Message to Michael

November 07, 1991|By The Los Angeles Times

HOLLYWOOD - Jermaine Jackson says that he took a biting musical swipe at his superstar sibling, Michael, because his younger brother had frozen him out of his life.

In an interview, Jermaine explained that the cantankerous lyrics to his song "Word to the Badd!!," which criticize Michael for allegedly changing his skin color and obtaining plastic surgery, were written in retaliation for eight months of unreturned phone calls.

"I understand he's a very busy person, but after you repeatedly try to contact your own brother and he doesn't call you back, you begin to wonder if he hasn't just completely lost touch with reality," Jermaine, 37, told the Los Angeles Times.

"I never meant to discredit him. The song was never supposed to come out in public. But now that it has, I am hear to say that, yes, I wrote it and I stand by it."

A bootleg cassette of "Badd!!" was leaked last weekend to programmers at several radio stations, which began playing it back-to-back with an unauthorized version of Michael Jackson's long-awaited new single "Black or White," a song about racial harmony that was not officially due to be released until Monday.

Michael Jackson, 33, could not be reached for comment.

At least one positive thing occurred as a result of the song's public airing. Shortly after the recording was leaked, Michael called Jermaine.

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