The Best Fans In The World

Michael Jackson fans are a strange breed. One would be hard-pressed to find another fan community whose object of admiration is the subject of so much unnecessary condemnation.

Over time, Michael Jackson enthusiasts have watched their beloved’s seemingly global idolization transform into apparent worldwide mischaracterization and mistreatment by the press and public alike. Yet, through it all, true Michael Jackson fans have abandoned him not. If anything, the harder Michael’s opponents try to shove him to the depths of despair, the harder his devotees love him.

Michael’s fans have learned well the lesson, as they steadfastly brave the almost daily emotional roller-coaster ride that is a requisite experience of every Jackson supporter: they marvel at his seemingly inexhaustible talents and applaud his victories; they laugh with him in his happiness; weep with him in his sorrow and pray for him in troubled times. Their hearts are warmed when he is embraced, and bleed when he is ill-treated.

Despite the stratospheric highs and seemingly cavernous lows that come with being a Michael Jackson fan, they remain loyal. They, like Michael, refuse to allow naysayers to steal their joy, obstruct their way or shape their opinions. They also refuse to stand idly by as others attempt to deny Michael his rightfully earned legacy. Simply, Michael Jackson’s fans are just like Michael in that, they will not be deterred.

By nature of their calling, Michael’s fans are constantly summoned to put on the full armor, stand on the front lines and fight. Oftentimes with their pen as their sword, the fight alongside and for Michael’s right for humanity. By doing so, they fight for tolerance over prejudice, unconditional love over criticism; knowledge over ignorance, justice over inequality. The battles are never-ending, hard fought and oftentimes mentally and physically exhausting.

Still, rather than surrender or reconcile, Michaels’ fans resist. They resist the desire to abandon Michael when all seems lost. They forsake the notion that theirs is a lost cause. They refuse to throw in the towel and resign themselves to the path of least resistance; which so often involves renouncing their fan support of Michael.

When the going gets tough, with weary minds and heavy hearts, they press on. They press on through Michael’s tribulations and the attacks to which he is subjected. They press on in spite of tire. They press on despite of mockery and question as to why they bother to fight at all for Michael Jackson, a man some deem undeserving of their adoration.

As their efforts to break Jackson himself have continually proved unsuccessful, some Michael Jackson opponents have turned their focus to attempting to disband the fan community by attacking his defenders. Time after time, the press uses condescending, defamatory terms to describe Michael’s fans.

Being referred to as “delusional” and “wacko” is not foreign to Jackson’s supporters. However, Michael’s devotees choose to ignore the juvenile name-calling and taglines bestowed on them by the media. The fans refuse to allow the press to project its negative, inaccurate perception onto them. This is because Michael Jackson fans realize that such terms do not depict their true nature as intelligent, grounded individuals with a healthy admiration for Michael’s music, vision and humanitarianism among other things.

Interestingly enough Michael’s influence is global and thus, so is his fan base. His detractors are under the false impression that his fan base is minuscule. To the contrary, Michael Jackson enthusiasts are nothing but vast and multi-dimensional. They can be found on every continent, one every country worldwide. Michael’s fans transcend racial, age and socioeconomic boundaries.

The fact that Jackson’s fans are so diverse adds to their beauty. Few entertainers, if any, can lay claim to having the type of dynamic and varied fan base of which Michael Jackson can boast.

Simply, Michael Jackson’s fans are a hard act to outshine. Their loyalty, enthusiasm and genuine adoration of their idol is unparalleled by other artist’s fan communities.

However, for all their attributes, when it comes to one particular matter, Michael Jackson’s admiring fans will always be bested: For try as they might, no matter to what infinite degree they say and believe they love Michael Jackson; the King of Pop in true regal fashion, will always say and prove he loves them more…


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  1. Hec
    Mar 26, 2009 @ 00:51:16

    WOW!!! Tania, como te dije, que buen texto!!! Nos describe perfecto =)Que bien lo complementaste con las slides!.. Ya quiero estar en el O2!!This is it!!



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