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As part of the project "As If Nothing Happened", an AI drew Michael Jackson if he were still alive and had never gotten plastic surgery. Image

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u/ellilaamamaalille Sep 24 '22

I have to say that ageing beats plastic surgery.

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u/AlexTheGiant Sep 24 '22

Would you rather be 52 and look 52 or be 52 and look like a 28 year old lizard?

  • Bill Burr

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u/Definitive__Plumage Sep 24 '22

That was an absolutely standout bit of his. "Why would you get a facelift? Cant you look at other facelifts and realize they haven't worked all the bugs out yet?"

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u/blackjack_horseman Sep 24 '22

They should show that recent picture of Madonna to every person worried about wrinkles showing up on their face.

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u/menides Sep 24 '22 Helpful

Moisturize me!

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u/ejchristian86 Sep 24 '22

It's been, what, 17 years since that episode? And I still think that to myself every time I moisturize.

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u/SuperSugarBean Sep 25 '22

For me, it's every time I stretch pizza dough!

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u/YouLikeReadingNames Sep 24 '22

Where was that ? Doctor Who ?

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u/menides Sep 24 '22

yup. Christopher Eccleston

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u/Inferdo12 Sep 24 '22

Yep, Cassandra from s1e1 and s2 the new New York episode. She was a literally piece of skin with a face on it

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u/TheLondonPidgeon Sep 24 '22

It puts the lotion on its skin.

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u/tsoulianos Sep 24 '22

She looks like a young female Mickey Rourke

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u/Waydarer Sep 24 '22

That’s spot on.

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u/lucuma21 Sep 24 '22

Yikes! Accurate AF though

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u/_BURN_THE_WITCH_ Sep 24 '22

What picture?

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u/mrmasturbate Sep 24 '22

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u/540cry Sep 24 '22 Helpful Snek

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u/vampiric-midget Sep 24 '22

Ayyyylmao

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u/Soup0988 Sep 24 '22

This is one of my favorite memes for some reason. Thank you for referencing it.

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u/howdudo Sep 24 '22

here come dat boi

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u/Azrael9986 Sep 24 '22

Jesus went from beautiful to disaster.

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u/Anotherusernamegoner Sep 24 '22

Well to be fair he did have that whole tacked to a cross thing

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u/BootyMcSqueak Sep 24 '22

JFC, Madge.

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u/MJ134 Sep 24 '22

Thats not Madonna. Thats an alien wearing Madonna skin. Seriously, go look at Vincent Dnofrios charater in men in black and tell.me that her face and his face dont look the same

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u/Gourd_Downey Sep 24 '22

Sugar.... water...

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u/AVonDingus Sep 24 '22

Egger, yer skin’s hangin off yer bones.

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u/CountryGuy123 Sep 24 '22

JFC, and that’s with pop star FU money. It’s grotesque.

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u/ohhowcanthatbe Sep 24 '22

That was always my argument against ANY plastic surgery.

Michael Jackson had all the money in the world, arguably better doctors than anyone else could get, and look what happened to HIM. And I have NOWHERE near that kind of money or have any hope of finding a doctor as talented as MJ did.

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u/xombae Sep 24 '22

The issue is body dysmorphia, not plastic surgery. These people chase an impossible image and good plastic surgeons will tell you or I "sorry, what you're asking for isn't possible". But Michael Jackson can find a doctor who will happily be paid to tell him that what he's going for is attainable and they'll do any procedure he asks for. Essentially these people are going to crooked surgeons who throw their morals out the window for money, or even surgeons who have body dysmorphia themselves.

It's easy to pick out bad plastic surgery, but you probably see people with good work done on them every single day and don't realize it. You only know the bad stuff is plastic surgery so you associate plastic surgery with unnatural looking results.

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u/Choyo Sep 24 '22

The issue is body dysmorphia, not plastic surgery.

Yeah, he was just a handsome person to begin with, crying shame that it didn't match what he had in mind.

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u/GoldenGodMayorLewis Sep 24 '22

I'd also like to break up the anti-plastic surgery circlejerk a little bit here and say that there are plastic surgeons who do amazing, life changing work doing things like facial reconstruction for victims of traffic accidents for example, or pediatric plastic surgeons who fix cleft lips, and those doctors should be getting praised for what they do. Not all plastic surgery is done for vanity reasons.

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u/Swawks Sep 24 '22

Ariana Grande is an example of successful drastic amount of plastic surgery. Its only obvious to those who have seen the before/after.

