As June 25th marks the one year anniversary of the death of pop super star and legend Michael Jackson, I couldn’t help but think of the things that have occurred over the past year which revolve around the life and death of Michael Jackson.
The question that kept coming to mind was, “What if Michael Jackson had not died?”
Some of the answers will not surprise you. Other answers to the question of Michael Jackson’s death may make you angry, sad, or melancholy. My intent is not to illicit any one emotion from readers. It is simply to put on paper the things that I think may have been different had Michael Jackson not died one year ago.
Benefits of Michael Jackson’s Death one year ago
Before you rush down to the comment section to bash me for this title heading, please, take a minute to read my thoughts concerning the benefits of Michael Jackson’s death.
I think the greatest benefit has been that multiple generations who did not know Michael Jackson, at least not as well as they thought they did, have been introduced or re-introduced to his music. What if Michael Jackson had not died? Would your children have been introduced to his music?
Recordings from Michael Jackson’s last tour practice were released on DVD and CD. We were, happily, exposed to what Michael Jackson had in store for what he termed his final tour.
How many of us would have paid attention to the final tour had Michael actually taken it?
The renewed interest in Michael Jackson’s work during the 80s and with the Jackson 5 has brought together generations of families. I know that my kids would never have thought to go back and listen to the “Beat It” album, had Michael Jackson’s music not been played in honor of his life and in tribute to his work.
This is a positive outcome of the death of Michael Jackson, one year ago on June 25, 2009. It would not have happened had he not died.
Another benefit of his death is that I think it has made celebrities and the general public more aware of the prevalence and danger of abusing prescription medications.
The question as to whether Michael Jackson’s doctor acted irresponsibly will forever be a shadow lurking in the corners of Michael Jackson’s death. Nonetheless, we now all know what Propofol is and why it should not be used as a sleep aid. It’s use in Michael Jackson’s case was a stupid and fatal choice, but the applications that we can make to our own lives regarding the safe use of prescription medications is unending.
If Michael Jackson had not died we would still be blissfully ignorant of the dangers associated with Propofol and the dangers of doctor shopping and buying off doctors to do your bidding.
The sad effects of Michael Jackson’s death one year ago
Just prior to embarking on the final tour of his life, Michael Jackson died. The loss to the entertainment world has been staggering. The greatest loss, however, has been the loss of a father to three beautiful children.
Controversy seems to follow Michael Jackson’s name, even a year following his death, and the same has been true of the public debate about Michael Jackson’s children. I believe the general consensus is that everyone simply wants what is in the best interest of the children. There are those, however, who must try to dig up dirt on the children’s mothers, the kids’ life with Michael, and the never ending debate about who should raise them in Michael’s absence.
The children have by far suffered the greatest loss due to their father, Michael Jackson’s death, one year ago. If their father had not died, would they have continued to live behind the masks and scarves with which Michael continual swathed them? Would that have been better than to live without a father?
It appears that his family, parents and siblings, have both suffered and benefited from Michael’s untimely death last year. Where would the rest of the Jacksons be had Michael not died a year ago?
Several of the Jacksons have taken advantage of the new found notoriety of the Jackson 5 to try and revive their own careers. In reality, Janet Jackson is the only one with a wing and a prayer of continuing an already successful career. What has amazed me is to see Janet Jackson begin to acquire and implement some of Michael Jackson’s look and style into her career. There is something moochy about the way she uses her brother. Would she have made these changes if Michael had not died? I doubt it.
Poor LaToya was last seen talking to Bubbles, Michael Jackson’s pet monkey. Honestly, she sounded like a fruit caught in an eternal loop. Did Michael’s death have anything to do with LaToya’s nuttiness, or is she, like many of her family, using his death to further her own fame?
Then, of course, Germaine and Daddy have used Michael’s death to keep their mugs in the public eye. The most disgusting member of the family, by Michael’s own account is his father. A year after Michael’s death he is still trying to insert himself into any issue related to Michael Jackson’s life, death, and music. He makes me cringe. Where would Michael Jackson’s father be today had his son not met with an untimely death? Surely, we wouldn’t have to see his mug on TV or in magazines making ridiculous claims and outrageous statements the way he does these days.
Michael Jackson’s death a year ago was unfortunate and untimely. The best that we can hope is that what is valuable from his life will remain and become his legacy. Perhaps with time, obviously not within the first year, the controversial death and circumstances will fade. We will be left with incredibly creative music that changed the genre and the industry, a feat that many never accomplish in their life, yet Michael Jackson continues to do a year after his death.
How long would Michael Jackson’s influence have lasted had he not passed away a year ago?
That’s an easy one to answer. He was so talented, Michael Jackson’s influence was going to last forever. His death has had more of an impact on the world than anyone since Elvis Presley’s death.
What about you? What do you think has changed, for better or worse, since Michael Jackson’s death one year ago? We would love to read your observations in the comment section below.