The hands of Michael Jackson – part 2: his hand glove & the deterioration of his skin + nails!

June 27, 2009

How Michael Jackson's single white hand glove became his trademark.

How Michael Jackson’s single white hand glove became his trademark!

Jackson’s single white glove (later covered in silver sequins) made its television debut on Michael’s left hand during his stunning performance of “Billy Jean” at Motown’s 25th anniversary TV special in 1983 – and it was also featured in the “Billy Jean” videoclip. What is the symbolic meaning of this ‘strange’ aspect of his work?

Michael described the glove as a symbol of his ‘onstage life’ – the “magic” that he so frequently spoke about, the “escapism,” as he put it, that he felt was his mission to “give to” an audience. The glove seemed to go hand in hand with the magical white light that always is seen streaming through the movies of film director Steven Spielberg – who was a good friend of Michael Jackson.

“I wish we could all spend some time in his world,” Spielberg said about his friend, but for Spielberg and most members of his audience, it would only be a tourist venture. Michael Jackson lives in that world all the time and the glove is a connection between that world and his audience on the outside. It beckons them to cross over, at least for a time.
Michael was once asked why he was wearing the piece of stage clothing offstage (actually in a hospital burn unit) and in a most innappropriate circumstance and he replied, “this way I am never offstage.”

In february the DailyMail reported that his fingers and nails are in a terrible state of condition: with discoloured fingernails, puffy reddened skin, and prominent veins. Thought these are only typical sign of aging, a few days ago rumours arrived that ‘The King of Pop’ has skin cancer.

It appears that Jackson was able to wave away the ‘rumours’ for quite a while, but with the arrival of news that Michael Jackson’s died reality has dramatically whiped away the rumours about his health.

SUGGESTION FOR FURTHER READING:

In memoriam: ‘The hands of Michael Jackson’!
The hand of Michael Jackson: a manicurist’s nightmare
Your health is in your hands!

The King of Pop’s last hand wave: good-bye Michael …

Michael Jackson's hand wave.

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6 Responses to “The hands of Michael Jackson – part 2: his hand glove & the deterioration of his skin + nails!”

  1. buubles Says:

    you thank the king of pop he is the bestest nonlike nicky (i can make your bed rock ).


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  3. Carol Glover Says:

    In Sir Walter Scott’s historical romance ‘St Valentine’s Day; or the Fair Msid of Perth’, there is an allusion to a custom that associates gloves with honour and chivalry. This story has been linked with the naming of the place near to where I live in Australia, called The Heart, which does have some dark colonial issues (See Julie Carr’s book ‘The Captive White Woman of Gippsland: In Pursuit of a Legend’). Language is laden with such amazing meaning and how wonderfully apt that in my mind now, the glove of Michael is linked so positively with a place called the Heart, the place of my ancestors, that is very much to do with issues of ‘Black and White’.

  4. Carol Glover Says:

    In Sir Walter Scott’s ‘Saint Valentine’s Day’, or ‘The Fair Maid of Perth’, there is an allusion to a custom that associates gloves with honour and chivalry. This story has been linked with the naming of a place near to where I live in Australia, called the Heart. S(ee Julie Carr’s book ‘The White Captive Woman of Gippsland:In Pursuit of a Legend’). Language is so laden with mysterious meaning and how wonderfully apt that in my mind now the glove of Michael is linked with a place called the Heart, the place of my ancestors.

    • handfacts Says:

      Thanks Carol!

      Very interesting information about the potential meaning of Michael Jackson’s “single white glove”.

      Martijn.


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