News: Jay-Z & Diddy "Furious" Over Controversial Michael Jackson Mag Cover

Thursday, Jul 2, 2009 11:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Jay-Z and Diddy have reportedly reacted to the controversial OK! Magazine Michael Jackson cover which features the late singer being rushed to the hospital.

While Jay's camp has yet to confirm, a rep for Diddy claimed the magazine's decision has had an effect on their advertising relationship.

Our well-placed source says some staffers objected to owner Richard Desmond's decision to put the ghoulish picture on this week's cover -- and it looks like advertisers and readers may agree. The source told us, "Media buyers have canceled upcoming meetings to discuss rates. It's a disgrace. They've sunk to a new low." In addition, Sean Combs and Jay-Z are said to be so furious, "they're organizing a boycott," according to our source. A rep for OK! said, "This is untrue. No one at OK! has been contacted about any such cancellations as a result of the magazine's coverage of this news event. Any pages booked by the advertising team are running as scheduled." Combs' rep echoed, "Not true." Jay-Z's rep didn't return calls. (New York Post)

While a variety of magazines paid tribute to Jackson, OK!'s depiction has received negative feedback.

Time Magazine rushed to press to put an elegant tribute out; Newsweek eloquently navigated the decision to send a Jackson cover to newsstands, and its planned book cover to subscribers; and People magazine did its usual pitch-perfect memorial. And then there is OK! magazine and the reprehensible decision to pay a reported $500,000 for the "last" picture of Jackson, which shows him lying on a stretcher, possibly already dead. (MSNBC)

OK!'s spokesperson Brian Strong responded to the publication's negative feedback.

"The cover represents an event in the history of an extremely entertaining and controversial figure," he wrote in a statement, "and is sure to provoke some emotion and questions from readers and fans about the circumstances. The news often does." (Statement)

While Jay-Z is reportedly planning a Jackson tribute, Diddy recorded the song "Better On The Other Side" with The Game and others which honored the singer's legacy.

"People can say what they want about you," Puff says. "We gonna remember the miracles you showed us, through your music, through your hands...You're the one that made us all realize, we are the world. You were the one who showed us the moonwalk. You gave us the beat, you gave us the rhythm. You gave us the soul. Through us, your legacy lives on." ("Better On The Other Side")

No further information on Diddy and Jay's alleged boycott of OK! has been released.

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