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Jackson anger over Eminem video
Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson faces trial on child abuse charges in January
Michael Jackson has asked TV stations to stop playing Eminem's new video, which ridicules the pop legend, saying it is "outrageous and disrespectful".

Eminem dresses as Jackson for the Just Lose It video, and is shown on a bed with young boys. His nose also falls off and his hair catches fire.

"It is one thing to spoof but it is another to be demeaning and insensitive," Jackson said.

US cable's Black Entertainment TV is the only channel to ban it so far.

The song and video make references to Jackson's looming trial on 10 child abuse charges, which he denies.

Eminem
Come here little kiddies on my lap
Guess who's back with a brand new rap
And I don't mean rap as in a new case
Of child investigation accusate

Eminem - Just Lose It

They also poke fun at his reputed plastic surgery and an accident while filming a Pepsi commercial in 1984 when Jackson's hair caught fire.

"I am very angry at Eminem's depiction of me in his video," Jackson told Los Angeles radio host Steve Harvey, according to a transcript from the singer's publicist.

"I've admired Eminem as an artist, and was shocked by this.

"The video was inappropriate and disrespectful to me, my children, my family, and the community at large."

Black Entertainment Television (BET) president Robert Johnson said he felt it was inappropriate to disparage a celebrity.

A spokesman for the network told BBC Radio Five Live their decision was "partly out of respect for the relationship we've had with Michael over the years".

'Just a metaphor'

Jackson added: "It is my hope that the other networks will take BET's lead and pull it."

Eminem's spokesperson would only say he was "sorry" at BET's decision.

The song includes lyrics such as "Come here little kiddies on my lap" and "I've done touched on everything but little boys/ That's not a stab at Michael/ That's just a metaphor".

The video also sends up Madonna, Pee Wee Herman and MC Hammer.

Last year, the rap star made fun of Jackson's baby-dangling incident.

Eminem came out to his hotel room balcony in Glasgow, wearing a black and white tracksuit and a surgical mask, and threw a baby doll in the air.


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