This was the last plaintive cry of desperation from superstar entertainer Michael Jackson. Icon of icons he was preparing and rehearsing for a gruelling series of concerts when tragedy struck. The expectations and pressure from all stakeholders including himself must have been enormously crushing on his frail shoulders.
The opening testimonies of his just commenced criminal trial tells the harrowing tale of a frail, frightened and sleep deprived man. Being in the public eye for so long and under immense, often negative, scrutiny his was a last ditch and ultimately futile effort to seek redemption in his career and personal life. Instead of going out with a bang, his life and career will now be subjected to the most minute analysis as the trial takes place in the weeks to come. Knowing him to be such a private individual, it would surely seem like a second demise, if only in spirit, for him as well as for his family.
We can never begin to understand nor appreciate the extraordinary pressures that celebrities with the stature of Michael Jackson have to endure during their time as public figures. Demands and hangers-on coming at you from everywhere, wanting a piece of you 24/7, it couldn’t have been an easy life to live even with all the glitz and glamor of wealth and fame.
I know I’ve been railing against David’s apparent inability to get his career going but set against the backdrop of Michael’s pitiful last days, it’s a sobering moment for me. It would be truly horrible and heartbreaking to imagine – however remote – David’s life spiraling so out of control and reduced to such a wretched state. In retrospect his decision – whether deliberate or not – to build his career one step at a time would seem to be the smarter move.
God speed David. I still wish you the sweetest possible success in your life but without all the trials and tribulations that MJ had to bear and who in the end had to pay the most terrible price for that moment in the sun.