Saturday, 27 June 2009

Is childhood fame all it is cracked up to be?

Michael Jackson is taking all the headlines today (26th June). The first question on Any Questions is about him. Is being a child star a or a curse? I wouldn't mind a bit of fortune and fame but some people handle it better than others. I don't think Michael Jackson handled it particulary well. He has had a chequered past and perhaps in his fifty years he has done a lot more than most people will do in their lifetimes.

President Obama described part of Michael Jackson's life as sad and tragic. I think it would have been sad and tragic with or without the fame and fortune. Every actor, every musician, every performer of any kind has to have adrenaline running through their blood. It is exciting and stressful at the same time.

Part of Michael Jackson's past has included his times in court. Maybe it is better for him to die at the age of 50. He has had a full life and the overwhelming reaction from the public has been that Michael Jackson was their hero.

I have no objections to child stars as long as the children can cope with the fame. When Hollie Steel broke down on stage during the Britain's Got Talent show I felt sorry for her but I don't think her reactions would have been any different if it had been an audience of tens, hundreds, thousands or millions. I felt more sorry for all the other contestants. None of them would have been given a second chance.

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