Sibanger wrote:MJ was a lot of things, but I don't think he was psychotic.
DrXparaMental wrote:Are you honestly stating that you believe Michael Jackson was "in touch with reality"?
Sibanger wrote: No, I probably should have said that I didn't really know him well enough to judge his mental state of mind.
Who knows what was really going on in there. Only those who really knew him well could be the judge of that.
I know where you are coming from Sibanger and from a personal ethical stand point, you are correct. However, because Michael Jackson was a very public figure who had zero qualms with making his personal views known, there is little left up to the imagination. Honestly, I believe I am well within my ethical right to "judge" him based on his own words.
from an April of 1984 interview with Michael Jackson he states with respect to his pets and peculiarities:
His closest friends are animals. ("I think they're sweet," he explains), including a pet boa constrictor ("Snakes are very misunderstood"), and several life-size mannequins. ("I surround myself with people I want to be my friends. And I can do that with mannequins. I'll talk to them.")
(Age 19, 1977: "I love rats, you know. . . . I really do feel like I'm talking to a friend when I play with them.")
source: http://www.tnr.com/politics/story.html? ... 8e443c2556
I think Michael had been ill (mentally) for quite some time, but when you are that wealthy and powerful, naturally your inner circle is going to praise you. I mean who did Jackson end up leaving his estate to? It was undoubtedly the "yes" people.