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u/ralphvonwauwau Sep 24 '22

The Toupée fallacy, "All toupées look fake; I've never seen one that I couldn't tell was fake."

because you don't see the good ones

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u/8ad8andit Sep 24 '22

The thing with Michael Jackson is this. If you go back and look at pictures showing his progressive plastic surgeries, the first two or three that he got really did make him look better, in my opinion and probably most people's opinion.

He got a lot handsomer with those first few, and he probably started getting tons of positive feedback from people: more compliments, more swooning, more flirty fans, etc.

But then one of the next surgeries he had actually looked worse. And he probably realized that he fucked up. And that might have made him even more desperate to get back to what he had.

And so he kept getting surgeries. But each one after that only made him look weirder and weirder.

But seeing the effect of those first few, I can understand a little better why he got addicted to plastic surgery.

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u/Buckhum Sep 24 '22

Hmm that is a good point. Around 1979-83 he looked pretty damn good. Then he started transitioning into a white person

For others who have trouble googling: https://www.lifeandstylemag.com/posts/michael-jackson-plastic-surgery-128782/

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u/Mental-Difference122 Sep 24 '22

Nah, plastic surgery saved my life. Used to have facial asymmetry and didn't even want to live. Now I'm happier than ever before

Theres no reason to get plastic surgery if you don't need it, but plastic surgery can be invaluable if you have legitimate reasons. The media and celebrities just give it a bad name

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u/goji-og Sep 24 '22

70 year old hands with a 35 year old face is disturbing...

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u/Randy_Tutelage Sep 24 '22

A 35 year old face from zeta reticuli maybe.

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u/TjStax Sep 24 '22

This can't be fucking real. Looks like a bloated corpse.

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u/Top-Royal6249 Sep 24 '22

Just look at her instagram. She looks like an alien.

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u/hexensabbat Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

What possessed her to flash the camera in this video about her 17 y/o son's birthday?? We get it Madge you're not a regular mom, you're a cool mom 🙄. Otherwise would be a cute little video of them having fun but she just always has to be the edgiest person in the room. I'm not even hating on her, it all just looks very undignified

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u/Not_a_real_ghost Sep 24 '22

Her face looks like she's in her 30s but her hands shows that she's in her 60s.

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u/ProximusSeraphim Sep 24 '22

30? Her face looks like an alien workshop tshirt

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u/Acceptable_Cut_7545 Sep 24 '22

This is what happens when you are part of an industry that only values a narrow definition of youth and beauty. You either look a certain way or you're nothing. Even years after probably not needing it Madonna (and other celebs) cling to their old looks even if it doesn't work anymore. I think it's really sad. Imagine being wealthy and famous and still hating what you see in the mirror.

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u/nudiecale Sep 24 '22

I wonder what her secret is? One usually has to go into some sort of anaphylactic shock to achieve that kind of look.

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u/Nadare3 Sep 24 '22

I'm still not sold on this being a consequence of plastic surgery and not the excess of plastic surgery.

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u/Ganoes_Stabro_Paran Sep 24 '22

Just watch any show on the Bravo network and look at the women. Even the ones married to the best plastic surgeons in Beverly Hills still look like Thundercats.

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u/holdonwhileipoop Sep 24 '22

I am now convinced it's not "showbiz"; she's mentally ill.

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u/earthlings_all Sep 24 '22

Madonna did not just get a facelift, though. She got filler and surg and all kinds of other extra shit she doesn’t need. Beautiful woman that doesn’t even look like herself anymore. It’s supposed to be an enhancement, not a transformation.

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u/LaughDull967 Sep 24 '22

The flaw in that logic is that people do get good plastic surgery that’s tasteful and subtle and looks good.

You just don’t realize that’s what’s happened because it’s done well enough that it doesn’t look like plastic surgery. You just think, “Wow, that person looks great for their age.”

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u/cosworth99 Sep 24 '22

Everyone forgets that Bill Shatner looked Asian for a few years after his facelift. Now that he’s 134 years old, it looks good on him.

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u/Bullyoncube Sep 24 '22

A comment worthy of George Takei.

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u/FalmerEldritch Sep 24 '22

Yeah, he's what, 90 in this picture?

That's practically an advertisement for what plastic surgery can do for you at best. He looks about sixty.

