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Who is the better MJ?

June 27, 2009

As I was sitting in traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike, I heard the shocking news that Michael Jackson had died of a heart attack.  The next forty five minutes into the city consisted of me listening to at least eight different Jackson songs.  Every radio station was playing his music.  MJ will forever be remembered as “The King of Pop”.  He revolutionized music, and influenced millions of people universally.  As much as he has been under public scrutiny for the past fifteen years, when a person dies, that individual’s pure character is portrayed by others remorse.  I have seen thousands of people in tears over the last 30 hours, and its all because of MJ.  He was about to embark on a 50 show comeback tour in London.  Although in debt $400 million, in 10 shows alone, Jackson was expected to make $100 million.  Many close to him were not very shocked at the untimely tragedy.  He had only been to 2 out of 45 rehearsals for the tour, and word had it that he had been fighting a pain killer addiction for 15 years.  The media definitely got to Jackson over the past couple decades.  However, at the end of the day, when he is laid to rest, millions will be saddened at the loss of an icon of such stature.

I have used the word MJ, and we haven’t even been talking about basketball.  Michael Jackson was “The King of Pop”, and Michael Jordan will always be remembered as “Air Jordan”.  Jackson did the moonwalk, and Jordan had wings.  Jordan won six NBA championships, all during the 1990s.  He also retired for two years during that span, which allowed the Houston Rockets to win back to back titles.  Jordan was the first athlete that crossed over the color barrier.  Fans didn’t look at him as African American, he was looked at as a symbol of greatness.  Every kid idolized him, and he was by far the most famous person in the USA during the 1990s.  MJ went down as the greatest athlete of all time, and is up there with world icons.

When it comes to comparing the two MJ’s, Michael Jackson is definitely more well known, universally.  More people throughout the world are into music than they are basketball.  Jackson blew up a decade before Jordan, and got a headstart in world recognition.  However, the USA definitely belongs to Michael Jordan in terms of popularity.  Who didn’t have a Michael Jordan dunking over Patrick Ewing poster in their rooms as kids?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert Jr. James McClendon permalink
    June 28, 2009 5:02 pm

    The Beattles, Elvis, and Frank Sinatra only sold to white audiences. Black people didn’t buy that. MJ sold records to every race and nationality, therefore who’s better. “We” know that Elvis was not he King of Rock and Roll, but there’s no question that MJ was the King of Pop. If Michael never said “jew me, sue me… kick me, kike me”, they probably would have never leeched, like they are still doing, to destroy the man’s career. There’s no one better than MJ, but I can tell you who planned on ending up with all of his money, though.

  2. Robert Jr. James McClendon permalink
    June 28, 2009 5:04 pm

    The Beattles, Elvis, and Frank Sinatra only sold to white audiences. Black people didn’t buy that. MJ sold records to every race and nationality, therefore who’s better? “We” know that Elvis was not he King of Rock and Roll, but there’s no question if MJ was the King of Pop. If Michael had never said “jew me, sue me… kick me, kike me”, they probably would have never leeched; like they are still doing, to destroy the man’s career. There’s no one better than MJ, but I can truly tell you who planned on ending up with all of his money, though. Can you spell “leech”?

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