I miss the days of the old Netflix.
I mean, I don’t miss the old, old Netflix, where you had to rent individual films, which were then mailed to you, which you then had to return (??) at a store. No, I definitely don’t miss that strange Twilight Zone-esque era in which we all apparently lived.
No, I miss the era where Netflix made original content, not just nonfiction documentaries. Where I could go over to a girl’s place for a date and we pop on some Big Mouth or some BoJack Horseman (okay, maybe not that last one) to watch.
Nowadays, all we get are pages upon pages of murder documentaries. True crime, multi-part miniseries where you spend six hours getting into the psychology of this or that killer. Docuseries that give us four episodes on the planning, one episode on the actual act, and three more episodes on the ramifications.
It’s exhausting. It seems like today Netflix has fully jumped onto the bandwagon of binge-watching documentaries on murders, assaults, and robberies, so that now we’re all subjected to the same stories of terrible men (and sometimes women, but let’s be real, mostly men) doing terrible things.
Where did it start? Well, while clearly these existed prior to this event, I would argue the 2016 docuseries O.J.: Made in America is actually the catalyst. This miniseries, which aired on ESPN as part of their 30 for 30 series of documentaries, took a look at race and celebrity through the lens of O.J. Simpson’s life and career.
It talked about his football career’s origins at the University of Southern California, it talked about the height of his success and prosperity as a football legend…and it, obviously, talked about the second half of his life, from the murder trial to even the 2007 robbery conviction.
The Ezra Edelman-directed docuseries was a cultural event, inescapable in the first half of 2016 due to its ability to meld the story of O.J. in with general racial overtones in Los Angeles. It inflamed, questioned, and criticized the way in which the “Trial of the Century” was painted by the relationship between African-Americans in the city and the police.
Once everyone saw the awards and ratings it pulled in, it was all over.
While nuanced television analysts would tell you that the series saw such success, way more than other ESPN 30 for 30 entries, due to its complex grappling with what O.J.’s rise and fall meant for a historically disenfranchised community, television executives are not nuanced analysts.
They saw that big murder = money money money.
And thus it began. Every famous crime of the past half-century, especially those committed by celebrities, got a documentary miniseries on it, regardless of its relevance to the greater world today.
Lifetime got in on it with Surviving R. Kelly in January 2019, perhaps the first true case of cancel culture. Y’know how for years we all kind of just knew he was a monster and yet that was the end of it, we just all moved on with our days accepting the industry rumors?
Well, less than a month after the documentary finished airing, R. Kelly’s record label had dropped him as an artist, and ten different charges of sexual abuse had been filed against him. Goes to show, sometimes all it really takes is a Dream Hampton documentary.
Netflix went big with just having entire television shows dedicated to certain murders or crimes. The hit show Making a Murderer was entirely dedicated to the story of Steven Avery and his conviction, and later exoneration, of sexual assault and murder – before he was then convicted again of a separate murder.
They also feature smaller, single-episode cases, such as the third episode of the first season of Dark Tourist, entirely focused on the infamous Jeffrey Dahmer case. This pairs nicely with the Oxygen documentary that goes through the entire Dahmer case and its consequences, in case that screwed-up story is more your style.
Then, there’s HBO, who obviously spent all of that sweet sweet dragon money (assuming they still get money from that show despite its trash finale) on the big one. HBO’s 2019 documentary Leaving Neverland went after the white (no pun intended) whale himself, Michael Jackson.
Now, the O.J. Simpson case was theoretically the Trial of the Century, right? But I don’t know that anybody predicted how much of a shockwave the Michael Jackson documentary would send out when it aired in March of last year.
After all, the allegations of Jackson being a creep around little boys (and sometimes girls) go back decades – I believe the first one was in like 1993. And yet, the impact was undeniable.
A decade after his death, a series of interviews with two alleged victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, completely rocked the world. Every journalist desperate for a Friday-night story hopped on it, while the legions of Jackson fans who didn’t dare question their own love for the King of Pop came out in droves to defend him against slander.
HBO didn’t claim that he did it, they simply stood by their creators making content. And that’s exactly the point. These channels, these streaming services, they don’t care about the truth or about the real story.
They just know that we love a good, juicy story, we love overly-edited interviews and multi-hour documentaries on why our heroes were actually terrible people.
In theory, good journalism would be the way to uncover the truth, but you can’t put on a New York Times article while you cuddle with your girlfriend, so instead, we get a smattering of murder mystery documentaries.
It’s genius, really.
And the ironic part of it all is that the original, the one that kicked off this current wave of murder mystery documentaries, was the ESPN O.J. Simpson one. Made in America wasn’t an exploitative cash-grab designated to repeat facts we already know with higher production value.
And yet, all of its peers are. Oh well.
Guess this is what we get when we let Netflix dominate our dates.
Michael Jackson has taken a bit of a hit to his reputation since he died and Oprah produced a docuseries about the sexual assault accusations made against him by young men who were children at the time. And the whole time, everyone has been pointing to Macaulay Culkin who had a famously high-profile friendship with Jackson when he was a child actor.
