In "pot calling kettle black" news, Michael Jackson has called out Eminem’s new video, labelling it as "inappropriate and disrespectful". When Michael, the man who gives kids wine and calls it Jesus juice, calls you inappropriate, it stings. The rapper ridicules Jackson in the "Just Lose It" video by poking fun at his reputed plastic surgery and an accident he suffered when his hair caught fire during a Pepsi commercial in 1984, BBC news reports. In the video, the rapper dresses up as Jackson and is shown on a bed with young boys. His hair also catches fire and his nose falls off. "Just Lose It" is the first single to be taken from Eminem’s forthcoming album Encore.
“I am very angry at Eminem’s depiction of me in his video,” Jackson told Los Angeles radio host Steve Harvey, according to a transcript from the singer's publicist. “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.”
Black Entertainment Network is the first channel to ban it outright. BET President Robert Johnson pulled the video on the grounds that “it was inappropriate to disparage a celebrity”. Huh? That's what celebrities are made for, our scorn. Jackson is now urging other TV stations to do the same.
Eminem’s spokesperson said he was “sorry” the BET decided to pull the single.