I do not make it a secret on my blog that I am not a supporter or fan of Karen. I never saw the big deal about someone that did the make up for Michael. Karen Faye wanted to be known to the fan community and wanted to have that type of fame of being Michael's sole make up artist because, like so many disturbed people who were in Michael's life, Karen wanted to be close to Michael for her own selfish desires.
If Karen Faye had to trash Michael's family, friends, women, fans, work ethnic and thinking patterns just to prove to people that she knows MJ, she would do that and has done that. Karen does not care about the aftermath of her actions because she feels that what she is doing is right and no one can tell her that she is wrong.
Michael had a history of surrounding himself with people who did not have his best interests. Now that Michael is gone, these people, like Karen, who have made it a mission to speak about Michael, have authority to do so. This blog post will focus on the damage that Karen has caused in the MJ fan community and, in some way, Michael's legacy.
I will explore Karen's work on Michael by posting pictures of Michael during the Off the Wall (before Karen worked for Michael) era up until his death and show the reader how Michael went from a gorgeous, charming looking man to a strange looking, man-child with make up that looked like it came from a crayon box than an actual beauty shop.
I will get into Karen's history of her unprofessional behavior from trashing Michael's family, to making sure women in Michael's life were gone, to befriending some of Michael's fans who, for the most part are unstable and obsessive. I will post what Karen stated about Spike Lee and why I feel that what she stated about him was dangerous and not proven to be true. I will discuss why I feel that Karen working for Gloria Allred shows how much she never cared about Michael. Finally, I will discuss other celebrity make up artists/hairstylists who are professionals, studied their craft and decided to serve the public by using their craft to help others instead of going on social networking sites and telling their client's/employers personal situations to the world.
Michael's Facial Transformation
It is not a secret and it is obvious that Michael had plastic surgery done to his face. Michael was a handsome man who was photogenic. Things slowing changed when Karen Faye started working for Michael. According to Ms. Faye, she started working for Michael in 1982 when a photographer name Dick Zimmerman, was photographing Michael for the legendary Thriller album. Michael saw Karen and asked her to work with him. That is according to Karen from her blog -
"But there is one special person who gave me more in my life than anyone. His name is Michael Jackson. He found me while working with photographer, Dick Zimmerman, and asked me to work with him on his album cover titled, ‘Thriller’."I have learned that in life, you must question things that you hear, see and read. I do not believe that what Karen stated even happened. Even though there is video of Michael being photographed for the Thriller album, I do not think that how Karen got hired by Michael to do his make up actually happened.
I am going to post pictures of Michael that shows the dramatic transformations of his face and how I believe Karen slowly made sure that Michael looked like a circus freak show.
I am an artist by nature and a makeup artist by trade. I have been drawing and painting as long as I have been able to hold a crayon and my favorite subject matter has always been the human being. I have turned a lifetime of interest and study into a career as a makeup and hair artist.
After reading this, I cannot help but wonder if, in some crazy way, Michael was not just her employer but her art project. Karen has worked with other famous people and those people never looked bad under her "care". However, with Michael, each time I would look at pictures of him during certain periods of his life, I cannot help but wonder if one of the reasons Michael looked so unusual looking was because of the lack of care that Karen had for Michael.
I was thinking about some of the bad times Michael went through over the years and I remember how the smear campaign known as the Child Abuse Allegations was affecting Michael, his family and fans. I also noticed that when the first allegations happened to Michael, his make up was starting to become strange. During the trial days, his make up was terrible and at one point, he had to arrive to court wearing pajamas. We all know the reason why but we also know that the whole world was watching the situation unfold. Instead of Karen doing all she could do to make Michael at least look appropriate to court that day, she decided to let Michael arrive to the courthouse wearing the clothing he slept on.
I know that it only happened one time, but at the end of the day, no one was going to put the blame on his people. No one is going to think about that day that Michael's people/handlers failed on him and that his make-up artist was doing a poor job. People are going to blame everything on Michael because, to them, he was responsible for how he looked that day. Karen was "hired" by Michael to make him look and feel good about himself. Even if that time of Michael's life he was at the lowest of lows, he had a right to feel good about himself and his make up artist should have done what she can to make that happen.
