Real News To Terrorize Y’all’s Neighborhood

by squishmael

I was in first or second grade when another student went up in front of the class, wearing a t-shirt with a photo of some girl dancing on a strangely-lit walkway, to demonstrate something called the “moonwalk.”

It wasn’t long after that I made the connection in realizing that the girl on his shirt was an all-of-a-sudden monumentally popular singer named Michael Jackson. It also wasn’t long before my mom helped me making my own white glove to wear with my red and black “Thriller” jacket and zipper-happy “Beat It” pants.

The collision of pop-culture marketing and my small town elementary school kid sensibilities prompted an earthquake-sized influence on my appreciation for music and the re-release of THRILLER is an aftershock that I can’t help, but, to let hit me 25 years after the initial jolt.

You can go on about all of the crazy crap that Jackson has been involved with over the years, but, just the first few beats from “Billie Jean” are enough to make me wish that I was the little brown chimp that Jacko referred to as “Bubbles,” instead of the big fat albino gorilla that I am. So, forget about the issues in the presidential race. Just tell me who Michael endorses and they’ll get my vote.

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