Somehow, someway, the internet has figured out a way to turn Beychella, Beyoncé’s epic, Blackness celebratory stage-shutdown at Saturday night’s Coachella kickoff (April 14), into a debate that pits her against another worldwide megastar, supreme stage performer, and eulogized musical great, Michael Jackson.
The BeyHive and Moonwalkers played Twitter tug-of-war with the G.O.A.T. crown for the greatest performer of all time in the “Michael Jackson or Beyoncé” debate. From the BeyHive’s position, Bey’s worthiness comes from a combination of aesthetic multitude, live vocal versatility, breathtaking choreography and thematic skillfulness for every stage she’s graced. On the contrary, MJ fans have spat back, not only did the Jackson family icon master those same aforementioned stage gifts, but was able to send swarms of fainting fans to the emergency room while doing it.
But, everyone else is doing away with the argument entirely, reminding each respective fan base of eras, musical styles and even gender as viable reasons for why the debate is…well, undebatable.
See all three sides of the Queen Bey versus King of Pop disputes below.