it was acceptable in the 80s (leitao) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
it was acceptable in the 80s

MJ Family Offended by American Idol ~Pepsi Moment~

Michael Jackson's family is offended by a comment made on "American Idol" last night by a contestant, who made light of MJ's devastating injury that triggered years of drug abuse.

If you saw the show, James Durbin told Ryan Seacrest after his performance, "I have a lot of hairspray in my hair to keep it from jumping around -- so much so, the one thing I was worried about was having a 'Pepsi moment.'"

The "Pepsi moment" is a reference to the 1984 incident where Michael Jackson's hair caught on fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial, an accident that left him with second and third-degree burns on his scalp, which many speculate triggered an addiction to prescription drugs that may have ultimately taken his life.

A Jackson family rep tells TMZ, "We were shocked to see this. It's nothing to make light of and everybody should be focusing on who was responsible for Michael's death."

The rep says Joe was particularly upset that producers didn't take the remark out of the West Coast feed.


LOL they need to just calm down. Even MJ had a sense of humor about it all . . . he joked about the incident with Pepsi execs years later, according to this article by Clay G. Small:

". . . While describing his plans to tour the globe [in 1986], Michael said that this time he would 'set the world on fire' and then said 'oops' as he touched the top of his singed head. I laughed out loud until I fielded a sour glance from [Pepsi-Cola president] Roger Enrico and realized no one else was even smiling. But Michael gave me a secret wink – I was the only suit who had appreciated his irreverent joke." (link)
Tags: american idol (abc), michael jackson / jackson family

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