I have tons to say here; hope nobody minds the lengthy postOriginally posted by holly71
.... He is beyond weird. He's something that there's just no way to describe. He really doesn't seem to think there's anything unusual about the things he does. . . I mean, I had a traumatic childhood (as MANY kids, too many kids do),... but I've managed to deal with it & I function quite normally in society. Michael doesn't know how to function like a normal adult. He's got the funds, he should have sought therapy a long time ago. ...
I feel for his kids, I really do. The odds are stacked against them in terms of them turning out to be functional members of society. ...
Maybe it's harder to overcome tragedy and abuse when you've been mega-famous since you were five (or whatever age Jackson began performing as a kid; I know it was really young) and when every move you make is printed in tabloids. Famous people are generally living in la-la land to begin with.
I've been a huge Marilyn Monroe fan for years, and I've read tons of books about her -- I think she had similar problems as Michael Jackson. She was practically orphaned as a kid (had to live in foster homes) and was sexually abused during those years. Her incredible fame made it even more difficult to lead a psychologically healthy life (she did seek therapy, BTW, but it didn't seem to help much). People were always trying to use her. Joe DiMaggio physically/emotionally abused her while they were married. She didn't really have anyone to rely on.
I agree that MJ's kids are not likely to grow up 'normal,' to become normal adults. I think that MJ is going to have a cow when his kids become teenagers, don't you? MJ is so into kiddies who are under 12 years old, how is he going to cope when his cute little tikes grow up into obnoxious teens who yell back at him, disobey him, get into trouble, etc.?
I don't think that Jackson is as totally 'child like' as he wants us to believe. For instance, some of his videos and songs contain adult content with him singing about sexy women and what all. He was smart enough and business savvy enough to buy all the rights to the Beatles music catalog so he could make millions off that.
Lastly, I have one more theory about why he's kind of obsessed about kids and being kid-like.
I think he was raised in a Jehovah's Witness background, so he does have something of a religious understanding and exposure. I saw in an interview he did about ten years ago (with Oprah perhaps) where he mentioned a Bible verse where Jesus said,
(from Matthew 18:3)" And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."
I'm afraid that MJ may have taken that verse *way* too literally and thinks that Jesus is saying you must BE a kid to obtain salvation. I was raised a Baptist and we're all into 'salvation is by the grace of God through faith alone in Jesus,' not that you have to pretend to be an 8 year old kid your whole life. I mean, if you truly believe your shot at *eternal life* depends on being childlike, that could explain why MJ is so nutty about childhood and the kiddies.