sentimental interest in Jackson

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Senior Member
Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect

“With the tragic death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, there was renewed sentimental interest in Jackson and his music and Disney was receiving pleas to bring back Captain EO. “

From The Misadventures of Captain EO - Part Two

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019

sen•ti•men•tal /ˌsɛntəˈmɛntəl/ adj.

  1. of or relating to the tender emotions, esp. excessively:sentimental dreams of love and marriage.
  1. embarrassingly emotional:Let's not get too sentimental about our relationship.
  1. nostalgic:a sentimental journey to one's old hometown.
sentimental - Dictionary of English

Could you explain what is “sentimental Interest”?
  • expos4ever

    English - Canada/USA
    If the statement were written in June 2019, I would expect the intent was to appeal to nostalgic feelings; after all, it has been 10 years exactly since Mr. Jackson died.


    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It was describing the time directly after his death. Once he had died, people started wanting to re-watch earlier things he had done, as a way to remember/honor him because they had good memories (sentimental feelings) about seeing those things when they first came out. Captain EO was an attraction at Disney World with special effects that was presented many years before he died. It had later been replaced by other attractions. People wanted to have that experience again.


    Senior Member
    English - US
    The Jackson 5 had their first number one hit in 1969 so for some people in 2009 it was both immediate emotion and nostalgia. ;)
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