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Bobby Brown Makes Controversial Claim About Michael Jackson

Innocuous comments from celebrities can quickly turn into a thing. An offhanded comment to an interviewer gets made, and before you know it, there’s a little storm a brewing. Music star Bobby Brown managed to make that happen last week with some comments he made on a podcast. Next thing you know, the history of one of pop music’s legends was being called into question As the New York Daily News shares, Brown claims that he showed the legend a thing or two.

Brown is no stranger to controversy to begin with, but he caused a stir with his comments. He was appearing as a guest on "The Cipher Show" podcast, and the topic of Michael Jackson came up. As Brown explains it, Jackson got one of his signature moves from him.

“He saw me do the moonwalk,” Brown said, claiming that the King of Pop quickly asked him, “What is that?”

Brown repeated the move for him from that point, and he says the rest is history.

“(Jackson) just started doing it,” he said.

Brown doesn’t take credit for inventing the move himself, as he says he simply picked it up from some guy in Alabama that he didn’t name.

Longtime Jackson family friend and publicist Steven Manning has chimed in to refute Brown’s take on things. Legend has it that it was Jeffrey Daniel of the band Shalamar that taught Jackson the move known as a ‘back step,’ and Jackson would go on to master it and rebrand it as the Moonwalk. He would famously debut it while performing his hit ‘Billie Jean’ on the 1983 TV special “Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever.”

However, Manning acknowledges that there was some interaction between Brown and Jackson, but it was after the special had aired.

“I invited the New Edition to have dinner at the Jacksons' Havenhurst estate in December of 1983. It was right before Christmas. La Toya, Michael and Janet hosted the dinner,” Manning says. “The timeline isn’t even right.”

Brown apparently hit it off with Janet that night, as the pair dated for a little while after her marriage to James DeBarge ended.

“Joseph (Janet’s dad) ended that because he thought Bobby was too wild for Janet,” a source claims. “As far as I know, Michael was never around Bobby much after that. It's awful that Bobby is trying to change history.”

So there you have it. Brown taught Jackson the Moonwalk. Unless he didn’t. It really depends on who is telling the story these days. Either way, it’s a perfect example of how the slightest aside from a famous face can quickly blow up into a huge thing. Was that what Brown had in mind by sharing the tale? That’s hard to say, as it sounded like a simply interesting story that he was relaying. Listeners took it from that point, and the rest is history. Kind of like what he claims happened when he broke out the moonwalk in front of Jackson.

Source: NY Daily News
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