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u/Jaynie2019 Sep 24 '22

I agree. Jane Fonda looked great until her most recent surgery. Now she has that obvious plastic surgery (Joker) look.

Michelle Pfeiffer may be blessed with really good genes but I’d put my money on some minor tweaks that keep her looking fantastic and not overdone.

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u/Cryptoporticus Sep 24 '22

I would bet that most celebrities who look "good for their age" have had minor work done. Just to smooth out the wrinkles and keep everything from sagging.

Combine that with great hair and skincare, makeup, good lighting, etc. and you end up with all those Reddit posts with people saying "I can't believe this guy is 55 years old!"

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u/earthlings_all Sep 24 '22

Sandra Bullock is the perfect example of this.

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u/appleparkfive Sep 24 '22

Yeah seriously. A ton of people have plastic surgery and you don't realize it. Everywhere.

I'd say filler is one of the only ones where you can usually notice it. But I think that's mostly the clientele and what they want from filler.

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u/Benjaphar Sep 24 '22

All toupees look fake! (Except the ones I don’t notice.)

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u/ProdigyLightshow Sep 24 '22

“You look like you discovered a new age between 54 and 55”

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u/Teepseyipey Sep 24 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

To be fair, the AI also removed the burns on his head (from that Pepsi commercial disaster) that caused him to wear wigs for the rest of his life. The light/dark balance makes it look like they're hiding his vitiligo. They didn't just make him not get plastic surgery, they made him healthier than he was.

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u/cumquistador6969 Sep 24 '22

Dude was also gaunt, looked like he was just rescued from starving to death on a raft in the sea at all times (at least later in life).

Here he looks like he eats normally and goes running 5 days a week too.

I assume that difference is from his addiction issues.

Still, it does feel in theme with the idea. "What if he just had a happy life with minimal complications?"

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u/mimiladouce Interested Sep 24 '22

Yeah, I showed this to my husband and the first thing he said was, "Stupid Pepsi" 😔

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u/Only-Treat7225 Sep 24 '22

What Pepsi incident? I never knew about such.

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u/Teepseyipey Sep 24 '22

He was in a commercial with pyrotechnics, his hair caught on fire, and he suffered serious burns to his scalp. This started a pain killer addiction. Pretty awful stuff.

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u/FINEartz_01 Sep 24 '22

Yeah, the burns and resulting surgeries to repair his scalp were fucking brutal. WARNING- NSFL surgery images from the accident: https://imgur.com/a/011TkrN

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u/lurkinislife Sep 24 '22

Imagine being the pyro guy who was responsible for that.

Of all the people, one of the most beloved figures in the world at the time.

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u/GhoshProtocol Sep 24 '22

During a commercial shoot for Pepsi, MJ got half of his scalp burnt. That put him on pain meds. He later got addicted to it. That addiction lasted a lifetime and eventually killed him.

Many people speculate that, his time in hospital then started his plastic surgery journey later on.

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u/ProfessorSchmiggins1 Sep 24 '22

Well tbh he HAD ALREADY done a nose job when making the pepsi commercial fail

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u/whatTheBumfuck Sep 24 '22 Silver Wholesome

I have to say A HEE HEE

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u/pyost0000 Sep 24 '22

That really made me laff!

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u/Middleofthemaul Sep 24 '22

He has great Billie Genes!

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u/fujidust Sep 24 '22

Perhaps in another timeline. What a great piece of art.

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u/Claeyt Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22 Silver Wholesome Narwhal Salute

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22 Giggle

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u/Unholy_Dk80 Sep 24 '22

What do seniors smell like?

Depends.

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u/TrickyKnotCommittee Sep 24 '22

Kurt Cobain is Bob Mortimer?

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u/rat_rat_catcher Sep 24 '22

I bet he wouldn’t be able to rip an apple in half like Bob.

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u/VidKiddo Sep 24 '22

We do beg your pardon

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u/Arkhamx1 Sep 24 '22

But we are in your garden

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u/rakidi Sep 24 '22

But we are in your garden

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u/nownumbah5 Sep 24 '22

His friend was a sniper's dream

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u/Futures2004 Sep 24 '22

This is an average Vashon Island man

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u/kables Sep 24 '22

Upvote for very specific PNW reference.

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u/inlovewithadeadman Sep 24 '22

Interesting, don’t know that I’ve ever seen Vashon referenced on Reddit before.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

and Heath Ledger

Heath Ledger would be 43 today. They made him look like he's stepping into his 60s.

