Jackson video is silly but it looks very good

November 15, 1991|By Nestor Aparicio

EVEN THOUGH he has been out of the public eye for almost three years, it took just 11 minutes last night for Michael Jackson to drive home the obvious in vivid detail.

Michael Jackson still loves Michael Jackson immensely.

The debut of Jackson's latest video foray, for the song "Black or White," was at the same time visually tremendous and tremendously silly.

The highlight was hardly Jackson himself, but the comedic effort of his supporting cast (George Wendt and Macauley Culkin as a father-son team in battle over stereo volume) and the nifty video production work that transformed the faces of dozens of people -- with disregard to gender or race -- right before our eyes.

After the opening Wendt-Culkin segment, it went downhill and crashed with Jackson, transformed from the body of a black panther, spending three minutes of virtual silence dirty dancing and gyrating on top of a car he systematically destroyed with a crowbar.

Along the way he danced with aborigines in Australia, Russians in the Soviet Union and in front of the Ku Klux Klan at a cross burning.

Sound confused? Don't worry. You're not alone.

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