I am very interested by everyone's thoughts on 'the' interview, but no-one seems to have noticed the interviewer's techniques, and I think Martin Bashir should be ashamed.
It seems we all agree that MJ is stuck in a childlike timewarp, living like a young 11yr old, and that he is obviously harbouring some mental health issues, and battling with the aging process. My thought then is a) Uri Geller - his 'friend'- set the interview up. Firstly what kind of a friend is that, whom probably reassured Jackson that he would be treated with respect and care, and b) What in the world was the interviewer thinking when he started out to be all sympathetic, and 'I'm your friend ', and then at the end, corner Jackson, who seemed shocked at the change, and practically bully the poor guy for answers - and I do think MJ is poor.
To me he was like a child accused for something they don't believe is wrong, and not understanding why he is being accused, or knowing how to get out of it, whilst keeping face. I cannot believe that this man/child has much, if any notions of anything sexual, despite having children by surrogacy, or whatever means he has used. And while I agree it is not normal, and is a concern, that he, at the age of 44yrs old, is having children sleeping in his bedroom/bed, should we not, instead of thinking 'pervert', be thinking, why is this man not getting the help he needs to understand that it is not sociably, or morally, acceptable, and under what understanding are the parents of the children allowing them to stay in his bedroom overnight. If it is just harmless sleep-overs, and I personally think it may well be, then once again we arrive at a point where the only conclusion can be that therapy for Michael, should be sought.
The fact of his children to, is an area for concern. I think, that if he has nannies, then they should have been 'fuzzed' out or something, and been seen to play an active part in the children's lives. To remove access of the children from him, I feel, would only add to his mental decay, and even then, would he get the help needed ??? I think not.
The feeding of the baby incident was nothing short of shocking. The baby being jiggled up and down, as MJ, in such a state of high anxiety, didn't even notice half the cloth was in the kid's mouth, was truly disturbing. I saw something similar years ago, on TV about child nannies, with an eight year old girl who'd been left to look after her baby brother, and was upset over something. She too manhandled the child, and was upset and frustrated by his crying. The thing is, that she too, rapidly shook the child on her knee. There was a lot of media coverage on that, at the time too. Children do get frustrated, and MJ seems not really, mentally capable of understanding what is really going on around him, and thus, I suppose, gets very frustrated.
To me, he looked in the eye of the interviewer, and said I've only had two plastic surgery procedures, like a child saying it hadn't eaten a chocolate bar. MJ looked crushed at the end of the interview, and I can only think about his crumbling mental state, and how desperately alone and pained he must have felt the night after Bashir had left. The fact is that if MJ didn't seek help before, he may not seek it now, and this interview - regardless of the money he makes from sales - because who truly believes that he has a concept of the value of money ? - only adds to his list of abuse, and bad memories.
So, really, how helpful was this interview, other than to give us all something to gawp at and pity ?
I am not really a fan of Michael Jackson's. I did go to a concert of his, but mainly because of the show - I'm a trained theatre Technician - and I do think the guy has an amazing gift for dancing. When watching the programme, where I thought you'd see more of his showmanship, his thoughts on the production of his stagecraft, and how he sees himself, I was saddened to find him such a desperately unhappy man/child - the brunt of media accusations, and a victim of a disturbingly poor level of mental health. He is trapped in a lose/lose situation, and whom, to me is not waving, but drowning.
Not Waving But Drowning by Stevie Smith
Nobody heard him, the dead man,
But still he lay moaning:
I was much further out than you thought
And not waving but drowning.
Poor chap, he always loved larking
And now he's dead
It must have been too cold for him his heart gave way,
Oh, no no no, it was too cold always
(Still the dead one lay moaning)
I was much too far out all my life
And not waving but drowning
Peace, Love, and Happiness, Always