While Michael was in Trouble, Karen Did Nothing
To be honest, I do not think that there was anything anyone could have done to prevent Michael's killers from killing him. I feel that his death was written in stone once Thriller started to sell a million copies every week in 1983. I do feel, however, that when people see their employer in trouble that they should at least do something to help that person. In 2009, Karen came on board to work with Michael for his now ill-fated This Is It concerts. I do not believe that Michael hired Karen to come and work for him again after the fact that when Michael fired her, she went to resident hater Roger Friedman and told him things about Michael. There are probably other things that Karen did that Michael did not like that sealed the deal regarding her firing. I do believe that either Sony or AEG hired Karen to work with Michael for the concerts and got rid of Lynda Parrish.
Karen created a facebook account and started to tell fans about what was happening at the rehearsals for the concerts. There was never a time where Karen ever stated that something was not right with Michael. Even though Michael was seen coming in and out of Dr. Klien's office, Karen continue to let the fans know that things were fine. Then Michael was murdered and slowly but surely, things became difficult, tragic and terrible. Karen started to state things on her facebook account that really bothered me and the fans. Karen was on facebook trashing the Jackson family, stating why Michael's children should not be around the Jacksons (who are their family) because they were a bad influence to the children. Karen also stated that -
"From Karen's Facebook page-- She is worried about Mike's kids being affected by Jermaine's kids who were rude ,ill-behaved always watching tv and running wild."
Keep in mind, at that time, the family was going through an unspeakable nightmare and his three children were beyond devastated. Katherine was in a very emotional and painful situation and Michael's siblings and the rest of the family were grieving. Not only that, no one was in the mood for Karen's opinions about someone's children that she barely knows. Karen was revealing things about Michael's final months and days that bothered myself and the fans. The one thing that I noticed while Karen Faye was telling Michael's business was the fact that the whole time Karen was witnessing Michael in trouble that she never took it upon herself to notify the family to let them know what was going on. There was a chat or sorts that Karen did with some fans that made me wonder some things. Read on -
"Karen Faye Kissinger: I just want the truth to be known. I did not know what drugs Michael was using. But, in my opinion, it was evident his problem was effecting rehearsals, his attendance and his weight. We were all concerned. The performers were starting to wonder. I do not know exactly why they are denying it.I always tried to protect Michael in every way. I began asking for a psychologist to help Michael AND us in dealing with the problem. I began warning my superiors. (I was commanded to come to them with ALL of my concerns). They told me they had it under control…two days later he was dead.
Karen Faye Kissinger: People keep asking me why I didn't drag Michael out of there. I have been dealing with Michael and his denial for many years. So has his family. I can not drag anyone to safety. I am not strong enough to physically drag Michael into my car, past his security guards against his will. I can not drive through iron gates and take him from his children. I can not jeopardize, him breaking his contract. I do not understand people who think I was in a position to do that."
It is almost comical that as a person who never met a celebrity that I can list so many things that I could have done for Michael if I was in Karen's shoes. The first thing that I would have done was to contact Michael's family and let them know what was really going on. I would not talk about any drug use when, at that time, no one had a clue how Michael died (now murdered) and it was assumed that drugs played a role. All of this nonsense about Michael being "denial" with his supposed drug issues is not important nor did it had anything to do with the lack of concern, in my opinion, Karen did have for Michael. Karen went on her facebook account and told fans straight up lies about Michael's health knowing that if she told them the truth and the fans noticed that she was doing nothing to help Michael, the fans would attack her. Instead of taking some sort of responsibility for letting what happened to Michael happen, Karen goes after the Jackson family and tells Michael's business to anyone that would listen. She had the time to state irrelevant things about Michael on these social networking sites so why didn't she use the same energy to actually do something about Michael's condition? No one was expecting her to work miracles but at least do something that would have helped Michael.
Karen and the Fans
Karen's relationship with Michael's fans is unusual at best. It is not all of that common for make-up artists to have their own fans. Most of these fans are fans of their work and not the celebrity that they work for. In Karen's case, she has "fans" who are fans of Michael, or they claim to be fans of Michael. I remember back in 2002 when I was a member of a MJ message board called the King of Pop Discussion Board and a fan posted email messages that Karen sent to the fan. Karen was giving the fans access to communicate with her and the fans were posting her email responses on the boards. I did not really pay any attention to those messages until three years later, in 2005, when the trial was occurring. Karen was communicating with fans via email and even I sent an email to Karen about something dealing with the trial. I was really hoping that I would get a response but I did not. I guess my concern for Michael was not her top priority because she decided to respond to certain things that were not important and had nothing to do with Michael's well being.
