Saturday, June 27, 2009
Michael Jackson 1958-2009
Two things are undeniably true of the self-anointed King of Pop Michael Jackson, who died suddenly of cardiac arrest Thursday in Los Angeles. One, he was an extraordinarily talented and gifted entertainer, singer, and dancer; indeed, of all his contemporaries, he is most deserving of the appellation musical genius. And two, he was an inscrutably tortured soul whose eccentricities grew increasingly more bizarre and stranger as time wore on. That behavior resulted in child molestation scandals and a seemingly never ending string of lawsuits that tarnished his reputation. Whether the latter similarly tarnishes his legacy now that he is gone can only be answered over time.