Jackson Brothers Respond To Australia's 'Jackson Jive' Blackface Controversy

Thursday, Oct 8, 2009  |  Updated 9:45 PM EDT
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Jackson Brothers Respond To Australia's 'Jackson Jive' Blackface Controversy

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The Jackson Brothers accompany Michael Jackson's casket into the pop star's memorial service.

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On Thursday, Access Hollywood Guest Correspondent Tim Vincent spent the day with Marlon, Tito and Jackie Jackson in London. And it was across the pond that Tim broke the news about the Jackson Jive scandal from down under.

As previously reported on AccessHollywood.com Harry Connick Jr. was left stunned while serving as a guest judge on an Australian Variety show, "Hey Hey It's Saturday," when an act came out and performed a sketch called "The Jackson Jive."

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The white act performed in blackface with afro wigs. They sang and danced behind a Michael Jackson impersonator wearing white makeup. Connick gave the group a zero score and said if he had known about the skit he "definitely" would not have appeared on the show.

When Tim recounted the news to the Jackson brothers about the performers, they were shocked.

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"Wow, and you want a comment from us about that?" Marlon said. "Man, if they turned up looking like that in the United States!

"They probably weren't trying to be offensive about it or anything of that nature with the family," Marlon continued. "We thank Harry for [speaking out], but we also understand that they weren't trying to be disrespectful for the family."

While the controversy was news to the Jackson brothers, the one surrounding Dr. Conrad Murray rages on. A Las Vegas court recommended a bench warrant be issued for the doctor after he missed a child support hearing recently.

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Meanwhile, the case against him in the homicide of Michael Jackson continues to heat up.

"The LAPD is going to present their case against Dr. Conrad Murray to the D.A. as early as next week. What are your thoughts about this?" Tim asked.

"I think that we have a great police department in Los Angeles, and so you know whatever findings they come up with then that's what we'll go with," Marlon said.

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