The King of Pop

Loren Melton
English 3
December 11th 2013

Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, is one of nine children. He began his career at age 10 in the Jackson 5, which was a band with all of his siblings. Motown Records signed the Jackson 5 and their first four singles all hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking a record for consecutive singles. Jackson and his dad didn’t have the greatest father-son relationship. When he was rehearsing, his father would mentally and physically abuse him. He was whipped and called names. He didn’t like it very much, but when he became so successful, he then appreciated his father’s discipline. At age 10, Michael was filming a Pepsi commercial when his hair caught on fire, and he needed reconstructive surgery. At age 11, he performed on TV for the first time with the Jackson Five. His pre-concert consisted of drinking Ricola candy dissolved in hot water. Jackson claimed that the soda helped keep his throat and voice clear.

“My best friends in the whole world are children and animals. They're the ones who tell the truth and love you openly and without reservation.”(Michael Jackson Biography). Michael Jackson shows the importance of nature by loving animals. He once owned a boa constrictor named Muscles. He also had two pet llamas named Louis and Lola, a python called Crusher, Mr. Tibbs, who was a pet ram, and his most famous pet was a chimpanzee named Bubbles. Jackson rescued Bubbles from a Texas cancer research clinic when he was just 3 years old. Most of the animals he had were rescued animals from closed down zoo’s, or ex trained circus animals. Some of the animals were presents from friends and colleges because they knew how much he loved animals. Michael Jackson shows openness and universal soul by donating millions of dollars to different charities, and wanting to help everyone out. He has given to hospitals, orphanages, and the United Negro College Fund. Jackson was also one of the first entertainers to call attention to the HIV/AIDS crisis. In 1985, he performed “We Are the World” as part of an all-star single to raise money for Africa. Also, in 1992, he established the Heal the World Foundation, whose work airlifted 6 tons of supplies to Sarajevo, instituting drug and alcohol abuse education and donated millions of dollars to less fortunate children. In 1986, he set up the “Michael Jackson United Negro College Fund Endowed Scholarship Fund”. This $1.5 million fund is aimed towards students majoring in performance art and communications. Each year the students who attend a UNCF college or university received money from that fund.

The King of Pop shows nonconformity by getting a face lift, and a nose job. Jackson also suffered from Vitiligo and so he changed his skin color to white, and had his hairline, eyebrows, and lips tattooed on. Dr. Wallace Goodstein was his surgeon in the 1990’s. He had multiple surgeries and came in approximately every two months to his doctor. It was about 10 to 12 surgeries in two years. Michael Jackson had multiple nose jobs, cheek implants, had a cleft put in his chin, and eyelid surgery. He underwent operations that he never should have. “He had so many things that were inappropriate,” Goodstein said. Jackson was addicted to drugs 15 years before he passed away. At one point, he had an implant in his abdomen to block the effects of Demerol and other opiate drugs. . Even though he hid his drug use from almost everyone, his medical records show he had been prescribed propofol, which is a drug that causes a person to relax or sleep before or during a surgery, at least 14 times between 2000 and 2003. His doctor claimed he gave them to Jackson because of the cosmetic and dental surgeries. When Michael Jackson died in 2009, his doctor was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for giving Jackson an overdose of the anesthetic propofol as a sleep aid.

Michael Jackson was very confident in his music and dancing. He has inspired millions of people all over the world by his moves and his voice. Michael Jackson introduced the world to “the moonwalk,” his signature dance move that he revealed during a performance. Jackson was introduced into the Hall of Fame twice; once as a member of the Jackson Five and once as a solo artist. He has 13 Guinness World Records. One of his awards was “Most successful entertainer of all time.” Michael Jackson loved to entertain everyone on this planet. He was named the artist of the decade, generation, century, and millennium. Thriller is his biggest selling album of all time with 109 million sold.

The King of Pop was always loved by America. Everyone loved his voice, how he danced, his fashion, and how he influenced every pop artist. Being confident in what he did, a nonconformist, loving animals, and believing in the universal soul helped him change the world.. He’s inspired so many people to be who they are and to not let anyone stop them from doing what they want. His music moves people because of the meaning behind his lyrics. Michael Jackson is looked up to by other artists, adults, and children. The King of Pop will never be forgotten!

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