Slim Shady is back again and pulling no punches in his controversial new video “Just Lose It.” This time, he’s targeting the King of Pop and, apparently, the King is popping back.
From the video’s opening routine reminiscent of Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” to the case of the nose with a mind of its own, Eminem pulls no punches as he takes on everything from the 1984 accident in which Jackson’s hair caught fire to allegations Jackson plied his underage accuser with wine, calling it “Jesus juice.” Though the images arguably indicate otherwise, in his lyrics, Eminem insists he’s not attacking Jackson, as he rhymes, “I done touched on everything but little boys. That’s not a stab at Michael — that’s just a metaphor — I’m just psycho.”
Nevertheless, the video has sparked a flurry of published reports alleging Jackson is furious and considering legal action.
Jackson’s spokesperson, Raymone Bain says that’s half true — so far Jackson hasn’t threatened to sue, but he is piping mad.
“It’s untimely and, quite frankly, outrageous,” said Bain of the video. “”What was Eminem thinking? Because I don’t think he would want anyone to treat him that way, particularly as a father. I think he should reconsider what he’s done.”
Jackson is asking networks to pull Eminem’s video off the airwaves. Bain tells “CJ” that, so far, only BET has agreed.
Eminem says he’s only poking fun at pop culture in the video, which also takes on Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” routine from “Truth or Dare,” MC Hammer’s parachute pants, Pee Wee’s big adventure, and the movies “Old School,” “Bad Santa,” and Eminem’s own “8 Mile.” Eminem’s also got a team of celebrity supporters who appear in the video — hotel heiress Paris Hilton, “8 Mile” co-star Mekhi Phifer, former “CHIPS” star Erik Estrada and “Bad Santa” star Tony Cox.
A spokesperson for BET tells “CJ” that the network has indeed pulled the video, at Jackson’s request — adding BET made the decision because of the video’s content and out of respect for the network’s long relationship with Michael Jackson.