While being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, Michael stated that when he was younger, he used to hear people refer to him as a forty-five year old midget. He claimed that he never thought much about it. People used to ask him did he know he was that good when he was younger. He said he never thought about it, he just opened up his mouth, and out came this voice.
In actuality, Michael was upset by these references. Once, a performer said to another before a talent show that they better look out for the Jackson Five," 'cause they got this midget they're using as a lead singer." His brother Jackie heard the remark and told his father, both of which found it funny. When Michael heard about it, he was upset and started to cry. "I can't help it if I'm the smallest." Joseph pulled him to the side and told him he should be proud that he was being talked about by the competition. "That means you're on your way."
Michael still didn't like being spoken about negatively by anyone, nor treated unjustly.
Thank you J.Randy Taraborrelli .