Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Journalist. Mother. Bunny enthusiast. Pop culture junkie.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The day legends died...

This was initially supposed to be a Farrah Fawcett tribute only. But when Michael Jackson passed away this afternoon, I realized I couldn't omit him.

Let's start with the blonde bombshell...



Having a 65-year-old father, I grew up watching reruns and tapes of a lot of classic television shows most kids my age didn't watch on a regular basis. One of those shows was Charlie's Angels. Three beautiful Barbie Doll type women who solved crime? Sign me on! I wanted to be just like them. I want to have the full-bodied, flowing hair of Farrah. I wanted to wear the hip hugging bell bottoms. I wanted to kick ass without breaking a nail.





Farrah was truly an icon for her generation. Millions of women wanted to look just like her (radio programs used to give step-by-step details on how Farrah shampooed her hair). Millions of guys wanted to date her. She was beautiful. She was talented. She was a legend.



I was driving to meet my dad for lunch when I heard the news of her passing on the radio. It broke my heart. She was young (62) and her long battle with cancer must have been absolutely horrific. I can't even imagine what pain and sadness was going through her mind in the past week.



I hope she rests in peace.

And now...



I don't know about you, but the whole Michael Jackson suddenly dying thing was pretty random to me. I didn't even know he had that terrible of health conditions. I have mixed feelings about his passing. It seems that in life, he was so troubled, that perhaps death was a blessing for him. I hope it finally gives him the peace he deserves.

Like most people my age, I don't remember Michael Jackson as a superstar. By the time I was old enough to know what was going on around me (late 80s) he was gaining his creepy status and his skin had changed color. I knew he was a legend and listening to his music, I could tell he was a genius. But I never got to experience the amazing concerts, tacky fashion trends, and overall insanity of his status back then. Which is sad.

And I know he was weird and had a lot of shady things going on in his life, but I felt like the media backlash against him was too harsh. The cruel jokes on television...the cartoons...the clear lack of respect. The man was obviously troubled and disturbed, but nobody cared. That breaks my heart. No one should have to endure ridicule like that, especially if they are messed up.



But I think now that he is gone, his legend will be preserved as it was back when his career took off. We will always remember him for being the King of Pop. The glove. The moonwalk. Thriller.

May both of these Hollywood icons rest in peace.

18 comments:

Damsels said...

honestly i almose choked on my fruit finding out about his death

his musci and lyrics have meant so much to me
We Were Damsels

Lizabeth xoxo said...

Beautiful post.
It's been a hard week for us all, losing all of the icons that we have.

Thanks for your kind words, dearest.
Lizabeth xoxo
euphoriaswarmsin.blogspot.com

Couture Carrie said...

What lovely tributes, darling!

xoxox,
CC

elle victoire said...

i was so surprised about michael's death! i never thought he would die. then i found out that farrah had also passed. and it was weird to think that those icons no longer existed. rip.

Cesc said...

Finding out MJ had died was so weird for me. I didn't know whether to be sad or apathetic about the whole thing. I kinda wish they would stop playing his music everywhere coz it's kinda depressing!

May Farrah Fawcett (and her amazing hair!) R.I.P

xoxo
Cesc

Imogen said...

I didn't know very much about Farrah until this morning.I knew roughly who she was and about charlie's angels but not much more. But today on television I watched a tribute about her entire life and I learned a lot about her. She was amazing and probably the prettiest woman I have ever seen when she was younger...As for Michael Jackson that was such a surprise. Like you I knew more controvery than superstar because of my age. But nothing can take away from how fantastic his music was. Truly amazing.

Sophia said...

Excellent tribute.
I couldn't believe it at all when my friend texted me in the middle of the day saying simply "Michael Jackson died!" I didn't believe her at first. And I completely agree with you that he'll be remembered as the pop legend that he really is.

La Femme Chic said...

A lovely tribute. Farrah Fawcett was just so incredibly beautiful and MJ did so much for the world of dance and pop.. they will never be forgotten.

C.Elizabeth and Natalia said...

Two icons died on the same day... they surely will be miss.
Micheal's death was obviously more of a shock. So unexpected!

Nice tribute. =)

C.Elizabeth

TheRainWillRemain said...

thanks jennifer!I will come back again to check your blog for sure :)

Amelia said...

She is so gorgeous! It was a terribly sad day to have my birthday...

Fashion Moment said...

I LOVE her smile and hair!
Wonderful post, I'm so sorry for MJ.

FM~FP~AF

Couture Carrie said...

P.S. Awarded you today, darling!

xoxox,
CC

yiqin; said...

It is so sad & weird that they died on the same day.

kirstyb said...

sad week xoxox

jane st. clair said...

such a sad day. it's really nice that you featured both farrah and michael.


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Lizabeth xoxo said...

Yeah, I was referring to the Elephant Rock State Park in MO, is a little bit of a drive, but its gorgeous. Just remember to break off from the path. Gorgeous sights to see!

Lizabeth xoxo
euphoriaswarmsin.blogspot.com

Krystal said...

rip icons x