All right, you forced my hand. I'll weigh in on Michael Jackson.
Yes, he was a predominant figure in pop music. Yes, he could dance. Yes, he was a tragic figure deformed by the crushing weight of public attention. Yes, we should show respect for the dead, much more than we did while they were alive.
Does writing popular songs somehow counterbalance raping small boys?
Answer quickly: I'm still forming my plans for the weekend.