'Idol' James Durbin Responds to Michael Jackson's Family's Accusation

April 01, 2011 03:12:14 GMT

The finalist of 'American Idol' said he was taking a jab at Pepsi's people in his remark about 'Pepsi moment' instead of the late King of Pop.

'Idol' James Durbin Responds to Michael Jackson's Family's Accusation
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"American Idol" contestant James Durbin was in hot water after making a remark that offended Michael Jackson's family. The father of one's stage act on Wednesday, March 30 included a fire-lit piano. He told Ryan Seacrest after his performance, "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'."

Pepsi moment refers to the 1984 incident when Michael's hair was caught on fire while filming the brand's commercial. He sustained injury to his scalp which later led to his addiction to prescription drugs.

Unhappy with the insensitive remark, Jackson family sent a rep to state on TMZ, "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." The rep also said that Joe Jackson was particularly upset that producers of the show failed to cut out the part for West Coast broadcast.

In an effort to clear his name, James tweeted, "For anyone talkin..I said pepsi NOT MJ! I have no disrespect for Michael. I grew up singing his art. I guess youll take it how you want it..." He added later, "Talkin about MJs passing is too soon. Making a reference to an incident 25 years ago..not too soon. The stab was at pepsi people." James escaped the elimination on Thursday night. He is in the Top 9 which is now dominated by the guys with the exit of Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo.


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posted by N.M. on Apr 13, 2011
yeah he should not have said that at all
posted by Cassandra on Apr 03, 2011
The Jackson fam is nothing but attention whores. They wouldn't win a lawsuit anyway, James has Aspergers. Maybe you should look up aspergers before you act like a bitch. Poor James. I thought it was funny what he said. MJ probably wouldn't have been upset about it. He probably would have laughed. Some people just need a sense of humor.
posted by PAT on Apr 03, 2011
James is a great singer & said nothing wrong. He had a legit concern with all the hairspray...and yes,I'm a huge MJ fan!!!!! The Jackson family needs to quit riding his coattails. RIP MICHAEL
posted by christina on Apr 02, 2011
Really??? Sue him??? I thought what James said was funny, this world has gone over the edge trying to be so darn politically correct!
posted by MaggieJ on Apr 02, 2011
I don't see what the big deal is, he made an innocent remark that has gotten blown all out of proportion! James is a very good singer, I expect he will be in the final 2, maybe win. Some people just don't have enough to do to occupy their mind! DAD J. is just an old has-been, or never-was, since his kids had the talent there!
posted by Al on Apr 02, 2011
Nuts is what I say! So the Jackson family was upset. Why?? Trying to bring attention back to them? Nothing inappropriate was said.
posted by martha on Apr 01, 2011
you're ridiculous
posted by Iluvanimals on Apr 01, 2011
I think James was just covering his butt when he said it was a crack at pepsi....he will probably be eliminated soon from idol and I think he is lucky that the Jackson family doesnt sue.

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