Billboard's Michael Jackson Hologram Is Jaw-Dropping & Sad

michael jackson hologram Holograms appearing on awards shows are getting to be almost the norm. The key word here being "almost". Further proof that we still can't quite shake the uncanny surreal nature of our favorite dearly departed icons returning to the stage? Michael Jackson's hologram performance tonight on the 2014 Billboard Music Awards

Of course the song was catchy, of course Michael's moves were compelling. A Michael Jackson song is always catchy and the dude was a dance master. None of that is surprising. But it was super weird watching a crowd of dancers swarm a computerized image of the former King of Pop. Even more unsettling? The standing ovation the audience essentially gave his ghost. Weeeeeeird! Me no like! 

Why do we all need to engage in the shared delusion that Michael didn't die? Of course his passing was tragic, and his entire story ultimately a very troubled and sad one. But that doesn't mean we have to pretend it didn't happen. Popping his hologram on stage to dance in a non-realistic and not-quite-right way just wasn't right. 

Michael's legacy is already one for the ages. If they wanted to honor him and celebrate the album of his that's dropping, couldn't they have shown a video, or featured other artists singing his songs? You know, something with more of a human touch and less of a ghostly, mechanical weird one? It seemed almost disrespectful to Michael's memory to me.

What did you think of the hologram?

 

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sassy... sassykat122

I actually changed the channel. The guy is gone, holograms are cheap and tacky

kayba... kaybayblee3

I thought it was pretty neat.

June Gates Norton

It was ridiculous. Obviously a desperate attempt from the Jackson family to continue to cash in on his name. He was a pedophine and should be left to rot wherever his soul is.

Shandi80 Shandi80

That was creepy. 

Sherry Windsong

Agree! I had mixed feelings about the whole thing. As much as we want him back, somehow it's just a bit creepy to do this... I think you hit the nail on the head.

"... couldn't they have shown a video, or featured other artists singing his songs? You know, something with more of a human touch and less of a ghostly, mechanical weird one?"

ninag... ninag1980

it was creepy, but I couldnt help from tapping my toes. Catchy song!

irish... irishstarz

I don't watch awards shows of any kind, but I just had to say how ridiculous this is. He's DEAD and gone. It's unnecessary! Just because so many people were/are a fan of his and he was titled something that he didn't even deserve (in my opinion), doesn't mean he should be included in something as a hologram. I find it equally ridiculous that "his" song just surfaced. It's insanity.

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nonmember avatar Eva

I thought it was weird too...The man is dead, who exactly is profiting from all this?? Whats next? are they going to computerize his voice and record albums and this new 'hologram' will go on tour?? This totally bizarre!

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