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Opinion:Why Are The #Prince Accomplishments Not Acknowledged?

Prince in universe

It is becoming increasingly clear that the accomplishments of Prince are being grossly overlooked or worse, ignored by those in the position of providing him with the recognition he deserves.

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Prince at Montreux

An example of this is, the fact that, despite the fact he has written so many songs over time, (not just Purple Rain), he has not been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. Yet,  Jay-Z , who does not have half the catalog of original, succesful and published songs compared to Prince, has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prince has 39 albums with his own original compositions, songs which contain beautiful and meaningful lyrics as well as music which is all composed by Prince. Yet, they ignore him as well as the petition which seeks to have him properly honored. https://www.change.org/p/the-songwriters-hall-of-fame-prince-is-music-induct-prince-into-the-songwriters-hall-of-fame

prince holding guitar 25But it is not just the Songwriters Hall of Fame, there are others, including Barack Obama, who, while president, had the opportunity to bestow the ‘Medal of Freedom’ to Prince, but failed to do so. Prince, by far merited the Medal of Freedom equally with persons such as Ellen Degeneres.  People point to “courage” but fail to note the courage it took for Prince to take a stand against the record industry and it’s treatment of artist. That was his livelihood, yet he not only had the courage to take a stand, he also won the fight! Also, he should have been granted the award based upon his philanthropy, activism, and generosity.  Most of his philanthropic actions were performed with the understanding that they would not be publicized. But, after his passing, when those activities were revealed, the amounts of his generosity remain unsurpassed. (You can find the list here: https://www.change.org/p/designate-prince-rogers-nelson-s-paisley-park-as-a-national-historic-landmark/u/17626949) Clearly, this warranted Prince being awarded the Medal of Freedom posthumously.

And then there is the Prince estate. First, it was Bremer, who as administrator for the estate, refused to even meet with the Minnesota Historical Society regarding their attempt to designate Paisley Park and his other properties as a Minnesota Historical sites. And, when contacted by parties who are seeking to make Paisley Park a National Historic Landmark, the response by one of the Bremer reps was: “We’re not marketing it as a Historical Landmark.” Excuse me? Marketing? Seriously? The audacity of that person to use the term “marketing” when approached as to preserving a legacy was not only outrageous, but also unconscionable. Suffice it to say, that, although no longer in charge of the Prince estate, Bremer remains currently embroiled and embattled as to some of the financial choices which were made  during their tenure, but the truth is, that, at no point, did they consider anything which would preserve the legacy of Prince, only that which would earn money.

Then there is Paisley Park, being managed by Graceland Holdings, who only seem to seek to profit from Prince’s legacy, but not to actually preserve Paisley Park.

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Paisley Park

Lastly, there are the heirs, who, instead of trying to bolster and preserve the legacy of their brother, appear to be attempting to create a legacy of their own, based solely upon their relationship to Prince via the music industry and/or covering Prince songs. And yet, they do not have the time to invest in even discussions with those attempting to preserve his legacy via lobbying ‘Kennedy Honors’, Songwriters Hall of Fame’ or those who are attempting to have Paisley Park and other sites  designated as historical landmarks, hence preserving one of his greatest legacies! They appear to only want to increase their personal bottom line and if they will obtain no money, then they have zero interest. We also now know that the alleged shady deals made during the Bremer tenure were, (if not directly), approved to move forward via lack of opposition.  Paisley Park, has always paid for itself, and can continue to do so, if indeed, there is the Prince new 2appropriate and qualified attention to detail and respect that Prince and his fans deserve. After all, Paisley Park is indeed within the hearts of his fans, and it is the fans of Prince who supported him throughout his career who actually paid for Paisley Park.

Yet of course, hats off and much respect to those who are actually attempting to preserve and protect the legacy of Prince Rogers Nelson who warrant mentions such as: PRNAlumni who are focusing on the continuation of Prince’s awesome charitable work;  @PurpleLegacy who continue to persist in their efforts to have Paisley Park designated as a National Historic Landmark; The Minnesota Historical Society, working to name Paisley Park as a Minnesota Historical site; the Prince watchdog group, PurpleOutcry.org, who work tirelessly to make certain that Prince’s legacy retains the respect it deserves,as well as protect that legacy; the Department of the Interior under the Obama administration who worked with Minnesota Historical society; and most of all to the fans of Prince, a really super-smart and loyal group of people who stand as gatekeepers to the memory and legacy of Prince.

So the question remains: Why are the accomplishments of Prince not acknowledged? The question itself is as perplexing as the lack of answers appear to be.

Prince at NPG festival 2011

Prince 2011 at NPG Festival

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Opinion: Did People Mag Prince article go too far? Or not far enough?

(This opinion must be prefaced by what is a known fact about Prince fans – they are a very loving group and try to abide by his example of loving one another. However, they are fiercely protective of his image and will let it be known that the tarnishing of his image, his reputation, and his legacy will not be tolerated.)

The recent article published by People magazine has unleashed a torrent of tweets and Facebook posts in which they are rising to his defense or to the defense of his ex-wife.The article purports to be an interview with Mayte Garcia, one of the ex-wives of Prince. However, the asides and editorializing of her comments, appear to be efforts to produce sensationalism where there is none. And that leads to the questions: Did the writers of  the article go to far? Or not far enough?

