Michael Joseph Jackson, a famous American musician known mostly for his great music and ethnic transformation, died last week on June 25, 2009.
At his commemoration, countless of people wept for his death- his international fame also caused people around the world to play Michael Jackson’s more famous songs such as Thriller and Beat It to commemorate his death.
The more controversial issue that has aroused has been Reverend Al Sharpton’s comments about Michael Jackson which have greatly offended his fans of various ethnicities.
Sharpton said last Sunday at the First African methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angelse that “I am here because of the disgraceful and the despicable way some elements of the media have tried to destroy the legacy and image of Michael Jackson.”
Sharpton then went on to say that Michael Jackson had not been praised or shown nearly as much respect as Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley had been when they passed away simply because he was black.
The counter-argument that many angry fans have raised is that Elvis was consistently criticized afterwards for his drug usage. Another comment was that Michael Jackson was now known as the “King of Pop,” whereas Elvis also claimed a similar crown; the “King of Rock.”
As for Frank Sinatra, his albums hit a record high in the number of sold copies after his death. Michael Jackson’s CDs have never sold faster.
Despite Sharpton’s accusation of racism, millions have tuned in to several programs on various networks on the radio and online about Michael’s life and legacy.