Reader reaction to Reuters news
Who crowned the King of Pop?
Fans overlook Michael Jackson’s dark side
In the days following the self-proclaimed king of pop’s death on June 25 aged 50, reports of prescription-drug abuse have served as eerie reminders of the pharmaceutical cocktails that Presley was taking before he died in 1977.
I normally have great respect for Reuters, but I am disappointed in your lack of journalistic standards where Michael Jackson is concerned.
Where did the “self-proclaimed king of pop” come from in your “Fans Overlook Michael Jackson’s dark side??
Can you offer your readers evidence that Michael did proclaim himself King of Pop (and if you can, why didn’t you offer it?) or, as I suspect, did you just repeat something you’ve heard other people say without doing your own investigation?
When did you hear him say he was the king of the pop? It’s the people who loved him which gave him this title .
R.I.P MIchael Jackson
Jackson never once said or required anyone to call him “King Of Pop”. And even though tabloids speculated that he “forced” MTV to call him that back in 1991, after years passed, MTV higher management denied that.
When describing himself, Michael was humble — saying that he is a “singer.”
Please stop call him the “self proclaimed King Of Pop” Michael never came out and said I am the King Of Pop.
Liz said it and the fans agreed, along with those printing T-Shirts etc, NOT Michael. Give him respect Please.
Michael Jackson never titled himself the KING of POP!
Stop writing bull!!
You are REUTERS not the SUN – the tabloid!
First find the facts then write the truth!!!
He has never been a self-proclaimed king of pop.Every one knows that.Shame on you that you write like this instead of showing some respect to him.Shame on you, shame on you.
The e-mails streamed in about this one. There were reports in 1991 thatthe TV outlets that got the rights to premiere his “Black or White” had to refer to him as “the King of Pop” as part of the deal, which appears to be where we got the “self-proclaimed” angle.
I’m not aware that anybody has a clip of Jackson actually calling himself that, which means we should take care in using that description.
Michael Jackson during a news conference in London, March 5, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth