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February 12th, 2012
11:54 AM ET

Debbie Allen on Michael Jackson's Death

In this Face 2 Face interview, Debbie Allen opens up about the heartache of Michael Jackson's death.

Filed under: Anchors • Fredricka Whitfield
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  1. A A Silverwood

    I have never understood the penchant we Americans have of glorifying drug addicts. In my lifetime, I can name Elvis, Morrison, Hendrix, Joplin, Michael Jackson, and now Whitney Houston (to name only a few). In the end, they are just as dead and have the same demons as the nameless, faceless addict next door. Wake up, America, and stop sending our children mixed messages!

    February 13, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  2. Ela

    A A Silverwood
    We praise them for their achievements... but these are insensitive ppl like you who push them back to their caves and cause grieves in their lives by ignoring them and make them start using drugs! wake up

    February 14, 2012 at 1:38 am |
  3. A. Moore

    No one glorify drug addicts, anymore than we glorify alcoholics, wife abusers, liars, people who cheat on their spouse. I was a fan of Micheal Jackson the great entertainer. But I also realize Michael was a human being with faults like us all. Is it wrong for those who knew Michael to talk of the Michael they knew, and cared about. And because he had issues with drugs it did not make him a evil person.

    February 14, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
  4. Melanie Zarth

    To A A Silverwood....Don't you DARE put MJ in the same category as the other drug addict stars....MJ at a couple times in his life used some prescriptions, but it was a DOCTOR that killed him. A doctor that was in the room and put the killing drug into his body. That has been proven!! As for mixed messages to our children...The message of generosity, caring for the planet, racial equality, respecting your parents, being the best you can be despite people who cheat you, and lie about you...that is the message that Michael Jackson delivered until his dying day.

    February 14, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  5. Cher

    @Silverwood you have to be a cold hearted person.. Michael Jackson is the KING OF POP there will never be another. You should be ashamed of yourself.. We miss all who have passed to soon whether it was drugs or otherwise... Do you know in the past 5 years across the world people are dying now of legal drugs.. Its the doctors we should be holding accountable for... Wake up and smell the roses.. We have lost the best of the best starting from Elvis and on down.

    February 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  6. Sue Jackson

    @Silverwood – It's people like you in America who are so apparently "perfect" that you never seem to make a step wrong! Usually actually the truth is, most people who judge and diss Michael Jackson and others but, it seems, particularly vindictive towards Mr Jackson, are usually the ones who have the most flaws and weaknesses themselves and who just like to blame their own issues; throwing it at him!! No doubt you were ONE of the cold hearted tabloid-believing sheep who WANTED to believe Michael Jackson was capable of heinous actions against children?! It wouldn't surprise me frankly in the slightest to find out YOU thought he was "guilty" of that too! And hell, you wonder why he needed to be dependent on PRESCRIPTION medication when his own country of birth turned on him in a vicious, modern-day equivalent of a witch-hunt! Then as now, Michael deserved FAR BETTER than America EVER bothered to give to him!! I wish he'd been able to stay in Ireland with his children or frankly anywhere than go back to your lousy country!!!

    February 15, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
  7. J. Stewart

    @Silverwood I don't think you could have survived what Michael did since childhood. It's not like he was out partying to get high. He was on PAIN medication and ANXIETY medication. These already sensitive artists go through turmoil and Michael was in real physical and emotional pain – sadly there are people in our world ready to take advantage of that and those like you – who choose to ignore it. The message is to our children is that we need more love. Michael devoted his art to this message – because it was the thing that he was most deprived of. The suffering that this man endured was far too severe considering he was put into the public eye as an infant. If you are going to tell a story – tell it from the beginning – you'll soon stop seeing the superficial, sensational side to the story and look deeper – hopefully – from within.

    February 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  8. juney

    @Silverwood, there's a "doctor" sitting in LA County Jail convicted of manslaughter for his heinous action in causing the death of Michael. I just saw CNN STILL including Michael as one who "overdosed". It WAS an overdose, yes, but a homicide at the the hands of another individual. The constant and insistent media slander of Michael implying overdose at his own hands is shameful and harmful in perpetuating this fallacious information. Michael was lynched by an out of control media and the Santa Barbara County prosecutor who brought bogus charges against him with no proof. Read the court transcripts, read Michael's 18 year FBI file, nothing was ever found to corrobborate those false charges which were no more than blackmail attempts. Michael brought joy through music and dance to generations of adults and children; he gave hundreds of millions to charitable causes during his lifetime and his legacy will endure, despite trash media, you know, the Nancy Graces, Martin Bashirs and Maureen Orths of this world, and ignorant comments such as your own. You are no better than them if you publish information, albeit your opinion, with no foundation in fact.

    February 15, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Sumit

    Thank you Susan for piuttng these feelings into words and sharing it with us! Before Obama, Tiger Woods, and Oprah, there was Michael Jackson. Rest in peace MJ.

    February 24, 2012 at 8:21 am |

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