By RICH CALDER
The MTA — for refusing to honor Michael Jackson at a Downtown Brooklyn subway station, a local politician says.
The Gloved One rocked the bustling Hoyt-Schermerhorn station in 1987 while filming his famous Martin Scorsese-directed “Bad” video there.
Since his June 25 death, City Councilwoman Letitia James has been trying to convince the agency to rename or co-name the station in Jackson’s honor, but to no avail.
James (D-Brooklyn) said Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials even told her to “beat it,” when she asked to hang a plaque at the station in honor of the late King of Pop.
But she’s not giving up. James told The Post she plans to organize a petition drive to pressure the agency into reconsidering.
“Having Michael Jackson visit and moonwalk at this station was a huge deal not only for Brooklyn, but all of New York in the ’80s,” she said. “And renaming this station in his honor would put it on the map and help ensure that people don’t forget.”
The acclaimed 16-minute Scorsese-Jackson video is more of a short film and also features a young Wesley Snipes in one of his early acting roles before he became a Hollywood star.
The MTA has no subway stations in its system named or co-named after individuals, mostly because it could confuse riders, agency sources said.
But then again, if the price is right, anything is possible.
Earlier this year, agency honchos agreed to the MTA’s first-ever naming rights deal. Developer Bruce Ratner is set to pay the MTA $200,000 a year over 20 years to add the name of his planned Barclays Center NBA arena to the Atlantic Avenue transit hub in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
“I guess they’ll listen for the right price,” said James.
MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said the agency “prohibits” plaques at stations and “is developing guidelines for station naming-rights deals” as the cash-strapped MTA seeks new revenue streams.
In the “Bad” video, Jackson plays a boy named Daryl who returns from private school to his “gangsta”-ridden neighborhood and takes friends — led by Snipes’ character — to the subway station to show he’s still “Bad.”
All of the music scenes were filmed at the station, which serves the A, C and G lines.
Straphangers at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station last week called James’ plan a real “Thriller.”
“Michael Jackson is an icon, and renaming the station would be great because more people would realize it is where he filmed one of his greatest videos,” said Lisa DiMeglio, a Brooklyn teacher.