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Can You Still Be a Fan and Be Honest About an Artist’s Moral Failings?

On June 25th, 2009, Michael Jackson departed this earth. Known as the “King of Pop”, Jackson was and still is one of the most influential musicians of the past fifty years. He is one of the few artists whose music transcends genres and breaks barriers. One would have to have lived under a rock to not know about Jackson and his music.

His music and his image as a performer is burned into our cultural memory. We have danced to his music, sung karaoke (some of us better than others) and dressed up as Jackson for Halloween.

While Jackson is revered for his art, his moral failings are another story. Accusations of sexual abusing minors and pedophilia followed him for years, even after his passing. Earlier this year, the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland blew the door wide open about the allegations that up to that point, had not been clearly confirmed or denied.

Is there an easy answer to this question? I wish that there was. No one is perfect, we all make mistakes and have faults. However, there is a difference between having faults and molesting young children. One is natural, the other is just plain illegal.

Readers, what do you think? Can we still appreciate Jackson’s music while condemning his moral failings?

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Throwback Thursday-Free Willy (1992)

A child and their pet animal has been a story that never gets old. The question, is how does a writer spin the story so it stands out among other stories in the genre?

In he 1993 movie, Free Willy, Willy is a orca whale who was caught by fisherman when he was young. Since then, he has lived in a marina. Jesse (Jason James Richter) is a young man with a troubled past. When he is caught vandalizing the marina, he is let off easy. His punishment is to clean up the mess he made. While cleaning his mess, Jesse makes friends with Willy and is able to train him. But when Willy cannot perform, the owners of the marina seek to kill him. It is up to Jesse and his friends to free Willy.

What can I say about this movie? It’s very early 90’s, especially with Michael Jackson singing the movie’s theme song.

However, it is quite sappy and borders and predictable.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

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The King of Pop – A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far Far Away….

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