Poor little Michael Jackson.
He was a weirdo. But on his 54th birthday, we ask ourselves, "Was the King of Pop ever really happy?"
Maybe when he was dancing. Or hugging loyal fans. Or riding his totally awesome ferris wheel. But we can almost guarantee he wouldn't be happy with the way we've all treated his memory.
Posthumously, there's been lame misuses of his music, totally creepy cash-ins, and even nasty beefs over the dead man's estate.
Here are Crossfade's five worst insults to MJ's memory.
Afrojack and Pitbull Shit on "Bad"
For the 25th anniversary of Jackson's totally monumental album Bad, Pitbull and Afrojack decided to wipe their asses with the title track. Because what this timeless classic needed was a crappy verse from Mr. Worldwide and an even crappier 2012 EDM backbeat. Please, spare us your buffoonery, record labels.
Auctioning Jackson's Death Bed
In November 2011,the unthinkable happened as the contents of Jackson's home were sold to the highest bidder. Who wants to buy the bed a beloved idol died on? That has literally nothing to do with his legacy and everything to do with your sick money-grubbing, fame-obsessed malfunction.
Look, we know those things couldn't stay there forever. But maybe Neverland should've been turned into a museum or a theme park like Elvis's Graceland. Instead, they took the whole thing apart and promptly began shipping it around the country. Just so someone could make money off of dead MJ's ferris wheel rides.
Nude Death Pics
How often do we get to see autopsy photos? But apparently, we all needed to see the sad, lifeless body of the best pop star of all time. The only zombie Michael Jackson that we wanna see is in the "Thriller" video. An MJ that can't dance is not an MJ at all.
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Jackson Family Feud
But the worst offenders are the remaining Jackson family members. Since the King's passing, it's been nothing but name-calling, phone-slapping, shameless arguments over who gets his money and his kids. Don't you people wanna honor MJ's memory? It shouldn't be about the bullshit. But simply, the man and his music.