Culkin has pretty consistently said that nothing inappropriate ever happened with Jackson, and he’s reiterated that stance in an interview with Esquire.
“Look,” he says. “I’m gonna begin with the line—it’s not a line, it’s the truth: He never did anything to me. I never saw him do anything. And especially at this flash point in time, I’d have no reason to hold anything back. The guy has passed on. If anything—I’m not gonna say it would be stylish or anything like that, but right now is a good time to speak up. And if I had something to speak up about, I would totally do it. But no, I never saw anything; he never did anything.
“Here’s a good Michael Jackson story that doesn’t involve Michael Jacksonat all: I ran into James Franco on a plane. I’d bumped into him two or three times over the years. I give him a little nod as we’re putting our bags overhead. Hey, how you doing? Good, how ya doing? And it was right after the Leaving Neverland documentary came out, and he goes, ‘So, that documentary!’ And that was all he said. I was like, ‘Uh-huh.’ Silence. So then he goes, ‘So what do you think?’ And I turned to him and I go, ‘Do you wanna talk about your dead friend?’ And he sheepishly went, ‘No, I don’t.’ So I said, ‘Cool, man, it was nice to see you.’ ”
Mack also revealed that he and goddaughter Paris Jackson both steal spoons and that he and Paris have matching spoon tattoos, which is his only tattoo. He explained the ritual as a bit of harmless fun. “It’s a harmless thing. It’s not like you’re ruining something, like stealing a chess piece, where the board would be incomplete.”
I believe Culkin when he says Jackson never did anything inappropriate to him or when he was around. That doesn’t mean Jackson never did anything to anyone, but I doubt Culkin would remain silent even after his death and with other accusers coming forward. The damage is done, Disney+ doesn’t have the episode of The Simpsons Jackson was in, what would Culkin accomplish by staying silent if something had happened?
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Michael Jackson had a public image as a soft spoken, fey pedophile like C-3P0, Peter Pan or anyone alive in Ancient Greece. Mike Tyson, however, says that was an act and the King of Pop was also the King of Gettin’ That Ass.
Via TMZ, Tyson went on TI’s podcast and talked about his relationship with Jackson, which is not at all what you’d expect unless you went to a school where the theater kids bullied middle linebackers who were 222 pounds of pure muscle.
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Lisa Marie Presley is the daughter of Elvis Aaron Presley and the ex-wife of Michael Jackson, two of the most successful popular musicians of all time. Page Six reveals that she’ll be spilling lots of details about both of them in an upcoming book.
A source said that the Lisa Marie book is such a bombshell, she has sold it to Gallery Books for between $3 million and $4 million.
The tome “promises shocking revelations about Michael Jackson and a completely new understanding of Elvis,” a source added.
In light of this news, a 2010 interview Presley did with Oprah has resurfaced, and I don’t know why we’ve never talked about this, because she said that he told her someone was trying to kill him the last time she talked to him, four years before he died.
Via The Daily Star:
There was just an occasion, an incident where he had collapsed and he was in the hospital.
“I couldn’t tell what was happening. I couldn’t really get a straight answer about what was happening with him, and I think we were all a little bit in the dark.”
But the most shocking revelation came at the end of their conversation.
Presley continued: “I was very distant. He was asking me, he wanted to tell me that I was right about a lot of people around him.
“And he asked if I still loved him, I told him I was indifferent and he didn’t like that word.
“And the final part of the conversation was him telling me that someone was going to try and kill him to get a hold of his catalogue and estate.
“And I really didn’t know what to do with that.”
I think those went to his parents. And his dad wasn’t exactly a saint, but I doubt he had him killed. He was probably pretty paranoid.
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That’s right, this is another article about cancel culture, the phenomenon where a bunch of people on the internet get mad about that person and then they’re meant to go away forever as if they were an actually funny sitcom on Fox. It turns out that this doesn’t work because Michael Jackson was cancelled and the Associated Press is reporting that sales of Jackson’s music and memorabilia hasn’t been impacted.
“He still commands prices compared to most any other celebrity,” said Darren Julien, president and CEO of the Culver City, California-based Julien’s Auctions. He said his auction house has sold around $15 million of the superstar singer’s property including his white glove that went for $480,000 in 2009 and a jacket, which was recently bought for $75,000.
“He’s the only celebrity where we would have lines of people to get in whenever we had stuff of his to auction,” he continued. “There’s only one person that compares to Marilyn Monroe in collectability, and that is Michael Jackson.”
It might help that Jackson is dead. As I mentioned when The Simpsons pulled the episode he guested in from streaming services, Jackson’s not getting any royalties from his stuff anymore, he’s dead. You don’t have to feel bad for liking Thriller because you’re not supporting a pedophile, like every fan of opera and classical music you’re listening to a song that happened to be written by a pedophile who has been dead for years.
Despite the documentary, Jackson’s music streaming numbers continued to soar, according to Ian Drew, consumer editorial director at Billboard. He said Jackson’s estate has been smart about keeping his music relevant, but it could be diminished over those being “creeped out” by allegations.
