The family of Michael Jackson was offended by a comment on Wednesday’s episode of Fox’s “American Idol” that referenced a 1984 incident involving Jackson, TMZ.com reports.
Contestant James Durbin reportedly said on the show, "I have a lot of hairspray in my hair to keep it from jumping around–so much so, the one thing I was worried about was having a ‘Pepsi moment.’" The reference was apparently to the incident in which Jackson’s hair caught fire while he was filming a Pepsi commercial.
Said a rep for Jackson’s family: "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."
It has been suggested that Jackson’s injury in the 1984 accident contributed to his subsequent drug abuse. Members of Jackson’s family were reportedly upset that the producers of “Idol” failed to remove the remark from the taped West Coast feed.