Statements from Jackson and BET Re: Eminem publicty stunt

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2004 MICHAEL JACKSON SPEAKS PUBLICLY ABOUT EMINEM’S VIDEO On Tuesday, October 12, 2004, at 8:00AM, P.S.T., Michael Jackson appeared on “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” 100.3/ The Beat, a Radio One station, regarding Eminem’s video. In an exclusive interview with Steve Harvey, Michael Jackson made the following statement: “I would like to thank you, Steve, Radio One, the African-American community, my fans from around the world, and some of the members of the media, for the support that you have given to me. I would also like to thank Mr. Robert Johnson, Chairman and Founder of BET for pulling the Eminem video from BET’s airplay. I appreciate very much the love and support that you all have shown me. “I am very angry at Eminem’s depiction of me in his video. I feel that it is outrageous and disrespectful. It is one thing to spoof, but it is another to be demeaning and insensitive. “I’ve admired Eminem as a artist, and was shocked by this. The video was inappropriate and disrespectful to me, my children, my family, and the community at large. It is my hope that the other networks will take BET’s lead and pull it.” ###

Statement Released on Tuesday, October 12, 2004, by Mr. Robert Johnson, Chairman/Founder of BET: “BET has pulled the video about Michael Jackson by Eminem. BET pulled the video because we feel it is inappropriate to use our network to air a video disparaging Michael’s character, or that of any other celebrity. “Michael Jackson is a long-time supporter of BET, and a former ‘BET Walk of Fame’ honoree.”

### Source: Raymone Bain

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