jacko will be remembered as a tragic figure first & foremost. any other belief is denial pure and simple.
Warning of a hatchet job below so if you're a wacko zealot skip to the next post...
record breaking sales or whatever is irrelevant (he died $400 million in debt for the record). King of pop was spew to sell magazines & newspapers to dummies. Yawn.
BY ALL REPORTS the guy couldn't sing or dance yet had booked 50 shows to avoid losing the beatles catalog & total bankrupcy. In preparation of 43 rehearsals for this tour HE ATTENDED ONLY TWO. His drug abuse (and certain premature death) was an easy escape for him as those shows would have exposed him for the absolute fraud he was.
Not that he sang particularly well or anything to begin with, without MTV he'd be just another vegas freak side-show. He peaked with ABC (group effort) and leeched onto "music videos" to make himself an entertainer with nonsense like "moonwalking" and crotch grabbing (which is particularly interesting when you factor his sexual orientation & admitted sleeping with young/teen boys).
Then his enablers, execs, other musician & industry leeches like quincy jones looking for an instant hit collaborated for COOKIE CUTTER instant hits (promoted by SONY MUSIC that couldn't fail) that sold on name alone along with a stupid MTV video. Virtually none of which appeal to anyone anymore except people stuck in the past or wanting to be Tinkerbell themselves.
We all sin on various levels... but very few to the absolute low of abusing children. That is a line once crossed you can't return from. And thankfully jacko didn't return... glen