The Michael Jackson tribute you can’t miss

The Filipino prisoners are back, and they do not disappoint

Topics: Michael Jackson, Broadsheet, Love and Sex,

There were roughly a billion  Michael Jackson tributes over the weekend, but none could possibly match the one mounted Saturday at a Filipino prison — site of the infamous “Thriller” re-enactment that brought so much joy to the Internet way back in 2007. Seven hundred tourists flocked to the jail south of Manila to see what the 1500 orange jumpsuited prisoners would pull off, and they did not disappoint, with a sprawling nine-minute spectacle featuring “Ben,” “We Are the World” and, at about the five-minute mark, a poster of Michael Jackson dressed as a knight and holding a sword. Even in the robust pantheon of weird Michael Jackson pictures, this one manages to impress. And who knew you could do the “Thriller” dance to “I’ll Be There”? Anyway, I don’t care how crazy your dance party was, or how many times you sang along to “Off the Wall” this weekend, I seriously doubt your tribute had a flag corps.  

If you happened to miss this over the weekend, well, happy Monday.

Sarah Hepola is an editor at Salon.

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