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Remembering the icons

June 26, 2009 - Jennifer Brookens
Anyone who enjoyed any sort of music in the 70s or 80s was likely affected by the news that pop legend Michael Jackson died suddenly this afternoon. Browsing online, my friends from all walks of life and all musical tastes are expressing disbelief and grief.

Sadly, this man will be remembered not only as a musician and entertainer, but also for his bizarre life... the Neverland ranch, botched plastic surgeries and "Did he or didn't he..." As the circus sideshow portion of his life became more exposed, respect for Jackson and his music declined.

So what happens now? We will likely be bombarded with more of a circus for Jackson's funeral, what caused his sudden cardiac arrest, and what will happen to the three small children he's left behind. And then what? Comedians will have to find another easy punch line, and there will be more salutes to his musical and dancing genius. (Though several artists/bands have already sampled or redone Jackson's music this decade). Most of all, Jackson will always be rememberd as the "King of Pop." Could Michael Jackson's death be the career revival that he was aiming for?

And as one collegue pointed out, does his death take away from Farrah Fawcett, who lost her long-time battle with cancer today as well. Some can also argue that we still have solidiers dying for us in wars overseas to protect us, and why aren't we fawning over their deaths as much as these celebrities?

But in any case, my sympathies go out to the family members and friends of Jackson and Fawcett. Both icons will be remembered.


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