A review of excerpts from the article reveal that the answer to both questions is yes. Seemingly, these two writers used a fill-in-the-blank approach to their writing of this article. Twisting the words of Ms. Garcia via attaching their own assumptions to her words.

The first thing that is completely unfair and biased to both Prince and Ms. Garcia is the characterization of events which occurred subsequent to the death of their son. The authors use the word “dragged” when describing Prince’s efforts to get her to join him in the Oprah interview.They seem to ignore that he was the child’s father, who was also grieving, but trying to move forward. Sure she described what happened, but there was nothing to indicate that she was “dragged” out of bed. If anything, she was being pulled away from her grief, but so was he. And, Ms. Garcia was quoted in years past saying that they wanted to show that they were strong, indicated that the decision to do the Oprah interview was mutual: (See link to Hollywood life article below)

           “We had to show people that we were strong,that we had faith,and that we would try again.”

-Mayte Garcia-

(This writer, who also had a child to die, can state in hindsight that there is a lingering wish to have been pulled away from the grief-filled bed instead of being allowed to lay there for months.)  The writers clearly attempt to twist the story and bend it against Prince instead of towards a grieving couple. Had they done any research, they would have known that couples seldom know exactly what to do  and an attempt to pull their spouse out of the grief with an activity is an act of love, and not an act of malice.

The next glaring omission by the writers is that they apparently failed to mention his severe and chronic hip pain, and his need for a second hip surgery. Injured by many years of jumping from high places while performing … in heels, and all of his acrobatic dances on stage, including splits. Many while holding his guitar. So instead of acknowledging his chronic and severe pain, the writers infer and imply that Prince was using some sort of drug for no reason. Were the ‘drugs’ painkillers? Not far enough.

The inference and interpretations go even further, when they state, and not as a quote, that people had “no idea he was battling drug addiction”. But they offer no proof that there was any such “battle”. In fact, his cause of death states he died from an “accidental” overdose from a painkiller. The other fact is that Ms. Garcia states that she never saw him do “anything”, yet the writers move that statement to a ‘battle’ with ‘drug addiction’.  Too far.

When Ms. Garcia states he had to have his stomach pumped, the writers insert the word “claimed” as if to infer that he was lying when stating the reason having been the mixing wine and aspirin.

And, it gets worse. When a person says that they are “sick” or that they have a “migraine” does not “hint” at drug addiction. Pretty low bar.    

Prince was a devout Jehovah’s Witness, yet the writers describe his spiritual path as a “retreat”, applying which could be interpreted by some as being negative and unreal. Did the writers interview his church members? Or Larry Graham? If the answer is no, then what gives them license to label his acceptance of his chosen faith as a “retreat”? Nothing. Too far.

And then there is the meeting of Prince and Mayte. Again the writers did not go far enough, for they infer and imply that Prince merely “met” or saw Mayte and aggressively pursued her when she was but sixteen years old. However, they fail to add that he was first introduced to him via her mother who sent him a video of her belly-dancing. ( Suggestive much?) Mayte’s mother then allowed her 16-year-old daughter to go to Minnesota where she stayed until they were married a few years later! But  Mayte has repeatedly stated in interviews that Prince never made any sort of advances towards her until she was 18 years old and qualifies that statement with her words that he was “very respectful” towards her and never did anything that was untoward. (See link to article below)

The writing technique of these writers is irresponsible, but as only another writer can recognize it, it is seldom called out by the readers. Intermingling quotes with their own inferences,opinions, and makes it clear that the article needed something to spice it up  and they apparently shamelessly employed those techniques which  lead the average reader  attribute all that is written within to Mayte Garcia instead of themselves.

Who is most hurt by this? Prince, first and foremost, and of course his friends and fans who know better, but also Ms. Garcia who had her actual words editorialized by writers to make it appear as if she said something which she did not. That sort of  literary shading is harmful to all parties and all readers.

These are a couple of facts that all should read, accept, and then move forward to protecting his legacy from these sort of sensationalist publications. Prince married Mayte. He loved her. They lost two children. They broke up. Then he didn’t love her. Relationships end and “tell-all” books never tell the entire story, especially when one of the subjects is no longer around to contribute to that story. Mayte has been diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis  but even she knows,in her heart of hearts, if Prince were alive, he would help her financially with the medical bills. He was a kind and giving soul, and according to those closest to him, even Mayte, there is no indication that he was addicted to drugs. 

And lastly, if he was taking painkillers, he was doing so when he was not in optimum health. It can be assumed that he was grieving the passing of Vanity, and even his own personal chef has stated that his appetite decreased. In fact, he did not even eat the last meal prepared for him. That is what grief will do to you. Taking a painkiller on an empty stomach is never advised. And, in this way, in addition to going to far, the writers did not go far enough to provide readers with sufficient background to provide a fair picture of Prince Rogers Nelson. And that is irresponsible and sensationalized journalism. Prince fans should blame the writers for their inserted messages into this article and do what they can to protect his image from being tarnished. Just be certain that the blame for doing so is placed upon the proper shoulders.

Prince & Mayte Garcia: The Tragic Loss Of Their 2nd Baby Broke Up Their Marriage

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4317660/Prince-wooed-ex-wife-Mayte-Garcia-16-sex-19.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/archives/news/1139327/princes-ex-wife-mayte-garcia-reveals-how-she-will-always-love-the-star-after-their-amazing-and-bizarre-romance-despite-tragedy-of-babys-death/

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