Michael Jackson Became a White Woman Before Bruce Jenner, Was He a Hero?

JennerThe late Michael Jackson started his transformation from a black male to a white woman long before it was popular. The country has now hailed Caitlyn “Bruce” Jenner a hero but scoffed at Jackson. It is only fair that America be patient especially if the African-American community has a delayed appreciation for Jenner, they never celebrated Jackson’s insecurities when he dared to become a Caucasian Diana Ross. Was he an unappreciated hero?

To society’s credit, the perception of gender has gone through a great transformation as a whole. Perhaps, Jackson attempted a change long before it was popular or maybe he failed to have the courage to live in his truth. Before condemning the King of Pop for lying to cover up his obvious disdain for the reflection he saw in the mirror, one must first wonder if he was taken too soon.

Jenner did not have the courage to live as the woman he believed himself to be until recently, at the ripe age of 65; in comparison, Jackson died 15 years Jenner’s junior. Had the Black or White singer lived longer maybe he would have found the courage to acknowledge his truth and perhaps America would have been in a more receptive state of consciousness. Who really knows?

As a youngster, Jackson was an attractive, black male. Although reports state he began having plastic surgery in hisJenner late teens, his appearance started to become noticeably augmented in his 20s. By his late 30s the Man in the Mirror singer seemed to have lost all of his African-American features. Jackson’s wider nose and darker skin had become almost non-existent as he continued the process of looking more like a white woman.

As Jackson went to great lengths to alter his appearance the world continued to buy his music, all while feeling great pity for the man who was not comfortable in his own skin. The blame shifted between his unusual childhood, not being able to play with kids his age or attend regular school, to an allegedly abusive and overbearing father. Whatever the reason, he was never publicly encouraged in his transformation or celebrated for becoming who he envisioned.

As the years progressed the world witnessed Jackson with a different face on each album cover. Jackson’s Thriller album, not only marked a major transition in his musical style, but was also the highlight of an obvious physical transformation. Jackson’s own mother warned the songwriter that he was going overboard with his facial transformation. To these accusations the Bad singer replied:

The greatest joy I ever had was knowing I had a choice about my face. Once you have ‘it’ done, you’ll never stop looking in the mirror. That’s how great you’ll feel about yourself.

Was he an overlooked hero who should have been celebrated for more than his music? The world vilified him, but he continued with his outward transformation. Was Jackson crazy or courageous? Many of his fans justified the multiple surgeries with claims that Jackson hated his father so much he was doing all he could not to look like him. His critics believed he wanted to look less African-American and more Caucasian.

JennerThe last decade of the singer’s life was riddled with undeniable controversy. At the time of Jackson’s death he reportedly wore a prosthetic nose and was bald; his lips were thinner, eyebrows higher, he had a cleft chin and looked more like a white woman than a black male. The P.Y.T. singer went so far with his vision of life, that he created a family to adequately reflect his reality. At the end of it all, what is more important than his outward transformation is, the musical genius died without owning his truth.

The world can only wonder if Jackson had lived to be 65 would he have found the courage to be as bold as Jenner. On the flip side, had Jenner died at 50 he would have taken his truth to his grave, just as Jackson did….an unsung hero. In the former Olympian’s own words, Jenner stated:

If I was lying on my deathbed and I had kept this secret and never ever did anything about it, I would be lying there saying, ‘You just blew your entire life.’While America is hailing Jenner as a hero, initially he too denied that he was making “the” change. Just one year ago, when asked if Jenner was transitioning, he replied, “Absolutely not.” Reports now state, his denial was all planned in order to allow him the opportunity to change gradually. Now, after various procedures and much psychological counseling Jenner has reintroduced himself to the world as Caitlyn.

While America is hailing Jenner as a hero, initially he too denied that he was making “the” change. Just one year ago, when asked if Jenner was transitioning, he replied, “Absolutely not.” Reports now state, his denial was all planned in order to allow him the opportunity to change gradually. Now, after various procedures and much psychological counseling Jenner has reintroduced himself to the world as Caitlyn.

Many may consider the reality TV star a hero, but one woman named Emily Suzzanne is not buying into the hype. She wrote:Jenner

Bruce Jenner is not a hero. A hero is someone who has done something brave or noble, who has sacrificed for others. Bruce Jenner has done none of these things. He is a man who has posed in women’s clothing on the cover of a magazine, garnering excessive media attention. What’s more, he has waited to do so until the optimum moment when he was most sure to receive praise and acceptance. Heroes risk much and gain little. Bruce Jenner has risked little and gained much. I am sure there are many people out there who do things to deserve the title of “hero,” but Bruce Jenner is not one of them.

