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Michael Jackson

Columnists In Residence

1985

“The game is a machine composed of interconnected mechanistic devices. These devices facilitate bad faith interaction... A con or snow job is the site at which X preys upon the hopes, fears, and anxieties of Y for ulterior motives and/or personal gain. The machinations which vehiculate this manipulation can have wide effect—ranging from the aftermath of minor mischief to serial or mass deaths.” Michael Jackson and Lionel Ritchie cowrite the song ‘We are the World,’ which is sung by a juggernaut of celebrity vocalists. The proceeds of this, the biggest selling single ever, are donated to the impoverished of Africa.

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Columnists In Residence

1984

At the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, filming a soft drink ad in front of a crowd of fans, a pyrotechnic malfunction ignites the singer's hair causing second degree burns on his scalp and face. The case is settled out of court and the settlement is donated to the Brotman Medical Center, which is rechristened in honor of their benefactor. The President invites the singer to the White House to give him an award for his support of charities that helped people overcome alcohol and drug abuse (the First Lady's pet cause). Inspired by this honor the singer continues to use his power as an icon to help those less fortunate.

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