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u/Menqr Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

Beside the reference- https://i.imgur.com/TRKwjqp.png

Note: Reference is from 1981. His first plastic surgery was in 1979.

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u/wheezeburger Sep 24 '22

OK then the AI didn't do very much here

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u/Psyteq Sep 24 '22

Beard + eye wrinkles = old man

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u/wheezeburger Sep 24 '22

Don't forget to add a forehead wrinkle, just one or two lines like with a pencil

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

Basically a Snapchat filter

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u/Fern-ando Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

Another timeline with a cure to vitiligo.

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u/Slobbadobbavich Sep 24 '22

I always thought he had a really nice nose too.

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u/IAmTheRedditBrowser Sep 24 '22

Sad thing that he hated his dad so much he wanted to look nothing like him.

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u/ovaltine_spice Sep 24 '22

Not quite. His father and siblings bullied him about his nose.

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u/mrisrael Sep 24 '22

Yea, his dad is/was a real piece of shit.

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u/fingaz5000 Sep 24 '22

Dead and buried 👍

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u/myguitarplaysit Sep 24 '22

Kids pick up on what parents do. If one parent bullies a kid, the rest do the same to avoid the same treatment. I blame dad

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u/Idiotology101 Sep 24 '22

Honestly I understand that. Not to the point of plastic surgery, but I've changed my entire look after my extended family told me I look just like my dad.

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u/MacRubys Sep 24 '22

Same. Rock with you was the real Michael. Not the song, the person. After that he started changing himself. Sad.

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u/RebekahR84 Sep 24 '22

That megawatt smile. Dang did his father do a number on his psyche.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22 edited Oct 29 '22

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u/jacknshit Sep 24 '22

He’s Cat Stevens.

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u/Mrben13 Sep 24 '22 Silver Wholesome I'll Drink to That

SteHEHEvens

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u/little_shop_of_hoors Sep 24 '22

Get out

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u/qtanon1 Sep 24 '22

moonwalks away Shamone!

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u/scorpious Sep 24 '22

I’d like to thank everyone in this thread for making my morning more fun.

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u/Mockturtle22 Sep 24 '22

Also if he didn't have vitiligo, clearly

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u/foxxpoint Sep 24 '22 Burning Cash

And if Pepsi didn't set him on fire

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u/cgaWolf Sep 24 '22

Every time this comes up, I'm amazed at how many people are hearing this for the first time.

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u/Allthingsconsidered- Sep 24 '22

Right? I thought this was pretty common knowledge as well

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u/MamaPlus3 Sep 24 '22

Yeah I never knew about the Pepsi commercial thing. But I think it happened before I was born.

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u/eStuffeBay Sep 24 '22

The Pepsi incident clearly played a huge role in fucking up Michael Jackson's life and I'm still pissed over it.

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u/the_bryce_is_right Sep 24 '22

I'm sure his Dad beating him every day when he was a kid didn't help either.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

And I am sure being in showbiz since he was a wee lad didn't help much either. Never being able to have a childhood had to impact him deeply, as with all children celebrities, especially those from before the 1990's.

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u/smackinmuhkraken Sep 24 '22

Dude had to rent out grocery stores and have his friends shop there so he could go out in public and feel normal.

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u/hush-ho Sep 24 '22

Don't forget his brothers fucking women in the same room with him when he was a little kid.

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u/one2tinker Sep 24 '22

I read that his dad was doing this too, though I don’t know if that’s true. Either way, ick, poor kid. Can’t imagine what that does to a child.

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u/petty_and_sweaty Sep 24 '22

Not just the same room, often times the same BED

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u/IdioticZacc Sep 24 '22

is there like a documentary where I can get context on all of these stories?? Wtf

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u/petty_and_sweaty Sep 24 '22

He mentions this in an interview in the 8os. I also remember him in an interview talking about how difficult it was being a famous teenager, dealing with the record labels pissed his voice was changing and his dad trying to get him to take pills to stop it. How fans stopped him in an airport and said "we barely recognized you, you used to be so cute" and it was at a time he had terrible acne. I remember him saying he just wanted to disappear into the floor.

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u/imhereredditing Sep 24 '22

Never heard of this, that's truly fucked up.

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u/Killentyme55 Sep 24 '22

I agree 100%, they're called our formative years for a reason. Being a kid is how you learn the way the world operates. What happens when you screw up, hurt yourself, piss someone off, succeed at a task...all experiences that influence our future adult behavior. Kids that are isolated from this process are more likely doomed to failure in adulthood, such is the fate of so many child stars.

