Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Unseen Footage of Michael Jackson's Pepsi Commercial Accident
This is HORRIBLE.
Can someone--anyone--please tell me why we haven't seen this footage of the extent of Michael's horrific injuries that he suffered while filming that infamous Pepsi ad in 1984? Good GOD, this is just shameful. The public was led to believe Michael's scalp injuries were really not that big of a deal. So when he blamed his dependence on pain killers on the burn incident, most people were skeptical (including myself). He announced his addiction to painkillers during that sad (and creepy) video he made proclaiming his innocence after being accused of molesting a young boy; you know, the one where he wore that red shirt and fake eyelashes? Yeah. That one.
ANYWAY. What. The. Hell?? You can actually see his burning scalp. It's painful to watch. Michael suffered third degree burns on his head, scalp and part of his body during this accident. This moment was the beginning of the end for Michael, if you ask me. After enduring surgery after surgery, skin-grafts and constant pain, no wonder he was addicted to painkillers.
Michael sued the effects company for the accident and donated the money he won to a burn center at a Los Angeles hospital:
"On Jan. 27, 1984, Jackson suffered second and third degree burns to his scalp after pyrotechnics accidentally set his hair on fire, while filming a Pepsi Cola commercial at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. PepsiCo settled the lawsuit out of court, and Jackson gave his $1.5 million settlement to the "Michael Jackson Burn Center" at the Brotman Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles." That $1.5 million figure is nothing, given what Michael went through..AND he donated the money.
I simply cannot believe this video is just now coming out.
Combine this situation with all that Michael Jackson had to suffer through during his life (an abusive father, seemingly false accusations of molestation, the myriad of leeches on his payroll, family handouts...the list goes ON), I think those three children were the only light he had in his life.
I'm sure there are many people, specifically DOCTORS, who are shaking in their boots, and rightly so.