Why was Michael Jackson wearing a single white glove? What was MC Hammer’s motivation for wanting it?
MICHAEL JACKSON wore a fedora, red leather jacket, cropped trousers with white socks, and a single sequinned white glove, but no look was more memorable than that. But why was it that MJ just wore one glove? And what does MC Hammer have to do with all of this? MC Hammer offered a $50,000 reward for the return of Michael Jackson’s legendary glittering white glove, which had been stolen from the Motown Museum, thirty years ago today. In 1988, the star donated the glove, along with a cap and a $125,000 contribution, to the museum. Hammer had made no secret of his ambition to possess the fabled artifact.
During the production of the Can You Feel It video with his brothers in 1980, Jackson was inspired to experiment with just one half of a pair of gloves.
The video designer, John Kehe, met Jackson in Robert Abel & Associates’ production facility, where Michael saw the inspiration for his trademark style.
“Rick [Ross, the top film editor] wore a small white cotton glove on his left hand as he ran the film through his fingers, looking for the yellow grease-pencil lines he had placed on various frames of film to be edited,” John added.
On most film editors’ workstations, there was a box of these disposable gloves.
“Michael, who hadn’t exhibited much excitement for the tour up to that point, seemed mesmerized by the glove and respectfully asked a lot of questions about it, culminating with, ‘Could you spare one?'” John continued.
As a result, a famous appearance was created. But what was it about it that made MJ so enamored with it? To him, what did that imply? In 1983, Michael debuted the glove on his left hand during Motown’s 25th anniversary television special, where he performed Billie Jean. Michael also did the moonwalk for the first time, though only for a few seconds.
Later in his career, Michael began to wear a white glove on his right hand, which became a staple of his wardrobe during the Bad tour.
It would also progress from a plain white cotton military-style glove to a fully sequined version, which he wore on his Victory tour with The Jacksons.
Friends and coworkers have given varying reasons for MJ’s decision to join the trend.
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