The further we get away from Jackson’s death, the less him molesting every boy he could get his hands on is going to matter to people. People are still Catholic and still read Ayn Rand, after all.
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Barbra Streisand Spent Her Weekend Trying to Walk Back Saying That Michael Jackson Having Sex With Kids Was Basically Fine
When you’re as famous as Barbra Streisand, there are very few things you can say or do that will jeopardize that celebrity, but probably at the top of the list is doing an interview where you say “Hmm, you know, having sex with children is really no big deal, if you think about it.”
Babs did an interview with The Sunday Times who really know how to bury a lede because the headline they went with was “Barbra Streisand at 76: dog cloning, art collecting and being a grandma” but what she said was “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” and “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard them say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.” Holy shit. That’s as close as you can come to saying it’s okay to molest kids without actually saying it.
As you can imagine, she wanted to walk that back immediately. She’d have tried to make it disappear from the internet if it wasn’t for the something effect. I forget what it’s called. Anyway, she tweeted what wasn’t an apology but more along the lines of an “I misspoke, I didn’t mean to say raping children is awesome.”
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) March 23, 2019
Of course, it was Twitter legend Dril, basically the only good Twitter account, who encapsulated this whole mess better than anyone else could have.
there`s no job harder than that of the Media Personality. there are so many massive pedophiles who you have to not accidentally say are good
— wint (@dril) March 23, 2019
Yeah,. we’re going to have to rename the Streisand effect, because I think it just moved from being “when you bring attention to something no one knew about by trying to make it disappear” to “when you do an interview with a major media outlet and you accidentally defend pedophilia.” It’s also known as “pulling a Milo Yiannopoulos” if you’re a fan of Joe Rogan’s podcast.
Pretty much no one on the planet is singing a very happy tune about Barbara Streisand at the moment.
Quite the opposite, in fact.
Internet users are positively stunned over comments made by the legendary artist.
In an interview with the Evening Standard, Streisand says she "absolutely" believes the claims of sexual molestation against Michael Jackson.
There have been many such claims against the late singer for many decades, but Wade Robson and James Safechuck went public with their in the recent documentary Leaving Neverland.
The movie shined an extreme light on the VERY disturbing allegations against Jackson, including how he lured these two men into his bed and his life as young boys, touching and treating them in an inappropriate manner.
As mentioned above, these accusations are not new.
But they seem to finally have caught on among mainstram outlets and fans, leading to harsh rebukes against Jackson.
Streisand, however, dug herself quite a deep grave when she continued commenting on this sensitive topic as follows.
Saying of her former famous friend:
"His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has. You can say ‘molested', but those children, as you heard say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there.
"They both married and they both have children, so it didn't kill them."
We speak for any rationl human being when we respond to these remarks with a simple:
WHAT THE HOLY HELL, BARBARA STREISAND?!!???!?!?!?
It shouldn't take much analysis to explain or realize why this take isn't just hot; it's flat-out awful.
Starting with the last part of what Streisand said, obviously how a victim responds to being victimized has nothing whatsoever to do with the crime itself.
It simply means the victim ought to be praised for his or her strength.
Secondly... his sexual needs were his sexual needs?!? So all should be overlooked if one is horny, basically?
The entire quote is truly unbelievable.
Streisand went on to say that she had a “combination of feelings” on the matter.
“I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him,” she said, adding:
“I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him? Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”
(Editor's Note: Because he was a very messed up individual, that's why.)
Fans across the country were stunned and disgusted at Streisand's opinion here, as you might expect.
"For all survivors of sexual abuse, I am appalled by the ignorance of Barbra Streisand. Those were kids that were manipulated by a grown man. #BarbraStreisand #survivors,” one Twitter user wrote, and another commented:
“@BarbraStreisand with your thought process on Michael Jackson…. then does the same apply to #metoo ??? Do you tell women who have been assaulted, oh you are fine, you lived and you kinda enjoyed it?!?!
"You are a sick MF."
In light of the much-deserved criticism that has come her way, Streisand released the following statement on Saturday:
To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone.
The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children.
It's clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.
Streisand later posted on her Instagram page:
I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings. I didn't mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way.
Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives.
I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.
Jackson's family has denounced Leaving Neverland and deny all accusations made against the dead star.
In a 2005 criminal trial, Jackson was famously acquitted of charges of molesting a different boy.
Sad news on the Paris Jackson front. Jackson allegedly attempted suicide because Michael Jackson was supposedly a pedophile and Leaving Neverland is making sure people know. The pressure got to Jackson. That’s what TMZ says.
Law enforcement sources tell us police and EMS responded to Paris’ LA home at 7:30 AM. We’re told Michael Jackson’s only daughter slit her wrists. Our sources say she was transported to a hospital and placed on 5150 hold. She’s currently in stable condition.
Sources with knowledge tell us Paris did this in direct response to the allegations made against her father in “Leaving Neverland” — a documentary in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse MJ of molesting them as children.
Since Michael Jackson isn’t here to defend himself, now it’s left to Paris and Blanket Jackson to confront the media, the “fans”, the online hate. Too bad Michael’s worst crime wasn’t bribing a random college crew coach to get her into college.
