Would you use MJ's pic as your avatar ?

@krajibg (11940)
Guwahati, India
July 25, 2009 1:57am CST
The King of Pop is gone from our midst but he would be there in our heart as long as we are capable of breathing through. Now we have been ever respecting the departed soul but to my consternation I have noticed one fellow using the picture of Michael Jackson as his/her avatar. While we are in any discussion there is possibility of angry exchange and and foul mouthing and confrontation as well. Now it might not be MJ but we would be having MJ's picture arguing with and would it be worthwhile? Now my question is, should he use MJ's picture as avatar?
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@celticeagle (117919)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Jul 09
Sure I would. I think there are several reasons for the avatars that people chose. This person may be using it because they just like MJ, or because they want to show respect for the past MJ. And if it wasn't MJ it could be so many other pictures. Think of the children some use for theirs or animals. I think this is even worse than MJ in the scenario you speak of.
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@celticeagle (117919)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Jul 09
That is not how it would be intended. If people want to think that way, let them! We all have a right to our thoughts and feelings.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
That is ok but we do not have all those cherished freedom all the occasion and y=that is the irony.
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@celticeagle (117919)
• Boise, Idaho
25 Jul 09
Sure we do!
@bamrahkirti (1819)
• India
25 Jul 09
The person who is using the picture of MJ must be his die hard fan and he wants to keep him alive in his memories that is why he might have used his picture as an avatar. I think that we know and get familiar to a person more by his username rather than his avatar.If the person indulges in some heated exchange or some foul mouthing as you have said,then we remember him by his screen name rather than his avatar.Avatar is the mere representation of oneself and it may include his interests and likings .Some put pictures of animals,birds,flowers,3d animation but we cannot really judge the personality of that particular person only by his avatar.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
Hi barah, You are correct in your interpretation. But memory of a beloved one could be kept in the core of the heart without displaying. Any way men men many minds. Thanks for the response.
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• India
25 Jul 09
Dear all five fingers are not same.People here come from different cultures,different social backgrounds and different backgrounds.What we think is not conducive may be good or rather the best for other person.
• India
25 Jul 09
Oh sorry typo error,the second "background "should have been "mindset".
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
25 Jul 09
I personally do not approve of this and would not use any celebrity's image for that matter. I haven't whatsoever. What you have said is justified and MJ is not relevant to all those blabbers, brawls and bitternesses tagged with the poster. However, having said this, the love and admiration of the person using MJ's image is understandable and i appreciate that.
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
Hi Mimpi (Mou) You have well justified then issue. But I feel it tilts more towards the first part of your response. Thanks mou.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
25 Jul 09
Thanks Rajib. you are right. I avatar here has always been of this flower. I have changed the colour a couple of times though. And only on one occasion I changed it to my own on my friend's request. That's all that I can remember.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
25 Jul 09
Pls read..'My avatar here...'
@Miloque (130)
• Philippines
22 Aug 09
And this just got me into thinking.. can an avatar have copyright infringements? I know it's a queer question, but hey, I'm using Atkinson's face. I'm just responding to my avatar.
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
22 Aug 09
Hi Miloque, I do not think there is any. Or else what would happen to those who use mostly the celebrities as their avatar picture.
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@Citychic (4078)
• United States
26 Jul 09
Would you use MJ's pic as your avatar? Hi there friend, I would use MJ's pic as my avatar because I like MJ. But if I didn't like him then I would not use his pic as my avatar. I cannot see why anybody would want to use the pic of a person they didn't like as their avatar. That is just crazy if you ask me. And all the arguments and bickering over MJ needs to stop. MJ will be missed very much and I'm sure that there were way more people that liked him versus those that didn't. Have a nice day and don't put too much thought into the matter my friend. Hopefully soon all the haters will just go away. Happy mylot.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
26 Jul 09
Hi citychic, I know though you are not my official friend as yet. Congratulation that you have climbed up to the second slot there in 'Listening. Now coming over to the issue I am not MJ hater pal. I rather found weired when a fellow over here did use his picture as his avatar. Have a great Day. ( You have not commented on so many responses i made to your posts lol)
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• Philippines
25 Jul 09
I don't know, maybe that person is an avid fan of MJ that is why they use it here as an avatar. But if you ask me if it is right or wrong, hhmmm it depends on your discretion. As for me, i don't like to use MJ's picture. I am not an avid fan too but I have nothing against the singer too. Anyway, this is a site that people are free to express their thoughts and views, so they also use that picture as an expression too i guess.