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u/love_your_eyeholes Sep 24 '22

I had genuinely never heard of this until today

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u/ProcyonLotorMinoris Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

As a general overview, Jackson was starring in a Pepsi commercial that involved pyrotechnics. During the shoot, the pyrotechnics went off too early and his hair caught fire. He sustained second and third degree burns on his scalp. He experienced extreme pain during the healing process (burn injuries are horrifically painful) and that led/contributed to his pain killer addiction. He already had a history with plastic surgery and body dysmorphia, but this incident only further added to it as he underwent treatment to try to hide the scars (and the bald spots) caused by the incident. (I believe the burns also worsened his vitiligo, which was a huge point of body dysmorphia and shame for him.)

Found video of the incident.

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u/WolvoMS Sep 24 '22

Supposedly it was the exact midpoint to the day of his life

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u/ProcyonLotorMinoris Sep 24 '22

The incident was a tragedy. Michael Jackson's peak was before my time and I grew up in a W.A.S.P. household so I know very little about him, but it's clear that he had a tragic life complicated but the effects of stardom on his physical and mental illnesses. The world did him dirty.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

oh gosh. reading through all this is making me so sad. i knew it was a bad accident but i didn't really think about it the way you laid it out here. that's so shitty.

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u/ProcyonLotorMinoris Sep 24 '22

He was doomed from the start. As a kid he was forced to perform as part of the Jackson 5 and was quite literally abused into it (whippings and emotional manipulation). His issues with his facial features stemmed from his parents' nitpicking his body, particularly his "fat nose", saying that he wasn't attractive enough for the stoplight. He was under the world's magnifying glass since he was a child. His mental illnesses stemmed from the abuse he experienced as a child and the pressure of being a star. Combine that with his vitiligo (which his parents and others taunted him about), lupus, and the Pepsi incident and he didn't have a chance.

All I knew about Michael Jackson until a few years ago was that he had dangled his son over a balcony, was a drug addict, and disfigured himself with plastic surgery. The tabloids and media had made him out to be a villain. When I researched him for myself, I was shocked. He was never given a fair chance at life.

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u/brainkandy87 Sep 24 '22

I thought this had to be BS but checked the math and holy shit it’s right

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u/FINEartz_01 Sep 24 '22

The pictures of the resulting surgery to repair his scalp was also fucking brutal the first time I saw it. WARING-NSFL: https://imgur.com/a/011TkrN

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u/RiotShaven Sep 24 '22

Pain killer addiction is no joke. A former good friend of mine got hooked on morphine after breaking his leg. It pretty much led to a ruined marriage, damaged relationship with kids and friends and trouble with the law.

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u/chummmmbucket Sep 24 '22

I suggest researching into it its really interesting. If that never happens I truly believe he is still living today.

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u/RandomUser-_--__- Sep 24 '22

I'm sorry what?

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u/you-pissed-my-pants Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

He got burned doing a music gig for Pepsi. I think a stage light caught fire or something. I really should research it but I just woke up lol. Don’t take my word on the details.

Edit: it was the pyrotechnics going off too early that caught his hair on fire. Not a stage light.

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u/Idiotology101 Sep 24 '22

Close, pyro during a commercial shoot set his hair on fire. Medication from those burns are believed to be the start to his addiction issues.

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u/WretchedKnave Sep 24 '22

And if he didn't starve himself. He spoke in an interview about Oprah about always seeking a "dancer's body." He was very, very slim and it didn't sound like it was just genetics at play.

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u/PushDiscombobulated8 Sep 24 '22

He was pretty much anorexic - he’d often eat nothing on performance days and sometimes he would faint during rehearsals

I believe he has a couple times on stage too

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u/sumthingsumthingblah Sep 24 '22

Which probably exacerbated all his other conditions.

