Obit Writers Agree: He Was Peter Pan
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 26, 2009 9:37 AM CDT
Michael Jackson, in March of 2009.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)
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(Newser) – It's no secret that Michael Jackson, onetime owner of Neverland, loved Peter Pan, and the reference provided legions of obituary and tribute writers with a theme:

  • New York Times: "For his legions of fans, he was the Peter Pan of pop music: the little boy who refused to grow up."
  • Los Angeles Times: "As a child star, he was so talented he seemed lit from within; as a middle-aged man, he was viewed as something akin to a visiting alien who, like Tinkerbell, would cease to exist if the applause ever stopped."

  • Time: "Jackson's profound weirdness...hinted that Peter Pan was the wrong role for him. Wasn't Jackson really one of Peter's Lost Boys, stranded between childhood and adolescence?"
  • National Post: He was "a black Peter Pan with bleached skin and a single white glove, who pushed American pop music beyond rock and roll into R&B and soul."

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