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'Bad 25' Set To Premiere On The BBC - But Doesn't Fare Too Well On ABC

by Sergio
November 24, 2012 11:28 AM
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Bad 25

Spike Lee's documantary about the making of Michael Jackson's Bad album will soon make it's U.K. broadcast premiere, while its debut on American TV screens did not live up to what was hoped for.

First of all, regarding news across the Big Pond, the documentary will premiere next Saturday December 1 on BBC2 at 9:45PM (21:45).

However, the film had a lackluster debut on the ABC Network on Thanksgiving evening, pulling in only 4.2  million viewers.  

No doubt, the competition played a major role in the disappointing numbers, when you consider that the NFL football game on NBC that same night pulled in 15.9 million viewers, and The X Factor USA on Fox came in second with 9.4 million.

Obviously, Thanksgiving was a poor choice for ABC to showcase Bad 25. Football is the public's choice of what to watch on TV on Turkey Day.

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  • Mark & Darla | November 26, 2012 9:22 PMReply

    Good, let the nincompoop rest in peace.

  • AyannaCosta | November 26, 2012 12:24 PMReply

    These comments are so immature. I don't care which side of the fence your on about MJ but saying you wish a Ghost would hunt a person and touch their privates is completely ridiculous and sort of mentally unstable. I choose to stay hidden and not really entertain these comments so but I just had to say something. People can voice their opinions without taking them so personally.

  • rane | November 25, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    Yes, if we only celebrated artists that were wholesome, there'd only be 2 or 3 paintings at the Met and a similar amount of songs written or sung. However I think for a lot of black folks, the extra sting; the obliteration of his blackness to the point where he didn't even want black offspring, makes it hard to separate the man from his demons.

  • bondgirl | November 25, 2012 11:58 PM

    Umm no, I care less about the lack of blackness and more that I'm protective of children over celebrities, and would fuck MJ up if he'd pull that Jesus Juice foolishness with my nephew. BondGirl loves the kids. lol

  • bondgirl | November 25, 2012 11:58 PM

    Umm no, I care less about the lack of blackness and more that I'm protective of children over celebrities, and would fuck MJ up if he'd pull that Jesus Juice foolishness with my nephew. BondGirl loves the kids. lol

  • B | November 24, 2012 8:09 PMReply

    Didn't Patti LaBelle say that Jackie Wilson almost raped her?
    Didn't Miles Davis beat all of his women, including CICELY TYSON?
    Bill Withers beat Denise Nicholas.
    Jerry Lee Lewis, Marvin Gaye and Elivis all married women whom they had been sexing as teenagers. And Jerry's underage wife was also his COUSIN.
    In addition to underage girls Chuck Berry also got caught peeping through peep holes he had cut into rooms adjacent to the women washrooms in his club.
    James Brown beat women including Tammy Terrell.
    I have seen movies on Marvin and James posted on this site and I did not see any posts about them personally.
    Acknowledging one's art, does not mean one cosign their personal demons or misdeeds.
    BAD 25 was about MJ and his music... no more no less.

  • bondgirl | November 25, 2012 11:46 PM

    This is perhaps the funniest thread I've read in a while. "I pray his ghost haunts you and touches YOUR privates."<<<----*dies laughing* @Nadia: I can't believe you're not aware that the power dynamics between a child and child rapist are vastly different than a grown ass woman and man. I knew a teen who was arrested after running away from an abusive parent. No adult is forced by law to be around their oppressor, but kids routinely are. Empathy goes out to DV women, but c'mon now, one is bit more egregious than the other because of the lack of consent.

  • Nadia | November 25, 2012 11:18 PM

    @Casey Frete - Tell me if you'd prefer to be raped by your lover in the ass every night, or better yet, tell me if you'd prefer to be killed by your lover. #them-apples. You're a freaking moron. Good luck with your theories in the real world.

  • Casey Frete | November 25, 2012 6:26 PM

    @Nadia-- I pray his ghost haunts you and touches YOUR privates. Then tell me if you'd prefer a punch in the nose. #them_apples

  • Nadia | November 25, 2012 8:37 AM

    @Casey Frete - your suggestion that domestic violence is somehow "less serious" than child molestation is by far one of the dumbest comments I've read on this site. Go ask the millions of women around the world whose faces are being bashed in every night by their husbands or boyfriends, or who are being raped repeatedly by those same husbands and boyfriends. Or who are being beaten and raped and worse, regularly by their husbands and boyfriends. Or better yet, talk to the nearly 2 dozen women who are murdered every week, in the USA alone, by their loving husbands and/or boyfriends. To even make a comparison between the two is just stupid. Abuse is abuse is abuse is abuse. This is the kind of nonsense sexist thinking that prevails in the black community.

