When it comes to icons and legends, I kinda wish that they'd live on forever. I remember when Freddie Mercury passed away years ago, I asked God, "Why can't You just leave him with us for a little bit longer? Afterall, you do have eternity to hang out with the guy."
Then when news of MJ's death broke out, I found myself asking God that same question again. Suffice to say, I was broken hearted.
"He can't be dead. I've been looking forward to seeing him make a comeback!"
As it finally sank in, I broke down and cried. I can't believe he's really gone.
To comfort myself, I bought a tub of Ben & Jerry's, sat in front of the TV to watch MTV and Channel [V] pay tribute to the King of Pop, and ate the whole thing on my own.
A whole friggin tub, man. Who the hell eats a whole friggin tub of ice cream on her own??
In memory of MJ, here's my Top 8 list of what I will remember most about him:
1. He was tremendously talented.
He was 5 years old when he first stepped out with The Jackson 5. FIVE YEARS OLD, man. Remember what you were doing at that age? I was still learning my ABC's (and failing miserably at that, too) and was still wearing diapers. MJ was already singing and dancing on stage.
2. He was the coolest thing that came out of the 80's.
How can you not agree?
3. He revolutionized music videos.
Be it Thriller or Smooth Criminal, MJ's music videos was really in a class of its own (be it the most expensive or most mind-blowing). And he did it without having girls prancing around in skimpy outfits and showing their ass and tits on video.
4. The Moonwalk.
The Moonwalk, which was his signature move, and his dancing style was unlike any other. Many have tried to imitate MJ, be it Justin Timberlake, Usher or Chris Brown, and they all don't even come close to the Gloved One. And hey, he was and still is the only person who can get away with that crotch-grabbing move.
5. He broke down racial barriers.
Rev. Al Sharpton, a friend of MJ, said it perfectly: "Way before Tiger Woods, way before Oprah Winfrey, way before Barack Obama, Michael did with music what they later did in sports and in politics and in television."
6. People worshipped him as if he was Jesus.
I used to catch his concerts on tv and I remember looking at the crowd that attended his concerts. My God, he could form his own country with the number of people he attracted in just one concert alone. Girls fainted. Girls cried. And so did the men! They even dressed like him (okay, I'm kinda guilty on this one too. I used to put white tape on my fingers, and wore the black arm band just like MJ did).
7. He wanted to make the world a better place.
Man in the Mirror, an emotionally-charged song with a great message is one of my fav songs - if you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself and make a change. MJ was also known for his charity work. As much money he was making at the peak of his fame, he was also giving away just as much to help the needy.
8. He's Michael Jackson; the music genius, the great entertainer, the guy who made music that will live on even after you and I are long dead. And that's how we all should remember him.
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