In the 19th century, he was known for his fighting style, offering the dog he was fighting his back or his neck. His appearance was frightful to most animals, but it was unsure what species of monkey he was. His name was Jacco Macacao and he looked like a gibbon monkey, known for their ashy complexion in the face and their dark fingers.
If you didn’t understand that, Jacco Macacao is a monkey.
Over the years, British children would delight over the “Jacko Monkey” toy they’d receive for Christmas or their birthdays. These stuffed monkeys were available for sale into the late 80s. Those who are more sentimental can find the Jacko monkeys on eBay.
It is no coincidence that the same moniker would be given to Michael Jackson at the same time.
He broke the records of the Beatles as a child with his brothers, otherwise known as the Jackson Five. America grew up with Michael and his family, with he and his brothers becoming the first sex symbols for black girls all over the country. These black fans no longer found themselves explaining to their white counterparts why the floppy, stringy hair, blue eyes, and their British accent simply was not enough to propel them into idol status in black households.
The problem was when the Jackson 5 became the same young idols for young white girls.
But Michael remained the cute little boy, with the incredible voice, and those deep eyes that one could peer into his soul. He would state that’s why he wore sunglasses so often. Michael was talented and he would prove he was capable of great things. His album, “Off the Wall” proved that. However, he took home no hardware at the Grammys that year. Soon, he would prove them all wrong.
Meanwhile, The Greatest Entertainer of all Time would be reserved for a white artist. Or so they thought.