I made a mistake of communication with a certain fan who was friends with Karen, in regards to information that surfaced about Michael the previous year. I posted the information on this blog some months ago click here about a former promotional employee of Michael's who had to state some thing about Michael's personal business because a man by the name of Scott Thorson was claiming untrue things about Michael. When that fan told Karen (I wanted to state that I never told that fan to tell anyone of that information. The fan took it upon herself to notify Karen of what was stated. I did not even know the fan did that until the fan showed me what Karen stated.) about the information from the promotional employee, Karen fired back stating that the information were all lies and that Michael and Diana Ross, for example, were friends and never had a relationship. Karen also stated other things but I stopped reading after that because I knew that Karen was not telling the truth. The funny thing about the whole situation was that the promotional employee stated that Michael had a crush on Karen.
During the trial days, Karen was a member of MJJForums.com (which is now that horrible MJJCommunity.com), the King of Pop Discussion Board (KOPDB) among other MJ theme message boards. Her name on these message boards was Turkle and Karen claims that Michael gave her that nickname. Karen would come on the board and post things about Michael that were at times inappropriate. One of the things that she stated that bothered me the most was when she discussed with his fans about his package. I do not care what anyone does in their lives but there is something called respect that should be used at all times. At that time, Michael was fighting for his life and was in a court room with his lawyers and some of his family members and listening to every lie that those fools were stating about him. Here comes an employee that he paid to put make up or whatever on his face going to these fan message boards and talk to them and with them about his private parts as if he was an object and not a human being. What would possess someone to become so disrespectful and wicked to even discuss her employer in such a immature and undignified manner?
Then there was the situation regarding the MJJSource.com mess that was happening. From what I can remember, fans had to pay a premium to get the latest information in regards to the website. Karen, along with Randy and Tanya Zilkie who was Randy's supposed girlfriend and Karen's best friend, ran the site. Things started to get messy when fans were not getting what they paid for in regards to the website. When I was doing research for this blog, I saw this blog post and I had to post the information -
"1) Karen Fake, Randy Jackson, Taunya Zilkie (girlfriend of Randy Jackson at that time) were managing Michael's official site MJJSOURCE during the trial. These three people ended up scamming the fans. They charged 49,00USD and 89,00USD for a package of some goods. Myself and many other never received any package, nor did we get a refund. Neither did we get an apology. The fans told Michael about this and he immediately shut down the page and fired Karen Fake. Then Karen Fake blamed him for the mess. This is the post Karen Fake wrote about the incident with the site: “I understand all the anger with the fans, but we have done everything in our power to live up to all the promises Michael has made. If he does not fulfill his promises…there is nothing we can do. We were Michael’s voice, but if he doesn’t wish to speak or pay the bills for MJJsource, there is nothing we can do.”Isn't that something?
When Karen had a facebook page in which she allowed fans to be added to her account, she posted a picture of Michael's crypt and gave that picture to tmz.com. I refuse to look at the picture or even post the picture on this blog post. It is things that she has done that has made me wonder what type of person this woman truly is.
Karen Trashing Michael's Parents/Family
When the Jacksons decided to do an interview with Oprah in 2010, I and many of the fans were not happy with that and even Randy was furious. It is known that Oprah basically hated Michael and implied many times that she believed that Michael harmed children. The family knows what that woman stated about Michael but at times, you want to put some of them aside and tell them that not everyone has to talk to this woman. At times, when I see things that I do not agree with or dislike, I try to let it be and move on. Karen likes to comment on everything that she does not like because no one has ever told her that she could not do those things. I was bothered when Karen tweeted a comment about Joe and Katherine and Karen's lack of respect for two people who lost their child and her lack of respect for Michael. I posted this link in one of my previous blog posts and I am going to post it again but this time, I am going to post what the woman stated. Karen has since deleted the comment on her twitter account but the one thing people and Karen need to learn is that you can never truly delete anything from the Internet.
"My heart aches more than any one will every know. Clearly seeing how MJ was never loved as a son...merely a commodity.
It hurts so much...I can not even comment further @ this time. I need time to spiritually put things in order in my heart."
