Michael Jackson's Halloween: For Fans Both Old and New
Welcome to our new blog and Happy Halloween! This post will address the Michael Jackson Halloween special that aired on CBS in the US on 10/27/17. It is apparent that Michael's Estate is interested in garnering new fans with this special. However, there are many clues that are pointed toward current fans.
Hay Man is very similar to the scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz. Of course we know that Michael played the Scarecrow in the Wiz. Here you can watch Michael talking to Don Cornelius about The Wiz and how he loved the Scarecrow. When the evil Conformity tries to make the Hay Man a zombie, he opens up his empty pumpkin head, and asks Victoria to take the amulet. The amulet represents his "song", and he states, "it's my song. Keep it safe from Conformity." Clearly, Michael's music was his own, and never conformed to anything other than his own beliefs.
General Meriwether could possibly be a reference to the spider Michael was going to use in the This Is It Tour. Here is a link to the This Is It rehearsals where Michael climbs out of a spider right before they rehearse Thriller. See below for a picture of the spider at Michael Jackson Fan Fest 2011. When Meriwether stands up to Conformity, he states, "slander me if you must but please do not insult the honor of my troops." MJJ Justice Project astutely notes that this is a reference to Michael's relationship with his fans.
BAD license plate
It is evident that the message of this special is that nobody should have to conform to others' expectations. Vincent, the son of a grocery store owner, does not want to inherit the store, but would rather become a DJ. Victoria would rather be a dancer than a "cog in a nameless, faceless" corporation. Hay Man, Meriwether and Franklin Stein (the cat) all refrain from dancing and music because the antagonist, Conformity, tells them to. The underlying message is that Michael refused to conform in his lifetime, and nobody else should have to either.
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Smooth Criminal
Heartbreak Hotel XScape
Somebody's Watching Me Human Nature
Vincent Price's laugh from Thriller Dangerous
Jam Workin' Day and Night
BAD They Don't Care About Us
Threatened Blood on the Dance Floor
Torture Beat It
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