Commercial Break: The advert that killed Michael Jackson
This bizarre and extreme piece of footage has spewed out all over the web over the past 12 hours so we don’t see why we shouldn’t find a place for it in our own small corner of the internets.
Hailing from 1984 and released for the very first time courtesy of Us magazine, it’s taken from the Pepsi ad shoot where a pyrotechnic accident led to Michael Jackson’s hair catching fire. Most of us have heard descriptions of the incident over the years and have a image in our minds of how it must have looked, but it’s almost certainly an image that doesn’t tally with what really happened.
In truth, this is the moment when Jacko’s slow, terminal decline as an artist and a human being began. The painkillers he needed after picking up second and third degree burns here became the only constant during the second half of his life.
We’re not saying for a minute that if this hadn’t happened, Jacko would have settled down with a wife and three kids in a scene of ordinary domestic bliss, mowing the lawn at weekends and sharing the occasional beer with the neighbours. But this accident fucked the man up good and proper.
We’ll try and find a funny ad for you tomorrow. Promise.