  • Casey Frete | November 25, 2012 1:18 AM

    So, now domestic violence and child molestation fall under the same umbrella? That weirdo was an accused child abuser; and despite the verdict, his behavior was that of a guilty sexual defiant. He deformed himself trying to erase the predator he saw staring back at him in the mirror. His music was a cry for help. When he told us he was "Bad", he was trying to really tell us something. When he sang ˝Thriller", he was telling us he was a monster; a deep-voiced, self-hating, drug-addicted beast.

  • artbizzy | November 24, 2012 9:01 PM

    I agree. Lots of folks got issues. Some that will never come to light. And let's not forget about Roman Polanski or Woody Allen.

  • ALM | November 24, 2012 6:52 PMReply

    Wow. I am surprised at those low ratings, even with the football game airing.

  • elke hassell | November 24, 2012 5:24 PMReply

    Oh look at the Haters on here, the tabloid junkies, the brainwashed assholes! You will never be half the person MJ was. You sit behind your little screen, instead of doing some real research (if your bird brains allows) you running your big traps on a Man you never knew!! But alas you are the same mentally challenged people that cling on to every piece of shit that the Media and the press offers you. Now f... off!

  • Turner | November 24, 2012 7:13 PM

    You don't have to read a tabloid article about MJ to see he was unbalanced; any picture of the man post (his many) ops says it all.

  • Carl | November 24, 2012 5:29 PM

    shut the fuck up.

  • Winston | November 24, 2012 2:13 PMReply

    I still don't get it. Kevin Clash is done, but this guy is still celebrated? What a crazy world we've created for ourselves.

  • JMac | November 25, 2012 11:45 PM

    Opinions are like a$$holes. Note that nobody's calling for a mass burning of Tickle Me Elmo dolls either or for the charcter to be removed from Sesame Street. Not everyone is dropping their religion because of the acts of a few sick, disgusting priests and preachers or their sheep-mentality followers. Must be nice to live in black and white and not deal with the gray.

  • Winston | November 24, 2012 5:08 PM

    @JMAC-- Of course you'll still buy it. And of course you still like the music. A grown man makes songs about monsters, and CPR dummies, and that's what you buy. SMDH.

  • JMac | November 24, 2012 4:57 PM

    Ha, that painting is weird/funny. Can't really compare Clash to MJ. Billions have watched MJ since he was a little boy. I'm sure they felt they knew him and what he was capable of. Clash wasn't in that same position. Regardless, there are plenty who don't celebrate Michael due to the allegations despite his acquittal and plenty who still tilt their head at Eddie Long despite his never being charged criminally or going through a civil trial. Yet, it is still possible to like the music, the puppet, and whatever and what went into their creations without liking the men behind the creations. I forgot the doc was to air on Thanksgiving. Just watched on Hulu. Very interesting to see all the work that was involved and to see background people getting their props. Something else I'll have to buy next year.

  • turner | November 24, 2012 4:01 PM

    Ewww! just saw this! Cherub painting link:

  • lauren | November 24, 2012 3:51 PM

    *"white male cherubs" And I'm not even gonna go there about his biological preference for his "children"

  • B | November 24, 2012 3:42 PM

    @Lauren: I agree.

  • Lauren | November 24, 2012 3:33 PM

    Exactly! MJ was the posterboy of self loathing, narcissim and indulgent excess on top of wacko and inappropiate behavior. I'll never forget the hand holding interview with one of his "young" boy friends when he said there was nothing wrong with them "sleeping" in the same bed!!!!!! Nor the painting he had commissioned of himself, pale as can be and naked except for a loin cloth surrounded by a half dozen white make cherubs! OK? Yes- he was uber talented and grew up in a disfunctional family of sycophants... but why people choose to make light (pardon the pun) of his aberrant behavior and mental illness, I'll never understand. Are we as a community so bereft of heroes that we keep his flame lit? Seeing how Spike felt the need to parade Mike Tyson on Broadway, who will he celebrate next? R. Kelley?

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