In light of public opinion, some of the comments and feedback we’ve received on the subject and a recent conversion to the peaceful teachings of Buddhism, Hecklerspray has had a change of heart about Michael Jackson. All those silly things we said about the King of Pop? We didn’t really mean them. We’ve thought long and hard, meditated and pontificated on the subject and we had an epiphany; all those sly little digs, veiled insults and jokes we made about him were wrong. We see that now. You can take this as a solemn pledge to you, dear reader, that we will never speak ill of the great man again. No teasing, no mockery, nothing. We’re sorry.
And we mean that.
With that heartfelt oath out of the way, here’s news that Wesley Snipes had to hold perfectly normal and in no way weird or creepy Michael Jackson’s hand during filming of the ‘Bad’ video in 1987. The late singer, who was definitely only sexually interested in adult women, was reportedly so scared on-set in the tough Harlem neighbourhood where filming took place, that his co-star had to take his hand as they walked down the street.
Gestures such as these were perfectly commonplace in intimidating New York boroughs in the late eighties. The fact that Jackson was 29 years old at the time makes it even more normal and not weird, sad and slightly upsetting at all.
“I think Michael was a little scared being in Harlem, so we held hands.”
“I was like, ‘Hang in there, Michael. Don’t worry about it, brother – I got you’. I went from being the actor in the scene with him to bodyguarding him.”
“People were calling out his name – some favorably, some not so favorably… Yelling it across the street. And he’s hearing this… “And he turned to me, and he says, ‘Are you scared?’… “I was like, ‘Nah, Mike. I grew up here. This is all good. Are you scared?’ “He was like, ‘Yeah a little.’”
Had Michael Jackson of employed the Demolition Man star to be his actual bodyguard, it’s safe to say that the job would have been ‘cash-in-hand’ and that the actor probably wouldn’t have declared it to the taxman. Snipes is reportedly facing three years in jail for failing to return his tax forms.
Jackson himself is no stranger to unusual finances. In the 1990’s a series of unfortunate clerical errors at his bank saw large sums of money accidentally transferred to a series of families whose children had stayed at his house and slept in different beds from the singer. Accusations that the Moonwalker plied the young boys with ‘Jesus Juice’ and then ‘Jackson Juice’ could not be further from the truth.
‘This Is It’, the magnificent look at the young, handsome singer in his prime preparing for a string of live dates before the conspiracy to have him tragically murdered is out on DVD now.