Michael Jackson, awaiting trial on child-molestation charges, made a surprise phone call yesterday afternoon to Fox News's Geraldo Rivera to complain about Eminem's controversial video "Just Lose It," which parodies Jackson's legal troubles.
When he got the call, Rivera was covering a protest staged by a small group of the King of Pop's fans outside MTV's Times Square studios because MTV won't stop airing the video, which shows the rapper impersonating Jackson with boys jumping on a bed. "Come here, little kiddie, on my lap," Eminem sings. "Guess who's back with a brand-new rap."
"I think that it's demeaning and disrespectful," Jackson told Rivera, "and I also want to make it clear that it's not just about Michael Jackson but about a pattern of disrespect that he has shown to our community. He needs to stop it and he needs to stop it now."
-- Anne Schroeder