Leaving Neverland is the recently released HBO special where two Jackson victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, tell their stories. Both say they were molested by Michael Jackson. I haven’t seen the documentary yet, but ran across a description of one scene. Robson retells a story of abuse by Michael:
…he [Wade Robson] was 7 when Michael began abusing him, describing a grim scenario in which he was naked on all fours at the edge of the bed, poised — trapped — between his idol, who was masturbating to him, and a cutout of Peter Pan…
People make jokes about their parents having sex, imagine dealing with something like this.
So if your father was one of the greatest performers of all-time, put on a pedestal by millions, yet there were all these rumors of child molestation and people attacked and mocked you because of it, and you’re not even 21 yet, would you want to kill yourself? Let’s just say, it’s totally understandable. She doesn’t deserve it.
Let’s all agree to go back and pick on YouTubers and spoiled college kids instead, shall we?
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I’m not entirely sure I get the appeal of watching Leaving Neverland or that R. Kelly doc. It feels somewhat ghoulish to me, it’s basically just victimization porn. I know the main underlying point is to turn public opinion against Jackson and Kelly, I just don’t understand the motivation for someone to watch four hours of people talking about being molested.
That aside, one of the things that came out in Leaving Neverland is that James Safechuck said Jackson took him shopping for jewelry and bought him an engagement ring for a fake wedding ceremony. Look what turned up on YouTube and made the rounds on social media just today.
That’s Inside Edition from the time, the story was in the news at the time because he got pulled aside from security after the Zales employees thought he was a robber in his terrible disguise.
I like the fact that no one questions why Jackson is just hanging out with a preteen boy. Like it’s just a normal thing to do, walking around and shopping for jewelry with a 12-year-old boy you’re “just friends” with.
There’s actually another contemporary news report on it, too.
Yeah, Jackson was buying a ring for Sheryl Crow. It’s a shame those crazy kids could never make it work. Maybe if Sheryl Crow had a tiny hairless penis she would have been more Jackson’s type.
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You might have heard that The Simpsons is trying to make an episode disappear. The episode in question is the season three premiere Stark Raving Dad, where Homer is put in a mental institution and ends up befriending a large white man who thinks he’s Michael Jackson, voiced by the late King of Pop himself, credited as John Jay Smith. Funnily enough, Jackson requested a sound-alike for the songs he sings in the episode, part of a joke Jackson wanted to play on his brothers. He was a weird dude.
This is in reaction to the documentary Leaving Neverland where we learned nothing because everyone knew Michael Jackson was a kiddie fiddler since the 1980s. Here’s what James L Brooks told the Wall Street Journal:
It feels clearly the only choice to make,” Mr. Brooks said of the 1991 episode in which Mr. Jackson voiced the character of a patient in a mental hospital who believes he is the pop star.
Mr. Brooks said he, along with Matt Groening and Al Jean, the other two masterminds of the long-running Fox cartoon, came to the conclusion after watching the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” In the documentary, which premiered earlier this week, two men allege in graphic and compelling detail that Mr. Jackson molested them over several years when they were children.
“The guys I work with—where we spend our lives arguing over jokes—were of one mind on this,” Mr. Brooks said in an interview, speaking on behalf of the production team behind “The Simpsons.”
Of course they have the right to do this, but it raises the question: why now and not twenty years ago? He did answer that.
“The documentary gave evidence of monstrous behavior, he said, adding that he went into it wanting to “believe the thing that we believe,” which was that Mr. Jackson was falsely accused.
It’s kind of interesting that so many people had this reaction, because here’s no new evidence in this documentary, just some victim porn where people cry and say how hard it was on them. It really helped them connect with the people they thought were lying for the past thirty years.
Here’s why this is dumb: people who want to see the episode will see the episode. It’s gone from the iTunes store and the FX app, and I assume other digital marketplaces, but it’s still really easy to find to download on the internet. People who bought it on DVD or Blu Ray still have it (even though they said it will be pulled from future releases). And really, people should be allowed to watch it if they want to. I get pulling it from TV and even the streaming app, but no one is going to accidentally come across it on a DVD.
Also, you can ask any Family Guy fan, episodes and segments being pulled just makes people want to see them more. People went nuts when they found out there was an unaired episode from the original run. There are actually two now, one that eventually aired and one that still hasn’t.
Brooks said this about pulling the episode:
“I’m against book burning of any kind. But this is our book, and we’re allowed to take out a chapter,” he said.
You can’t make the past not have happened. How many more episodes of The Simpsons are going to get pulled now?I feel like it’s open season. The Mel Gibson episode, maybe? The ones John K was a guest animator on? George Takei’s guest spot as Akria? I’m sure there are tons of people we could object to. This episode is 27 years old. Michael Jackson wasn’t profiting off of it before he died, he sure as hell isn’t now.
I don’t even really get the statement they’re trying to make her. Fucking kids is bad? Thanks, everyone knew that. Would people be confused if you didn’t do this? I have news for you, having an episode with Michael Jackson in it isn’t going to do any more damage to your brand than the last ten seasons of your show have.
