Michael Jackson has fame, money and success. How did he become so important to so many people? The answer is simple. He is a great talent. He is a gifted singer and dancer who has given enormous listening pleasure to milions of people. But since 1982 his succes kas not been musical ; he now depends on the myth of the 'King of pop' .
People wonder what makes Michael Jackson so important if his music is now not as successful as it used to be. Here the answer is not simple. According to Jackson, black people invented rock'n'roll and white astists, such as Elvis Presley, made it commercial. So he decided to become the Elvis Presley of his generation, and he succeeded. He thinks this made him important.
There are similarities and differences between Jackson and Elvis. Like Presley, Jackson had to escape from a difficult early life . He had to get away from his father , from the model of success in his early career, ang from those who wanted to exploit him. As a result , he attracted people's attention to real sources of his ( and Elvis') inspiration: black singers and musicans. And it seems he sold more records than even Elvis and the Beatles together.
Michael Jackson has always believed that his success will unite the black and white communities. But to many black people his popularity is not only postive. For example , they criticise Jackson for trying to change the colour of his skin and so become more acceptable to white society. Some of them also suggest that he has sold himself for money and fame.
For sure , Michael Jackson is controversial , but he has still done something unusual. Thanks to his success , he has in part made up for all those black people who suffered because of their race. Think of the civil rights leader , Martin Luther King, who was so tragically shot dead. Think of the musical genius of James Brown whose career ended in financial disaster and prison. Michael Jackson may not be Martin Luther King, but perhaps he deserves some respect, too.