Michael Jackson Video - On November 14, 1991,
Michael Jackson's world premiere video "Black or White" aired across America.
Part of the 11-minute video contained Michael Jackson groping his private parts
and maliciously breaking the windshield of a parked car.
Hundreds of viewers
complained about the unnecessary violence and overt sexual movements. In the
eyes of the people who complained, his actions were unacceptable for a celebrity
who had so much influence over youngsters who considered him a role model.
The following day, Michael Jackson announced that portions of the four-minute
dance sequence/finale when a panther transformed itself into the singer would be
deleted from the video before its re-telecast on a special FOX Network
presentation "Michael Jackson-Dangerous" scheduled to air 11/17/91.
Responding to criticism, Jackson remarked, "It upsets me to think that 'Black
or White' could influence child or adult to destructive behavior either sexual
or violent." He apologized for any pain or hurt the video may have caused. THE
TONIGHT SHOW host Johnny Carson couldn't understand Michael Jackson's gyrations
especially the part of the video where Jackson unzipped his fly, touched his
crotch (a la Madonna) and zipped it up again.
Carson commented "Call me old fashion. I grew up in the days of the great
musicals. Boy!, They've changed. I can't picture Fred Astaire coming out saying
'Putting on my Top hat, zipping up my fly.' Come on. It doesn't make it."
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