories we have of MJ the week after he has passed.
Whatever you think about who he turned out to be, you can’t deny the enormous influence he had on the music world and the rest of the world for that matter. He turned the concept of dance and entertainment into something completely new and different, and on top of that he was one of the pop world’s most generous givers when it came to charity and helping those less fortunate.
I can’t think of very many child celebrities who HAVE turned out completely normal. Actually I can’t think of any… But MJ had a bigger impact on the world than any of the Britney Spears’, Nicole Ritchie’s and Drew Barrymore’s.
So yea, I know he turned out sort of strange in his adult life, but since when is it appropriate to trash talk someone so soon after their death? When people die, whoever it is, we always honour them for the good things they did, not the bad. So I think all the talk, the music and the memorial service were totally appropriate. For those who think the service was too much like a concert…hello?? MJ spent his life performing and being on stage, and he obviously had a passion for it, so why shouldn’t his memorial service be a tribute to his love for over the top performance and glamour? I can’t imagine it being any other way.
So from the girl who spent a lot of her childhood singing along to the songs on her ‘HIStory: Past, Present and Future’ CDs, that’s all I have to say about it.