How different generations react to Michael Jackson’s death

It’s interesting to hear some younger people complain about hearing so much about Michael Jackson the past few weeks. (to be fair, I also hear it from older people too, but bear with me for a second). I don’t mind the Michael Jackson stuff. Then again, I don’t really turn on the TV all that much. But anyways.

It’s interesting to see how the different generations react. I grew up with the Michael Jackson of Thriller. I remember in third grade doing the moonwalk. And then you have all the other Michael Jackson after that, which I pretty much ignored.

The younger generation really only knows the stuff AFTER what made him so huge. Granted, they can listen to his older music, but they grew up with the Michael Jackson who hung babies out windows and was accused (over a long period of time) of molesting children. Yes, he wasn’t convicted, so we try to overlook those charges. But still. That’s image of Michael Jackson they grew up with.

The older generation of 40+ REALLY miss him, because they grew up with him as the image of a cute little kid. Then they saw him hit it HUGE with Thriller and such. They basically knew him and saw him grow for 20-plus years.

Those who get weary of all the Jackson praise, just have some patience, and give the man his due (just don’t go out worshiping the man though–which it seems some have done). Maybe some people have little patience for all this coverage, because of his strange image he’s had the past 15 years. But we are all strange in our own ways (some more than others), but just remember to always give love.

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Tom Saaristo
15 years ago

As a member of the … ahem … “older generation” I can’t say that I REALLY miss him. I was mostly blown away by his appearance on the Motown Special where he donned the sequined glove and did the moonwalk. After that, meh. I’m not a pop music fan which is part of the problem. I didn’t shed a tear or watch the memorial, but I do recognize that it was a tragic end of a life lived mainly in front of spotlights and cheering fans. I can’t even imagine that life.

Winona Patterson
Winona Patterson
15 years ago

I watched/listened online while trying to work (with occasional tears streaming down my face, especially during “Smile” and his daughter’s comments). I wouldn’t have missed it for the world – I, too, grew up with Thriller-era Jackson, wearing out my album, his posters up in my room (which I took down when I got mad at him for buying the Beatles’ catalog), learning the dances in the music videos… he was a huge part of my childhood and that’s why my heart is heavy. Did he make some mistakes? Yes. But I’m glad that most are starting to look past that… but sad that it took him dying for them to do so.

15 years ago

It also breaks down among race and political party demographics also. I also grew up with Off The Wall/Thriller/Bad era MJ, heck i liked him through the Dangerous album and his duet with his Sister “Scream” (but Im a pop music fan) To us in the African American community, his music, skills, talent, and breaking down of racial boundaries make him quite special

14 years ago

I think it’s refreshing how the media has focused almost exclusively on the great things that Jackson did. The cynic in me thinks they’re only doing it to avoid any sort of onslaught from the enormous community of jackson fans and thusly the media’s moves become a political move. But I prefer to think that the media can look at a glass as half-full some of the times. What Jackson did in the early 80s certainly was groundbreaking. I prefer to think that he’s the first true international megastar entertainer. The Beatles and Elvis certainly can be considered to challenge Jackson for this title. But I think Jackson’s reach to the ENTIRE world was more encompassing than anyone else. Though it must be noted that such sensation was short-lived. By the time the early to mid 90s rolled around you would NEVER hear a Michael Jackson song on the radio. I think that speaks volumes as well.

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