Michael Jackson is Dead

by Ryan on June 25, 2009

in Culture,Pop Culture

Michael Jackson died today of a heart attack at the UCLA Medical Center around 3:15pm local time (about 6:15pm EDT).  He was 50 years old.

I’ll just come out and say it:  he was a weird dude.

On one hand you can’t deny his talent, his star power, his musical creativity and innovation, his impact in the industry and on culture for a good chunk of the 1980s and early 1990s.  The Jackson 5 are iconic and still crowd dance floors around the world every time a DJ spins their tunes – that was the same Michael Jackson… kind of.

Something happened along the way.  No one can deny that this guy was a wreck — tens of millions of records sold yet out of money, lawsuits galore alleging child molestation (that’s why 40-year-old men should never sleep in bed with stranger’s kids; even if nothing happened, you’re looking for trouble), the “Never-Land Ranch” (’nuff said on that one), his nose, the umbrellas, hanging his kid over a rail, and so on.  It’s all just a little off if you know what I mean.

However, his retro power is also hard to underestimate.  Thriller came out when I was in Kindergarten and both my older sister and brother had a copy of it (my sister liked “J. Geils Band,” my brother was discovering “Iron Maiden”).  My parents believed MTV to be rather insidious in their marketing (they were right), but they let us watch the MTV premiere of “Thriller” nonetheless. It was that big.

Here’s the video for your retro pleasure:

That too was Michael Jackson.  He’ll forever be a part of pop culture history, and an enigma because of he was so darn odd.

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