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
26 Jul 09
Yes, you are right. Only those avid followers could paste MJ's pic as an avatar. Thanks a lot for the response.
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@tjades (3593)
• Jamaica
25 Jul 09
I would not use MJ's or any other ceeb's picture as my avatar but I guess everyone to his own taste. Your point about the types of discussion one might get into and how it may look having MJ's picture representing the person does make sense. I have seen other celebs being used such as House. I have no problem with it but your point is valid.
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
26 Jul 09
Hi tjades, I must appreciate your balanced response. Yes, every one is to his/her own taste but personally speaking I too would not prefer to put some celeb's pic to represent me as this habit I regard as an affectation. Thanks a lot...
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@daryljane (3439)
• Philippines
25 Jul 09
Nope...im a fan of the King of Pop, but im not going to use his picture as my avatar. I mean, theres nothing with it though, i just want to use something different, something unique. lol
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
Yes, I too believe in one thing that being fan of one is one thing and using his/her picture to represent one is another. Thanks for the response.
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• Philippines
25 Jul 09
As a tribute to the King of Pop..Yes i will use his pic for my avatar.Putting his pic is a gesture of remembering him to the total contribution not only to the showbiz but in every aspect..
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
Hi, This is your choice and I can not stop you from doing so even if I do not like to do so.
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• Philippines
25 Jul 09
No, even though am a bit fan of MJ, never consider using his face as an avatar. i have my own way describing myself in my account and definitely not like dancer-singer like. the avatar is already here, it's a knight symbol good,freedom and justice...the rising knight.
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
Hi there, What you have put here is logical but all do not choose the logical way and takes the road of violent emotion and feel differently. Now as others do not feel as you do I can not blame them as well. Thanks for the response
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
25 Jul 09
You clearly have your beliefs Rajiib and I respect them very much. You asked for opinions and mine is that if the MyLotter in question loved M.J. there is nothing wrong with having his picture on his avatar. I love cats so I have a picture of a cat on mine. I don’t think it matters very much what is on people’s avatars unless it is something distasteful and the King of Pop’s photo is far from that in my view.
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
Thanks Paula,. Yes you are partially right I am afraid if I am to give my opinion on your response. that is fine, a cat is cat and that surely represents you in another sense. But if an individual put the pic of the Pop king MJ is not there possibility that some might not like it for they would not like to refresh their wound? Its interesting anyway.
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25 Jul 09
I think if you were a big follower of MJ then using his picture as your avatar would just be a way of keeping him alive to ones self and aslo as a tribute and a way of honouring his memory! x
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
Yeah, people are divided on opinion in such issues. All the points seem justified but given a chance I would not go for that.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
25 Jul 09
mj - Picture of the king of pop
I believe that person must be a great fan of MJ and his passing could have traumatized him and the only thing he thinks that keep MJ's memories alive is by using his pic as his avatar. I think everyone is free to use any kind of pictures as avatars. No harm done even to those who has expired.
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@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
Hi zands, Well, what I have started realizing is that the matter varies from culture to culture. Most Indian would not approve this as Mimpi has said. And neither I can refute you. Tell me what should I do now.
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• India
25 Jul 09
avatar is for our description!! he can use as it describes that he is great fan of mj.!!! and it depends on your view you telling to mj or his fan!
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
Hi, That could be right. But there are lots different ways to show you love and attraction towards a person. Thanks for the response.
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• United States
25 Jul 09
Yeah~I also don't think it is a good way to use the celebrity's pictures. Imaging that others use your pictures as profile pictures you can easitly see the improper of this deed.
