Running Head: MAN IN THE MIRROR
Man in the Mirror
Texas School of Business
Man in the Mirror
Becoming a mega star is what every little kid dreams about becoming, but not many imagine the thought of dealing with having to shelter yourself into privacy. Michael Jackson pretty much accomplished everything that he put his mind to, but plenty of extra baggage came along with his success. One would ask why would a person of high power, try to stay under the wrath. (Beeler, 2008) Michael Jackson was an abused child, and it’s easy to forget all this because we are so stunned at the death so young of someone who has made such an impact on music. When Michael was a child, his father Joseph did things like, held Michael upside down with one leg and “pummeled him over and over again with his hand, hitting him on his back and buttocks,” per brother Marlon (Beeler, 2008). Joe Jackson claimed that he did not try to abuse Michael as a kid, but push him to success. Jackson first spoke openly about his childhood abuse in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey and said that during his childhood he often cried from loneliness and would sometimes get sick or start to vomit upon seeing his father (Kattenburg, 2009). Most parents believe that pushing their kids will better them for their future, but in most cases it often pushes the child away. Perhaps to ease his loneliness and to try and create the childhood he never had, he often invited children over to his fairytale and theme park-like Neverland Ranch. Just this sort of thing is what got Michael in trouble in 1993 and 2005 when both times he was accused of sexual abuse of a child. In 1993, a 13-year-old boy accused Michael Jackson of sexual molestation and on January 25, 1994, Michael Jackson settled the civil lawsuit paying an undisclosed amount to his accuser (McClish, 2004). After Michael Jackson’s death Jordan Chandler admitted that he had lied during the 1993 case at the...
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