Eighteen intellectuals, from around the USA, popped over to Yale; to discuss all things racial, sexual and artistic relating to Michael Jackson.
The conference entitled "Regarding Michael Jackson: Performing Racial, Gender, and Sexual Difference Center Stage", concentrated on a number of aspects of Jackson's life:
- His battle against the music industry, who wanted to portray him as tough and macho; in contrast with his wish to portray himself in a softer light.
- His desire to change his appearance; even past photos of him are not immune from being lightened, according to Todd Gray his photographer.
- The charges against him, and society's prejudice against gays.
- Jackson's media image, in contrast to black rapper stereotypes.
It seems that Jackson has become, according to one attendee, "a self created piece of art".