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Michael JacksonMichael Jackson Video - On November 14, 1991, Michael Jackson's world premiere video "Black or White" aired across America. Part of the 11-minute video contained Michael Jackson groping his private parts and maliciously breaking the windshield of a parked car.

Hundreds of viewers complained about the unnecessary violence and overt sexual movements. In the eyes of the people who complained, his actions were unacceptable for a celebrity who had so much influence over youngsters who considered him a role model.

The following day, Michael Jackson announced that portions of the four-minute dance sequence/finale when a panther transformed itself into the singer would be deleted from the video before its re-telecast on a special FOX Network presentation "Michael Jackson-Dangerous" scheduled to air 11/17/91.

Responding to criticism, Jackson remarked, "It upsets me to think that 'Black or White' could influence child or adult to destructive behavior either sexual or violent." He apologized for any pain or hurt the video may have caused. THE TONIGHT SHOW host Johnny Carson couldn't understand Michael Jackson's gyrations especially the part of the video where Jackson unzipped his fly, touched his crotch (a la Madonna) and zipped it up again.

Carson commented "Call me old fashion. I grew up in the days of the great musicals. Boy!, They've changed. I can't picture Fred Astaire coming out saying 'Putting on my Top hat, zipping up my fly.' Come on. It doesn't make it."

Michael Jackson on Roof of Car


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