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Eminem isn't making a fan out of Michael Jackson with his new video, which pokes fun at the embattled pop star. The singer has asked video channels to stop playing "Just Lose It," and BET has since pulled the clip out of rotation.
In the video, Eminem riffs on several Jackson-related themes, from an opening routine reminiscent of "Billie Jean," to a joke about the 1985 incident in which the singer's hair caught on fire during the filming of a Pepsi ad. Wearing prosthetic makeup to look like Jackson, Eminem also targets the singer's molestation scandal by sitting on a bed with boys dancing around him.
In the song, Eminem insists it's not an attack, rapping, "Come here, little kiddies, on my lap/ Guess who's back with a brand new rap/ And I don't mean a rap as in a new case of child-molestation accusation/ ... I've done touched on everything but little boys/ That's not a stab at Michael/ That's just a metaphor/ I'm just psycho."
Jackson said he finds the video "offensive" and "demeaning," according to spokesperson Raymone Bain. "The entire video is inappropriate; it's not just one thing," Bain said. "He is very disappointed, he is very angry. It's one thing for there to be a spoof, it's another to be insensitive and disrespectful. It crossed the line."
Jackson also called in to "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" on Los Angeles radio station KKBT-FM on Tuesday to complain. "I've never had a problem with Eminem," Jackson told Harvey, saying that he felt "appalled" and "angry" at his depiction in the video. "I've admired Eminem as an artist, and was shocked by this," Jackson said. "The video was inappropriate and disrespectful to me, my children, my family and the community at large."
Jennifer Vineyard, Michael Jackson Asks Stations To Stop Airing Eminem Video, VH1, October 12, 2004
The Source Magazine, the largest magazine devoted to hip-hop music, culture and politics applauded today as BET (Black Entertainment Television), pulled the newest Eminem video "Just Lose It" from its video rotation. BET Chairman and Founder Robert Johnson personally removed the video, which mocks cultural icon Michael Jackson and shows an overall level of disrespect for black culture and its icons. Eminem's latest racial misstep comes on the heels of racist charges first leveled against him nearly two years ago by The Source's CEO Ray Benzino. These charges intensified last November, after tapes where Eminem, real nameMarshall Mathers, is heard rapping using blatant racial epithets and making disparaging remarks about black women. The "Just Lose It" video is vindication for Benzino and The Source who were accused of overreacting by mainstream media outlets, other artists, and so called "hip-hop activists."
I'd agree that Eminem's Michael Jackson jokes are cowardly, and lazy, and boring. He always makes himself look like a punk by going after such easy targets (Britney, N-Sync, etc). Like the nerd who makes himself feel tough by picking on the one kid who's even nerdier than he is.
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