MTV Will Continue To Air Eminem Video Despite Jacko's Protest
Eminem pokes fun at Jackson in the single and video for "Just Lose It," the first single from his forthcoming CD "Encore," which hits stores on November 16th. The Jackson camp has lost it as a result, or at least their tempers.
The video features Eminem as Jackson and he is seen on a king sized bed with a group of young boys dressed in their pajamas jumping around the satin sheeted bed, his nose falls off and his hair bursts into flames, mocking Jackson's famous accident on the set of a Pepsi commercial.
The visuals in the video are bad enough but the lyrics do paint the song as a parody… or do they, you decide: "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."
"I am very angry at Eminem's depiction of me in his video," Jackson said in an interview with Los Angeles radio station KKBT-FM on Tuesday. "I feel that it is outrageous and disrespectful. It is one thing to spoof, but it is another to be demeaning and insensitive."
The singer continued: "I've admired Eminem as an artist, and was shocked by this. The video was inappropriate and disrespectful to me, my children, my family and the community at large."
Most music video outlets began airing the
video last Tuesday but BET readily agreed to remove the video from their
rotation after Jackson protested. BET issued a statement saying they made
their decision "out of respect for our longstanding relationship with Michael
Jackson that dates back more than a decade."
MTV has other plans. In an article on MTV.com about the controversy, the music video giant states that MTV, MTV2 and MTVU continue to air the "Just Lose It" video.
VH1 is considering what to do, according to the Jackson camp. Jackson and his spokesman Raymone Bain reportedly spoke with Eurweb about the latest developments in the case. Jackson blasted MTV's decision, "I think it's the wrong thing to do. It should be pulled, it shouldn't be played. It's incorrect."
Bain added "VH1 sent out a release this evening saying they were meeting on whether or not they're going to air it. So for them to release something like that must mean they're more than likely to pull it. I can't see them releasing a statement saying they're in the process of meeting on it."
Meanwhile, Eminem is getting what he was most likely after in the first place: Controversy. Nothing sells better than a bit of controversy.