As you see the lack of professionalism that this woman has. I cannot even imagine talking badly about my employer's parents. I do not know what classifies what is it like to be a parent to Karen but I do know that Katherine and Joseph loved their son very much and have done so much for him. I focus on their actions and not their decisions. I am not a fan of some of the things that the family has done but to be fair, Michael put his children around creeps like Dr. Klien and even Karen Faye and I am not saying that Michael should be trashed for that but it is crazy to assume these things about his parents when all parents makes mistakes when it comes to their children. This was a mistake on Katherine and Joseph's part to even speak to Oprah. That one incident should not overshadow the 50 years that Joe and Katherine spent raising a great human being. It was stated that Oprah personally apologized to Katherine for what she stated about her son and I think I even read that Katherine would have not agreed to do the interview unless Oprah apologize. Instead of knowing the whole facts, Karen assumes and creates problems that does not need to be there.
During the trial days, Joseph found out that Karen was trashing him on MJJforums.com and he confronted her about what she stated. I remember when I read that information and laughed because that woman had no business to assume that Joseph was "cashing in" on his son's fame. No offense to Karen or anyone else that has an issue with Joseph, but he can do that and there is not a thing anyone can do about it. Michael loved his father and unlike Karen, when Michael was in trouble and reached out to his father, his father was there and did something for him. Let me see how Karen can show people what she did for Michael when he was in trouble during the rehearsals for the TII concerts - oh wait, that's right she can't show us because she did nothing for the man. That's what I thought.
During the family drama that happened this summer, Karen did not speak up in regards to what was stated. Remember, she was very vocal against Sony and the Estate executors so I wondered why Karen was silent......
Oh, I see. I now know what side she is truly on.
Karen Was Never Michael's Personal Friend or Friend Period
I understand that we all make difficult choices in life but at the end of the day, there is loyalty. To me, without loyalty in a friendship and trust, there is no friendship. I believe that even Michael believe in this as well. He was adamant on making sure that the friends that he had were loyal to him and that he could trust them. Karen has shown time and time again that she was never loyal to Michael and that could be one of the main reasons why Karen was fired by Michael back in 2005. During the trial days, Roger Friedman, a gossip columnist who worked for Fox News and now runs his own gossip site (which I made a reference of on my previous blog entry) was a known Michael hater. During the times when Michael was protesting against Sony BMG, Friedman made sure to bash Michael in every column that he written on Michael. During the time of the trial, Friedman had a "change of heart" and started to do stories on Michael that favored him. I later found out that Frank Casico, the "friend" who wrote a book on Michael was one of Friedman's many sources, along with some fans, Debbie Rowe and you guess it, Karen Faye. When Karen was fired from Michael's camp, she went right to Friedman and starting talking all sorts of nonsense to him about Michael. It is clear that after Karen went to Friedman, Michael was done with her and decided to hire a new make-up artist name Lynda Parrish. I will go more in-depth with her later on this post.
I have mentioned this a couple of times on this blog that Karen Faye works for Gloria Allred and to my disgust this Allred woman is still bashing Michael even after he has now passed. There were so many signs that so many fans have ignored. The fans focused so much on the media and how they have treated Michael, but his people seemed to be ignored. Thanks to these social networking sites like facebook and twitter, the fans and even myself, now know how Michael's employees really operate. There is no way to describe my anger when I read that Karen was working for Gloria and I have posted this picture that shows the proof that Karen is indeed working for Allred. Here is the picture -
I was reading a thread from a message board about Karen Faye's twitter and facebook comments and she was trying to justify her connection to Allerd. Read on -
"I have learned that understanding both sides is a better way to be in life. I am more than willing to listen to the estates reasons for making the choices they do. I listened to LMP, Gloria Allred, the Jackson family and I hold out my hand to those working for the estate in peace and understanding. I am asking questions, and seeking the answers. I do not blindly hate."The fact that she even cares about what Allred has to state when she knows that Michael was never a child abuser boggles my mind. That tells me that Karen never believed what Michael ever told her and probably never will. Instead of questioning why Allred stopped representing Jordan Chandler so suddenly in 1993, she decides to listen to Allred's "point of view" about Michael. Just sickening. To even try to find out why the Estate executors make the decisions that they make when she KNOWS that John Branca was evil to Michael. There is no reason to even reach out to them when the executors are not even concerned about Michael's legacy and have helped made sure that Michael's family are divided. The executors are more concerned about making money than anything else. Karen knew that but decided that "understanding both sides" is more important. Maybe part of Karen "understanding both sides" personality trait is selling Michael to the media for money. Remember this special that ABC News did on Michael in 2010?
