Servicemen deserve the positive attention of the nation and the media more than Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson is an accused child molester, and while he was never convicted, that can be attributed to the fact that all the accusations were settled out of court. Our servicemen do difficult jobs in high-pressure and often hazardous conditions. They do more to protect and serve this country than Michael Jackson did. Additionally, many servicemen are still alive and would presumably benefit from the positive attention, while Michael Jackson is dead and cannot.
There's enough honor and celebration to go around.
No, there is no requirement to honor one group above others. Michael Jackson created music that resonates with a lot of people. His work brings joy around the world. Sure he had personal issues, but so do servicemen. People should be allowed to honor whoever they admire in some way.
Michael Jackson was iconic in the music industry. Whether as a member of the Jackson 5 or as a solo artist, his songs impacted the music scene at the time and influenced future generations of music leaders and artists. His music videos changed the level of expectation for groups of every music genre. He recorded with fellow great musicians Paul McCartney, Freddie Mercury and Mick Jagger, just to name a few. His Thriller video reintroduced a new generation to Vincent Price. As a musician, writer, producer and actor, he crossed racial barriers and excited audiences of all ages.
I don't understand how these two things are related. However, some people feel very close to Michael Jackson, his music played an important part in their lives. Why can't they celebrate the birthday of someone who, however indirectly, influenced their lives. Also celebrating a celebrity's birthday does not necessarily mean not honoring servicemen. There are different ways to honor the memory of both.