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Eminem jibe angers singer Wonder
Stevie Wonder
Wonder said he felt "disappointed" by Eminem's latest video
Singer Stevie Wonder has criticised Eminem for ridiculing Michael Jackson in his latest video.

Rapper Eminem refers to Jackson's plastic surgery and the child molestation charges faced by Jackson in the video for latest single Lose It.

"Kicking someone when he's down is not a good thing," Wonder told US music magazine Billboard.

"I was disappointed that he would let himself go to such a level." Eminem was unavailable for comment.

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"I have much respect for his work, though I don't think he's as good as (late rapper) 2Pac," Wonder continued.

The 54-year-old star said that Eminem "succeeded on the backs of people predominantly in that lower pay bracket, people of colour".

In October Jackson asked TV stations to stop playing Eminem's video, describing it as "outrageous and disrespectful".

The rapper dresses as Jackson in the video, and is shown on a bed with young boys. His nose also falls off and his hair catches fire.

US cable channel Black Entertainment Television (BET) responded by banning the video, its president Robert Johnson saying he felt it inappropriate to disparage a celebrity.

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

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