• India
25 Aug 09
i completely agree with him...it s the personality that depicts in your pic if ur loved than its MJ
@AmbiePam (48715)
• United States
26 Aug 09
I wouldn't personally because I was not a big fan of his. I didn't even know who he was until the Pepsi commercial fiasco years ago. My parents didn't let my sister and me listen to secular music at that time. Of course now I've heard all of his songs. I like a couple of them, and love the Thriller video of course. But I don't see what is wrong with someone else using MJ as their avatar. No matter if people think he really did molest those boys, nothing was proven. Therefore, one can't say he was a criminal. But I guess people's reasons for using him as an avatar vary.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
26 Aug 09
Hi Ambie, This is not the issue over his character and merits and demerits it was a discussion how much does it suit any one to impersonate MJ? When the avatar is there would not it be like he participating in the discussion. Many would not feel at home with this.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
26 Aug 09
Hi Ambie, This is not the issue over his character and merits and demerits it was a discussion how much does it suit any one to impersonate MJ? When the avatar is there would not it be like he participating in the discussion. Many would not feel at home with this.
• India
12 Aug 09
Hello my friend krajibg Ji, I do not find anything wrong, till somebody has made it copy-right, even then if some fan wants to use, they may do. At myLot, we are restricted not to use certain words and warned as well at times, but we do find sopme ways to express either the same words or meaning. Further we are at liberty to discuss within four walls of rules. May god bless You and have a great time.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
22 Aug 09
[b]Hi jee, [/b] Yes if it is not copy righted there is no problem but I see people using others might be they like to impersonate them with the talent of that person. Thanks for the response
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• India
24 Aug 09
Hello my friend krajibg Ji May God bless You and have a great time.
@veejay19 (3592)
• India
25 Jul 09
No i will not use MJ`S picture on my avatar or anybody elses for that matter.With deep apologies to all MJ fans i was never fond of MJ or his music and was never interested in him at all.I only feel sad that this talented musician had to go through so many troubles and difficulties in his short life and instead of concentrating on his music he had got into all sort of controversies. I feel that he had wasted his life and could have contributed much more to the music world had he kept his focus only in his field. I ,personally do not think he is the greatest musician in the world, there are many more who are or were better than him.More than his music i feel that the aura he created around himself contributed to his fame and mystic. R.I.P.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
25 Jul 09
Hi veejay, What you have said on your impression on MJ is quite a different thing. Here we were rather discussing on the justification of a departed person picture to represent you as your avatar.
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@veejay19 (3592)
• India
26 Jul 09
You are right krajibg, i got a bit carried away. Well i can`t comment on this topic because that person must have loved MJ so much that he decided to make him his avatar. But if you were to ask me whether i would do such a thing i would say no. Because an avatar expresses my thoughts and my individuality or whatever and i would not like to put somebody`s image on it, say for example Mahatma Gandhi, as i respect him and would not wish to commercialize him.
• Malaysia
13 Sep 09
If there is no reason why MyLot will stop the use of this avatar, I will let it be. After all, you can see all kinds of pictures being used as avatars. If someone wants to use it, it is entirely his to do so. By using his avatar, it is just identifying the identy of the user and not the real person. Unless identity theft is the issue here, I would no discuss this matter any further.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
13 Sep 09
hi grafuldove, know what? if everything is to run according to the rules life would be a heck, so to speak putting MJ's picture as avatar there is nothing nor it is a deal but when somebody would impersonate him would not it be sort of insult to him? However things here are relative and what you like might not be liked by me.
@dragon54u (31605)
• United States
26 Jul 09
I think we have a cult of celebrity that is out of control. People will probably use MJ's picture as their avatar for awhile, but the world has really become mentally unbalanced when it comes to celebrities, especially the U.S. MJ was very talented but when it comes right down to it, he didn't truly affect very many lives in real ways, didn't change their everyday circumstances, at least most people. So why the hysteria at his passing? I was briefly sad but no more than for any person struck down in the prime of life who was a total stranger to me.
@krajibg (11940)
• Guwahati, India
27 Jul 09
Hi there, Great. Yes, a discussion is this. If we merely get carried out by the outer appearance and have never peeped into his real contribution to the general lives it would be like the high tide which would soon be followed by ebb and all normal again. very nicely aired.
26 Jul 09
i would eventually use mj's face as an avatar but not right at the moment.. he passed away just recently so we need to respect that fact as a sign of respect to the departed.Eventually, he will be as iconic as elvis presley and marilyn monroe post-humously so his face will be used everywhere including avatar profile..