It seems like every day that I come out of my bar review class, I hear about another sad story that occurred during the four hours when I was away from my laptop. Today, of course, it was about Michael Jackson dying.
I won't pretend to be one of those people who grew up on Michael Jackson (we were more of an ABBA household) and was a die-hard fan. But I appreciate his music and the influence he has had on so many other artists. You knew how popular his songs were when people could overlook his peculiar person life, and people all over the world those songs. They brought people together- whether it was hearing Thriller at a bar with friends, dancing to the Jackson 5 at a wedding, or having your roommate play one of his songs before your 1L finals to pump you both up.
And I certainly won't be like those people who roll their eyes at news like this or point to "bigger" things going on. If people are sad or shocked at Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, or Ed McMahon's deaths today, they have every right to their feelings. And just because they have a status message about it does not mean they do not care about other things. Yes, some people can be a little melodramatic or bandwagon, but every time something happens to a "pop icon" I think it evokes emotion to something bigger than that person-like memories. I never grew up watching Charlie's Angels but I will always remember posing like them in so many pictures with my friends in high school.