Michael Jackson Public Service Ad


Michael Jackson Public Service Ad

Stagehand…..Tim Kazurinsky
Michael Jackson…..Eddie Murphy

[FADE IN on a shot of Eddie Murphy as Michael Jackson, performing “Billie Jean” onstage as seen from the wings. He lip-syncs the end of the song for about 10 seconds, and then canned applause takes over, and the man walks almost prissily backstage. A stagehand holds out a towel as Eddie runs in.]

Stagehand: Beautiful, beautiful! Beautiful!

Michael Jackson: [in an effeminate voice] Thank you, thank you! [to camera] Thank you all! Um, I’d to talk to you men out there for a moment.

[audience laughs]

Michael Jackson: Not long ago, I wrote a song called “Billie Jean,” and I’m afraid it was misunderstood by everyone. A lot of people thought I actually did get a girl pregnant and then walked out on her. But believe me, nothing could be further from the truth.

[audience roars with laughter]

Michael Jackson: Take it from me, Michael Jackson, fellas. It’s beautiful that, to love somebody, and it’s wonderful, but please don’t let it get out of hand. Remember: Nice boys don’t get girls pregnant.

[SUPERIMPOSE the last line on the bottom of the screen. Michael smiles coyly for the camera and pats his face dry. FADE OUT.]

Thanks to Joe Cornfield for this transcript!

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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