Eerie Video – Who Sold It

July 16, 2009 by admncc

I know it’s rare for me to publish two posts in one day, so please check out “Cell Phone Shots – Volume III” and keep the comments coming on that one if you haven’t already done so.  But there’s another topic worthy of a post today.

If you haven’t yet heard, US Weekly obtained and released the video yesterday of Michael Jackson’s infamous accident from the January 1984 Pepsi commercial shoot.  You can view the minute and a half video here.  It is difficult to watch as Jackson’s hair catches on fire and he (not realizing) continues to dance.  Five people quickly rush to Jackson’s aide and tackle him.

I don’t know about you, but I have never seen this video before – only the pictures that were made available over the years.  So, a few weeks after the “King of Pop” dies, this video is suddenly released?  Pepsi denied that they released it and said they don’t know who owns the rights to the footage.

Let’s see – the footage looks professional, but yet Pepsi doesn’t own it?  OK!  Then I wonder who owns it.  Or should I ask, did someone in Jackson’s family sell the video rights for money?  I hope not.  What do you think?

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  1. Wow, I had heard about this, but I had never seen the actual incident. Terrible. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if the family is involved with this release.

  2. Jane says:

    CC, I too had never seen this video. Pretty ironic how it “all of a sudden” gets released. You are right.

  3. NeoConDon says:

    I remember being a huge MJ fan as a kid, and taping Diff’rent strokes and Silver Spoons on video so I could watch the pepsi video that had Alfonso from Silver Spoons in it…that was one of two commercials that had the concert footage when his hair caught on fire…I had never seen the actual video until Drudge posted the link a couple days ago…very interesting that it is finally coming out. It seems that specific event began the addction to pain killers…strange how events can alter our lives.

  4. C. Princess says:

    I saw the footage the other day on Entertainment Tonight and wondered the same thing as you CC.

    As I watched it poor MJ doesn’t even know his hair is on fire.

  5. Sugar says:

    Obviously it wasn’t released when MJ was alive b/c maybe he was embarrassed by it. You can clearly see the huge patch of hair on his scalp that was burned off. I think it’s a shame that it was released now. The man’s dead, leave it be.

  6. It all does seem very odd how the video just now comes out. But, everything about MJ is very odd. All of these overexposed stars have such tragic ends.
    My post today has a big thank you to The Complainer for featuring my Gym Etiquette post earlier in the week.

  7. I don’t know if you guys have been following this story, (I do against my will as they have a MJ update on my drive to work and the drive home from work!). A lot of contracts and shhhhh clauses expire once the person dies. A lot of stuff is going to slowly start coming out because now that MJ is dead people are no long obliged to not speak of certain events.

    Pepsi paid a boatload of money to MJ for that accident (I saw the video and it was sooooo sad. Poor guy had no idea that his head was on fire!) and I’m sure that it was also written that the video could not be shown to anyone or whatever. Now that he is dead that clause expires and the owner of the video can do whatever they want with it.

    I’m almost 100% sure that Pepsi did not release the video because no company wants to be associated with “bad” stuff like that. Who wants to link themselves to the start of MJ’s addiction to pain killers? Who wants to show that filming a commerical could be dangerous for you? It wasn’t Pepsi. Maybe the person directing the film or one of the camera men had made a copy of the video and just released it now?

  8. JennyMac says:

    I agree with W.P.F…it is odd but then again, what ISNT about MJ and all things correlated?

  9. That gave me goosebumps. Like you said, I have NEVER seen this before and Michael Jackson was in my heyday (pictures in my locker, cassette tapes in my “boom box” – oh yeah, I went there). Someone made some bank on this video release, fo’ sho’.

  10. Extreme John says:

    I always get a kick out of all of the “unreleased footage” that surfaces when a celebrity dies, or “never before seen”.

    Nothing more than a money making opp, I always said he would be worth way more dead than alive… yeah.

    My sister in law told me about this video yesterday and said how freaky it was, I assumed it would be some grainy terrible video from a different angle than the one I have seen 100x before. Boy was I wrong.

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