July 3rd, 2009
08:30 AM ET
12 years ago

State of the Union: Celebrate Michael Jackson's art, says Powell

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Even as the controversy that often followed Michael Jackson in life continues after his unexpected death, the country should instead celebrate Jackson's vast body of work, Colin Powell says in an interview set to air Sunday on CNN's State of the Union.

"He was a great entertainer and he crossed so many lines with his skill and the skill of his brothers," Powell says, "I always remember him most vividly as a young boy with his brothers - the Jackson 5. These fresh, exciting kids with the 'fro's in the early '70s and singing those wonderful songs."

"But that is what I remember about Michael. During the heyday when he was doing 'Thriller' and the other things I was either in Vietnam or Korea or somewhere. So he's not quite of my generation, but his art spanned three generations and is worthy of all the tribute that he is receiving for his art.

"Yes, there were some challenges in his life. Yes, there was a great deal of controversy about him. But he's now passed on. Let's celebrate his art."

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. rachel

    Thank you Powell. Obama as usual was a day late and a dollar short on his comments.

    July 3, 2009 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  2. GOP Disaster

    Well said General!

    July 3, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. Joe Terrogano

    With all due respect to Colin Powell, enough already!. High unemployment rates, two wars, budget shortfalls and you devote the majority of the newscasts to Michael Jackson? What did he eat before he died? What was his shoe size? Come on, give it a break.

    July 3, 2009 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  4. kishen c.rao

    of course, he was a greatest American Icon.....of this century!!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Jackson WAY Overrated

    Jackson was fun, but he was far from being a historic contributor to American musical art. He strutted his stuff and had some hits, but he was no Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, or Count Basie.

    July 3, 2009 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Leah

    CNN would rather make the whole thing into tabloid journalism basing "stories" on speculation, unsubstantiated opinions and rumours and day long repetition.

    Much easier than going out and doing the real investigation of issues like health care, Hondurous or what is going on in the Middle East.

    July 3, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  7. Liberals lack honesty

    I'm glad MJ is being covered under political news. I wouldn't know what to do since this blog cares more about MJ and Sanford than what this administration is doing. How about the implications of the 16+ czars and how this has no checks and balances?

    July 3, 2009 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  8. Polar Bears Against Palin

    I bet Powell never owned a Michael Jackson record. He is just jumping on the band wagon. I've bought MJ records since I was young, including with the Jackson 5.

    And, John King? Well, he too much of a dweeb to even appreciate any kind of music.

    July 3, 2009 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  9. Nancy - Houston

    Here we were going along with news about the wars and casulties, Bush out, Madoff, the thief, Iran protests, Obama protests about his agenda, Letterman protests, Farah Fawcett and cancer, celebrity deaths, Sanford's affairs, Stanford and missing billions, etc., etc., and then Michael Jackson dies. People, give him a rest (no pun intended)!! Can't we all think of him as just going to sleep, throw him a kiss and say "goodnight," and tell him to rest in peace. That way we can go on with all the other horrible news.

    July 3, 2009 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  10. Tatianna

    The absolute value of love makes life worthwhile, and so makes Mans strange and difficult situation acceptable. Love cannot save life from death – but it can fulfill lifes purpose.

    July 3, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  11. He was a great entertainer and he crossed so many lines


    his appeal and entertainment value are with out question

    his judgement and his accusor's words were the lines that he crossed that his art cannot be looked at with out taking into account

    the art was not created in a vaccum

    July 3, 2009 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  12. Gracie, MD

    I think Collin Powell is ABSOLUTELY right.

    There will NEVER be another Michael Jackson, his humanitarian generosity and his musical mastery will never been seen in generations to come. There's SO MUCH MORE to Michael, he's done so much more for the world and his fans than any other artist.

    ALL the turmoil and court cases was OVER way before he even passed away. He's faced those issues years ago. Folks like Gloria Allred continue to demonize Michael and the man is DEAD. Let the man REST in PEACE. He deserves PEACE.

    You have a LOT of folks who are doing nothing but "cashing" in on Michael death like a bunch of leaches.

    July 3, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  13. Heidi


    July 3, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. steve winkler

    go figure! Even Powell gets it.

    July 3, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  15. steve winkler

    even powell wakes up. go figure

    July 3, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |