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.