Posted by: Winslie Gomez | 16/07/2009

MJ’s hair on fire. Perhaps the event that led him down the path of facial tranfiguration.

Apart from just getting addicted to painkillers.  As though that wasn’t bad enough!

Video credit and thanks to H1BReakable [jump to site]

Youtube link [in case video doesn’t play]

January 27th, 1984 stands out as one of the darkest days in the King of Pop’s life. In an incident that’s often been discussed but never witnessed, Jackson suffered second and third degree burns to his face and scalp while shooting a Pepsi advertisement in front of thousands of fans at Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. For the first time ever, Us Weekly exclusively reveals video from the accident, which occurred when the pyrotechnics were set off too early on the shoot’s sixth take. (Warning: the above video is graphic.)

As the video shows, the premature pyrotechnics exploded on a nearby Jackson when his back was turned to the camera, with sparks igniting the singer’s hair. Jackson, unaware that he’s on fire, continues to perform until he is rushed by dozens of stagehands who quickly help douse the flames. After the fire extinguishers are emptied and the chaos has died down, Jackson emerges with obvious burns on his scalp, with patches of barren flesh where there was hair seconds before. Jackson was rushed to the hospital, but not before reassuring the audience of 3,000 that he was okay.

What did MJ do with the settlement?

Following the 1984 incident, Jackson and Pepsi settled out of court. Always the humanitarian, Jackson donated his $1.5 million settlement to the Brotman Memorial Hospital in Culver City, California, establishing the Michael Jackson Burn Center for Children.

Source [Rollingstone]

Us big nosed lot can empathise that Michael got a nose job in 1979, way before the fire event and paved the way, perhaps..



  1. There are some great new paintings of Michael about to be released by Upper Deck in their next set of baseball cards:

    The caricatures are loud and freaky intense. I imagine that they capture the self-image that he had while he was with us. I can’t wait to collect the whole set.

  2. Thanks.
    Had a quick “deko” (peek) at the images and the body postures are spot on.
    Faces on the other hand…. as you say.
    Maybe they capture the contradictions inside his head.

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