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Do You Believe in Magic?

by Jacob Clifton August 17, 2004
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story

Not that the kid was in any danger, in my opinion. He's used to holding onto little kids no matter how much they struggle. He wrestles them daily, it's like training for him. Paris and Prince are like, whatever, Crazy. Even Blanket looks disapproving somehow, and he doesn't even have teeth yet. People excoriate him in many languages from the TV. The nurses and babysitters won't let him touch them. Bobby's pissed at him, again, and Michael's whining about how the Bashir documentary will wipe our minds of Blankygate, because it will show how normal and awesome he is. Yep, almost right.

They hold a private viewing of the documentary; it's 6 February 2003. I've been in my current apartment for almost a year. I bet Michael cries. Awesome. David, Bobby, and the two maids are all with Michael and the mysterious children. This is going to be a bloodbath. They're all eating popcorn. It shows the David talking part and Michael talking about how he finds inspiration in kids, and then the Bashir voice-overs kick in, all about "this is where I started getting creeped out." And yeah, it puts a different kind of Rashomon spin on the interview when Bashir says this stuff, since we've already seen a lot of the actual footage before. "I see God in the faces of children. Why can't you share your bed? The most loving thing you could do is share your bed with someone." Close-up on Michael and David holding hands as he says this. And Bashir is talking mad theory about how creepy it is, and well? It is. And you know what? I believe that Michael is not doing anything wrong, as far as he can tell. I'm not interested whether or not he did any bad stuff, because I find his brain more troubling than his behavior and he desperately needs help regardless of what he does or doesn't do. That much is clear.

But I have to defer to Miss Alli and Wing Chun on this one, because in this case, mere editing -- even if it's merciless and brilliant -- does not make you do or say things, alone by itself. It doesn't create events or words or creepiness out of thin air. And you, Michael Jackson, are fucking creepy, no matter what else happens. No need to airbrush that in. You are a creepy dude, and this guy has footage of your creepy self. More than anything, I think the lesson here is that Michael should not be allowed to make another decision as long as he lives. And that Elizabeth Taylor is deeply, deeply crazy, of course. So Michael freaks out, Blanket starts screaming, everybody leaves, Michael yells and is weird and out of it. There's a bunch of memory montage. You almost think Michael might be figuring out what went wrong here, but no. He's nowhere close, no matter how often he watches it. Bobby yells at him for being weird and delusional. Bobby tells him they are going to keep coming after Michael until he gets his shit together and stops acting insane. Michael's not hearing it. Like, at all. The word NO hurts him on a molecular level.

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Do You Believe in Magic?

by Jacob Clifton August 17, 2004
Man in the Mirror: The Michael Jackson Story

Not that the kid was in any danger, in my opinion. He's used to holding onto little kids no matter how much they struggle. He wrestles them daily, it's like training for him. Paris and Prince are like, whatever, Crazy. Even Blanket looks disapproving somehow, and he doesn't even have teeth yet. People excoriate him in many languages from the TV. The nurses and babysitters won't let him touch them. Bobby's pissed at him, again, and Michael's whining about how the Bashir documentary will wipe our minds of Blankygate, because it will show how normal and awesome he is. Yep, almost right.

They hold a private viewing of the documentary; it's 6 February 2003. I've been in my current apartment for almost a year. I bet Michael cries. Awesome. David, Bobby, and the two maids are all with Michael and the mysterious children. This is going to be a bloodbath. They're all eating popcorn. It shows the David talking part and Michael talking about how he finds inspiration in kids, and then the Bashir voice-overs kick in, all about "this is where I started getting creeped out." And yeah, it puts a different kind of Rashomon spin on the interview when Bashir says this stuff, since we've already seen a lot of the actual footage before. "I see God in the faces of children. Why can't you share your bed? The most loving thing you could do is share your bed with someone." Close-up on Michael and David holding hands as he says this. And Bashir is talking mad theory about how creepy it is, and well? It is. And you know what? I believe that Michael is not doing anything wrong, as far as he can tell. I'm not interested whether or not he did any bad stuff, because I find his brain more troubling than his behavior and he desperately needs help regardless of what he does or doesn't do. That much is clear.

But I have to defer to Miss Alli and Wing Chun on this one, because in this case, mere editing -- even if it's merciless and brilliant -- does not make you do or say things, alone by itself. It doesn't create events or words or creepiness out of thin air. And you, Michael Jackson, are fucking creepy, no matter what else happens. No need to airbrush that in. You are a creepy dude, and this guy has footage of your creepy self. More than anything, I think the lesson here is that Michael should not be allowed to make another decision as long as he lives. And that Elizabeth Taylor is deeply, deeply crazy, of course. So Michael freaks out, Blanket starts screaming, everybody leaves, Michael yells and is weird and out of it. There's a bunch of memory montage. You almost think Michael might be figuring out what went wrong here, but no. He's nowhere close, no matter how often he watches it. Bobby yells at him for being weird and delusional. Bobby tells him they are going to keep coming after Michael until he gets his shit together and stops acting insane. Michael's not hearing it. Like, at all. The word NO hurts him on a molecular level.

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