Harpo are taking the segments of these videos down on YT so I have put a summary of the key quotes below just incase any of you can’t see the video.
Mike on his father, Joe:
“I don’t know him the way I’d like to know him. I wish I could understand my father.”
Mike on his mother, Katharine:
“My mother is wonderful. To me, she is perfection. “
Mike on Joe & being beaten:
“He was very strict, very hard. Just a look would scare you. Frightened. There’s been times when he’s come to seen me and I’d be sick. I’d regurgitate. He’s never heard me say this — I’m sorry, please don’t be mad at me. But I do love him”
Mike on judging:
“Do not pass judgment on anyone until you have talked to them one on one”
Mike on Elephant Man (Gangster!):
(laughing): “Where am I going to put some bones?”
Mike on blackness (the way he says this is SO COOL):
“Why would I want a white child to play me? I’m a Black American. I’m proud of my race.”
Mike on cosmetic surgery:
Mike: “If all the people in Hollywood who have had plastic surgery, they went on vacation, there wouldn’t be a person left in town
Oprah: “I think you might be right”
Mike: “I know I’m right. It’d be empty.”
LMFAO! That to me is an example of the Michael Jackson I like and respect — not taking any shit lying down and giving as good as he can get. People look at this guy and say he is weak etc but he did have a steely tough thick skin-esque aura aout him. You better tell them, Mike!
Mike on Art:
“I’m a big fan of art. I love Michaelangelo.If I had the chance to talk to him, I would want to know about what inspires him to become who he is. The anatomy of his craftmanship, not about with who he went out with last night.”
I absolutely love what he said there in the final paragraph. Sounds to me like Michael was such a thoughtful and clever man. Do any of you guys feel slightly robbed by the media as Michael fans in how they never properly ask him about where that beautiful creativity comes from? I know Oprah has her own show to sell, but it would have been nice for her to ask him how he comes up with songs, what the process is for coming up with dance moves etc.
A great singer/performer/song writer has passed away and a lot of these old archive interviews are good, but they miss out on asking him how he became so fantastic. I am a huge Michael fan (as if that isn’t clear already LOL) and it would have been nice to see Oprah ask him that.
I think that’s why I love the Ebony/Jet interview from the Bad era the most bc they ask him more about his craft than anyone else.
What did you guys think of this interview with Oprah? How did you find it? I thought Michael gave as good as he got in this interview.
Michael is gangster, not ramping with Oprah or taking any prisoners here. He has that toughness here, which you saw a little in the Bad interview. I wish his later interviews could have been more like this, where he fought his corner more. He seemed like a boxer in this interview, giving back tough answers and not taking any shit lying down.
Normally, I stan for Oprah, but I was not feeling her interviewing technique here. It was very aggressive, but she has changed her style a lot.