In no way is this article designed to demean Jenner’s transformation from his pain, through each experience and to his new-found identity. However, Michael Jackson was not deemed a hero during his long journey of transformation, he was considered mentally ill. It makes one wonder how all of the media, money and celebrity status fits into the grandeur of all of this. Perhaps, the world is simply changing and embracing things once viewed in a negative sense as positive and liberating. Whatever the real deal is, ready or not, Caitlyn Jenner is here and has landed the cover spot on the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine.  Nevertheless the question remains, “Michael Jackson became a white woman long before Bruce Jenner, was he a hero?”

Satire By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


Daily Mail: Did Michael Jackson want to be white?
Anomalies: A Photographic History of Michael Jackson’s Face
Fox News: Bruce Jenner debuts new identity: Caitlyn

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45 Responses to "Michael Jackson Became a White Woman Before Bruce Jenner, Was He a Hero?"

  1. cor boet   June 4, 2016 at 6:39 am

    both needed help with their mental problems and low self esteem. Both got butchered by surgeons

  2. Xavier   February 7, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Deborah freak Ffrench. Get your meds adjusted.

  3. Xavier   February 7, 2016 at 5:42 am

    Jacko did not have vitiligo.

  4. tori444   September 9, 2015 at 3:00 am

    This piece is wildly inaccurate and ridiculous. I applaud Caitlyn Jenner’s courage and strength however, there is no correlation between her personal story and the life of Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson never underwent surgery to change his gender, nor did he express any wish to do so within his lifetime. Further, Michael did not change the colour of his skin by choice. He suffered from an autoimmune disorder called vitiligo which strips all pigment from the skin. As well as being incurable and irreversible, vitiligo is emotionally damaging. Vitiligo can also make sufferers more susceptible to skin cancer. Michael Jackson also suffered from lupus, (which can impede skin regrowth) and he also underwent extensive reconstructive surgery on his scalp after his head caught fire during a Pepsi commercial. These facts are not difficult to source. I do wish that those in the media would stick to the facts rather than relying on idle speculation and gossip.

  5. Don   September 7, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    No mention of Michael’s vitiligo, lupus, or 3rd degree burns to his head. A very flawed and unresearched piece.

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  7. DAVI   June 17, 2015 at 8:58 am


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  9. shutupjusta   June 13, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    This is such a stupid article

    • Lady Deb   June 13, 2015 at 5:23 pm

      LOL…I agree this article was not worth the ink it was written or type with.. LEAVE MICHAEL ALONE AND OUT OF THIS STUFF THAT’S GOING ON…If Michael WANTED to Annouce any kind of change then he would have DONE IT….He was definitely not AFRAID to do so IF HE WANTED TO !!!..So here is THE Truth of All Humans and All Mankind …In the End…THEY ARE ALL GONNA DO WHATEVER THEY WANNA DO and WHEN THEY WANNA DO IT …BOTTOM LINE. ..CASE CLOSE !!!

  10. Yoly Leung   June 11, 2015 at 8:43 am

    Michael was diagnosed with lupus in 83 – also an autoimmune disease like vitiligo. This is what Dr. Richard Strick, a court appointed dermatologist, said in 93 after examining Michael’s records: “Lupus is also an autoimmune disease and he also had skin involvement which had destroyed part of the skin of his nose and his nasal surgeries and all were really reconstructive, to try and look normal.” Another quote from Dr. Strick: “The first one [reconstructive surgery] was to try and reconstruct from some scar tissue and obstruction that had happened with the skin there. It didn’t work out very well and all subsequent attempts were to make it right.” “I think he was trying to look like a normal guy as best he could.” It was terrible to face all these physical problems–vitiligo, lupus, back pain& the burn on his scalp.

    But since when all these battles were reduced to become a white woman. It is only and all for the dirt you media put on him to trash him even when he can no longer speaks for himself.

    Having a pen to write does not give you the right to spread false allegation. In this current era, who has problem on people in or out of the entertainment industry having plastic surgery? No one has a problem and it is ridiculous that you, the media, is blowing it out of proportion only because he’s Michael Jackson. This is so disgusting and disgraceful of you, the media. Where is your ethnic and integrity? It is such a big shame of the media as a professional.

