Michael Jackson in hospital in Ramble On Posted June 26, 2009 · Edited June 26, 2009 by songbird A couple days ago this dude was one of the biggest jokes in showbiz history. Now he is beloved. That's what death will do. The rose colored glasses are already on. How ignorant- Michael Jackson has been beloved by many for a very long time. Just because in recent years his personal life has been in the spotlight, his importance to the music industry is still indisputable, and that is why so many love him. And that is why his death is such a big deal, not because he was a 'joke.'