'Michael Jackson' on Serious Eats

Video: Michael Jackson Organizes a Food Fight After Filming 'Black or White'

We were sad to hear about the passing of Michael Jackson today. After learning about his cardiac arrest, only to find his death confirmed shortly thereafter, we listened to some of the pop king's hits and found this video of him organizing a food fight after filming Black or White, a short early 1990s film inspired by the hit single. Jackson wanted to pay the director John Landis some thanks for all his hard work throughout the taping, and clearly pie projectiles were the best way to do that. Jackson and a young Macaulay Culkin (also in Black or White) planted stink bombs in the pies, which were all lined up on a very long table, and had Super... More

In Videos: Weird Al Yankovic's 'Eat It'

Yesterday was a real trip for anyone who remembers when MTV actually played music. The network launched mtvmusic.com, making available a gigantic web library of original music videos. Though many food-related favorites come to mind, it's hard not to recall Weird Al Yankovic's take on Michael Jackson's "Beat It." Don't you tell me you're full, just eat it/ Get yourself an egg and beat it/ If it's gettin' cold, reheat it/ Have some more chicken, have some more pie. It doesn't matter if it's boiled or fried/ Just eat it The next time someone gives you sass about their food, borrow some of Weird Al's lines. Both videos, after the jump.... More

Snapshots from Asia: I’d Like a Michael Jackson, Please

In Singapore, it is not uncommon for my grandparents' generation to speak numerous dialects, but only a smattering of English. So imagine my surprise when I heard a grandfatherly type holler at a coffee shop, "Lao ban, lai yi bei Michael Jackson." ("Boss, give me a glass of Michael Jackson.") Michael Jackson? What is this, a new type of beer? I stay to look and it turns out a Michael Jackson is no alcoholic drink, but a virtuous concoction of creamy soy milk and squiggles of immortal jelly. I haven't a clue why the black jelly is considered "immortal" (I suspect ad man involvement), but it is also known locally as chin chow, or grass jelly. Made by boiling... More

In Videos: Mackenzie Phillips Sings 'Junk Food Junkie' on 'The Jacksons'

Today is supposedly National Junk Food Day. In honor, here's a video of Mackenzie Phillips singing Larry Groce's "Junk Food Junkie" on the short-lived Jackson family variety show. And, yes, that's Jackson as in Michael, Tito, Jermaine, et al. Kids, this video (after the jump)is what happens to your brain after too much junk food. Think of what has become of those starring in it. Let it serve as a cautionary tale.... More

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