Michael Jackson was a phenomenal talent, beloved by many, who lived both a mercurial and Howard Hughes-esque existence. He made a ton of money. People were drawn to him to the point of absurdity. People would pay anything for a piece of him. This concerned his own church, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, so much that they accused him of becoming an idol that people worshipped.
They were probably right to a certain extent. Some celebrities become like Gods among men and women. Michael Jackson was a pop deity.
Now he will be a dead pop deity for the low, low price of $19.99.
Prepare yourself for the on-coming “Michael Jackson Is Dead” Hustlenomics Olympics. Right now there is probably a T-shirt factory somewhere in Asia pumping out MJ Forever T-shirts as we speak. Somewhere your neighborhood hustleman is putting in an order for a series of Velvet Michael paintings and about 500 bootleg copies of Invincible. Someone is pitching to QVC their handmade Michael Jackson kitchen knives collection. The only thing more valuable to a hustleman than a living MJ is a dead one. Someone is working on a news documentary. VH-1, MTV and BET are working on their tribute specials. Someone WILL pitch a reality show to a surviving member of the Jackson clan. All the Michael merch you owned as a kid will go up in price on eBay …
Prepare to see a $500 limited edition copy of Moonwalker for sale. Let the games (sadly) begin.