  11. AdLLaw Initiative (@CADEFLAW)   June 8, 2015 at 10:08 am

    My post from yesterday was not published so I am trying it again.

    This is suppose to be “Satire’ so you claim but it is clearly defamation of Michael Jackson’s character. He is deceased therefore not able to comment on this subject. Your attempt to make it appear as a positive article is a MAJOR fail. You do not know what Michael was thinking or what the situation may or may not have been. You have no right to compare him to “Bruce Jenner” .

    Articles like this is the reason we need a bill tailored so it offers family, successors or estate administrators of defamed decedents the same opportunities to bring about a defamation civil suit as if the defamed was available to do so themselves. Maybe then journalist would be careful to publish information that is not TRUE.

  12. Helen-Marie   June 8, 2015 at 2:40 am

    This is a very poorly researched article for someone who lists themselves as an Author amongst other titles.
    PLEASE educate yourself on the life changing illnesses that caused Michael Jackson so much pain, humiliation and heartache.(Vitiligo & Lupus)
    No, he did not want to become a woman, he just made what he could out of the life changing circumstances that happened to his health and as a Life Coach you must be familiar with providing people with coping strategies.
    Please have some respect, do your homework and then comeback and rewrite the truth, as articles like this only add more lies to the uneducated and damage Michael’s Legacy.

  13. Melanie Zarth   June 8, 2015 at 12:17 am

    Wow, this is the most ridiculous thing I have ever read. Sheesh. MJ was a hero for many reasons, and it had nothing to do with his appearance.

  14. MIMI   June 7, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    Jesus Christ. So much misinformation here that I don’t even know where to begin to dismantle it all.

  15. Lorraine Harrietha   June 7, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    You wrote this crap?????

  16. Judy Rowe   June 7, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    this is the biggest load of BS I have ever read, MJ was not trans gendering, he was a MAN GO FIND SOMEONE ELSE TO HUMILIATE… LEAVE MICHAEL JACKSON ALONE.

  17. Luna   June 7, 2015 at 10:31 am

    It’s despicable that even after 6 years since he died, people (the media) still feel it’s okay to trash Michael Jackson. This article got it wrong about him on so many levels.
    Because Michael Jackson had a skin disorder called Vitilgo and on top of that suffering from Lupus, his skin lost all the pigment and was overly sensitive to sunlight.
    The statement he wanted to be a woman is utterly ridiculous and based on nothing. He was a man in every way. Not the common macho type man which is what most people have as a stereo type of being a man in their minds, but a sensitive, caring, somewhat nerdy man. The kind who gets bullied at school. Therefor your article is even more insulting. Like you are telling kids who are like Michael Jackson it’s not okay to be like that.
    The reaction you give halfway this article ” The greatest joy I ever had was knowing I had a choice about my face. Once you have ‘it’ done, you’ll never stop looking in the mirror. That’s how great you’ll feel about yourself.”has been totally ripped out of context. Michael said this at a very young age after having a nose surgery after he fell on stage and broke his nose. The operation was not successful and he got trouble breathing, that’s why it had to be done again. Having Lupus can cause wounds not to heal very well. Therefor his nose continued to be a problem throughout his life.
    I hope you can see for yourself why your article is insulting to many people in many ways.
    Not only do you insult many high-sensitive kids, but you also insult people with Vitiigo and Lupus. On top of that you insult and slander a man who dedicated his life to helping kids all over the world and never stopped doing that, even when he himself suffered from so many physical and emotional pain at the same time. That MAN is Michael Jackson. And let’s not forget how you insult his children, to whom he has been the most amazing parent.

    • Will H   June 7, 2015 at 1:38 pm

      I completely agree with you.

      • Luna   June 7, 2015 at 1:40 pm

        Thank you!

    • Lorraine Harrietha   June 7, 2015 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you for your truthful comment!

  18. flyaway (@MJflyaway)   June 7, 2015 at 10:22 am

    This article has nothing to do with satire.It’s pure slander and in addition you provede fake and old antcs that everybody know are not true. It’s an offence to REAL Satire.
    Michael Jackson was a genius and YOU are mentally ill. Get a shrink and a new job idiot!

  19. elise   June 7, 2015 at 8:33 am

    C moche !!! Jamais il n’y aura a nouveau 1 telle star et les rumeurs les plus scandaleuses continuent… Honte à vous !!

  20. mikesgirl (@mjcinn)   June 6, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    This article is trash!! Michael Jackson had the disease vitiligo hence the change in appearance. He was NOT trying to be a woman. Get your facts straight people before printing garbage!!!

