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1984 Pepsi ad turned out to be a lot of trouble for Michael Jackson

by Bob Sassone, posted Jul 16th 2009 1:01PM
It's weird to look back at the Michael Jackson Pepsi ad from 1984 (the one that actually aired) and think that it caused so many problems in his life. US Weekly got hold of the footage that never aired, of Jackson's scalp catching on fire, causing second and third degree burns to his scalp and face. The magazine claims that this accident is what led to MJ's addiction to both painkillers and plastic surgery.

This is surreal footage, and at first I thought it was footage from the TV movie made about Jackson's life, but it's real. That's Miko Brando in the hat helping Jackson. Brando has been on Larry King Live many times recently. After the jump, the ad that aired. It's worth noting that Jackson went on to do other Pepsi ads after this.



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Jason

Yeah ofcourse cus if you didn't learn anything from what Joel McHale said is that the media and magazine's like "US Magazine" favorite celebrity death game is rampant speculation and not caring about the stuff they say even if they aren't facts at all. Case in point Michael Okwu(sp?) claiming that betty white was dead.

July 18 2009 at 2:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rick cokely

I don't think Pepsi was really at fault for this, other than the fact that they were paying for it. Though they did settle out of court for 1.5 million and Jackson used that money to establish the Michael Jackson Burn Center in LA. Pretty classy imho.

July 16 2009 at 3:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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