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u/Raniaem34 Sep 24 '22

He literally starved himself for 20 years I did research on that. The dude was basically eating almost nothing. Like in the thriller era, when his body dysmorphia kicked in he thought ppl would like him more if he gets thinner. So he stopped eating meat and became a vegetarian but he hated vegetables or pasta’s. he ended up eating nothing for days. The victory tour was his breaking point cause he was fainting backstage and his brothers didn’t know what was going on. His mother got concerned and took him to the hospital. Michael didn’t wanna do that tour cause he felt he was physically not capable of touring. The pepsi accident and the fact that he was losing too much weight, while he didn’t have much on him in the first place. His doctor thought that he was just dehydrated and eating too little. Afterwards He changed his diet for a while But in the bad era that eating disorder got way worse. You can see in the dirty diana videoclip and smooth criminal video that he had nothing on him. It started when that bad video was made. When the bad costume fitting was happening, the belt around his waist was way too tight, he could barely breath. He thought he was gaining weight, while he wasn’t. They made it purposely too tight. Again, he stopped eating and kept practicing the dance till he couldn’t stand anymore. It went downhill afterwards, cause that sht became a habit till the bad tour. In 1990 he said in a phone call that he was diagnosed with anorexia and felt sad cause he thought he looked horrible.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

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u/Mockturtle22 Sep 24 '22

Those kids endured a lot of trauma it breaks my heart.

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u/simmering_happiness Sep 24 '22

This. A lot of people hate on Michael Jackson for his various body mods. But living with vitiligo must have been frustrating as a stage performer.

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u/batmessiah Sep 24 '22

I was a HUGE fan of his around the time his Dangerous album dropped (I was in 4th grade) and I vividly remember literally everyone calling his vitiligo bullshit, and the media constantly accusing him of bleaching his skin. It wasn't until recently that I actually saw behind the scene images of what he suffered through at that time, and how the world wanted nothing more than to berate him.

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u/Mockturtle22 Sep 24 '22

Especially in a vain society such as ours... it was in his family and he just happened to be the one that ended up with it. People just assume he did that to himself.. lol

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u/chriscrossnathaniel Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

Vitiligo started spotting Michael Jackson’s skin from his early twenties; he had lupus; and was under constant stress.As in other autoimmune diseases, emotional stress can worsen vitiligo and cause it to become more severe.His vitiligo did not respond to treatment and progressed relentlessly.

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u/Lewcaster Sep 24 '22

Also hearing people say he was “trying to be white”. Ugh….

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u/WestCoastBestCoast01 Sep 24 '22

I was in high school when he died, was there significant coverage about his condition in the 90s/early 2000s? No one in my peer group really understood or knew what vitiligo was until after his death, ime. Growing up I felt a lot of mystery surrounding how and why his skin color changed, and of course kids would say wild shit.

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u/joethafunky Sep 24 '22

Thank you for this comment. Why would you leave this out. It’s a big reason he struggled with his appearance.

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u/The-Nimbus Sep 24 '22 Silver

There's something incredibly sad about this image. What could have been. Maybe a bit less amazing pop music, but a much happier man I'd wager.

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u/sbowesuk Sep 24 '22

Happier, healthier, living to a grand old age surrounded by family and friends.

If only he'd been raised with kindness, this might have been the man we'd share the world with today. Alas, fate took a darker path.

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u/Early_Professor469 Sep 24 '22

i think this happens to a ton of people who have potential. like an einstein may be born into a family that is hell bent on sabotaging their success. toxicity can cripple not just one person but those who they would have affected

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u/VGoodBuildingDevCo Sep 24 '22

"I am, somehow, less interested in the weight and convolutions of Einstein’s brain than in the near certainty that people of equal talent have lived and died in cotton fields and sweatshops."

~Stephen Jay Gould. One of my favorite quotes.

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u/MEANINGLESS_NUMBERS Sep 24 '22

His book Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History is incredible beyond description. I recommend it every chance I get.

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u/JeddahVR Sep 24 '22 edited Sep 24 '22

His fate was dark, but his light will forever shine. No just as legendary artist, but also an idea, to raise awareness on how you raise your children will affect them for life, and raising them to be tough would break them and severally damaging their mental health.

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u/greycubed Sep 24 '22

The surgery didn't make him unhappy. His childhood did.

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u/MacRubys Sep 24 '22

And there's that whole pepsi fire thing.

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u/KindlyChampion8553 Sep 24 '22

if he had a normal childhood he wouldn’t be the textbook definition of a workaholic, and that fire incident might not have happened

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u/HarryCallahan19 Sep 24 '22

I loved him in Miami Vice.

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u/SpaceWolf4Ever Sep 24 '22

He was only 50 when he died. So sad

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u/cleverdylanrefrence Sep 24 '22

I was living in Los Angeles the day he died. I'll never forget it. The whole city shut down. There was a parade in his honor. Strangers mourned with strangers. I have never seen anything like it since, it was a bittersweet kind of beautiful

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u/happybex Sep 24 '22

I didn’t expect an AI-generated photo to make me feel a way this early in the morning, but here we are.

