Michael Jackson is considered to be one of the greatest entertainers that ever walked the Earth. Since performing as a child with The Jackson Five, he stood out the most among siblings and was a star in his own right. By the ’80s, Michael Jackson was the biggest entertainer in the world with classic hits such as Thriller, Bad, Man in the Mirror, Dirty Diana, and Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough. Also, he was responsible for co-writing the song We Are The World with Lionel Richie produced by Quincy Jones to raise money for famine relief in Africa that showcased the talents of music’s biggest stars during that era. Michael Jackson’s show-stopping performances had a greater impact overseas, especially in The Land of the Rising Sun. People adored him not only for his talent and charisma, but also for his kindness and generosity towards people from all walks of life. Unfortunately in America, the media portrayed him as being weird and childlike. Many people misunderstood who he was and started treated him unfairly because of his skin color. In other parts of the world like Japan, people accepted him for being a great artist/entertainer. He created music that made people feel good about themselves and challenged their ability to think about the world around them. Since Japan has became a multicultural society, everyone knows who Michael Jackson is because the Japanese embrace innovation and creativity. Michael Jackson was also a video game star and had a close relationship with Japanese video game company Sega Genesis. He contributed some of his songs to the game Sonic The Hedgehog 3 and also starred in the video game Space Channel 5 and Moonwalker.
His music hit a nerve with fans because they can relate to the issues they encounter on a daily basis such as poverty, inequality, and hopelessness. The fans that embrace Michael Jackson are the ones who can relate with his struggles as an artist and individual. Even after his death, his music continues to stand the test of time and empowers people in becoming the best version of themselves. As long as public stays connected with the messages he conveyed like love, peace, and harmony, then we can make a difference in our lives and the lives of others. It is up to us in keeping his legacy alive for future generations.