He was known by many monikers, Wacko Jacko, The Gloved One and probably most appropriately, The King of Pop. Michael Jackson was many things to many people and I must say that I am not a fan of his and I never have been. All in all I believe the sense of global mourning has been overstated somewhat but also I believe that I understand why this has happened, why it had to happen.
Here in the UK we are a constitutional monarchy. This means that we have a royal family, a family that represents us as a nation. When a popular member of the royal family dies we feel a national sense of grief as if it is a member of our own family who has died.
The United States, been a republic, do not have such a family. To feel a true sense of patriotism they must feel a sense of national grief. To achieve this, subconsciously Americans have created a royal family of their favorite celebrities. They adorn them with royal titles, like the king of pop. There are several other celebrities who are part of this makeshift royal family. They are the elite and the people will mourn there passing.
When Princess Diana died in 1997 there was an instant massive outpouring of grief. The public in the UK where shocked by the sudden passing of a member of the royal family. This, even though she was actually an estranged member of that family. The once vilified princess became a national treasure over night. The same sense of grief washed over the nation when the queen’s mother died. This sense of grief was different to that felt by the loss of Diana however for one reason. People where able to prepare for this, they had seen it coming long before the event. But she had also been queen consort. She was as much at the core of the royal family as cheese is to Cheddar.
The same grief is now been felt in the US. They have lost a member of their royal family and they are grieving like the UK did Diana, through shock and surprise. But this is not the first time that America as lost a member of its royalty. One of the founding members of this family was Elvis Presley. When he died there was a similar sense of national loss. Thousands lined the streets outside Graceland as they did at Neverland and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Both men were monarchs, both men were kings. Jackson was the king of pop and Presley was the king of rock ‘n’ roll,
All I hope for now is that the hysteria surrounding Michael Jackson calms down soon. That will be the only way that Mr. M. J. Jackson can rest in peace and his family can be left in peace.