So, as I was saying... In all of the talk of what to expect at the VMA's this year: The Michael Jackson Tribute, the trailer for "This is It"; no one mentioned Madonna. How did that fly under the radar?
She just came through what is being called the "Backstage Blogger/Stills Room". It's a room with a bunch of journalists and computers and about– I'm guesing here - 200 stills photographers. For the first time, MTV has decided not to let video cameras backstage to backstage interviews. So no one is really TALKING backstage. The idea is: the person comes off stage and poses on a platform for stills photographers while bloggers write about, I guess, how they look. They aren't taking questions here.
As for Madonna, she was mobbed by bored press waiting for some activity backstage here. SO I could see her, but not hear. Madonna DID seem to answer someone's question. Madonna was so soft spoken and its so loud back here, no one heard her answer. Not even the journalist who asked it. She asked if anyone else heard the answer.
At first glance, I questioned Madonna's motives for comparing her life to Michael's. Today I realized that she was establishing and instilling her fascination and connection to him. With 9/11, Pearl Harbor, etc people want to talk about where they were on that day etc. When Michael died, we all talked about our glitter glove stickers or the first time we saw thriller. Death makes people think about their own lives and their own mortality. It's human nature. It was a hard speech to give and she came across as sincere and heartfelt.
The opening tribute to Michael by Madonna was great. The comparisons to her and Michael may not have been "in good taste" by some but she wrote and spoke from the heart ,presented it to millions VMA viewers. She was honest with her statements including... making an attempt to get to know the real Michael, how many artists can say that? Negativity from the press and not having a childhood were strong and contributing factures in Michaels life. At least she isn't trying to make money from Michael's untimely death. Applause for Madonna!!!!!
I think her opening was proper and not at all in her self interest. Seriously, how can you think of Michael and not Madonna? I'm not talking about the Jackson5 either, I'm talking about the birth of Music television and how both of these artists put the channel on the map with their innovations and riske styles.
It was more than appropriate that another Music Legend open up the show/tribute to Michael Jackson. I'm glad she opened the door a bit and let us, albeit breifly, into an intimate and private moment between these two mega-stars. The tribute in itself was short but sweet and if we want a bigger tribute, the movie will be out soon...
This night was about Michael, not Madonna. If she wanted to introduce the preformance and saw a few words about him, fine, but not make it into a "look at me and how many things we have in common, I'm a star too!" It was in bad taste what she said, and I wish she had just talked about how his videos will let him live on forever!
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