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Michael Jackson: Green Before It Was Cool


Fiddle dee dee, Brangelina bought an island and it will be a magical happy eco wonderland with adopted orphans frolicking happily forever. You know what? I’m bored already with the latest Brangelina news. I never thought I’d say something like this, but bring back crazy Angelina (and Billy Bob Thornton’s previous face, while we’re at it).

Speaking of crazy, Michael Jackson graces the cover of the December issue of Ebony, which celebrates the 25th anniversary of the best-selling album of all time, Thriller. The reclusive King of Pop granted Ebony an exclusive interview for the occasion, in which he pointed out that he’s been green all along. He expresses great concern about the global warming crisis and says he saw it coming. Yeah…that’s the ticket! I kid, though. To MJ’s credit, he cites songs he penned such as “Earth Song,” “Heal the World,” and that mega-hit from the King of Pop Super-Duper groups, “We Are the World.” (I thought that one was about Africa?)

Of those songs, he says, "I wish they would have gotten people's interest sooner. But it's never too late.” He continued, "It's been described as a runaway train; if we don't stop it, we'll never get it [the world] back. So we have to fix it, now. That's what I was trying to do…writing those songs to open up people's consciousness. I wish people would listen to every word."

Kidding aside for a minute, MJ is an easy target for derision, and the heckling inevitably comes along with any move he makes, including this cover story (“more white and more airbrushed than ever” seems to be the bloggers’ consensus on his cover look). Clearly the entertainer is a troubled soul with problems too big to even get into in this space, but he’s also one who has contributed large chunks of his riches to charities focusing on AIDS, many children’s charities, NAACP, United Negro College Fund, and many others. And this blogger is old enough to remember before he was sad, before he was Bad, way back to when he was badass…and apparently also green, before it was cool.