(NaturalNews) Michael Jackson's death gives us an opportunity to reflect on the way he was treated by the media (and the public) while he was alive. Through his work, Michael Jackson went to great lengths to send a message of love to the world -- to inspire others and add joy to our lives -- and yet he was derided as a monster by the tabloid media while being humiliated by the comedy routines of late-night talk show hosts.
Western culture is cruel to celebrities.
Anyone in a position of notoriety is automatically deemed a fair target for outrageous accusations and slander. As somewhat of a minor celebrity (in a narrow field) myself, I've seen some of this cruelty directed my way, and I can only imagine how much more devastating the cruelty would be at the scale and degree that was thrust upon Michael Jackson throughout his professional career.
Jackson was derided simply for being different. He had unconventional tastes and pursued uncommon lifestyle choices, and many of those choices made conservative people nervous. So they invented lies and played them up for their own personal profit. The whole accusation of Michael Jackson having sexual escapades with young boys was, by any honest accounting, a complete fabrication engineered for nothing more than personal profit.
In fact, Jackson was financially exploited by virtually everyone close to him. His "handlers" were highly-paid promoters who saw Jackson as their ticket to wealth. It might even be argued that they pushed him to the fringe of a pharmaceutical-induced death through their attempts to exploit his work for their own profits.
Again, I sometimes feel exploited in the same way, such as when companies pressure me to write articles about their products even though I'm on a hectic schedule of trying to cover other important topics. With Michael Jackson, though, the pressure must have been a thousand times worse. Hundreds of millions of dollars were on the line, and if Jackson could only be pumped up with enough drugs and makeup to bang out another fifty concerts, the people around him could walk home filthy rich.
Pharmaceuticals as tools of control
Although I have no specific proof of this, it is my belief that pharmaceuticals became the tools by which Michael Jackson's handlers were able to chemically abuse him in their quest for further profits. With the right drugs, even a frail man can be artificially pumped up with enough energy to make a stage appearance -- although at great cost to his vitality. And some of the drugs he was put on have the effect of turning you into a mind-numbed zombie, primed for mental manipulation.
Jackson's handlers, of course, will insist they loved the man like a friend and money had nothing to do with it. Such a claim is easy to verify: Just check the payroll stubs. If the numbers aren't zero, money probably had everything to do with it. (It's easy to be somebody's "friend" when they're paying you a seven-figure income.)
In the end, there's no doubt that Jackson was pumped full of too many drugs for any man to bear. Pharmaceuticals don't cure anything, after all, and the more you take, the more toxic the combinations become. The Sun newspaper in the UK claims Jackson was taking Xanax, Prilosec, Vicodin, Paxil, Demerol, Soma, Dilaudid and Zoloft. That's an extremely toxic combination of drugs that no person should be taking long-term. And yet it seems (from press reports, if you can believe those) that Jackson was on some of these drugs for a very long period of time... decades, in some cases.
Certainly, Jackson himself is not free from responsibility in all this. His seemingly fanatical pursuit of cosmetic surgery might be called a form of self-inflicted medical abuse. Some of the drugs he was taking were no doubt pursued as a way to alleviate the possible pain and scarring resulting from so many surgical procedures. And yet for that, he can only blame himself, as those procedures were voluntary (and entirely unnecessary). Jackson was loved for his voice, his message and his wide-open heart. In no way did he actually need a new face to be a successful, inspiring artist (the face he was born with would have been just fine).
Being really famous leads to extreme isolation
The more he tried to alter his face, though, the more he became the subject of ridicule by the press and his fans. The cruelty of accusations and jokes drove Jackson into extreme isolation, where he could never interact with the real public. Unlike you and I, Michael Jackson couldn't stroll through a mall, or order a sandwich at a restaurant. He couldn't sit anonymously in an airport or meet new friends in a public park. As a result of his super-worldly celebrity status -- combined with outrageous public ridicule for his chosen way of life -- he was more alone in our world than almost anyone.
And in that state of extreme loneliness and isolation, his doctors prescribed powerful, mind-altering psychiatric drugs along with a chemical cocktail of other pharmaceuticals that ultimately killed him. That is the saddest part of this story: That Big Pharma's chemicals have stolen from us yet another amazing individual whose life was cut short by chemical intervention.
While he may have made many poor decisions in his life (and with his health), in no way did Jackson deserve to be killed by Big Pharma. Nor does anyone else deserve such a devastating fate. Yet that same fate continues to hammer down upon a hundred thousand Americans each and every year. Their tombstones are not as elaborate as Michael Jackson's, nor are their funerals as extravagant, but their deaths are just as tragic and unnecessary as the death of the King of Pop.
May he rest in peace, and may the cruel defamation of his character finally be laid to rest at the same time.