If you saw American Idol on Wednesday, you know that after his pyro-packed performance, contestant James Durbin said to Ryan Seacrest, “I have a lot of hairspray in my hair to keep it from jumping around — so much so, the one thing I was worried about was having a ‘Pepsi moment.”
At the time I had no idea what the fuck he was referring to. I was like, “Should have had a V8? What? What does that even mean?” But apparently it was a nod to Michael Jackson getting lit on fire while filming a Pepsi commercial in the 80s. Michael suffered second and third degree burns all over his body and was hooked on pain killers for years after the accident.
Michael’s family has released a statement via thier rep that said, “We were shocked to see this. It’s nothing to make light of and everybody should be focusing on who was responsible for Michael’s death.”
Eh, I don’t see this as being that big of a deal. James is kind of an awkward guy and I doubt he even knew what he was saying. In fact, he took to his Twitter yesterday and sent out the following message, “For anyone talkin..I said pepsi NOT MJ! I have no disrespect for Michael. I grew up singing his art. I guess youll take it how you want it…” and then Tweeted, “Talkin about MJs passing is too soon. Making a reference to an incident 25 years ago..not too soon. The stab was at pepsi people.”
Taking stabs at Pepsi? TOTALLY, JAMES. Totally necessary and worth it… *rolling my eyes*… Whatever.