I don't know where I have been, but nearly every single bit of news since Michael Jackson's death is shocking me…drug addict, bankrupt, anorexic?
The thought of any one individual going through such turmoil is so sad and disturbing isn't it?
He was probably the saddest case of body dimorphic disorder (BDD) since Jocelyn Wildenstein and he has always been super thin….but I guess it never even dawned on me he could have an eating disorder.
If Jackson did indeed have anorexia, it makes this story all the more horrible. Thinking of him alone suffering with such a disease, on top of all the other things the guy had working against him.
My children have been asking all sorts of questions about Jackson;
"I thought Michael Jackson was black?"
"Why is he so skinny?'
"Why was he doing drugs?"
"Why do his kids have towels on their face?"
"That's the same person?" while looking at Jackson as a boy and now.
And possibly the hardest one to respond to "She's pretty."
What is a parent to say?
Just like every other question your children come up with – I believe you just have to be real;
"Michael was a major, major child star, performing when he was a very young boy – younger than you guys are now. His dad wasn't kind, and I've heard he made Michael take medicine that only girls should have, that made his voice stay high pitched. Michael couldn't go anywhere without being followed, questioned, photographed, and judged. He took pain killers after an accident, and got addicted to them because they made him forget about his problems and lack of self esteem. Thats why he kept changing what he looked like - first he thought his nose wasn't thin enough, then his skin wasn't white enough, so be basically spent his entire life trying to be someone else."
I obviously left out two major points;
The child molestation accusations and possible anorexia…both inappropriate topics for their age 6 and 9.
The whole situation has just left me thinking about what an odd culture we are; we idolize people to the point that we kill them. Michael Jackson never had a chance, but he did have a choice didn't he?
And so do we.
I don't know about you, but I am keeping the Jackson coverage to a minimum in my home. If this freaks us out, can you imagine how bizarre all of this seems to a child?