For much of the clip, Jackson remains calm, carefully laughing off every absurd claim. However, the mood changes when Oprah asks whether he had ever requested the casting of a white boy to play him in a ‘90s pepsi commercial.
“That is so stupid, that is the most ridiculous, horrifying story I have ever heard,” Jackson replied, growing visibly angry. “I am a black American. I am proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race, I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride and dignity in who I am.”
Joseph Fiennes told Entertainment Tonight on Thursday that Jackson’s “pigmentation issue” was a mitigating factor in his casting, a topic Jackson also tackled with Oprah.
“I have a skin disorder that destroys the pigmentation of my skin. It is something that I cannot help.”
Holding back tears, Jackson added: “When people make up stories that I don’t want to be who I am, it hurts me.”