I stated a few times on this blog that I was going to watch the Bad 25 documentary that iconic director, Spike Lee, directed. When I watched the documentary on Thanksgiving Day, I liked the documentary but I also did not like some of the things that were in the documentary. This entry will be about my opinions about the documentary: what I liked, what I disliked and my overall opinion of the documentary. I will also give the documentary a grade based on what I saw. I do not want to make this entry to bash Spike Lee or praise him. This entry is about Michael and how future documentaries on Michael should be done, in my own opinion. There were be fans who are not going to like what I have to state and to be honest, that is fine with me because this blog is not about me or how the fans feel. I am not going to watch history being rewritten to satisfy the masses or a group of controlling, greedy people who think that because they run Michael's legacy, they can tarnished it in anyway possible.
"the exceptionally ominous strings in the intro, its "Off the Wall"-esque chorus, or its signature Jackson indictment of a media"Hilarious, I know. Some people truly are that lame. Instead of dealing with this Joe Vogel character who was never there for Michael and now that Michael is murdered, proclaimed to anyone that would listen to him that he was a "fan", why didn't Mr. Lee contacted Chris Cadman? Mr. Cadman is the founder of the facebook.com group Michael Jackson Archives and who is the co-author of the books Michael Jackson: The Early Years (2002), The Jacksons Number Ones(2003), Michael Jackson For the Record (2007) and the re-issued one in 2009. Here is the link if you want to know more -
Mr. Cadman seems to be a great choice to talk about Michael's music from the perspective of a fan who was actually there for Michael and respects the music of Michael's. Not only that, but Mr. Cadman has rare items of Michael during the Bad era that would have been very interesting for the viewer to witnessed when watching the documentary. As usual, Spike Lee didn't even bother.
Sheryl Crow, and I am going to give it to her, makes good songs. I actually have one of her songs on my Ipod. I am not ashamed to state that. However, that is as far as I am going to go with the Sheryl Crow praise. I do not think she was ever a great singer and I even compared her vocal abilities to Rihanna stating that she is the rock version of Rihanna, vocal wise. I do not know if Spike Lee was rushing to get the documentary done but why didn't he take a seat and actually do research on the people in Michael's life? I keep on watching the documentary and wondering why such a well educated, smart successful movie director can't even take a few seconds of his day and do a good search of the clowns that he put on this documentary that he did on Michael? It makes no sense to me. If I told Blanket, let's say I was looking after the children, and I told Blanket to go online and find me this rare piece of artifact from the late 1700s, I bet your bottom dollar that Blanket would have done a google.com search and found that artifact and then some. That is how simple it is for Mr. Lee to go on google.com and typed in "Nelson George comments on Michael Jackson" and he would have found the article that I found on Michael that Mr. George did, read it, be disgusted by it and then go and reach out to someone that actually liked the man and get him to do an interview about Michael. Ms. Crow has made a history bashing and trashing Michael and not understanding that the exposure of being on the Bad tour, whether Michael actually physically hand picked her to be his back-up singer or not, made sure that she got her big break so that she could become the rock "icon" that she has become. Why trash the very person who supposedly gave you your big break???? Read this nonsense that this woman stated about Michael in the now gone Blender magazine back in 2004 -
“Uh, hello?,” Crow responded. “Yeah. There was plenty of weirdness going on. For one, he barely spoke to me in 18 months, and that’s weird, because I’m fascinating, and I can’t believe that he didn’t want to speak to me. But the chimp was out on the road, and the Pepsi kid was around. It was like a weird circus. You sensed that this guy really had no sense of reality at all. It probably wasn’t even his fault. It’s so sad. He told me that his purpose on the planet was to save the children. From what, I don’t know.”Nasty, not humble, ungrateful, condescending disrespectful, I mean, I could on for days over what that woman who slept with Greg Philligaines (who was married at the time) during the Bad tour had to state about Michael. Ms. Crow seems bothered that Michael did not want to speak to her and that he hung out with Bubbles a lot and that lame comment that she keeps on stating that Michael never knew her name. I was told that it was not true and that Ms. Crow isn't telling the whole story. Whatever the case, I didn't see the point of her being on there. Interesting note, when the documentary was on television, it started to trend on twitter.com. When Siedah Garrett spoke about Michael, she did not trend but when Sheryl Crow spoke about Michael, she trended. Interesting. Instead of putting that ungrateful woman on there, Mr. Lee could have put Marva King, who is a singer who also did back-up singing with Michael during the Bad era (I mentioned her on one of my blog posts months back) and actually stated very nice things about Michael. Another person would have been Jennifer Batten.
She is the guitar player with the wild hair during the Bad tour. Another one of the true blues who have always spoken kindly and truthfully of Michael. Mr. Lee could have also included the two other back-up singers during the Bad tour. Of course, with the lack on research, this is what we have to deal with - the constant mistakes.
I have made it very clear on this blog that I am not a supporter of the Jackson Family. I have my various reasons but the one thing that I noticed is that in every documentary on Michael, Janet and the Jackson family, family members always speak. Whether it be Katherine and Joe, Jackie, the second generation Jacksons/Browns or cousins, family members have always given their two cents on their famous relatives. It would not hurt Mr. Lee to go ahead and reach out to Jackie, Tito, Marlon, TJ, Taj, Brandi, Katherine, etc. and ask them about their precious memories of that time in Michael's and their lives. However, instead of family input, there are people who hated Michael speaking for him as if they knew him.
I disliked the fact that the Bad 25 documentary implied that Michael had got the inspiration to the short film "Smooth Criminal" through various old school movies. Now, it is a fact that Michael was a fan of old Hollywood movies and got a lot of his inspiration from those movies. However, when he did a special for the Fox Network called Private Home Movies, Michael talked about the inspiration behind Smooth Criminal. Check out the footage here -
Making of "Smooth Criminal".
All of the videos that are posted on this entry are from youtube.com