Look how happy he looks. I hope there’s a parallel universe out there where this version of him lives.

If I saw an AI-generated photo of what I could’ve looked like without a ton of trauma and hardships, I’d probably sob my eyes out.

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u/Ouch-MyBack Sep 24 '22

My first thought was "oh look, he's happy".

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u/guestpass127 Sep 24 '22 hehehehe

Hee hee looks so normal

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u/SheemieRayVaughan Sep 24 '22

Take your jokes and beat it.

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u/usernameinmail Sep 24 '22

Was it bad?

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u/eStuffeBay Sep 24 '22

No, I think it was kinda OK, kinda OK, kinda OK, Annie.

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u/Suspicious_Bother_92 Sep 24 '22

He looks so good! Any other celebs done?

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u/hmmyeahrightokaythen Sep 24 '22

Princess Di, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, Paul Walker, Freddie Mercury, The Beatles… here’s his Instagram for you

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u/SkinnyObelix Sep 24 '22

Are there any examples of this technology used on people that aren't deceased based on pictures from their youth so we can compare it with the real thing

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u/S-Mart-manager Sep 24 '22

Wow dude looks happy there. What could have been if he had gotten therapy instead of surgery.

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u/WeAreLivinTheLife Sep 24 '22

This is so incredibly beautiful. Made even more so because we lived an alternative reality to this image. If only the man's life had been as happy and wholesome as this image infers and we had had the opportunity to live it with him and his talent unstained by his father and celebrity worship.

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u/777hexed777 Sep 24 '22

What did his father do? Sorry i don't know much about Michael jackson

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u/eonkey Sep 24 '22

basically tortured him making him perform and practice, berated and gaslit him, beat him. the works.

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u/ThreauxawayDNA Sep 24 '22

Called him “big nose“

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u/corpse_flour Sep 24 '22

His father treated the kids brutally to get them to perform to his standards. Hours of practicing daily, as small children. Verbal abuse, physical abuse. His kids were his meal ticket and he treated them like workhorses.

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u/RandomRedditReader Sep 24 '22

Not to mention sexual abuse, his father used to bring prostitutes and groupies into the hotel rooms they all shared while Michael was still very young. They most likely forced a few on him which probably did even more damage. He never had a chance to just be a kid.

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u/[deleted] Sep 24 '22

Did you ever see the Louis Theroux interview with him? He truly feels like an evil motherfucker. Not strict, not even violent necessarily, just oozing evil from every ounce. Made my skin crawl. Imagine having that as your dad.

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u/Lexi_Banner Sep 24 '22

He was cruel, and loved to point out "flaws" that the kids had. One such "flaw" was Michael's nose, which made him "look like a [slur]". Michael was never happy with how he looked because of his father's abuse. There was an accident that led to him having more plastic surgery on his face, but he also did everything he could to not look like his natural self, which is really sad. Joe Jackson was a monster.

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u/ovaltine_spice Sep 24 '22

It's a shame there was such a perfect storm to push him more and more over the edge. The mental abuse as a child was bad enough. Then he develops vitiligo. Then there's the Pepsi incident, giving him bald patches and getting him addicted to pain killers.

It couldn't have been a worse sequence of events for someone with image issues.

He may have weathered the childhood trauma, but the other two literally made it impossible for him to be normal.

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u/Spacedude50 Sep 24 '22

Billie Dee Williams vibes

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u/KOLDUT Sep 24 '22

I want to see one of these "AI's" try this on someone who is actually still alive. So you could see how close it actually is. Only using images/info of the person when they were younger.

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u/tomdcamp Sep 24 '22

Who developed the AI?

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u/T0Rtur3 Sep 24 '22

I don't have insta.. did he do Jimi Hendrix?

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u/Life-Suit1895 Sep 24 '22

You can see at least some of them here, including Jimi Hendrix.

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u/RobinHoodTheory840 Sep 24 '22

Yeah he did. And also Tupac, Princess Diana, Amy Winehouse, John Lennon, Freddie Mercury, and Heather Ledger.

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u/kremit73 Sep 24 '22

Placing the face on all iconic memories, and putting the voice behind this mouth.....i wish he could have got the counseling he really needed. Ii would so much prefer this mike.