Michael Jackson Up For the Nobel Peace Prize?

July 28, 2009

Die-hard MJ followers have launched an online petition to nominate Jackson for the coveted Nobel Peace Prize.

Apparently more than 15,000 people have signed petitions suggesting Michael for the prize. Fans have taken to the web in large number, hoping to persuade people to nominate the King of Pop for the award.

The first petition was started by Ola Hunnestad, a Michael Jackson fan from Norway. Created in April 2007, the drawn request gained a substantial amount of momentum since Jackson's death in June. Even more people have backed the initiative of Los Angeles student Anneliese Nichole Brown, who two weeks ago drafted a letter to the Nobel Prize committee:

Michael's message for humankind has always been rooted in compassion and kindness. He has succeeded in a lifelong dedication to the well-being of humanity. Moving beyond all political, social, and economic borders, Michael Jackson consistently spread a positive message of global unity, healing, and love.

Unfortunately for the fans, Nobel Prize nominees are not selected by a popular vote, but are instead chosen by international officials, professors, and former winners. Another huge problem facing Jackson nominators is the fact that only living persons are able to make the Nobel shortlist.

These obstacles may seem impossible to overcome, but I would never count out an obsessive Michael Jackson-loving crowd.

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