Michael Jackson’s Family Upset With ‘Pepsi Moment’ Comment By ‘Idol’ Star

Written by Michael Lambarde on Apr. 01, 2011

Wednesday night on FOX’s American Idol after James Durbin performed in front of flames firing behind him on the stage to Elton John’s Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting. However, unbeknownst to him, he didn’t know that he was going to cause some controversy, at least to the late Michael Jackson’s family.

After the performance, host Ryan Seacrest asked Durbin what he “most feared during the song”. Durbin replied with the following: “I have a lot of hairspray in my hair to keep it from jumping around, so much so, that the one thing I was worried about was having a ‘Pepsi Moment.’”

For those who are questioning what exactly a “Pepsi Moment” is, it’s a reference to Michael Jackson when during an appearance in the mid-1980s during a Pepsi commercial, his hair caught on fire. As a result, Jackson suffered severe burns on his scalp that ultimately triggered an addiction to prescription drugs. After the comments by Durbin, a person close to the Jackson family said that they were “shocked” by the comments: “We were shocked to see this. It’s nothing to make light of and everybody should be focusing on who was responsible for Michael’s death.”