Lebanese 'Michael Jackson' steals the show in Sydney
The fan broke into a Michael Jackson-style dance to the crowd's surprise
A Lebanese rugby fan turned to a social media sensation earlier this month after his eye-catching dance moves during a game in Sydney earned him the title of the “Lebanese Michael Jackson.”
Ashur Shimon, a part-time actor based in Sydney, reportedly pleased the crowds at a Canterbury Bulldogs and Manly Sea Eagles game using his Michal-Jackson style dance during earlier in July.
A stadium camera spotted Shiman leaning casually on a fence at Sydney's ANZ Stadium, according to a Daily Mail report.
Realizing he was on the big screen, he decided to impress his sudden audience by a Michael Jackson moon walk performance as he broke into laughter.
The Lebanese fan slowly became the star of the day as cameras panned back to him a couple of times during the game. This is when Shimon recognized it was show time!
He ran up a couple of stairs, ripped his shirt off his body, and began dancing in front of a “crowd of thousands,” according to the Daily Mail.
His shirt-tearing dance moves were entraining and “unexpected,” the British daily added.
“He's a crazy Michael Jackson fan and I've seen him dance before. I know him but I definitely didn't expect him to go the whole way and rip his shirt off,” Rob Shehadie, a comedian who has captured Shimon’s performance during his show, told Daily Mail Australia.
“I've hosted a lot of football games but I've never heard a roar like that from the crowd before. It was just massive,”Shehadie said.
Shimon said in an interview later that he was surprised by reactions to his dance.
“I do it for people out there who are a bit up tight so they can learn to laugh at themselves,” Shimon told ninemsn in an interview.
“It's all a bit of a laugh really and everyone seemed to like it. “I am surprised by people's reaction. I've been getting recognized by a lot of people,” he added.
Some Bulldog fans took to Twitter to comment on Shimon’s performance.
“We need more ppl like Ashur he kills me hahaha Legend!!” tweeted @tinadablueleo
Shimon, 37, plays a Sunnyvale Assassins member in Housos, an Australian comedy television series.
He told ninemsn he was planning “a more impressive performance” when his favorite team, the Bulldogs, play Parramatta on August 15.
Remember the Time? Michael Jackson fans pay tribute on death anniversaryIn Los Angeles, the fans of the iconic star will gather at Jackson's star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame at 10pm to honour their idol Entertainment
Video: Michael Jackson hologram performs ‘Slave to the Rhythm’It was easily the biggest moment at the awards show in Las Vegas Entertainment
Not-so-great ‘Xscape’? Fans torn over new Michael Jackson albumMichael Jackson’s second posthumous album “Xscape” has garnered mixed reactions Entertainment
Ex-owner: Fulham relegated due to removal of Michael Jackson statueFormer owner Mohammad al-Fayed blames Fulham's failure on the removal of a Michael Jackson statue Sports
Michael Jackson lives on in new album set for May releaseAlmost five years after his death, Michael Jackson fans are in for a thrill as a posthumous album is set to be released Entertainment
Singer plans to produce DNA evidence proving he is Michael Jackson’s sonIf proved, Howard plans to cash in on the pop star’s estate Variety
The ‘Immortal’ proves to be a ‘thriller’Review: Arab fans re-visit the magic as Michael’s Jackson’s creative world is envisioned by Cirque Du Soleil Life
King of Pop lives on as Cirque du Soleil tour debuts in DubaiMichael Jackson’s legendary smooth moves, perfectly pitched vocals and infectious beats inspired Cirque du Soleil’s tribute to the King of Pop Entertainment
Michael Jackson named richest dead celebrity by ForbesThe King of Pop, who died in June 2009, has landed the first place on Forbes’ recently released Top-Earning Dead Celebrities List. Michael ... Entertainment
What if Michael Jackson was still alive?If Michael Jackson were still alive today, he would have just celebrated his 55th birthday and the world would know the outcome of his comeback ... Variety
UK football team to remove Michael Jackson statue ordered by Egyptian ownerA controversial statue of the late pop star Michael Jackson will be removed from outside Fulham's Craven Cottage ground after fans complained it made ... Sports
Still the ‘walk’ of town: How tribute shows immortalize Michael JacksonHe’s “bad,” he’s “dangerous,” he’s Michael Jackson, and even though it has been four years since his death ... Entertainment
‘65 Michaels on stage’: Jackson tribute comes to DubaiMichael Jackson fans are in for a pleasant surprise: a 16-day tour of ‘Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour’ is coming to Dubai, ... Entertainment