Michael Jackson: Pedophile or Victim?
Michael Joseph Jackson has always been in the public’s eye. Even after death people still talk about him. Whether it be about his extreme music and dancing abilities, his eccentric lifestyle, the many surgeries, or the accusations of him being a child offender. Of which he received the most media attention was the absurd accusations made against him. Everyone has their opinions on whether they believe Jackson is guilty or not, but based on the families’ histories it leads many to wonder if Michael Jackson is really a pedophile or just a victim to peoples cruel and greedy hands. Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana to Katherine and Joseph Jackson. He had 3 sisters: Rebbie, La Toya, and Janet, and five brothers: Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Jermaine, and Randy. When Michael was five years old he, Jackie, Tito, Marlon, and Jermaine joined together to start “The Jackson 5”. In 1964 The Jackson 5 were discovered after they entered and won a talent show at their school. After that, they started to play at bars and clubs and eventually started performing at places that more experienced and sometimes famous people would perform. In 1968 Bobby Taylor and The Vancouvers discovered The Jackson 5 and helped them set up an audition with Berry Gordy from Motown Records. (allmichaeljackson.com) Berry was not interested in The Jackson 5 at first because of the difficulty with a kids’ act. Once he heard them it became a different story and he became their biggest supporter. (npr.org) Their first four singles, “ABC”, “I Want You Back”, “I’ll Be There”, and “The Love You Save” became number one hits. They ended their career with Motown Records in 1976 having recorded fourteen albums. Michael recorded four solo albums. After they finished up their lives with Motown they signed on with Epic to further their careers in the music industry. Seeing that Motown owned the name “The Jackson 5” they adapted their name to “The Jacksons”. Randy took place over Jermaine because Jermaine married Berry Gordy’s daughter and stayed with Motown Records to continue on in his solo career. While under the management of Epic Records they made six albums and had many hit records in the eight years they were with them. In 1977 Michael starred as the scarecrow in “The Wiz”, an all-black musical form of The Wizard of Oz, next to Dianna Ross who played Dorothy. This is where Michael and Quincy first met. Quincy Jones was doing the background music for the production. The two would pair up to launch Michael Jackson’s first solo album, “Off The Wall” in 1979. It was the first album to have four number one hit singles. (allmichaeljackson.com) In 1980 Michael wins Grammy for best male R&B vocal performance with “Don’t Stop Til’ You Get Enough”. Michael Jackson released the album “Thriller” in 1982. Thriller produced seven hit singles and eventually sold over 75 million copies worldwide. Along with the song “Thriller” he made a short film that was fourteen minutes long, containing a beginning, middle, and an end. The short Thriller film became so successful that they made a video called “The Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller”. It became the most sold home video worldwide combined with soaring album sales. MJ often used short films to promote his singles from an album. Some examples are: “Bad”, “Thriller”, and “Billie Jean”. At the Motown 25 years’ anniversary show in 1983, Michael performed the legendary moonwalk for the first time. After this performance he was bounced up to superstar status. In February of 1984 he won 8 Grammys in one night for his “Thriller” album and his work on the narrative for the “ET Storybook”. This was a record for the most Grammys won in one award show. “Thriller” the album was certified 20 times...
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