Don’t Support Michael Jackson’s Xscape?
You Don’t Get What He Stood For!
And, quite frankly you’re missing out. There are more than a few bangin’ tracks on the CD and it’s much much better than the “Michael” project that was released a few years back. I am actually pleasantly surprised that I am so into this project. I didn’t expect to like it so much.
My favorites are Loving You, Blue Gangsta and Love Never Felt So Good (the version without Justin Timberlake).
3 common reasons why some fans are not supporting the Xscape project:
- Michael would not want his incomplete songs released. – How do you know? Have you talked to his ghost?
- The estate is making money off of him. – Of course they are. They are also working their asses off for him too! Big deal! There’s nothing we can do about who’s getting paid. It’s not YOUR money, so why do you care so much? If you think you’re doing Michael a favor by damning any of his current and future projects; you’re mistaken. You’re adding to the negativity.
- The family didn’t approve this project. – Ummm, did the family ever have any say in Michael’s solo projects? I don’t think so! Why would this project be any different?
Here’s What I Think
In my opinion, the most important thing is that the Michael Jackson legacy stays alive much like that of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe. Most of his fans are happily enjoying this “new” music. When Michael died a part of me died. Hearing new music is making me smile and that is something that I don’t do often enough. I feel happy! Michael lifts my spirits!
I was going to write what I’m sure would have been a long drawn out blog about what I think about the fan division on this project, but there always seems to be someone better at expressing my opinion. Besides, I don’t have the energy to waste.
Please read the statement below from a Michael Jackson fan that runs a Facebook group called All Mike Everything and then feel free to leave your thoughts in the comment section.
My Loves, I want to thank each and every one of you first and foremost for being as wonderful as you have been this past year and a half! Your love, support, input, and kindness is what has kept me going and I genuinely appreciate every kind comment, contribution to this page through art and shares, and beautiful compliment you have shared!
I have, however, decided to stop posting new things for an indefinite period of time. There are several reasons for this decision, but the one I feel I must be honest and open about is the fact that for me personally, there has just been too much in-fighting within the MJ fan base.
We all have different lives, different opinions, different levels of devotion, and different ways of enjoying Michael, and I find it very ironic that some of the fans of a man who was so totally AGAINST being pigeon-holed and boxed into one way of thinking and creating would be so determined to do just that to his memory.
The reason Michael Jackson became what he has become to so many different people is because he was a genius at FLUIDITY…. He could adjust himself to just about any situation. He was a person who could understand where others were coming from… even if he didn’t come from that place himself.
Opinions are like assholes and all Michael Jackson fans have one
We are who we are. Everyone’s opinion of who MJ was, what he did, and how he did it was formed based on who we already were when we first discovered him. If you are a middle-aged white woman from the Midwest, your interpretation of MJ is bound to be completely different from a 16-year-old Black boy from Harlem, New York’s.
There will be some things you can agree on, but other things the two of you can’t understand. Neither one is wrong… they are just different. A more spiritually-minded fan may have an entirely different interpretation of what Michael was than a person who is not very spiritually-centered, but loves dance.
The same goes for this current issue of whether buying his new music is “right” or “wrong”. Depending on how your mind works, what you have been through, and your view of the world in general is, you can go either way on this subject. Whatever you decide doesn’t make you any less of a fan than the next person.
If you love and respect Michael, and if he and his music has made ANY type of impact on your life, you ARE a fan. There is no bad or good fan. There is no “fan type” that is above any other.
If you love him because you think he was the most gorgeous man ever, you are just as entitled to the label as a person who thinks he was a living, breathing saint. He displayed as much sensuality as he did goodness and both of those attributes were part of the same man.
Michael Jackson: The Puzzle
We tend to want to break him up into the pieces that fit our agendas, fit our understanding of things, and fit what we are trying to say. Then we want to just toss the rest of who he was away if it doesn’t serve our purposes, or fit our pretty picture. Much like religious people do with Jesus and other faith-based figures.
He WAS a Black man who didn’t see race before character, yet he did love and have pride in his ancestry. He WAS a man who had an abiding faith in God and a pure, angelic spirit, yet he got angry and used 4 letter words sometimes…none of these things made the others any less true. We are all multifaceted. I have no problem understanding that MJ was too. I can’t understand why it has become so political to be a fan of a man who just went with the direction his heart and his Creator led him in and just lived.
He did what he believed in without chastising and frowning-upon every single person he met that didn’t happen to subscribe to his beliefs. I see so much of this and I am becoming disillusioned. More than anything, being a fan should bring you joy, and I can’t let these issues stop that for me. I hope you can understand. I don’t know if I’m alone in my thinking, and I am not accusing anyone of anything in particular. This is just my observation.
This issue isn’t the only factor in my decision, Loves. As I said earlier, there are a few. This is the only one that directly involved the MJ Fan-Family, though, and I think it was only fair to share it with you. I have done my very best to be fair, respectful, and kind. I have tried to teach a few things as well as be open to learning. I sincerely hope I have done that for the majority of you. Much L.O.V.E. to every one of you…. until we “Michael” again.