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It's been over a week since Leaving Neverland debuted and Michael Jackson's most ardent defenders continue to lash out in appalling and inappropriate ways.
First, Paris Jackson revealed that she doesn't believe her father's accusers and essentially laughed off the very serious allegations against him, much to the chagrin of many of her fans.
Now, the disgraced pop star is being defended by another person who had a close relationship with him as a child.
And Aaron Carter's handling of the situation makes Paris' look perfectly reasonable by comparison.
Carter not only refuses to believe the accusers featured in the documentary, he says he'd like punch one of them -- Wade Robson -- in the face.
Carter made the threat in an interview with TMZ that started on a confusing note and got more bizarre from there.
"My reaction to Leaving Neverland was incredible," says Carter (who doesn't appear to have understood the opening question).
In the rambling segment that appeared online Monday afternoon, Carter goes on to argue that his experience in Jackson's home was positive, therefore, it's impossible that anyone could have been molested by the pop star.
"What you're doing is stomping on an icon and a legend's grave," he says, addressing Robson.
Aaron then played the always-unfortunate "why not come forward sooner?" card.
"Why not do it when he was alive, man?" he demands at one point.
Asked if it was even possible that Robson, Safechuck, and other accusers could be telling the truth, Carter offers this reply:
"Not based on my experience. I hung out with Michael Jackson. I stayed at his house. I stayed in his bedroom."
Carter then concedes that he was 15 at the time, which is considerably older than the age at which Jackson's accusers claim they were molested.
From there, the situation really gets ugly, as Carter openly fantasizes about assaulting Robson:
"I might be a pop singer, but I'm also from the f--kin' South. You're lucky I got something to lose now. Because I would punch you in your face," Carter added in what appears to be a direct threat to Robson.
No word yet on what it is that Aaron has to lose.
You would think both Aaron and Paris have never before encountered the notion that two individuals can have radically different experiences with the same person.
No one is doubting that Michael was a mentor to a number of young entertainers, or that he was a competent and devoted father (although that infamous baby-dangling incident certainly raises a lot of questions).
But there's no ignoring the growing mountain of evidence that suggests Jackson engaged in sexual activity with young boys.
There might be a way for someone to offer a reasonable and informed counter-argument.
But neither Paris nor Aaron is doing that.
When someone is praising Piers Morgan, you know that it's going to be a mess.
With the release of the chilling Leaving Neverland documentary about two men who accuse Michael Jackson of childhood sex abuse, he's a hot topic.
But T.I. is citing an old interview of Jackson's and claiming that allegations against him are merely an "agenda against our culture."
T.I. has, in the past, used his fame and platform for good cuases -- such as marijuana reform.
Unfortunately, this week, he responded to the Leaving Neverland documentary by sharing a 1999 Michael Jackson interview.
T.I. begins his caption: "Pierce Morgan a real one for this."
"I would slit my wrists before I would [harm a child]. I would never ever," Jackson said in the old interview.
"If it [weren't] for children, I would throw in the towel," he can be heard saying. "I would kill myself. I wouldn't care to live."
Jackson is saying that he could never abuse a child because he loves them so much.
"Let this man speak for himself to defend his legacy," T.I. writes alongside the interview clip.
He insists: "Don’t just listen to one side and expect to find truth."
For the record, Michael Jackson's side told its tale repeatedly over the years, in interviews and in court.
Notably, the two men featured in Leaving Neverland had helped to tell Michael's side when they were much younger.
But T.I. suggests that any current discussion of Jackson's legacy amounts to badmouthing someone who cannot respond.
"Oh that’s right..." he writes. "Dead men can’t speak."
"So what was the point again?" T.I. asks.
Some would say that the truth is either always or almost always its own rewward, that it holds intrinsic value.
Others would say that every #MeToo story, including those in Leaving Neverland, helps spread awareness of powerful sexual predators.
But T.I. believes that there is another motive.
He suggests: "Destroy another strong black historical LEGEND?!?!"
"[There are] several examples of pedophilia in American History..." T.I. points out.
That is absolutely true.
"if y’all pulling up all our old s--t..." he begins.
T.I. continues: "we gotta examine ELVIS PRESLEY, HUGH HEPHNER, and a whole slew of others."
He suggests that these individuals are "guilty of the same if not more!!!"
We won't litigate his characterization of those men, but we'll note that Elvis has certainly been accused of preying upon multiple 14-year-old girls.
Though Michael Jackson's alleged victims were closer to half of that age, we believe that all sexual predators should be exposed and reviled.
T.I. then implies that Michael Jackson is being mentioned as the result of a racist conspiracy.
"BUT WHY US all the time?" he asks.
It seems clear that he is also thinking of the recent and long overdue arrests of disgraced rapper R. Kelly.
"There’s an agenda to destroy OUR CULTURE," he theorizes.
In his mind, sex abuse survivors telling their stories is part of a larger scheme.
He claims: "These are assaults against OUR CULTURE!!!"
