TMZ announced a contest entitled "Show Us Your Stems!". The word "stems" is used to mean "legs".
Interesting that they opted for this particular word, with all of the sunflower talk on their site.
The sunflower is fascinating in itself, in that it could grow up to 10ft tall and contain a single flower, often seen growing in rows which give the appearance of them looking like an "army of flowers" marching.
This is an example of such a comparison. Taking the backdrop scene from TDCAU from This Is It with an image of a sunflower field illustrates the commonality between the images. By "morphing" the two together, you can achieve a symbolic image:
The "soldiers" are marching, with the light of the sun behind their backs, bringing forth that light.
House music duo "Basement Jaxx" remixed a Yoko Ono song entitled "Day of The Sunflowers (We March On). During their live concert performance at the O2, we see a backdrop that has a similar theme to the TDCAU backdrop, except using sunflowers:
Michael Jackson himself utilized the symbolism of the sunflower within his own performances, a notable example is during the performance of "Earth Song" in Germany during the HIStory Tour. At the end of the song, a girl presents a soldier with a sunflower, with the idea that perhaps we should be fighting for peace and not perpetuate the violence which is destroying our world.
The scene begins at 8:44 in the below video:
Below are some screen shots from the performance:
So aside from all of the crazy stories on TMZ, debates on whether images of sunflowers are photoshopped; questioning LMP's intentions, or any other distraction, let's focus on the message, which is powerful in it's simplicity.
As his oldest son Prince stated at the 2010 Grammy Awards: "Through all his songs his message was simple: LOVE".
So let's unite, and not fight, and share the light.
Thanks to "MaryElizabeth73" and "MJHOAXLIVE" for inspiration and assistance for this article.
Love To All
Sunflowers were in This Is It! (thank you Adi!)
One of the zombies is wearing a hat with sunflowers!!! Here is the video and a screen shot!
And more sunflowers were found at the GRAVES @23 second mark (thank you hhdavid65!)
For more on the "Thiller" segment, see:
Update 5/23: Looks like one of the images in "Lightman" was sunflowers. "ForstAMoon" watched the "Lightman" clip from This Is It and noticed it flash by in the beginning.
Here is the video followed by a screen shot I captured: