The ABC special Michael Jackson: Bad 25 was well-received by critics, and included interviews with stars such as Kanye West, Chris Brown and Mariah Carey honoring the late musician on the 25th anniversary of the making of his “Bad” video. Yet the 90-minute documentary delivered a weak performance, even by Thanksgiving-night standards.
Bad was seen by 4.6 million viewers and had a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, down 25 percent from ABC’s musical special last year, A Very Gaga Thanksgiving. It was topped by CBS repeats and tied a repeat of a repeat of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as the night’s lowest-rated show in the demo (ABC ran the Charlie Brown special on Wednesday night, too).
Shelton “Spike” Lee who produced the Jacko tribute was unavailable for comment. However we’re sure he would’ve blamed this on racism, never mind the fact that 65% of NFL players are black. And while we’re at it, that Michael Jackson sung “It doesn’t matter if you’re black or white” after enduring numerous race change surgeries.
I think little Shelton Lee should rename his video “Jacko-Lantern” and trot it out next Halloween, a holiday reserved for scaring children.