"Make no mistake of it!!!" T.I. concludes.
Questions about why the accusers are coming forward now are best answered by this satirical headline from The Onion.
We understand that it is frustrating and disappointing when a celebrity or other entertainer whom you admire does something bad.
But the "threat" to expose other accused sexual predators is empty.
All sexual predators are bad.
His suggestion that there's some sinister agenda plays right into the arguments made by the likes of R. Kelly and Bryan Singer.
R. Kelly has suggested that accusations against him are the result of him being a successful black man.
Bryan Singer has accused allegations against him as being homophobic in nature.
There have been real conspiracies against minorities. Abuse survivors telling their stories are not examples of that.
If T.I. really want to make a plea and do some good, he should just remind people to not harass Michael Jackson's kids about what their father may have done.
As you’ve no doubt heard by now, the documentary Leaving Neverland premiered to tremendous controversy this week.
While the surviving members of Michael Jackson’s family have derided the film as a “public lynching,” many viewers have reported that Neverland left them with little doubt that the pop star molested numerous children throughout his life.
The documentary focuses on two of Jackson’s many accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom are now grown men, and both of whom were granted the opportunity to tell their stories as never before.
But while Neverland focuses primarily on the appalling accounts offered by Robson and Safechuck, for many, it also raises unsettling questions about the other children who crossed paths with Jackson at the height of his fame.
There are Jackson’s own children, of course.
Two of them have kept quiet in the wake of Neverland, while the singer’s 20-year-old daughter Paris has vocally defended her father and continues to maintain that Michael is 100 percent innocent of all charges.
Then there are the Culkin brothers — Macaulay and Kieran — both of whom, by Jackson’s own admission. shared a bed with the singer while they were still young children.
And, of course, there’s Corey Feldman, the 1980s child star who befriended Jackson in his youth and has vocally defended him ever since.
On Thursday, Feldman spoke out for the first time about the revelations contained in Leaving Neverland.
And to the surprise of many, the 47-year-old stated that he feels he can “no longer defend” Jackson.
“I don’t want to be perceived as I’m here to defend Michael Jackson, because I can no longer do that,” Feldman said in an interview with HLN.
“I can not in good consciousness defend anyone who’s being accused of such horrendous crimes.”
Feldman went on to reiterate that he was never abused by Jackson, stating:
“I’m also not here to judge him, because again, he did not do those things to me and that was not my experience.”
Despite his repeated claim that his own experience with Jackson was purely wholesome, Feldman’s refusal to continue defending the singer speaks volumes about the impact of Leaving Neverland.
Jackson’s music has already been pulled from Canadian radio stations, and many expect US stations to follow suit.
Some say it’s unfair to condemn a man who’s no longer alive to defend himself.
But it is justice for Jackson’s alleged victims, not Jackson himself, that must take precedence.
You know what one of the benefits to somebody dying is? You can say whatever you want about them and no one can sue you because you can’t libel a dead person; libel only applies to the living. So normally when we talk or write about something someone did, even when we’re sure they did it, we have to use weasel words like “allegedly” because saying someone is a rapist leaves you open to a lawsuit but saying that they’re “allegedly” a rapist means you’re just talking about allegations. But when they’re dead, you can say whatever you want.
Ronald Reagan couldn’t ride a horse, the only reason he had so many is because he had sex with them. Margot Kidder was a sad whackadoodle who had a Google alert for her name and she consisted on a diet of cat food and live rats. Eazy-E was actually a white guy from Brentwood in blackface. See, all of those are half-truths at best and no one can do anything about it.
So you know how Michael Jackson used to fuck little boys? Well, somebody made a documentary about it that’s airing at Sundance. It’s called Leaving Neverland and follows two men who were abused by Jackson and how it impacted them and MJ’s family is pissed about it. Here’s what they had to say, via CNN.
“Michael always turned the other cheek, and we have always turned the other cheek when people have gone after members of our family – that is the Jackson way,” the statement said. “But we can’t just stand by while this public lynching goes on, and the vulture tweeters and others who never met Michael go after him.”
Yeah, he turned the other cheek and then put his dick between those cheeks. I mean, I say that, but I’m not sure that he actually did anything he’s accused of. I’m just saying it because I can, because he can’t sue me for libel. I actually lean towards believing he’s innocent of anything.
Dan Reed, the director of the four-hour documentary, (which seems way too long, honestly) shot back at the Jacksons in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.
“It is a four-hour documentary by an experienced documentarian with a long track record in investigation and telling complex stories and this is a complex story,” says Reed. “So I’d say it’s beyond doubt a documentary. Anyone with any knowledge of that form would recognize a documentary. A four-hour piece, is that a tabloid? I didn’t characterize Jackson at all in the film — I think if you watch it you’ll have noticed that it’s a story about these two families and Jackson is an element of that story. But I don’t seek to characterize him at all. I don’t comment on Jackson. It’s not a film about Michael. … The film itself is an account of sexual abuse, how sexual abuse happens and then how the consequences play out later in life.”
I mean really, four hours? You couldn’t cram enough human suffering into two hours? You had to have a movie with an intermission in it to really get your point across that molesting kids is bad? Those Lord of the Rings movies were only 3 hours long and they had Orcs.
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There’s a lot of talk about who should play James Bond once Daniel Craig retires, but you know what would have been hilarious? Michael Jackson playing James Bond. Imagine how that movie would have played out.
INT EVIL LAIR
Bond is restrained on a table as GOLDFINGER’S laser slowly burns a line between BOND’S legs, getting closer and closer.
Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?
No, Mister Bond, I expect you to die.
That could have actually happened, because an excerpt from Hollywood agent Michael Ovitz’s memoir Who is Michael Ovitz? obtained by Page Six, Jackson told the agent he wanted to be James Bond. But it didn’t happen until after an unfortunate guacamole accident.
As he talked, his hat fell into the guacamole in front of him, and he picked it out and put it back on – unfortunately, with a blob of guacamole attached, which began to slide down the brim. Ron Meyer tapped my leg to draw my attention to it, and we all watched in horrified fascination as it slid lower and lower while Michael was pitching us hard on how he was America’s next action hero. Then the blob fell off, and Ron totally lost it. I cracked up, too, and Michael stalked out.
I went and found him and explained for fifteen minutes that we hadn’t been laughing at him, but at the incident. … Finally, Michael’s face cleared. ‘Okay, Ovitz. Okay,’ he said. ‘But I want to play James Bond.’ I am proud to report I didn’t laugh, this time.
I think this would have been an amazing movie. Woody Allen played Jimmy Bond in Casino Royale, and Jackson is only marginally less believable as an action hero than Woody Allen.
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Paris Jackson can sing. At least, that’s what I’m led to believe based on this video.
That’s Michael’s daughter singing “Smile” with Austin Brown. I’ve never heard of Austin Brown or heard of the song, but I think it’s pretty good. I like his voice, as well. Paris Jackson is singing, but I can’t tell if she’s good or if she’s being carried by Brown. There’s clear evidence that Brown is good on his own, Jackson never goes solo in this video.
Some are already saying that Paris sounds a lot like her father, but let’s wait until we see more evidence, ok? Michael Jackson was one of the best singers and entertainers of his generation. Paris Jackson is barely swaying and sort of contributing to a duet. Until she gives me “Black or White” I’m not ready to put her next to Tito, much less Michael.
That’s a bit unfair.
She’s definitely better than Tito. Even if she can’t sing a lick.
And are we still doing that thing where we’re not sure if Paris actually has any of Michael’s DNA? Because if we are, it’s a bit farfetched to say she has her father’s voice. She could still be a good singer and not have her father’s voice.
If you’re wondering who Austin Brown is, he’s the cousin of Paris. He’s the son of Rebbie Jackson, who was Michael’s oldest sister. Why can’t we praise him and say that he has the voice of his uncle? Because that dude is good and we should be paying attention to him, not Paris.
On The Late Late Show with James Corden, Madonna confessed that one time she plied Michael Jackson with white wine and got him to make out with her.
Why is she only bringing this up now? She told Corden:
“I haven’t had the chance to talk about it, no one ever asks me.”
That would be a weirdly specific question to ask, and kind of a weird one, considering his rape mansion full of child porn and everything.
So, how did it go down?
“I did [make the first move on Jackson] … He’s a little bit shy. However, he was a willing accomplice. I did get him to, sort of, loosen up with a glass of Chardonnay. And it did wonders. It worked wonders.”
Check out her confession below:
Chris Pratt Makes Chrismas Mad Lib Theater Naughty With Jimmy Fallon & Reveals His ‘Very Vulnerable’ Karaoke Moment!
On Tuesday night, the Guardians of the Galaxy star stopped by The Tonight Show to help promote his upcoming flick Passengers and decided to have some fun with Fallon!
Not only did Chris reveal a "very vulnerable" and embarrassing Michael Jackson karaoke story, but the two celebs played a Christmas-themed Mad Lib Theater -- and certainly made it naughty!
Ch-ch-check out Chris and Jimmy as they play a silly holiday game of Mad Libs -- plus Pratt talks about his embarrassing singing moment (below)!
Pratt and Fallon get their Mad Lib theater on:
The Parks and Recreation star reveals why he won't sing MJ's Man in the Mirror anymore:
Make sure to watch The Tonight Show weeknights at 11:35 p.m. EST on NBC!
Noses are such little things, really, but tiny nips and tucks can make huge differences! For some, a nose job can be a door opener.
For others, a nose job can be a total mess - even a career ender.
Sometimes, it's obvious which is which. Other times, it's a thin line, as beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as they say, right?
In any case, here are 20 celebrity nose jobs you won't believe!
1. Britney Spears
2. Michael Jackson
3. Ashlee Simpson
4. Jennifer Aniston
5. Blake Lively
6. Tom Cruise
The stars below were all convicted or accused of some kind of sexual assault.
Many of them were convicted or accused of some kind of sexual assault against minors.
We'd keep them far away from your kids if we were you...
