Not Weird Enough For Weird Al
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Michael Jackson was a big fan of Weird Al, but he requested that he not record a parody of ‘Black or White’ because the message was too important. Weird Al did record a parody of another Michael Jackson song though. Remember ‘Eat It?’ Weird Al’s parody of ‘Beat It?’
That song was everything my preteen heart didn’t know it needed. It’s nice to know that Michael Jackson had a sense of humor, but even he had his limits.
Body Image Issues
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As a child, Michael Jackson’s father would torment him about his appearance, calling him ‘fat-nose.’ Michael went on to have four rhinoplasties and fussed over how his body and face looked for the rest of his life.
It just goes to show, you have to be careful about what you say to people. You never know what they’re going to take to heart. Even the king of pop had a fragile ego.
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After closely investigating Michael Jackson for more than a decade, the FBI found nothing to suggest that Jackson was guilty of child abuse. Still, the accusations themselves severely hurt Jackson’s reputation.
It’s almost impossible for some people to think of the singer now without thinking about how he could be a pedophile. Some people assert that “not guilty” is not the same thing as innocent, and they still think that Michael Jackson may have been involved in some shady crimes.
Always The Giver
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In 2000, The Guinness Book of World Records cited Michael Jackson as the most philanthropic pop star in history. He gave over $300 million dollars to charity in his lifetime and visited hospitals and orphanages at every stop of his tours to hand out gifts and make donations.
Even after his death, Michael Jackson is still helping charities all over the world. 20% of his estate went to various non-profit organizations.
He Couldn’t Read Music
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Michael Jackson could not read sheet music. Instead, he composed all of his songs in his head, beatboxed into a tape recorder and brought that into the studio for musicians to play.
It just goes to show that music lives in your heart, not your head. You can go to school to learn scales and notation, but the people who are truly gifted musicians were just born with that kind of talent.
Pay It Forward
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After Michael Jackson’s hair was accidentally set on fire during the shooting of a Pepsi commercial in 1983, he chose not to sue but instead asked Pepsi to fund the creation of a burn center.
Talk about paying it forward. It’s true that as one of the most famous pop stars in the world, Michael Jackson didn’t really need the money, but what he did was still selfless and lovely.
Quite The Prankster
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Michael Jackson used to relentlessly prank call Russel Crowe, even though they never met each other in person. On the Graham Norton Show, Russel Crow revealed,
“He just got into the habit of wherever I was staying, [Michael] would just call into the hotel, ask for my room and put on funny voices. “I’d never met him! The first couple people I said it to – I didn’t want to sound like I was insane… When I actually started talking to people who really knew him well, they’d go, ‘Man, he does it all the time’.”
No Hair, Don’t Care
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Michael Jackson’s autopsy report confirms that he was bald and wore wigs to conceal it. He likely lost his ability to grow hair after his head was burned while he was filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984.
The autopsy revealed that his head was bald and scarred and that his body was emaciated and full of needle marks. He was hiding a lot of secrets under that wig and all that makeup.
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Michael Jackson tried to hang out casually at a club and people-watch but was surprised when he heard the DJ play remixes of his songs and said, “Wow, I didn’t know that they still played my music” in 2008.
I guess Michael Jackson didn’t realize how much of an impact his music made on the world, and how eternal and important his influence was. I get being humble, but I think Michael just really didn’t know how great he was.
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Joseph Jackson tried to teach his kids a lesson about leaving their bedroom windows open, so one night while his son Michael was asleep, Joseph wore a mask, climbed through the window, and shouted at him. Michael Jackson would later have recurring nightmares of being kidnapped from his bedroom.
Joseph Jackson really did a number on his kids. It’s a wonder Michael could function in society at all. I wonder how the rest of the Jackson siblings are doing?
A Very Potter Musical
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Michael Jackson wanted to do a Harry Potter musical but J.K. Rowling said no. Honestly, I’m kind of glad that she said no. I can’t imagine a serious Harry Potter musical. Of course, there was A Very Potter Musical, but that was unofficial and very tongue in cheek.
Now if only J.K. Rowling would cancel this whole Fantastic Beasts thing… I mean, I think I would prefer a Michael Jackson musical to The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Diet Coke, Please
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Michael Jackson would request his wine be served in Diet Coke cans during flights because he didn’t want his kids to see him drinking alcohol. I think he probably just shouldn’t have had any alcohol in the first place. I don’t think alcohol mixes well with whatever else was in his system.
It’s nice that he was concerned about being a good role model, though. Michael Jackson: always thinking of the children.