  21. MAYA   June 6, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Michael Jackson was not gay, this article was so garbage. Still creating issues with a man who almost 6 yrs died and not here with us to depend himself. Tsk tsk…

  22. DK   June 6, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Cherese Jackson you’re a joke

  23. Arne Demi   June 6, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Poor Michael! Even though he’s been dead almost 6 years, people are still making up stories about him. Idc if its satire or not, this is ridiculous.

  24. June Elizabeth   June 5, 2015 at 4:51 pm

    Whether this is “opinion” or “satire” doesn’t matter. I thought if I kept reading some tidbit of truth would emerge from this slushpile of garbage. Boy was I disappointed! You know nothing about the man Michael Jackson so kindly keep your very deranged opinion to youself.

    • Arne Demi   June 6, 2015 at 6:39 am

      She said it was satire but it’s scary that some people actually believe stupid stuff like this. It and they are ridiculous.

  25. Dave Ka   June 5, 2015 at 10:15 am

    In case of Michael Jackson the most interesting thing is strained relationship between compartmentalization and normality. Michael Jackson was a driven visionary who hacked away relentlessly boundaries of all kinds. The irony is that his approach to life and art may have created the most challenging boundary of all, the inability to capture him with an accessible and easily understood label.
    In the end, his greatest achievement may be the ultimate lesson in “diversity,” in that there is only one way to adequately describe him, that being, “Michael Jackson.”
    I think he was more important and greater than everyone thought so far.

  26. jphynee   June 5, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Not clever or funny. Just in poor taste.

  27. Martin   June 5, 2015 at 9:22 am

    This ‘article’ is absolutely disgusting. Michael Jackson’s own words to, at the time, the largest global audience in television history. ‘I’m a black American, I’m proud to be a black American, I have a lot of pride & dignity in my race. When people make up stories that I don’t want to be who I am, it hurts me’. Michael Jackson is a hero, my hero. Look up Vitiligo and educate yourself. Disgusting

  28. Nikki   June 5, 2015 at 8:18 am

    This was the most rudest piece of stinking awful …is this journalism …haha …I think not..this is the saddest thing I ever read…waste of my energy and time. I LOVE YOU, MIKE!

  29. Brandon Penny   June 5, 2015 at 5:04 am

    WTF did I read?
    This ultimately disgusting article completely twisted all the now known facts about Michael Jackson!
    MJ had the skin desease – VITILIGO – confirmed by the autopsy and it turned him into a white person, not a white woman. The same way like it did to Lee Thomas and other black people suffering from Vitiligo.

    HE was the artist and could afford some changes on his face because as the artist he could not be and perform as the white African-American! For him it was a beetr decision to be the changed Michael Jackson than in the early 80s to end his career and let the desease ruin his professional life!

    The only reason why he changed some things on his face was the vitiligo effect, not transformation into a woman, he was Michael Jackson, the man, the male, the artist and entertainer the whole world has known and millions of fans have loved, admired and supported and taken him as the role model not for his white skin caused by the vitiligo desease – BTW, June 25th, the day MJ died if the worldwide Vitiligo day.

    Any comparison of MJ to Bruce/Caitlyn is PATHETIC and tabloidish filthy BS.

    How is it even possible that the media and web portals like this can employ people like this writer who has NO journalistic ethics and methods to verify all the FACTS (here the writer did not use a single word about VITILIGO!) instead of making such media BS and writting completely nonsense!

  30. Amey   June 5, 2015 at 4:10 am

    Michael Jackson had a skin disease.. The man had vitiligo !! U loose skin pigmentation in that..he didn’t do it on purpose. On the contrary its distressing when half ur face is dark n half white!!
    Who ever has written this article should come to reality with facts!

  31. David Ka   June 4, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    This article is wonderful and very interesting! Jackson’s plastic surgery and his other transformations weren’t just a testament to his illness or madness, but it was much more ambitious project! And there is evidence and people who confirm this. That man over the years was interested in advanced medicine, science, participated in complex operations in hospitals, standing next to surgeons and watching. He kept at home mannequins to do the same transformations on them. Look at his music videos! In many of them appears a topic about the transformations (“Thriller,” “Ghost”, “Black or White”, etc.), Mainly the transformation of the face, but also the body. Probably he wanted to try to create a new human being on himself. Some researchers call him the first Posthuman. Skin disease was merely a pretext for a larger project, which he has consistently pursued until his death. That is the real truth, but not all his fans know about it.

