Michael Jackson, Magic Johnson & KFC

michael-jackson-kfcMagic Johnson’s remembrance of the King of Pop’s love for Kentucky Fried Chicken, delivered at the Michael Jackson Memorial service, was a touching tribute to some, but has been criticized as crass commercialism and product placement by others.

Some cite promotional ties between KFC and Magic Johnson (Magic Johnson Criticized for MJ KFC Story).

Commenters on YouTube and elsewhere allege Michael Jackson was vegetarian and therefore could not be a fan of KFC.

evegotch wrote:

Michael Jackson WAS a devoted vegetarian. Magic Johnson is a money-grubbing LIAR!

todnyc wrote:

He’s not exaggerating–he’s actually just flat out LYING about that even happening at all, because anyone who has read about MJ’s personal life would know that he had been a strict vegetarian for his entire adult life.

upcycle wrote:

You think KFC paid him to tell that story? MJ said in his book Moonwalker that he is vegatarian, MJ would not eat chicken as a vegatarian….

Michael Jackson’s obsession with KFC is well-documented.

Despite the rantings of YouTube conspiracy theorists, Michael Jackson was clearly a KFC fan.

The NewsCom.com picture above is captioned:

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Sunday October 5 2008. Pictured; One of Michael Jackson’s security detail gets some take out at a KFC. Michael Jackson does some incognito shopping in Los Angeles with Paris and Prince Michael Jackson. With their faces covered by masks, Jackson took his two oldest kids to the Golden Apple comic book store on Melrose Avenue. Surrounded by umbrella-toting security guards, they then went on a drive for two hours before stopping at a branch of KFC for a budget-concious large bucket of chicken. Whilst one of the bodyguards purchased the KFC, another hopped across the road to a local liquor store.  Photograph: Anthony Monterotti

During one of Michael Jackson’s trials, a flight attendant allegedly testified that Jackson ate Kentucky Fried Chicken on every flight.

TMZ.com ran photographs of Michael Jackson’s limo at a KFC Drive-thru (Jacko — Finger Lickin’ Good) and celebrity sites have interviews with references to Jackson’s devotion to KFC (Michael Jackson Thinks Eating KFC Without Skin “Is Organic”).

So while most of the conspiracy theories supposedly proving that Magic Johnson made up the anecdote at Michael Jackson’s memorial service are easily dismissed, the question of commercial motive for the Magic Johnson’s KFC eulogy remains.  What do you think?

Read:  Magic Johnson Criticized for MJ KFC Story,

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