Michael Jackson Pepsi Accident

Ken AshfordPopular Culture1 Comment

I had seen a grainy photograph or two of the accident back in 1984 when Michael Jackson burnt his hair shooting a Pepsi commercial.  I guess I always wonder why, if they were filming, there was never actual video.

Well, there is.  Us Weekly got a hold of it.  They've edited it and added some scary music, but you can clearly see what happened.

It was much scarier than I thought it was at the time.  Dude burnt his hair off down to the scalp.

This is an especially historic piece of film in the sense that the accident led to MJ's use of painkillers, which eventually done him in.  In other words, this is the beginning of the end.