The double elimination on last night’s “American Idol” was the least of the drama going down. Now, it has emerged that lawyers for Michael Jackson’s family have taken out a double law suit: against both American Idol and James Durbin!
The trouble flared on Wednesday night after a “Pepsi moment” remark by the young Durbin. The hopeful pop idol joked about the King of Pop’s infamous hair burning incident which left him balding and which many blame for his later addiction to painkillers and sedatives which ultimately led to Jackson’s untimely death.
The “Thriller” star suffered severe burns to his scalp in 1984 while filming a Pepsi commercial in which something went wrong with badly wrong with the pyrotechnics. The medication Jackson was prescribed to numb the pain of the accident is widely reported as having sparked his long-running battle with drug addiction.
American Idol contestant James Durbin referenced the accident on Wednesday night after his explosive performance, when he was heard to speak about fears of having his own “Pepsi moment” due to the amount of hairspray he was wearing.
But the Jackson family are not impressed.
“The comments made by Idol contestant James Durbin are slanderous towards Michael and the entire Jackson family! A lawsuit for defamation will undoubtedly be carried out,” Joe Jackson roared.
The Jackson’s will also be filing a law suit on American Idol for failing to edit the insensitive remark from the program. He went on to rant about how his son, Michael, was a star and how his life was ruined by the burning of his hair. How children had been watching the show along with their grandmother and were deeply distressed by the comments. Blanket himself got on the phone to Grandpa Joe to ask him to do something about making a joke about his Daddy in that way.
Program makers immediately told James that he was to be removed from the show in next week’s vote off. Upon hearing that, Durbin packed his bags and left anyway, deeply distressed.
We’ve no idea what Joe Jackson said or if he even watched the show. But the Jackson patriarch did get to hear about it later and a representative of the family said the family were “shocked”. “It’s nothing to make light of.” But it is April 1 and I made up the rest of the story! As far as we know, the Jackson family are taking no further action, and it’s doubtful they would have grounds to do so – April Fool!
See you next week, James!