We will never listen to Michael Jackson the same way again
Perhaps it was when you first heard “Don’t stop” until you get enough “and realized that a little Michael Jackson was grown up. Or then the family” Billie Jean “drove you – and half of the club – on the dance floor. When you sang to “Man in the Mirror” and promised to be a better person.
As big as these songs, it’s hard to hear them the same way.
It’s similar to how Lifetime recently “Surviving R Kelly “finally changed public opinion on the R&B singer. But for some, Michael Jackson – a still beloved pop icon whose music exceeds the limits of age, race and geography ̵
1; is a much thinner view.
It’s a crumpled dilemma: Should we stop playing Jackson’s songs? Do you hate his music in 2019 do you a bad person? How do we distinguish art from the artist?
At a time when we reconsider the fees of many of our fallen cultural heroes – Kelly, Bill Cosby , Kevin Spacey, Mario Batali, to name just a few – where
Will radio and other stores still play their music?
Almost certainly, at least for the moment.
Jackson has not been convicted of a crime. His death in 2009 isolated his inheritance somewhat because it precludes the possibility of more criminal charges against him.
His family has called “Leaving Neverland” – where two men accuse Jackson of graphically detailing that they sexually assaulted them when they were boys – a “public lynching” and suggesting that the accusers have been motivated by financial gain. Jackson’s estate has filed a suit against HBO. (HBO and CNN share the parent company WarnerMedia.)
have been some recent driving forces. At least three radio stations in Canada have stopped playing their songs. “We pay attention to the listeners’ comments, and yesterday’s documentary created reactions,” says Christine Dicaire, a spokesman for Cogeco, the station owner, on Monday in a statement.
Several radio stations in New Zealand also pulled Jackson’s songs from their playlists this week.
Nevertheless, his music still streams on Spotify and Apple Music, both of which took the unusual step last year to boast R. Kelly’s songs from their playlists.
Several live shows with Jackson’s music still running, including Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson ONE” in Las Vegas. A spokesman for Cirque du Soleil refused to comment on this week about whether the squad received any complaint or refund request.
And a musical based on Jackson’s rich directory of hits, “Don’t stop” until you get enough “is still scheduled to meet Broadway next year.
Is it morally wrong to enjoy his songs?
 It is a decision we all have to make for ourselves.
For people of a certain age, his music tells powerful memories of carefree days – weddings and barbecues and dances to “Thriller” at halloween house parties. to pamper Jackson’s image ever since – and it has been a lot – these memories can remain unfinished.
His voice was angelic, his dance movements were electric and his talent was undeniable. Jackson’s “Billie Jean” Moonwalk at Motown 25 Special 1984 and his dramatic intro at the 1993 Super Bowl half-time exhibition were indelible TV moments.
3] As a seemingly mild, childish man, he inspired a protective force in his most vivacious fans who continue to this day.
“He was my childhood. I grew up and thought he wasn’t out of this world or that he was almost superhuman,” said Hayley Winter, 35, who lives in Essex, England, and owns all of Jackson’s albums. “I found out he had died while driving my car, the news came over radio … (and) I swept all the way home.”
But to victims of sexual abuse or those who have looked at the HBO documentary, Hearing “Beat It” on radio in 2019 may be like skipping a restoration of “The Cosby Show.”
“Unfortunately, all their music is contaminated now,” Winter says. “I feel that some of me have died – I hope it doesn’t sound too dramatic, but it’s true. It’s so much he meant to me.”
The alleged abuse that James Safechuck and Wade Robson told in “Leaves Neverland” occurred during the late 80s and early 90s – around the time of Jackson’s “bad” and “dangerous” albums. Considering that some of his sexually suggestive songs from that time, like “The Way You Make Me Feel” and “The Dress”, can leave today’s listeners a little trick.
So maybe songs like “PYT (Pretty Young Thing) “and” Do you know where your children are? “
Then there is his 1995 hit” You Are Alone “, written by … R. Kelly.
For some of us it may be easier to hear his previous songs, especially his chirpy Jackson 5 hits. He was still a child then.
Will Jackson be the latest example of “canceling culture?”
At a time when many pop culture figures have been endured by their iniquities and the # MeToo movement requires distorted retribution, we seem to condemn criminals faster than ever.
The phenomenon that “interrupts the culture” occurs every time a celebrity says or does something offensive, making a straight, internet-burned push to interrupt their television show, celebrating their movie, turning off their concert tour or stopping buying their book.
It’s a collective economic punishment – and an attempt to silence those we believe has betrayed us.
#MuteRKelly is the most high-profile of these efforts, but in recent years dozens of entertainers – from Roseanne Barr and Kathy Griffin to Spacey and Louis CK – have been blacklisted by angry consumers.