King of Pop Dead at 50

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.

June 26 2009 12:33 pm | Daily Life, Music Videos, Videos

6 Responses to “King of Pop Dead at 50”

  1. Pstonie on 26 Jun 2009 at 1:09 pm #

    “…and inspired people‚Äôs work for decades to come.”

    Mostly catholic priests.

    People are really fickle and two-faced. It makes sense to them to exploit someone while they’re alive, then elevate them to sainthood as soon as they die.

    I wish they would all die so I can say something nice about them.

  2. Chris on 26 Jun 2009 at 2:05 pm #

    I knew I could count on you to make a pedophile joke.

    I wonder how people will someday react to Paris Hilton’s death? People actually applauded when she died in “House of Wax,” and everyone in the world was rooting for her to get prison time for that DUI. I can’t picture any scenario where they’d elevate her to sainthood at all. Would we feel like dicks for hating her so much, or would everyone just celebrate?

  3. Amie on 26 Jun 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    If Paris Hilton died I think it would be the same media circus as Anna Nicole Smith. No one would HONESTLY care, but it’s like a car wreck. Just. Cant. Look. Away.

    I think the Michael Jackson thing is sad. As odd as he was. None of us knew him personally. Yet the death hits close to home. Sad that everyone remembers him for what he became instead of for his amazing career.

    Perhaps over time people will forget about the crazy stuff and focus only on the impact he has had on society. You havent been able to go into a club for the past 30+ years without hearing one of his songs.

    He can be like Howard Hughes. Remembered for his achievements not the downfalls that plagued him later in life.

  4. Chris on 26 Jun 2009 at 4:12 pm #

    I think that’s what will eventually happen with Michael. It was always the media vs. his legacy, and now that the media can’t showcase his crazy side to the world anymore, his musical legacy will take over in time. All the controversy will end up as footnotes in his life, just like Howard Hughes or Elvis.

    At least, until the big budget biopic comes out.

  5. Random on 28 Jun 2009 at 10:56 pm #

    I highly doubt that the biopic will take long. The only issue they’ll have is in finding someone to play him. I bet the script is 99% complete already.

  6. Chris on 28 Jun 2009 at 11:05 pm #

    That would be the TV biopic anyway. Give it time before they pull a “Walk the Line” starring Johnny Depp as Michael.

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