    • June Elizabeth   June 5, 2015 at 4:44 pm

      Did you bother to read his widely published (unfortunately) autopsy before you wrote “Skin disease was merely a pretext for a larger project” or do you sublimely and stupidly believe the Medical Examiner doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  32. Sherry Windsong   June 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I wish for once the media would just accept Michael’s TRUTH and quit the endless slander. He was not gay, and he was not trying to become a woman! I hope someday journalists will be held accountable for the lies they enjoy promoting about people… Michael Jackson most of all, it seems…. yet so many others are not questioned the way he always was. And even moreso, that you continue to slander those who are not even here to defend themselves any longer! When will it end? Please check your facts and quit trying to promote rumors. How ironic that you imply that Michael should have dared to face the truth. He DID. How about you?

    “What happened to truth, did it go out of style?” – Michael Jackson

  33. janice   June 4, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    This article is a disgrace!
    Yet again poor journalism and Michael Jackson is once again at the heart of a shameful article.
    Get off the band wagon of abuse, get a grip and report the truth. Tabloid journalism and nothing else!

  34. Linda Adams   June 4, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    I Knew Michael Over Thirty YEARs…HE HAD Vitiligo…THAT is WHY His Skin Changed to White Over Time…Actually It Was More Candle White, You Could See the Bluish Veins in His Skin, Due to VITILIGO….THE CORONER Confirmed He Had Vitiligo…Even His Organs Were WHITE! Vitiligo Wipes Out Your Pigment and Even His Eyebrows, Eyelashes Turned White and His Lips…So He Had Cosmetic Tattooing Done to Restore Color to His Eyebrows and Lips. He Was Skinny ALL His Life….ACTUALLY He Was More MACHO Than YOU THINK. He Was NOT Transitioning to a WOMAN…He Used Costuming and Creative Gloves and Sleeves on His Shirts and Cuffs to COVER The Demarcation He Suffered During Vitiligo’s Rage….He ALSO Had Discoid Lupus, Which is COMMON for Those With Virulent Vitiligo (It Was Over 70% of His Body. Doctors Apply Bleach to the Remaining Dark Skin to Smooth Out the Harsh Demarcations Lines…Some Yellow, Some Pink, SO, He Was the VICTIM of a Skin Condition. YOU ARE RUDE!!! Look Up Vitiligo Online and APOLOGIZE!! HE Was About As Far Away From EVER Becoming a Woman As Any Man Could Be on Earth. Vitiligo and Lupus Can Make You Very Sick, Due to Lupus, He Got Rashes with Lesions, THAT IS WHY HE WORE MASKS and His Lungs Collapsed Numerous Times Throughout His Life. Your ARTICLE IS RUDE And CRUEL…..He Was the Victim of Immune Conditions to His Skin and Internal Organs. He Gave SO Much Love to Every Child and Every Needy Person…HOW DARE YOU WRITE THIS!!

  35. EMURRAY01 (@etmurray)   June 4, 2015 at 2:08 pm

    Please leave your job, what you said was stupid.

  36. Amber   June 4, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Also, in 1991 while working on the Dangerous cd, MJ told Teddy Riley that he regreted every having plastic surgery. SO again, Cherese, what are you talking about?

  37. Amber   June 4, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    And for the record, MJ did not have no prostectic nose that was LIED told by tabloids and that was cleared up; so stop using tabloid bull to talk about MJ. Cherese, you look stupid and desperate to talk about Jackson.

  38. Amber   June 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Michael Jackson TRUTH was that he was man and died a man. Bruce always talked about being women in some way even back the day? MJ never did and always got upset when some said he was trying to be white and like a girl. Stop trying to trash MJ and make this story bout Bruce about MJ. MJ did NOT want to be woman unlike Bruce but MJ did have image like alot of blacks do living in country that discriminate over black features and people (look how blacks get shot without any thinking).

  39. Amber   June 4, 2015 at 12:52 pm

    This is stupid and dumb and a desperate attempt to talk about Michael Jackson. I was waiting on this to be said by some idoit. MJ had a SKIN DISORDER which made his skin light (this was even PROVEN in his death report). MJ had a few nose jobs but he was NOT trying to look like no woman or be a woman like Bruce. He got his first nose job because he broke his nose which led to having another one. Mj was man, wanted to be man and died man, so why ask this stupid question.


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