Not only the items came from Karen's personal files but she sold them to ABC News for around $200,000. So, remember all of the suffering Michael went through regarding the media and the various people that he called friends, the people he trusted, the people who he thought were loyal to him who sold him out? I remember that and a lot of fans remember that. You know who else remembers that? Karen. Now, she is one of those people who sold him out.
Karen and Michael's Women
It is not a secret that Karen never liked any of the women that were connected to him. Karen especially did not any of the women who were connected to him that are black. I am going to show you how the women who have came forward to talk about Michael were easily labeled "liars" by Karen and how her jealously was the root behind her issues with these women.
"Michael comes off the set of In The Closet and into the makeup trailer. He seems very agitated; a little embarrassed*and upset. Karen Faye asks what’s wrong.“Naomi,” Michael says. “She keeps talking dirty to me.”Karen: “Tell her to stop.”Michael: “She won’t.”Karen: “Tell her again.” She goes on to tell him he has to be more aggressive and forceful.A little while later, Michael is back again. Still upset with Naomi. “She won’t stop. She keeps talking dirty.”Karen: ‘Well what exactly is it she’s saying?”Michael: “I can’t tell you. It’s too bad to say.”THEY WRAPPED THINGS UP WITH A WHIPPED CREAM FIGHT!At this point (again, I’m merely repeating the story as it was told) Karen is almost amused and making a joke of it. She tells Michael he’s a big boy and should be able to handle the situation. “Tell her to stop doing it.”Sometime later, Michael is back again, still complaining about Naomi and her “nasty” talk. Again, Karen asks what exactly is it that she’s saying. Finally badgered into confessing, Michael looks very embarrassed and says, “She said she wants to suck my d***.”After everything Karen has stated about Michael and her jealousy towards anyone, especially a woman, around Michael, I do not believe that Michael even told Karen about this. Michael would have known what Naomi Campbell was about because he chose her to be in the short film and he would have had an idea what she was about. Keep in mind that Michael and Naomi knew of the sexual nature of the song and they both knew that they would be touching one another in a certain way. Just because at one point of Naomi's career she was throwing cell phones at her hired help does not mean that she was an over-sexualized woman who wanted to do Michael. I would not be surprise if that whole exchanged was completely made up by Karen and her followers.
Karen's Comments Towards Spike Lee
Sadly, there is something about Michael that makes him attracted to idiots like Karen. I have always wondered why Michael never got rid of that terrible woman sooner. I also thought about other celebrity make up artists and hairstylists who were hired to do their jobs and decided to run their own salon/business or written books on what they have learned. Here are a list of true make up artists and hairdressers who made their work speak for itself.
"Lynda Parrish’s composed demeanor and classic look has made her one of the most sought after hairstylists in the world. She has developed a client list that most hairstylists would ever dream of having. That includes the late great “King of Pop” Michael Jackson and all-time tennis champion Serena Williams. Lynda began developing an affinity for hairstyling in her hometown of Washington, D.C. It didn’t take long before she realized that is her gift and calling. She attended high school and after graduating, she went to beauty school while simultaneously earning a cosmetology license. She had no idea where her gift was going to take her. Lynda continues to travel the world, working with musical artists, athletes and she is a stalwart of print and advertising agencies.As a young adult, she lived in New York City where her sense of style and glamour created and continues to influence her to this day. She was trained by one of New York’s most prominent and preeminent hairstylists, John Atchinson. She also trained at the Vidal Sassoon Academy in London, England. She returned to Washington, D.C. and immediately started working in some of the most prominent salons that placed her in a setting that would showcase her styling ability.Since the passing of her most famous client, Michael Jackson, Lynda has re-dedicated herself to her profession and her calling. She doesn’t plan to stop with just hair designing and cutting. She’s creating her own line of jewelry, perfumes and colognes. Lynda now lives in Atlanta, Georgia where she also advises and consults with clients on their image development."Ms. Parrish was the make up artist/hair stylist that Michael hired from 2006-2009 until Karen, all of the sudden, came back in May of 2009. I am going to post pictures of the work that Ms. Parrish did for Michael. This is how a make up artist works. Let's start with her work on L'Uomo Vogue and Ebony -