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American Idol: Jackson Family Offended By James Durbin’s Comments

April 03, 2011 10:00 AM by Lisa Princ

Last week on FOX‘s American Idol the top 11 performed Elton John tunes and after his performance of “Saturday Night’s Alright” complete with shooting flames, James Durbin made what seemed to be an innocent comment to Ryan Seacrest that ended up offending the family of the late Michael Jackson. What did he say that was so bad? Keep reading for all the details!

American Idol’s resident rocker, James Durbin brought the house down on last week’s Elton John performance night as he danced around a stage filled with flames. After his performance he was asked by Ryan Seacrest if he was worried about dancing around the stage with all those flames in which James replied “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 seemingly innocent comment by James was a joke about an on set accident in 1984 when Michael Jackson was badly burned during the shooting of a Pepsi commercial by some pyro effects gone wrong. The burns Michael Jackson suffered from the incident reportedly led to his addiction to pain medications and prescription drugs.

According to TMZ.com, Michael Jackson’s family took offense to the comment by stating “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.” They also reported that Joe Jackson was left wondering why the comment was not cut out of the West Coast episode. James Durbin has since apologized via Twitter as he posted “For anyone talking … I said Pepsi NOT MJ! I have no disrespect for Michael. I grew up singing his art. I guess you’ll take it how you want it. Talking about MJs passing is too soon. Making a reference to an incident 25 years ago..not too soon. The stab was at Pepsi people.”

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5 Responses to “American Idol: Jackson Family Offended By James Durbin’s Comments”

  1. rnic Says:
    April 3rd, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I think that James Durbin’s comment was in no way intended to make fun of Michael Jackson. He just made a statement in good humor. MJ’s family should not take this as a slight to MJ. I just seriously hope that all the negativity they are now bringing out does not affect James in the competition. He is a truly talented guy who has had a hard life and deserves to have an unbiased chance to take it all the way.

  2. Linda Says:
    April 4th, 2011 at 7:08 am

    I thought the comment was funny, all I thought about was the Pepsi commerical. Michael Jackson never even entered my mind. It was so obviously not a dig at Michael Jackson. The Jackson family needs to get a grip, and chill out. Not everything is about them. And no disrespect to Michael Jackson, I loved his music, grew up with it.

  3. Kelly Says:
    April 4th, 2011 at 10:58 am

    The Jackson family needs to get over themselves and not try to gain publicity at every opportunity.

  4. christine Says:
    April 6th, 2011 at 8:25 am

    What James did was merely going back in time and told of his fear relating it to Pepsi and for a while for me to relate it to MJ. He is really doing good by highlighting that commercials should be careful of what they want the idols to work with on stage. I think he was being genuine and not trying to make anything out of it , if ever to be angry …it should be Pepsi here not MJ family as at least MJ try to save the kids , the world and even the upcoming people on stage through his endeavours in music business

  5. Christine McDow Says:
    April 6th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    It is sad how they can twist things people say and make them bad.


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