It was really jarring yesterday to hear about the death of one of my childhood icons. Throughout the 80’s and early parts of the 90’s, it was hard to find a kid who didn’t think Michael Jackson was the greatest thing ever. I mean, come on – the guy was a gangster, a zombie, and a giant killer robot in his lifetime. And in spite of all the controversy and terrifying tabloid photos as of late, he was once the embodiment of pure awesome and inspired people’s work for decades to come. It’s a lot like the passing of Elvis, if Elvis had a monkey named Bubbles.
Something that gets me is how almost no one (including myself) ever spoke out about him like this recently. Up until now, it seemed like the only people in the media who treated him fairly were the creators of South Park. And yet all it took was one heart attack to get thousands of people calling in to radio stations so they could reminiscence about their favorite pop star – without a mention of him ever being “Wacko Jacko.”
Anyway, in remembrance of the guy, here’s something really kick-ass he made.
By the way, I went to a TV market research thing yesterday and pitched a bunch of ideas on the sheet they gave me. If Jack Bauer fights a bear anytime soon, that was my idea.