It's a shame my friends and I grew up thinking of Michael Jackson only as a laughingstock. I still remember the first time I saw the video to "Black and White" and at seven years old I remember thinking what a weirdo he was, even though I kinda liked the song. It was almost 15 years later before I was able to fully recognize just how great he was.
I think the biggest generational divide is between people who grew up thinking Michael Jackson was the greatest since Elvis, if not ever, and those who think of him as an albino pedophile who is the butt of every joke.
If only we knew him when.