“Mike has a nickname,” stated Jackie. “It’s really good.”
Michael’s smiling face turned deadly serious. “Do not do that, Jackie,” he said in a threatening tone. He looked away.
“On the appelle-”
“Please, guys!” begged Michael.
“Big Nose” Jackie continued, ignoring the embarrassment of Michael.
The brothers laughed among themselves. Michael’s face turned red.
“Yes, Big Nose,” Marlon repeated, smiling. “We call him Big Nose.” Marlon tapped Michael gently on the arm. “What’s the matter, Big Nose?”
But Michael was not laughing. He seemed to be trying to close in on himself inside. The others ignored him, continuing their game until Michael was close to tears.
“It’s not funny, guys,” Tito said in a monotone.
The Jacksons interview with Randy Taraborrelli - August 22, 1978