The Demigod of Pop

Michael Jackson holds legendary status here in South Africa. More than a man but less than a god. When any male dances here, which is occasional, there is a 75% (hyperbole) chance that he will do a Michael Jackson impression at some point. There has been a commercial on the t.v. lately that has cemented his iconic status in my mind. The commercial goes something like this: flashes of headlines appear on the screen followed by video clips echoing the headline's events. Over this an announcer is giving serious commentary in the background telling how this particular news organization (SABC) has always been there for you over the years. The major events include the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, the Soweto Riots, Nelson Mandela being released from prison, the 9/11 Attacks, Obama's Election, Zuma's Election and...Michael Jackson's death. He made great music but come on, that's too much.
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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Demigod of Pop

Michael Jackson holds legendary status here in South Africa. More than a man but less than a god. When any male dances here, which is occasional, there is a 75% (hyperbole) chance that he will do a Michael Jackson impression at some point. There has been a commercial on the t.v. lately that has cemented his iconic status in my mind. The commercial goes something like this: flashes of headlines appear on the screen followed by video clips echoing the headline's events. Over this an announcer is giving serious commentary in the background telling how this particular news organization (SABC) has always been there for you over the years. The major events include the tearing down of the Berlin Wall, the Soweto Riots, Nelson Mandela being released from prison, the 9/11 Attacks, Obama's Election, Zuma's Election and...Michael Jackson's death. He made great music but come on, that's too much.

1 Comments:

Blogger Liz said...

He was the king of pop AND one of the most popular black entertainers ever! Incidentally, people never cease to associate me with him. Yesterday my learners asked WHY my last name was Jackson (to which I responded, "What's your last name...and why?") and I can always get a smile by telling people I'm related to him, if they don't ask immediately upon meeting me.

January 16, 2010 at 6:44 AM  

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