I know I'm entering this a little late... BUT I'm tired of the exagerated statements about Michael Jackson's value as a human being. He was, perhaps, one of the greatest entertainers we'll ever see. That's a very subjective statement, completely in the eye of the beholder. He has contributed tens of millions, perhaps hundreds of millions of dollars to charity. Having said that, I also must say he had significant problems in life. I'm not one to say everyone should "fit in", but the man admitted to sleeping with children; children that were not his own; children whose parents did not know he was sleeping with them; children that were helpless to say "no" to this icon. I'm not implying any sexual activity... but sharing a bed with another person's child, without the parents knowledge is simply wrong. And Michael Jackson admitted to doing that on several occasions.
I think we would all agree Michael Jackson was a unique individual. He was an extremely talented child who was subjected to parental abuse, sexual situations at an early age with his brothers in hotel rooms on the road while touring with the "Jackson Five." I don't think anyone could experience all that and NOT be negatively affected by it.
I don't pitty him; I don't hate him; and I don't believe he deserves the time and attention he's receiving in his death... because the way he lived his life was not nearly on par with so many other, more deserving people. People like President Ronald Reagan, Ghandi, Dr. Martin Luther King, and so many others that never got the recognition for living their lives with honor, courage, dignity and integrity. I don't believe Michael Jackson's life was honorable, courageous or dignified. And most importantly he lacked the integrity required to defend himself of child molestation charges... but he din't lack the money to pay off the accuser and make the whole case collapse for lack of a witness.