I must begin with the disclaimer that I have enjoyed Michael Jackson’s music all my youth so there’s no need to get tetchy if you don’t agree with my thoughts on this issue I am going to raise. A few days ago, June 25 to be precise, was the ninth death anniversary of the King of Pop. All MJ fans would ‘Remember The Time’ when MJ was a cute, black boy, and also how he transformed into a chalk-white something-in-the-middle-and–something-in-between.
In 2009, when the King of Pop died, ostensibly due to acute Propofol intoxication, he shot back to limelight after sulking in ignominy for years over paediphilia charges. We wrote paeans about him, how it was a terrible loss to the world at large and how nobody will ever be able to replace him. All of that might come to a naught anytime now, if my memory isn’t failing me. Because I remember reading that MJ was fascinated with the idea of cloning and in the last few years of his life, he had spent millions of dollars to European scientists to create his clones. Did MJ, in his attempt at getting whiter, assume that his clones will be white? I hope not, because clones are created out of our DNA so MJ’s DNA was the only thing about him that he couldn’t have turned white.
The idea of MJ clones is so ludicrous to me that I wonder if the man had just lost it. Come to think of it, after spending his entire life scrubbing his skin to a lighter shade, did he even leave behind enough raw material to create many more of his self? My doubts were dispelled by the information that MJ had made “safe deposits” of his sperm in three different medical facilities across the world.
And guess where the story leaked from? Straight from the lips of the Director of the York Center for Extraterrestrial Research Michael C. Luckman who claimed the information was given to him by late celebrity fashion designer Andre Van Pier who designed costumes for Michael and his sister Janet. BANG Showbiz quoted Luckman as saying a few years ago: “Michael’s enthusiasm for cloning began with the successful cloning of Dolly the Sheep and escalated following false claims by the Raelians, a UFO cult group with headquarters in Canada, that they had cloned the first human baby.” Luckman, who penned the book ‘The Battle for Michael Jackson’s Soul’, believed the work could be underway; for all we know, baby MJs may be moonwalking somewhere.
Reports said MJ wanted his legacy to continue but what will his clones do? Will they all form a band, or will they perform solo? And if they are good clones, would they also, along the way, want to become white, have sharp, pointy noses and long, straight hair? That brings me to my next question. Was this MJ’s idea of ‘Heal the world’?
As a fan, I feel cheated. Let me please mope at my loss, instead of having to look over my shoulder, figuratively speaking, as there might be another MJ lurking somewhere around, a la “You Are Not Alone”. I am not sure if his other fans want this either. Do they really want n-number of crotch-grabbing MJs? I don’t. Since MJ passed away, popular artists like Justin Timberlake and Drake have released duets with him…I cannot get myself to listen to even those.
Personally, I don’t have anything against humans wanting to replicate themselves. All I am asking is for people to just go with dignity while we still love them, even if that love is diminishing, just like the size of their nose or the amount of melanin in their skin. Why doesn’t someone get an Ouija board and tell MJ on the other side: “‘Beat It” pal! Please don’t unleash your clones on us. You are dead and this ain’t my idea of a ‘Thriller’.”
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