Indeed. I go back and forth on it when it comes up in conversation. Guy was a master of public relations with a well practiced innocence . Was it real? Who knows.
Was he playing or preying? These days, I lean towards plying and preying but he though it was innocent playing and convinced of his own innocence, he wasn’t lying just a warped view of things.
I had a nutty neighbor growing up as a kid in NJ in the 80s that believed the whole Roman Catholic church part of this. Used to talk about it whenever he grabbed my ear. I was a polite listener. He died of Hepititis or something at 40. Too much drugs / unprotected sex in NYC in the 70s basically caught up to him.
Oh, I don’t mean it’s a lie. But he was comfortable in front of the camera, practiced. He knew how to handle interviews from a young age, kabbitz with the hosts, follow comedy scripts and adlib alike. Truly a man for the stage from a young age.
I don’t know the real Michael Jackson. With public personas there’s really no way to know. I’m not saying he was lying but being on camera a lot gives an awareness of perception that I can’t start to fathom.
Ever hear of a Truth Sandwich?
All that said, I like MJ and I think he did far far far more good for the world than bad.
I wasn’t a bit fan of his music but I liked his persona. I adopted some of the look. Fedora, skinny tie, showing socks. It was common enough at the time anyway but there’s no question of his influence in many areas.
Time Bandits, The Princess Bride, Monty Python, Doctor Who, 8-bit video games / arcades / pinball, the D&D lore (although I didn’t play — no patience to sit still for hours around a table when I could be behind my little computer), Weird Al, I have no complaints about the entertainment I got as a kid for the most part.