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June 29, 2009 at 3:10 PM

Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett: the passing of celebrities

Michael Jackson: deserving of honor or disdain?

Jackson, Fawcett caught up in pressures of society

To my knowledge Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett never worked together and did not have a professional or personal relationship, yet their passing on the same day has prompted numerous biographies and special features.

It’s said Fawcett will be most remembered for her famous poster; the one that found a home in millions of bedrooms and locker rooms. The poster that showed her beautiful smile, cascading feathered hair and enticing body. Is this Fawcett’s legacy? Wasn’t she so much more than the sum of her parts?

Jackson is just two years older than me. I grew up seeing him as he was born (before the plastic surgery); a good-looking, young black man — he too had a beautiful smile and more hair than his thin frame really needed. Jackson was an amazing, phenomenal talent, but I wonder if he felt at times that he was no more than the sum of his parts. Maybe he heard a negative comment about his nose and decided to change it just a little — at first.

Sadly, we watched as Fawcett’s physical beauty was ravaged and stolen from her by cancer, and we were shocked and even laughed at Jackson as he ravaged his own physical beauty with the help of plastic surgeons.

Jackson and Fawcett inside and out were beautiful. Society and the madness of the media machine creates our perceptions, at least temporarily. Let us leave the moment of truth to the “Man in the Mirror.”

— Barbara Caceres, Kent

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