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There will always be artists and celebrities we demean when they’re breathing – only to praise them when they stop. Instead of waiting, let’s give them their due now.

We in the news media have a bad habit of mocking people when they’re alive and canonizing them when they die.

The classic example is Michael Jackson, dismissively called “the self-proclaimed King of Pop” and belittled before his sudden death. The moment he died, everyone dropped the “self-proclaimed” — and the jokes.

There will never be another Michael Jackson. But there will always be artists and celebrities we demean when they’re breathing – only to praise them when they stop. At a time of year when we look back on some of the amazing people we’ve lost, let’s look at some of the ones we still have – and give them their due.

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