Just Beat it! Michael Jackson impersonator takes down belligerent tourist on the Las Vegas Strip
A Michael Jackson impersonator who also works as a wrestler was filmed taking down a violent pest who slapped him on the Las Vegas Strip.
The brawl began over the weekend when the man in green, who was wearing a shirt with the tagline ‘Can’t Fix Stupid,’ started throwing a few windmill punches and leg attacks at the Michael Jackson impersonator, a professional wrestler named Santana Jackson.
However, after going back and forth at one another, Jackson swept the man off his feet and took him to the ground with a well-timed ‘Billie Jean kick.’ He put the unidentified assailant in a headlock after having his hair pulled, with the two men separated shortly afterwards.
The video was filmed on Freemont St, one of the most popular gambling streets on Sin City. A Twitter user named Marcus Deegan recorded the incident and shared the video with the caption ‘WELCOME TO FREEMONT STREET !! hee hee’.
It has amassed more than 1.6million views since it was posted two days ago.
In the minute-long video, a man in a green t-shirt can be seen messing around with famous local Michael Jackson impersonator Santana Jackson, also a professional wrestler, on the streets.
It is still not clear what led the two men to publicly fight in the first place, but Jackson explained on his Instagram that the scuffle began after a ‘guy came out of nowhere and started hitting’ him while he was performing, adding that he had ‘to put him down for his own good.’
The video begins with a man in a green t-shirt, which ironically sports the quote ‘Can’t Fix Stupid,’ squaring off with the Michael Jackson impersonator on Freemont Street in Las Vegas
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The Michael Jackson impersonator, Santana Jackson, choked his opponent after putting him on the ground
Santana Jackson, also a professional wrestler, is a member of the MJ Live Show, a Las Vegas-based tribute concert to the late pop star
Seconds later, the Michael Jackson impersonator gets on top of his opponent and takes full control over him as he catches him in a bulldog choke – a headlock-style submission hold.
The man, surely regretting his decision to start the fight, is seen closing his eyes before the crowd can be heard saying: ‘He’s out.’
Moments later, a bystander from the crowd called out for help while other people were separating both of the men.
However, the loser seemed to not have learned his lesson as he stood up and got into a fighting position, as if he was ready for a second round with the ‘King of Pop’ impersonator.
As of Monday evening, the popular video has been liked by 12.2k users and retweeted more than 2,000 times.
Needless to say, the ‘Beat It’ wannabe singer became an internet sensation overnight with one user complementing his ‘moves’ by using title’s of the King of Pop’s songs as word play.
‘Oh lord that smooth criminal just took down that streetwalker to get on the floor, rocked his world and left blood all over the dance floor,’ one user wrote. ‘Oh well, I guess that’s just human nature… 2 bad.. I’ll see myself out.. Don’t wanna be startin’ somethin’
Another user pointed out the ‘can’t fix stupid’ quote written on the man’s t-shirt and, while agreeing to the quote, he wrote, ‘No, you cannot..’
One user shared a screenshot of the man who lost the fight with the caption: ‘This is the most ‘what have I done’ moment I’ve ever seen on this app.’
Twitter users reacted to Jackson’s win, poking fun at the loser and praising the street artists by referring to some of the King of Pop’s most famous songs
Despite the online praise, Jackson clarified that he was ‘not trying to hurt this guy just trying to restrain him from swinging at me.’
‘Please know I don’t think fighting is the answer so try to avoid a fight if u can. Stay safe,’ the singer added.
Jackson is a member of the MJ Live Show, a Las Vegas-based tribute concert to the late pop star. Per the organization’s website, he is one of the globe’s ‘top Michael Jackson tribute artists’ and is ‘committed to bringing the magic of Michael Jackson to audiences around the world.’