After an HBO documentary in March resurfaced allegations about Michael Jackson’s past, it looked like the singer’s reputation might be in trouble. Radio stations in Canada stopped playing his music and the producers of The Simpsons removed an episode that featured his voice.
But socionomists have long identified Jackson as a bull-market performer, and with social mood trending positively, these two incidents represent the extent of the backlash against the famed singer. Jackson’s honors have not been rescinded, and there has been no mass movement to stop playing his music, which is still being featured in commercials.
“He had an energy in terms of his talent and the dancing, and I still think that aura still exists to a point,” said Billboard senior editor Gail Mitchell.
Of course, Jackson’s Teflon won’t last forever.
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