The two Michael Jacksons

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Fans dubbed him the King of Pop. But the twisting, increasingly strange life of musical performing legend Michael Jackson offered a new spin on Shakespeare's line from Henry IV: "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown."

Jackson died unexpectedly Thursday at age 50 --a screeching halt to a life of a star who made the best-selling album ever -- 1982's Thriller, selling 50 million copies.

But history likely will remember two Michael Jacksons.

There's the Michael Jackson who broke out of the singing group with his brothers, the Jackson 5, to become a groundbreaking performer in his own right, chalking up a string of No. 1 songs and albums while, musically and societally, evaporating barriers between black and white.

Then there's the Michael Jackson who seemed to feast on eccentricity. His repeated plastic surgeries. The rumors of his sleeping in a hyperbaric chamber and attempting to buy the bones of the Elephant Man. Wearing surgical masks in public, or a single sequined glove. Dangling his infant son over a hotel balcony in Berlin.

And the accusations against him of child molestation that surfaced in 1993 and 2004 and never completely went away -- and his unsettling admission that he shared his bed with other people's children.

There's the musical artist who repeatedly reinvented himself to stay atop the crest of popularity. Then there's the celebrity who devolved almost into parodies of himself -- imperfect copies of a masterwork.

The premier entertainer. And the creepy, sheltered singer.

Fame and celebrity changes people. The world got to see a gamut of changes in Jackson, from dynamic child star to pop superstar to stressed performer with eyes toward making it big again.

Before he died, Jackson was rehearsing for yet another comeback -- a summer slate of sold-out shows in London set to begin July 13. Fans now are left to ponder what sort of new incarnation of Jackson would have emerged from those performances.

But now, in a world replete with choices, people have at least two choices in how they want to remember Jackson: a dynamic performer who captivated audiences worldwide with a talent that can be only imitated, not duplicated -- or a bizarre personality forged in the crucible of incessant, near-lifelong celebrity.

However he will be remembered, it is certain he will not be forgotten.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 06/27/09 - 04:08 am
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If there are anyone left with

If there are anyone left with his head buried in the sand about Jackson, read the transcript of his trial for child molestation. http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/021505mjgrandjury.html

Lobosolo
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Lobosolo 06/27/09 - 05:47 am
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It's a good thing we all have

It's a good thing we all have the AC to do our moralizing for us. You can go on and speculate all you want, AC, but, as usual, you'll never know for sure but will speculate anyway. What is your point? We don't need you to do our thinking, and God sure doesn't need you ninnies to do His judging.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 06/27/09 - 06:39 am
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If you're a strong supporter

If you're a strong supporter of the baby slaughter messiah, I can see how the king of freak would appeal to you. A molesting pedophile would be not only be acceptable, but normal. What talent!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/27/09 - 08:15 am
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Easy there LOBO...even the AC
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Easy there LOBO...even the AC is entitled to an opinion. You don't have to agree with it. MJ was a talented, although weird guy. If he was innocent, I hope he's found peace. If he was guilty, I hope God is merciful.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 06/27/09 - 09:55 am
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The almighty PT has spoken.

The almighty PT has spoken.

Ghost Writer
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Ghost Writer 06/27/09 - 11:05 am
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Not surprised by PT's

Not surprised by PT's disgusting hateful comments, seems to be a daily thing with him. I feel sorry for him. Kind of.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 06/27/09 - 01:19 pm
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Actually, pat, child

Actually, pat, child molesters are all of those who are against abortion. Such as the Vatican, who excommunicated the mother of a 9 year old in Brazil who was molested, raped and impregnated by her father.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 06/27/09 - 03:39 pm
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WILLISTON, your idiocy knows
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WILLISTON, your idiocy knows no bounds! You must make the libs so proud! Please keep posting. We're all having a good laugh!

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