When I was very young, I vividly remember watching the music video for Bad. Not long afterwards, I saw some Jackson 5 videos, and, obviously, a very different Michael. I asked my parents about it, and not once did I question him. I never asked 'why does he look SO different now?'. Did it ever really matter? I don't know about anyone else in my generation, but because of Michael I learned something important. I would see a white performer; I would see a black performer. It didn't matter what race they were. It was about the music and the messages that reached our ears. It IS about that. I share Michael's belief in the power of people, and that it is US who need to make a difference (not likely to happen, but ... the thought is there).
Just because I'm a fan, my judgement is not clouded. I don't believe he did those things that he was accused of. It just doesn't make sense.
No matter what, I will always have his music to be the anthem of my life. I'm honoured that I lived during his time, and that he inspired me in so many ways. I don't often shed tears over things, but I did for Michael today. I just hope that, as Marlon rightly said, your doubters and critics now leave you alone. Love you Michael xxxx