Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson Dies, Denial About MJ's Hx of Childhood Abuse Lives On

So there was a thread recently on a liberal blog I admire, mourning Michael Jackson.

When MJ's history of being an adult survivor of childhood abuse was mentioned, it was first minimized ("45 years ago many parents used corporeal (sic) punishment") and then all mention was banned, having been framed as if mentioning an innocent child's victimization by his own father were "speaking ill of the dead."

When we cannot speak honestly of what actually happens in families, we become complicit in allowing abuse to go on, unseen.


Kvatch said...

When we cannot speak honestly of what actually happens in families...

On a lighter note... If I hear one more talking head opine on how MJ, "...defined the music of our generation," I think I'm going to puke!

No Blood for Hubris said...

Yes. Massive tabloidshriekfatigue.

Anonymous said...

No Blood For Hubris:

I can tell you, from experience, that people REALLY, REALLY don't want to hear about one's being sexually abused as a child. Comments such as "Why on earth would you want to bring that up, after all of these years?" would be one of the milder sort.

Michael Jackson was, by any set of criteria a psychologist would use, muy fucked up. His desire to play dress up, surround himself with children and seek, through surgery, to become an entirely different person is, to say the least, pretty damned spooky.

My word verification = morsin


No Blood for Hubris said...

I completely agree.