Michael Jackson’s profile here took a heavy beating when the controversial Martin Bashir interview finally got a Japanese screening. And the recent allegations and impending court case have further tarnished his battered image. But that doesn’t mean to say that everyone has deserted the self-styled Peter Pan of pop.
In a recent test, some students at my school were asked to write about something they like. Most students listed various sports, films, or video games. One even managed the unbelievably banal answer of apples. Yet the same question also prompted one young Jackson fan to vent his dismay at his idol’s treatment, whilst at the same time trying to bolster the singer’s tarnished image.
Such devotion from a 13-year-old boy would surely bring a broad smile to Mr. Jackson’s somewhat ghoulish face.