Despite the best efforts at YouTube take down notices, we all know Beyonce grave robbed Bob Fosse, because We Who Know, saw the video evidence with our own eyes before it was removed. Beyonce even, eventually, gave Bob Fosse credit for her choreography theft. This morning, I was delighted to receive an email from Alisa, asking if I knew Michael Jackson had also stolen Bob Fosse’s choreography.
Here is Alisa’s email:
I was trying to find the Mexican Breakfast, Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon video, but YouTube has removed it completely. So sad. That is how I came upon your blog. Good article on Beyonce and the Single Ladies rip off.
I just wanted to share my shock when I rented the Little Prince movie. Again, Bob Fosse makes a modern singer an absolute star. You have to watch this scene “A Snake in the Grass”. when I saw it I was screaming “Oh my god, it’s Michael Jackson!!!!” Timing 3:20, moon walk 6:23, etc. Check out the clothes, white socks (spats) all else black.
Check it out…
If you have seen it, sorry to bother you.
Oh, dear Alisa, how right you are: Michael Jackson thefted all of his best moves directly from Bob Fosse in “The Little Prince!”
Here’s a great YouTube video mashup of Bob Fosse dancing in the movie to the soundtrack of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean:
In case that video goes missing from YouTube, here’s a sequence of screenshots demonstrating the semiotic “Michael Jackson Foot Kick” — that was directly stolen from Bob Fosse:
Seeing Bob Fosse do the “Moonwalk” long before Michael Jackson ever did it in performance is both fascinating and disgusting.
Did Michael Jackson ever pay one moment of tribute to Bob Fosse for “choreographing his career?”
Here’s the timeline that proves the thievery:
“The Little Prince” was released in 1974. Michael Jackson was 16 years old.
Nine years later, in 1983, Michael Jackson releases “Billie Jean” and we get the snapping foot and the Moonwalk and all the other symbolistic moves invented by Fosse. Michael Jackson was 25 years old.
The timeline is on Bob Fosse’s side. He came first. He invented the moves and the style that Michael Jackson would later directly steal and employ in his own act, pretending it was his own invention by deception by non-inclusion.
It’s pretty astounding that Bob Fosse, an “Old Man White Dancer,” actually invented the iconic, career-making, youthful, dances for Beyonce and Michael Jackson — decades after his death — and Fosse’s “White Man Moves” made them cultural, Black, superstars.