Do you think the underlying tones to what Al Sharpton was saying were racist and took away from the special singer/songwriter/performer that MJ was? For him to say "man of color" in the same speech honoring a man who worked so hard all his life to see people as equals, or as one was an oxymoron. Do you think Al Sharpton was on his soapbox with a hidden racial/political agenda, especially with mentioning Obama twice in his speech?
Personally, I know, that I was practicing my Thriller moves as a kid and not focused on race.
Also, do you think he was out of line to say the "ain't nothin' strange about your daddy..." bit to Michael Jackson's children? They've probably been sheltered from the bad publicity, why bring it up at his memorial service? Very tactless.
Asked by Anonymous at 10:48 PM on Jul. 7, 2009 in Politics & Current Events
Answer by urkiddingright at 11:24 PM on Jul. 7, 2009
Answer by urkiddingright at 11:26 PM on Jul. 7, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 11:27 PM on Jul. 7, 2009
Michael Jackson broke racial barriers, YES race was and is still an important part of MJ's story. He was the FIRST black artist to be played on MTV. In the late 60's and early 70's he and his brothers enjoyed much cross over success at a time when most didn't.
The Jackson's and Sharpton are very close and have been for years, as well as Martin Luther King III who was there as well. To deny that race played some role in Michael Jackson's meteoric rise would be like denying the sky is blue. Enjoy all that was his story, it was definitely unique
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:29 PM on Jul. 7, 2009
Answer by Carpy at 11:36 PM on Jul. 7, 2009
Al Sharptons whole speech was tainted with racism. The media basically villified him for his strange behavior. Then they glorified him in death. None of it based on race. Then they lifted him up as someone who did so much to promote the black community yet he chose white women to have his children with and bleached his skin so much he looked like a white person and turned his face into a freak show trying to eliminate his black features.
Him having children with a white woman makes hin NO LESS BLACK! as for bleaching himself, he had a disease and now that he passed and it was listed by the hospital as a medical condition and that he had lupus maybe the ignorance surrounding him could be cleared up a little. Obviously he wasn't mentally stable with all the plastic surgeries..does that take away from his acheivments? his charity?
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:38 PM on Jul. 7, 2009
Answer by thundernlight at 11:42 PM on Jul. 7, 2009
Answer by Shaneagle777 at 11:42 PM on Jul. 7, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 11:45 PM on Jul. 7, 2009
BTW - I do not think of Michael Jackson as breaking any racial barriers. I think that is an insult to many others who who broke that mold before him (like Chuck Berry or Nat King Cole, etc.) I think MJ was more of a raw, overall talent (dance, choreographer, lyrics) who broke free along WITH the MTV culture/generation.
Nat Cole and Berry did break barriers, and so did Jackson. No black artist EVER played on MTV at that time. When his album hit it big, his managers had to FIGHT with MTV to play his videos. They at first refused and only relented when Beat it was being played on every station including rock stations and they were being inundated with requests....He even received an award from Ronald Reagan for his role in We are the world and Hands across America
Answer by sweet-a-kins at 12:04 AM on Jul. 8, 2009