As most of you know, I’m a cynical guy. I like to tick people off by what I write, and you’re probably expecting me to bag on Michael.
Sorry to disappoint you. Why?
Michael Jackson was arguably the most influential musician of our generation, perhaps even of all time. The only people who could give him a run would be Elvis and John Lennon. I have a soft spot for Michael though. He was the first “secular” musician I can remember. The year Bad came out, my neighborhood friend had a copy (on vinyl…) and we would listen to it over and over, all day long.
The moment when MJ first did the moonwalk during his performance of Billie Jean, I remember staring in awe and getting goose bumps. No one, and I mean no one had ever seen anything like that before. It was reported that Fred Astaire actually called Michael after that performance to tell him how amazing he was…
And can we all remember the Superbowl where he performed at halftime? It’s BY FAR the most memorable halftime in my lifetime. Yes, better than Prince. His grand entrance for that performance included dancing on top of the scoreboard and then “magically” popping up on stage. Do you remember that?
In recent years, the focus has been taken away from his amazing musical and dance skills and put squarely on his strange personal life and his frequent run-ins with the law regarding children.
He was clearly a tortured soul for whatever reason. His plastic surgeries gone wrong were a real shame. If he was guilty of touching kids, then I guess he’ll have to deal with that now. But for US… Michael was NOT GUILTY.
Remember, he was acquitted? I remember when we used to value the decision of a jury. Could he have been guilty and got acquitted anyhow? Of course. But that’s not for us to decide. The jury made their decision, so he was not guilty.
Think about if you were one of the most rich and influential people in the world… don’t you think people would be gunning for you and trying to get a piece of the pie?
Michael will and should go down in history as one of the most amazing performers to ever live.
(3:40 – the birth of the moonwalk)