Ask Willie D: Did Michael Jackson Cause His Own Death?

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[Editor's note: Rap pioneer and Geto Boys member Willie D answers reader questions for our sister paper, Houston Press. Something on your mind? Ask Willie D!]

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Dear Willie D:

I'm a big fan and a 22-year old college student in New Orleans who just started coming out to women about my foot fetish. It's a secret that I have kept since I was a kid because I worried that people would think I was weird. Should I keep coming out about it or not?

Coming Out:

You should absolutely tell women about your fetish, but that's not something you want to just blurt out on a first date. If she's not into that type of thing you might spook her. Take some time and get to know her before you disclose your foot-job obsession. If you feel uncomfortable about discussing your fetish with your girl, you could see where her head is on the subject by first massaging her feet. Compliment her on how nice her feet look then kiss them and watch her reaction.


Dear Willie D:

I got married a few months back and I hate every second of it. Actually, I have been keeping a relationship with the woman I was cheating with before the marriage. I am to the point where I want to just sit my wife down and tell her, "This is not for me." Is that the right thing to do so I don't waste any more of our time?

Bad Decision:

I know this is going to sound stupid, but since the two of you were already creeping before you got married, why didn't you just marry the woman you're cheating with? But yeah, if you no longer want to be married to her, telling your wife would be the right thing to do. Better late than never.


Dear Willie D:

Since it was announced that Michael Jackson was deceased, I have followed extensive news coverage of his life and death. I am saddened by all of the drama that has plagued his family in the aftermath of his death. As a lifelong fan of his music the lawsuits, child-custody battles and quibbling over his money makes me sick to my stomach.

Attorneys for the concert-promotions company that was sued by Michael's mother and three children for wrongful death claimed that he was a grown man who knew what he was doing when he used the surgical anesthetic Propofol as a sleep aid, which eventually took his life. I just don't see how a man who loved life so much would take a risk like that. This doesn't pass the smell test. Do you think Michael Jackson was responsible for his own death?

Saddened Fan:

The short answer to your question is yes, I do believe Michael Jackson was responsible for his own death. He was a grown man, he knew the consequences, he used the dope anyway. But as in the case of a person who serves as a lookout while his buddy goes into a store, robs it and murders the clerk, the lookout guy deserves equal culpability because he knew what was going on, participated and benefited financially from a criminal act. A jury found the promotions company not guilty, which I thought could have gone either way, but Michael's doctor was definitely guilty as charged because he didn't just prescribe the drug, he pumped it through his veins.

While not criminally responsible, the people in his circle including family members and friends who claimed to love him, but failed to assist him with getting the professional help he needed to beat his addiction are morally guilty. Being in the music industry, I've seen this movie a few times. Most big stars aren't used to rejection. So rather than risk being alienated or taken off the payroll most people in their circle enable their bad behavior and say or do nothing at all.

I would like to think if Michael were in my circle I would have tried harder to save him. But some people can't control a 2-year-old kid. How are they going to tell the King of Pop what to do?

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