One thing I always wondered was how Mike would be received in the Bad and Dangerous eras if he still had his dark complexion. I have a hard time picturing it and I think the long hair and light skin fit in with the bad and dangerous themes much better.
MJ conformed into the societal norm of "cool."
--In his case, it sold records.
-Imagine growing up surrounded by caucasions who admired you for your talent, all the while judging you based on why you do not look like them.
He was revered for his atypical talents as a child in a society that judged him for his non-caucasion looks.
-He did what allowed him to break through multiple genre's to establish himself as the King of Pop in a white man's world.
....now about the little boys -no comment.