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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