Till death do us pardon

A year after Michael Jackson’s death Tokiso Molefe wonders why he

had to die before the tabloids took a chill pill.

While he was alive, the King of Pop was often the subject of

ridicule. If it wasn’t his skin colour, they would make fun of his questionable

love for children or his dress sense.

He made history while he was alive, but this was largely overlooked

until he died.

Then, suddenly the media accepted that he had had a skin condition

and that his music was great.

Jackson had serious money problems while he was alive. Now he is

making enough money to pay his debts and he’s getting plenty of good

publicity.

Jackson is not the only celebrity to be making it better in death

than alive. Think Tupac, Notorious B.I.G.; and Elvis Presley – who last year

made it onto Forbes’ list of top-earning dead celebrities.

Closer to home Brenda Fassie went from being a diva with a drug

problem to an icon after her death.

It seems your hard work is often only celebrated and noted in

death.

Rumour has it that Tupac faked his death and I can’t help but

wonder if Jackson could be hiding somewhere in Cape Town watching us finally

appreciating him.

From wherever he is watching this spectacle of support (Cape Town

or the afterlife) it must sadden his said-to-be soft heart that he had to die

before the tabloids took a chill pill.

 
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