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Director -- Jackson's Burns Weren't My Fault

7/18/2009 2:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The director of the 1984 Pepsi commercial in which Michael Jackson's hair caught on fire is slamming the people who claim it was all his fault.



Director Bob Giraldi claims he had no idea putting Michael directly underneath the sparks was dangerous. Giraldi says fire officials like Captain Don Donester -- who blamed Bob for the incident on Thursday -- should have warned him.

Giraldi said there were never supposed to be sparks in the first place, claiming the fireworks simply malfunctioned.

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VegasVixon    

This was 25 years ago. Dead issue

1932 days ago
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Lynne    

Whatever. Of course it's the director's fault. I believe that other story where he wanted Michael to be closer to the blast, so it would be more dramatic.

1932 days ago
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MICHAEL TOUCHED MY LIFE TOO    

THERE'S ALOT OF RUMORS TO MY MICHAEL DIED BUT I DO NOT BELIEVE THE DIRCTOR TO THE PEPSI COMMERCIAL HAD ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT THOUGH. ACCIDENTS HAPPEN IN LIFE,AND THAT WAS ONE. WHEN YOU GO INTO SHOW BIZ AND ALSO AGREE TO THE PYRO TECHNICS THEM YOU GOTTA BE EXTRA CAREFUL....

1932 days ago
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jolie    

Of course not...or did you????? hmmmmmmmmmmmmm one wonders!

1932 days ago
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Michael Jackson's Voice    

Juist shows just how they tried to cover up just how serious the fire was. That is creepy. Love him or hate him you have to agree no one should ever have to endure that!! OUCH!!!

1932 days ago
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Quiet    

I just think someone cursed MJ 25 years ago to have a miserable 25 years. People do these things ya know.

1932 days ago
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Moni    

OK, this was 25 yrs old. The media is really reachin with these stories...

1932 days ago
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TEAMBRANCA    

IT WAS UNINTENTIONAL

HOWEVER WHAT WAS WRONG WITH THE FIRST 5 TAKES

MANY PEOPLE HAVE STATED THAT THE DIRECTOR WANTED MICHAEL TO STAY UP THERE LONGER SO IT WOULD LOOK MORE DRAMATIC.

HE'S JUST BEING DEFENSIVE NOW THAT THE TRUTH IS OUT. LISTEN MICHAEL DIDN'T SUE YOU OR EVER MALIGN YOU SO JUST BE GRACEFUL. YOU MADE A TERRIBLE ERROR IN JUDGEMENT.

1932 days ago
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TEAMBRANCA    

BOYCOTT PEPSI

ESP. BECAUSE THEY DROPPED HIM DURING THE 2005 TRIAL

BOYCOTT THEM I SAY

1932 days ago
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who dat    

What almost nobody has mentioned: Michael had his hair saturated with flammable hair gel. Watch how quickly his hair ignited. The piros also were ignited much earlier than planned. It was a combination of events.

1932 days ago
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Irene    

Who cares?? That was years ago and Micheal was got his money for that....enough of Michael Jackson!!!!

1932 days ago
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Music4Teens.com    

Bob Giraldi killed michael Jackson. Idiot! If it wasn't for him, he wouldn't be hooked on drugs.

1932 days ago
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wtf    

He is right. It was up to the fire department. If there was a problem they should have stepped in and said so.

1932 days ago
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G    

hE HAS GOT A HELL OF A NERVE CONSIDERING HE WAS NOT THE ONE WHO WAS BURNED...
I DO BELIEVE THE STATEMENT HE WANTED IT TO BE DRAMATIC SO MICHAEL GOT BURNED
DOSE ANYONE ACTUALLY KNOW HOW PAINFUL THAT WAS?
IT IS THE WORST PAIN ANYONE COULD ENDURE
SO STOP MAKING LIGHT OF THIS
MICHAEL DID SUE BUT DONATED THE MONEY TO A BURN CENTER THAT IS THE KIND OF PERSON HE WAS
WHY IS IT SO HARD FOR PEOPLE TO GET THIS THROUGH THEIR HEADS
WHAT NEGATIVE THOUGHTS PEOPLE SAY ABOUT MICHAEL
WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THEM
LOOK AT YOURSELVES AND YOUR OWN FAMILY BEFORE YOU JUDGE SOMEONE
MICHAEL PAID THAT JORDAN CHANDELR B/C HE DIDN'T WANT ANOTHER OJ TRIAL
THE FATHER IS ON LINE WITH A TELEPHONE CONVERSATION ABOUT BRINGING DOWN MICHAEL AND HE WOULD NEVER SELL ANOTHER RECORD
HE MAY HAVE BEEN JEALOUS B/C JORDAN LOVED MICHAEL MORE THAN HIS DAD
DID ANYONE EVER THINK OF THAT
MICHAEL IS AN INNOCENT BEING VICTIMIZED BY THESE DOCTORS
LOOK UP THE WORD ADDICTED...THE END
HE CANNOT HELP HIMSELF HE CANNOT WANT TO GET HELP THE DRUGS TOOK OVER FROM THE EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL PAIN HE HAD TO ENDURE
IT ISN'T LIKE HE WENT TO A STREET CORNER TO GET DRUGS
HE WENT TO THE DOCTOR B/C THE DOCTOR IS SUPPOSED TO HELP
TO BE TRUSTED.
GREED IS WHAT KILLED MICHAEL

1932 days ago
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to little    

THIS WAS 25 YEARS AGO AND YOU RAN THE FREAKING STORY TWICE NOW THIS WEEK................ DOES THE MICHAEL ZONE NOT HAVE A EDITOR ON DUTY WHO IS TO PREVENT THE SAME 25 YEAR OLD STORIES FROM RUNNING TWICE

1932 days ago
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