Cocker invaded the stage at the 1996 BRIT Awards in a spur of the moment protest against Michael Jackson's performance. Jackson was performing his hit "Earth Song" while surrounded by children and a rabbi. Cocker and his friend Peter Mansell (a former Pulp member) performed an impromptu stage invasion in protest.
Cocker was detained and interviewed by the police on suspicion of assault. He was accompanied by comedian Bob Mortimer, a former solicitor, who represented him in that capacity. He was subsequently released without charge. Opinions from the press on Cocker's actions were mixed. Melody Maker's 2 March 1996 edition, for example, suggested Cocker should be knighted, and Noel Gallagher of Oasis said that "Jarvis Cocker is a star" and should be awarded an MBE. Regarding his actions, Cocker said, "My actions were a form of protest at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing. I just ran on the stage. I didn't make any contact with anyone as far as I recall."
Jarvis Cocker was literally protesting an accused child molestor performing on stage surrounded by children. What he did was in no way "hip and edgy" and instead was actually a valid protest against Michael Jackson being allowed to act like he hadn't paid off families to drop sexual abuse charges against him.
I've already read like 3 different news articles saying how ye is an asshole for doing this. I don't think the people complaining actually saw it happen because you can tell he's joking around. Even Beck is a good enough sport to have a laugh and try to get him to come back up. If anything it shows that ye has some humility and is alright with taking the piss out of himself.
What he said after the fact wasn't aimed at Beck himself but at the music industry because he feels that black musicians don't get the credit they deserve.
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