He was a bad mama jamma. I grew up with a copy of Off The Wall, so I remember Michael Jackson before the plastic surgery. It was Thriller that catapulted him to stardom, where he had his nose done and looked a bit paler. He really looked like a different person. As John Updike said, celebrity is a mask that eats away the face, and it was never more apt an statement than with Jackson.
Rest in Peace, but I'll never be able to think of you as the guy who made me wear too-short black pants, Soul-Glo curls and a ridiculous 80's jacket, but as someone who preyed on young boys to satisfy your own lost innocence.