Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael's Legacy

Amanda Platell was dismissive of any legacy Michael Jackson may have left when she appeared on the Andrew Marr programmme yesterday Watch and learn Amanda!

Amanda Platell

Later in the same programme Carlos Acosta the world famous ballet dancer -frequently compared with Nureyev and Baryshnikov, spoke movingly of his childhood in Cuba. He was the youngest of eleven children and he and all the street kids adored M J's music and his dancing. Although they couldn't understand the words it didn't matter and they all started to brake dance. Carlos's father was so impressed he enrolled Carlos in a ballet school aged nine - unheard of in that milieu. Now world famous in his own right, Carlos says MJ is his hero. and there are many young people all over the world who have been similarly affected

Carlos Acosta
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Scarlet-Blue said...

I think it's a bit daft of Amanda to underestimate Jackson's appeal, and influence on popular culture!
He is more than a sequin on the fabric of popular music... and I wasn't even a fan!

Guyana-Gyal said...

Perhaps she never took the time to watch him or to listen to him, or to examine how others responded.

Most folks think that, because they don't like something, it doesn't have any worth.

PI said...

Scarlet: I wish I'd said that;)
I just feel overwhelmingly sad for that lost boy.

GG: she was incredibly glib but no-one bothered to argue with her.
Sometimes there 'aint no point.
What a chermer Carlos was - such a face and the rest.

Lynx said...

I wasn't familiar with Amanda Platell, other than a vague recollection of her being William Hague's spin doctor, so I read a few of her columns from the Daily Mail. On the basis of her bitter, bitchy and petty contributions there, I would ignore anything she had to say on just about any subject!

john.g. said...

Brilliant artist and musician, complete weirdo!

Jimmy Bastard said...

Amanda who? .. and do I detect a wee smidgen of green eyes disease about her?

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

It is amazing to me the dismissive quality to some peoples remarks and evaluation of MJ....It's as if they never really "saw" him or understood what a truly great great performer/entertainer he was, in every way. That his problems have eclipsed some of that is sad, too....But, ultimately, I think his legacy will be as a Performer....Like you, the boy in him touched me....That his childhood was stolen from him was a very sad sad fact....But my, what he accomplished and how many lives he touched.

Queenie said...

I wasn't a fan, but I am well aware that he was an enormously talented musician who entertained and inspired many, many people. And, although I wasn't a fan, his music would get me onto a dance floor faster than almost anyone else's.

kenju said...

I'm not familiar with either of those people, Pat, and I'm not sure I want to be with a woman who would dismiss his talent so off-handedly.

PI said...

Lynx: I had only seen her when she would be wheeled out on Richard and Judy's programme to give 'expert' opinions. what I didn't like on Andrew Marr's programme was her flippancy which seemed lacking in respect.

John.g: quite so.

Naomi: as time goes by I think it will be even clearer how great his impact was.

PI said...

Jimmy: you could well be right.

Queenie: I'd like to see you on the dance floor. My favourite used to be the one where you danced a few steps and then moved on to another partner. Great fun:)

Judy: I've only just discovered Carlos but he is going to be VERY big. He is very big:)

angryparsnip said...

I don't know who that Amanda person is but I agree with Scarlet-Blue.
Like him or not he was a force.

PI said...

Parsnip: Scarlet very often gets it right - unlike AP.

Mickle in NZ said...

Pi - many thanks for bringing Carlos Acosta's dance to my eyes.

As one who learnt ballet until I was almost about to go "on point" I so see his brilliance in the photo you've shared. His turn out is incredible, as is his line, execution and elevation.

Michael Jackson was an amazing choreographer and dancer. Skills and talents his sister Janet shares, I remember watching her in the US tv series "Fame". A natural talent they both had.

So happy to learn Michael's dance and music spread so far. (much further than my 4th form class at a girls' school in 1979)

care and huggles to you too, dear PI,

Michelle and my Zebbycat.