Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but Michael Jackson — arguably the most iconic superstar of all-time — has way too many impersonators to keep track of. His timeless songs and music video hits have inspired an endless stream of homages and parodies, even after his death. TV comedy sketch shows have added a humorous spin to his past hits and YouTube offers countless fan-made renditions of Jackson’s work. While there’s no way we at The Root could show you all of them, we’ve compiled a handful of our favorite MJ video sendups. Take a look:
1. “Billie Jean”
You may not recognize this MJ classic at first. And you may not want to. As evidenced with the strained vocals and barely audible chorus, it’s clear this Malaysian Idol-wannabe spent more time mimicking the King of Pop’s moves than learning the lyrics to his song.