Originally Posted by SpideyVille
I thought it was a nice look at his character and awareness with how they spoke about Michael thinking that the ghetto and subway station used in the "Bad" video were sets that were built. For someone like MJ, who was born into stardom, I can only imagine what kind of a rude awakening it was to see that people who were less fortunate actually lived in those places with those conditions.
Michael wasn't born into stardom; he spent his earliest years in a working class neighborhood in Gary, Indiana. But Joe organized the boys into a group and had Michael touring with them from a young age. The Jacksons never lived in a stereotypical ghetto and Michael was never exposed to that sort of environment. Therefore, when he saw the area the video was filmed in it was a bit of a culture shock for him.
Black people are like everyone else; we come from diverse backgrounds. I can relate to Michael's reaction. I grew up in a rural area of working and middle-class families. Although I had seen photos and film of inner city neighborhoods, it wasn't until I was an adult that I ever visited places like that. It was a hell of a shock, believe me.