Blood is thicker than water at Black Entertainment Television, or at least the cable network knows who put them on the map. BET has pulled Eminem’s “Just Lose It” video from rotation, responding to Michael Jackson’s public complaints about the clip.
“BET has pulled the Eminem video out of rotation effective immediately,” says a network statement, reported on the channel’s website and issued Tuesday (Oct. 12). “We did so out of respect for our long-standing relationship with Michael Jackson that dates back more than a decade, including Michael’s induction as the first BET Walk of Fame honoree in 1995. This action was a collective management decision by BET executives.”
The video finds Eminem in typical rabble-rousing mode, picking on the self-proclaimed King of Pop, an easy target. In the video, Eminem is seen playing Jackson in bed with several kids, rapping about the child molestation charges facing the singer. Jackson, who has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, called the video “offensive and disrespectful.”
The video also mocks Madonna and the artist formerly known as MC Hammer.
“I’ve admired Eminem as a artist, and was shocked by this,” Jackson told Steve Harvey on his LA 100.3 FM radio show. “The video was inappropriate and disrespectful to me, my children, my family, and the community at large. It is my hope that the other networks will take BET’s lead and pull it.”
As of this time, MTV has no plans to pull the Jackson video.
Eminem’s new album “Encore,” hits shelves on Nov. 16. Jackson’s child molestation trial is set for January.