Pepsi’s Nostalgic Moonwalk

Ah memories. Michael Jackson was still black and Pepsi’s “New Generation” premise was accepted without ironic interpretation. No one could see the darkness falling as the prince of pop converted prepubescent youth to his soulful freak-beat. The dancing kid is apparently “Carlton” from Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Jackson is said to have forced overnight visitors to Neverland to reneact this very commercial, except the Pepsi is replaced with wine and the 80’s street gear with skivvies.


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  1. Anabelle says:

    I actually used to like the young, black Michael Jackson from the Thriller era. He was a great entertainer. Maybe he still is, but I wouldn’t know — can’t get past all the other crazy stuff, including his reinvention as a white woman.

  2. kerry says:

    Before he was Carlton on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, he was Alfonso on Silver Spoons, which is how I’ll always remember him. *Sigh*

  3. AcidReign says:

    …..I love Pepsi, and their subsidiary, Frito-lay, who make the saltiest, tastiest, most fat-laden snacks around. But my god, they’ve shown an uncanny knack for signing up smarmy artists to make commercials with over the years!

    …..I do have to admit, even as a metal-loving, disco-sux kinda guy, that Thriller was cool. Even better was a Halloween special he put together about 5 years ago, where he at one point played the part of a fat, evil white male mayor. Superb! Nothing like kidnapping townspeople and scaring the crap out of them to get them to like you! Wait… sounds too much like his real life!

  4. Jane Canary says:

    Around the same time he was on Silver Spoons, Alfonso Ribiero peddled a mail-order break dancing kit. I vaguely recall that it came with a cardboard break dancing “mat”.