If you want to view this an apology, by all means do so, but even I’ll admit it’s going to be a half-hearted one.
I talked over the whole Michael Jackson death with my friend on Sunday afternoon and I was telling him how I felt and what I had written on my blog. We came around to the conclusion that perhaps another pertinent question I should have proposed was how, or rather, why did Michael Jackson’s music have such a global and staying impact? What about him was different than any other star or celebrity–musically? He also pointed out to me that in fact music is timeless.
All of which I agreed with.
So, then I forced myself into asking why in the hell did I get worked up about it and felt compelled to write two blog posts about it when at most I planned to just put up his picture but the birth year and 2009 and call it a day–and that was if I remembered to do so seeing as how Michael Jackson’s music weren’t a soundtrack to my early life.
Ahhhhh….I remember. I made a joke, “two famous white women died yesterday” and someone–who shall remain nameless–told me via tweet that I was wrong and that I should delete that tweet.
All of this stemmed from me feeling that I was being censored for my opinions.
I felt, and still feel that my Facebook status messages or tweets on Twitter should not have such power as to offend or affect someone seeing as how I didn’t specifically write a message to one individual. My opinions count just as much as the feelings and emotions of others. I just felt personally that in all fairness that there should always be a dissenting opinion: groupthink is a terrible place to find one’s self situated. There is no guarantee that when emotions are raw that the masses won’t erupt in hysteria lest a voice of reason asks the group to slow down before they make their decisions.
That’s all I was doing–giving an opposite opinion. Not just for the sake of doing so, but actually because I really felt that way, and still do. Nothing has changed on that front. However, one of the joys of being a blogger is having a platform to say so, and people actually read and respond to it.
Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL