I’ve been seeing a common thread with some so-called fans who claim “the media villified Michael Jackson and drove him to pills” — this is as disturbing as it is absurd. Nobody makes someone else an addict! Yes, they may contribute to their dependency by enabling them; but there are all sorts of people all over the world who have to deal with problems — and they don’t turn to drugs. Michael Jackson is not a victim. His case is tragic and rather sad, but that does not absolve him of responsibility.
An addict will not seek help until they accept that they have a problem and decide to deal with it. Nobody could have helped Michael, until he wanted help. He chose to surround himself with “yes” people, chose to pursue treatment he was repeatedly told would harm him AND chose to shut out people who dared to deny his every whim.
All that said, Dr. Murray enabled Michael and ultimately failed to uphold his oath to serve and protect his patient. He should clearly never be allowed to practice medicine again. As much as the world may want to blame and vilify him, he was the source and not the cause.
It also pisses me off that two years ago, Jacko was a joke — a washed up pop star nobody took seriously. When he died, the majority who had previously ignored him did a 180-degree turn to praise him. He deserved better than that. But what he really deserved was a slap upside the head with the truth. He had it coming.
Peace out, Michael!