Michael Jackson's Hologram At The 2014 BBMA: Why Was It White?

Even though Michael Jackson died in 2009, the King of Pop made an appearance at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night -- as a hologram. Jackson's image was resurrected for the release of his new song “Slave to the Rhythm” from his album "Xscape."

A hologram, for those who don’t know, is a three-dimensional image created with laser beams. Deceased rapper Tupac Shakur made the hologram popular when his image appeared at Coachella 2012.

The holographic image of Michael Jackson at the BBMAs looked and danced just like the music legend as it entertained attendees and viewers with his new song. The hologram even showed off Jackson's signature moonwalk and crotch grabs.

Some people in the BBMA audience were so moved by the MJ hologram that they were reduced to tears. Others were hyped by the image and danced along with it.

Many Twitter users couldn’t help but comment about it. Many wondered how MJ was on stage considering he passed away years ago, not realizing the hologram was just a creation of lights.

 

Others thought the hologram didn’t look anything like the pop legend and were “creeped out” by it.

Some debated about the color of the singer’s skin and wondered why he wasn’t black.

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