And just like that all of the goodwill we were feeling about the Michael Jackson Justin Timberlake collaboration from the other day has turned into embarrassed horror. News came out this weekend that the surprise performance at Sunday night’s Billboard Awards would be a lifelike replica of Michael Jackson that doesn’t quite seem human and is sort of unsettling to watch, not unlike actual Michael Jackson come to think of it. In this case it will be a hologram version of the late performer, according to a lawsuit reported by the Associated Press, in which Hologram USA Inc. and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. attempted to stop the production, saying they hold the patent for this sort of unholy pop-necromancy (they were behind the Tupac hologram from Coachella a couple years back).
On the plus side, now we all know that the Billboard Awards are happening. I bet it will be… good?