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Jun 2020 10 21:50

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10.06.2020, 21:50

Why Michael Jackson’s Naomi Campbell Video Got Banned in South Africa

Michael Jackson gave the world multiple iconic music videos. The video for “In the Closet” might not be as famous as the clips for “Beat It,” “Thriller,” or “Billie Jean.” However, it remains one of his most interesting videos.

Part of what makes the video notable is that it co-stars Naomi Campbell, one of the most famous fashion models of all time. In the video, Jackson and Campbell portray a relationship through dance. Although the clip garnered a positive reception from fans, it was actually banned in South Africa.

The history behind the ‘In the Closet’ video


Jackson originally wanted his song “In the Closet” to be a duet with Madonna. Madonna wanted the song to feature her and Jackson dressed in drag. This is because she wanted the video to “live up to” the song’s title, even though the track itself has absolutely nothing to do with the LGBTQ community. Jackson was not a fan of this idea and it was canned.

To create the final video, Jackson collaborated with Herb Ritts, a famous photographer. After photographing many celebrities for major magazines Vanity Fair and Vogue, Ritts had become a major music video director. Prior to working with Jackson, Ritts directed the iconic clips for Madonna’s “Cherish” and Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.”

Herb Ritts’ idea for the video
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Ritts came up with another idea for the video. Ritts said the clip should feature Jackson dancing with Campbell, who was an extremely famous model at that point. His idea was used for the finished video. According to Jacksons: Number Ones, Jackson and Campbell were playful with each other on the set. The duo even got into a food fight with whipped cream. Imagine how much attention the pair would have gotten if there was footage of that!

The finished clip is similar to Ritss’ aforementioned videos in that it’s sensual and monochrome. However, it isn’t as complex as Jackson’s videos for “Black or White” or “Bad.” Ritts was going for simplicity. According to Michael Jackson Style, Ritts said “It’s really not about outrageous sets and 50 dancers this time. It’s really about bringing Michael’s energy out in a new way.”

The clips’ reception and Naomi Campbell’s memories of Michael Jackson

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Naomi Campbell’s post honoring Michael Jackson

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The clip was banned in South Africa for being too sexually provocative. The clip doesn’t include any nudity, but it does depict Campbell and Jackson dancing very close to each in a manner which is suggestive — albeit not too risque for modern television. The video’s ban just goes to show how times have changed since the early 1990s!

Regardless of the video’s reception in South Africa, Campbell had a positive view of Jackson. In 2019, she posted that she missed him on Instagram. She also said he would always remain in her heart.
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Jul 2020 06 22:03

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06.07.2020, 22:03

Naomi Campbell Reflects on Michael Jackson’s Drastic Move to Land Her for Music Video

Supermodel Naomi Campbell has a career that’s not limited to the runway or glossy magazines. Besides gracing catwalks, she’s been in TV shows, helmed charitable initiatives, released a couple records, and snagged a few acting roles.

One of her latest endeavors is running her YouTube channel, but the model recently took the time for an interview with rapper Lil Wayne and shared a story about her time working with Michael Jackson.

Naomi Campbell was in 4 music videos and has fond memories

Most people know her for her modeling career and her occasional cameos in TV shows or movies, but Campbell has been in music videos too. While her first modeling gig was at 15, she was in grade school when she was in the video for Bob Marley’s “Is This Love.”

Her entire class appeared in the 1978 video, and she loved it. During an appearance on Lil Wayne’s Young Money Radio podcast, Campbell spoke about how Marley’s music was part of her household growing up and how she was a bit starstruck. “I never thought I’d meet him at 7 years old or be doing a video, and I just remember he was an incredibly beautiful man.”

She was also excited about working with Boy George and Culture Club in “I’ll Tumble 4 Ya,” George Michael for his “Freedom!” video, and of course as Michael Jackson’s leading lady in “In the Closet.”

Naomi Campbell starred in Michael Jackson’s ‘In the Closet’

Jackson pulled more than a few strings to recruit Campbell for the memorable 1992 video, and it was a last-minute switch.

Originally, Madonna was supposed to play opposite Jackson, but according to his friend Babyface, she started making too many demands on set and he cut her loose from the shoot. Jackson then placed a call to Campbell.

She wasn’t expecting it, and it was her first time speaking to the singer. Jackson asked her to play the lead part, and Campbell initially turned it down because of her hectic schedule.

She told Lil Wayne:

When Michael actually called me I said to Michael, ‘Thank you so much but I can’t do your video because I’ve got 30 shows to do in Paris, and I’ve made my commitment and I can’t cancel them.’ And then Michael said, “Well, I’ll pay out the shows so you can come and do the video.”

Boom. She was caught off guard and didn’t want to just blow off her duties, but Campbell said she went out and did the shoot with Herb Ritts in Los Angeles. They worked something out. Lil Wayne reacted with surprise but admired that Jackson flexed like a boss.

Campbell recalled how it was on set for the video


In a video for her YouTube vlog, Campbell recounted her experience for “In the Closet,” and said the video shoot was fun and Jackson was “amazing.” She called him a perfectionist and said he knew how he wanted everything to look.

“We just had so many laughs. We were like kids,” she said. Campbell said he was a genius and on set, he was also a prankster. They cracked jokes and played around with water guns.
After meeting on set, Campbell and Jackson remained friends up until his death in 2009.
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