Why did Michael Jackson leave the Jehovah's Witnesses?
- Mostly SunnyLv 49 years agoFavorite Answer
His make up artist for 30 years Karen Faye wrote on her blog:
"When Michael arrived for his photo shoot for THRILLER, two men accompanied him impeccably dressed in suits, who sat over to the side on some cushy couches and watched his every move.
Since this was the first time I worked with him, it didn’t feel appropriate for me to ask who they could possibly be. I thought if he wanted us to know, he would have told us. I just felt their presence throughout the entire day. They left with him as mysteriously as they had entered with him. At the time I really did not give it another thought, because I had no idea of the adventure that was ahead of me.
The next shoot, there again…a mysterious gentleman, sitting in the background.
As our working relationship and friendship began to grow, I asked. He explained to me he was a Jehovah’s Witness. He was very active with the church, and these gentlemen were monitors. They watched over him. He also explained he went to bible study, and spent time going door-to-door teaching the word each week. I had to take pause for a minute and think about that one….
THRILLER had been released by the time he was explaining this to me. “You mean to tell me, that you ring someone’s doorbell, they come to answer it, and there stands Michael Jackson??????” He gave me one of his hi pitched belly laughs…and said, “yeah”. He further explained that he does it in disguise.
“Oh no you don’t.”
Still giggling, he paused and got amusingly serious. “Yeah, sure. After they let me in, they usually begin to look at me funny, so I end up admitting who I am.”
“Wow, I wish I could be a fly on the wall and watch that. I still can’t believe you do that.” I said.
“It is a big part of being a Jehovah’s Witness. We also do not celebrate holidays or birthdays. We believe that we should honor and celebrate these things daily, and not have just one day.”
So I asked “No birthdays. No Christmas?”
“No” he replied.
“Isn’t that difficult, when the world around you is decorating and singing carols?”.
“Yes, Turkle…it is always kind of sad, especially when I was a child, because it looked like so much fun. But it is okay; we have things like FAMILY DAY, where we all get together. There are hundreds of Jackson’s and we all try and be there.”
I could genuinely see the sadness in his eyes and the sense his feeling of loss, not celebrating Christmas with the other kids…so I changed the subject.
One August 29th, we ended up working. Everyone was wishing him Happy Birthday and giving him little presents. He smiled and graciously accepted them. Once we were in the privacy of the trailer, he put the gifts down on the seat, and looked down at them.
“I wish people wouldn’t do that. Please promise me, Turkle, don’t EVER say Happy Birthday to me.”
We were shooting SMOOTH CRIMINAL. I was accustomed to the monitors by now. The filming was going on longer than planned, as usual. We were preparing for a very big scene. Michael was surrounded by the alien battalion in a gully, built on stage 14.
The special weapons and ammunition team had briefed Michael on how to hold the machine gun and fire it. It was the last scene of the evening. Michael was having fun with it, like a little boy playing army. He took a strong stance, and fired as the cameras rolled.
That was a wrap for that evening, and we were given our call time for the next morning.
Michael was a little late arriving the next day. I was waiting in his trailer. He walked in so distraught. I didn’t understand, we were having so much fun the night before. He was silent as he sat in the makeup chair. I had to ask him please tell me. Please tell me what is wrong.
His eyes welled up with tears. “Mother called last night. The church called her, and told her that I held and fired a gun yesterday. They ordered that I have to make decision. I must leave the church, or leave the entertainment industry.” He was weeping as he uttered those words.
I was quite mortified. “What did your mother advise you to do?”
“She felt horrible. She told me it was up to me. She said she would stand by me with whatever I decided.”
“I see, you are here today”.
“Mother is supporting my choice”.
It took a while for Michael to adjust to his choice. He continued to feel uncomfortable with his birthday, but attended fan events in his honor, and truly enjoyed them.
When I was around him during Christmas, he would hide in his own closet to secretly wrap presents. He still held a tinge of guilt. I knew it was difficult for him, but I know he loved all the decorations that NEVER came down. He could freely give his children the birthdays that he never had. I knew deep down inside the Jehovah Witness teachings continued to hold a sacred place inside of him. That is why I was forever torn by not saying “Happy Birthday”. He never released me from my promise to not say it to him."
- KrystleLv 44 years ago
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Someone has to dedicate their life to Jehovah, then symbolize that dedication by water baptism. (Mark 1:9, 10; John 3:23; Acts 19:4, 5) Once they are baptized they are now qualified to be called one of Jehovah's Witnesses. The fact that he NEVER did this means he was never a witness. Michael's mother Katherine Esther Scruse, on the other hand, is a baptized witness of Jehovah.
- 4 years ago
Well as me being a Jehovah's Witness as a matter of fact he was not kicked from the church he had written a letter of resignation so to speak saying that he no longer wished to be a Jehovah's Witness we do not kick people out if they comit a serious sin such as adultery and you baptized if you do more than once or the first time you mate decides but he resumed from us we did not kick him you have to do something serious on not repent for you to be disfellowshipped
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- 3 years ago
Did Michael Jackson"s Father hurt Michael?
- 4 years ago
Im not positive why exactly he left the Jehova's witnesses. I think he began to realize he disagreed with some of the beliefs. After all, he didnt choose the religion, he was forced by his mother. He has talked about how he didnt have a normal childhood that he wished he had. Much of his missing childhood stemed from being a Jehova's witness, not celebrating holidays, not being asociated with outsiders (not many friends). He probably realized he disagreed with some of their extermely strict beliefs. But of course, the values instilled in you at a young age always stick with you, so he felt guilty celebrating holidays even after he left.
- Anonymous9 years ago
Michael jackson left because of his music, and the fact that he was coming really popular after thriller that the watchtower told Michael that people are worshipping and idolizing him and this isn't good so they asked him to stop. Michael made the decision not to and kept going with his music and being idolized by millions of fans around the world. During the allegations Michael was known and seen going to the kingdom Hall with his children. His children now go to the kingdom hall with their grandmother Katherine
- 4 years ago
A fish was in a pond and he was singing to it and a frog jumped on Michael s back and Michael kissed the frog and then the frog turned into a chimp.. The Jehovah s Witnesses did not like this, so they kicked him out of their church!
- 9 years ago
He didnt leave, he was kicked out for his album Thriller. Thriller contained things that Jehovah Witnesses were against and told him not to release it. Later on, Michael released with legal help and the JW's ( too lazy to type the name ) decided to let Michael go his own way. Which may be one reason why he loved to learn about other religeons. Hey, i do too! XDSource(s): Evidence
- 9 years ago
He most likely felt he did not have freedom to express his self if you ever seen the full thriller video you would see at the Beginning he stressed that he did not believe in that type of stuff maybe he felt it was holding him back no holidays or creepy things sucked after all he was a kid in a mans body R.I.P M.J we miss you (sad to see we still have haters out there that's the reason i stick to my Mj fan groups)Source(s): M.J FAN
- 3 years ago
Karen you do NOT remember. correctly or a Lie. The. Elders. Do. Not tell family to give. messages, they. do. Not give ultimatums
..They sit and talk with you one on one ... He. Left the. Church ...