1. Josh Duggar
2. Jared Fogle
3. R. Kelly
4. Michael Jackson
5. Bill Cosby
6. Stephen Collins
The VMAs aren't like other award shows.
But unlike when someone you met on Tinder tells you they're not like other girls/guys, in this case, the claim is legit.
You never know what might happen at the VMAs.
Kanye might interrupt someone's acceptance speech.
Nicki Minaj might call out Miley Cyrus.
Kanye might interrupt everyone's acceptance speeches.
You really never know.
In fact, the only thing that's certain is: there will be some amazing performances.
Check out the gallery below to relive some of the most unforgettable musical moments from 32 years of the VMAs.
1. Beyonce: "Love on Top," 2011
2. Madonna: "Like a Virgin," 1984
3. Britney Spears: "Slave 4 U," 2011
4. Taylor Swift: "You Belong With Me," 2009
5. Eminem: "The Real Slim Shady"/"Way I Am," 2000
6. Diddy, Faith Evans, Sting: "I'll Be Missing You"
Michael Jackson was a weird guy. We loved him for it. We still love him for it. But it did make him an ever-complicated person and nearly a decade after his death, his secrets are still coming out. Dr. Conrad Murray (the doctor famous for over-prescribing medication to the late pop star) has taken it on as his responsibility to share these secrets though he promised he would never speak a word of Michael’s confessions to him as a patient.
In his tell-all book titled This Is It, the slimy physician lets everyone in on secrets Michael banked on no one ever knowing about him. It’s known that Michael was an abuse victim. It’s known that this abuse led Michael to make some of his more questionable and controversial decisions. When talking to Murray:
He began talking vaguely, seeming to have more difficulty describing precisely what happened to him. Maybe he was almost at the limit to his cathartic confession that night.
Or maybe he didn’t really want to say these things to someone who may have had intentions of betraying him. It was during this confession that Michael alluded to a number of procedures he may have undergone. Per Daily Mail:
Michael Jackson had hormone injections when he was 13 to delay puberty and keep his voice high, his ex doctor has claimed.
Fuck. I already have trust issues and now I probably can’t trust a doctor. He goes on to get petty:
It turned out he always wore socks because he was so ashamed of the way his feet looked. The fact Michael’s feet, something critical to him, were in such poor condition was a sign not only had he neglected himself but those around him were not keeping a close eye on his well-being.
This man can no longer practice medicine in three states. Do you feel any better knowing these things about MJ? Or do you feel dirty?
Even after his death, Michael Jackson can't escape his demons.
Inside the singer's Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, CA, authorities (who carried search warrants) uncovered "filthy photos and videos of men, women, boys and girls in perverted positions, drugs to treat sex addiction, with multiple prescriptions written by a variety of physicians for people close to the star," according to Radar Online.
The raid took place in November 2003, nearly six years before his fatal overdose.
“The detectives’ report cites Michael even used sexy photos of his own nephews, who were in the band 3T, in their underwear to excite young boys," one private investigator revealed.
A witness tipped off the cops to a storage unit, where even more "materials" were moved once the investigation launched.
Inside the unit, the report reads were “notes, diaries, documents, photographs, audiotapes and videotapes.
“The documents collected by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department paint a dark and frightening picture of Jackson,” another investigator told the site.
“The documents exposed Jackson as a manipulative, drug-and-sex-crazed predator who used blood, gore, sexually explicit images of animal sacrifice and perverse adult sex acts to bend children to his will.
“He also had disgusting and downright shocking images of child torture, adult and child nudity, female bondage and sadomasochism.”
The reports are prettying harrowing; authorities had to record the types of photos they came across, which reportedly included images of children "bleeding, in pain and tormented."
Jackson also had a book titled Room To Play, which contained a "deeply disturbing photo of a "JonBenet Ramsey look-alike with a noose around her neck,” the source said.
“There were also photos and videos featuring sadomasochistic sex, bondage, transsexuals — ‘chicks with d–ks,'" the source added.
“Michael Jackson had truly perverse sexual appetites, and the twisted photos tell a sadistic side of him that nobody really knew.”
After Gavin Arvizo came forward to accuse the pop star, Jackson was charged with 7 counts of child molestation and two counts of providing "an intoxicant to a minor under the age of 14 in order to seduce him," all felonies.
When the charges were brought against Jackson, District Attorney Tom Sneddon noted that “The materials described … are relevant to the issues of the defendant’s intent and his method of ‘grooming’ young boys to satisfy his lewd desires.”
Ron Zonen, former Santa Barbara Senior Assistant District Attorney was involved in the case and told Radar, “A lot of this stuff was used to desensitize the children, and Michael admitted taking one child after another into bed with him for long periods of time.
“We identified five different boys, who all made allegations of sexual abuse. There’s not much question in my mind that Michael was guilty of child molestation.”
Jackson was acquitted of all charges in June 2005, and allegedly paid out around $200 million worth of "hush money" to his victims.
These celebs are not all guilty of the same things ... but we would not want them near our kids for any reason. And we doubt we're alone.
1. Josh Duggar
2. Jared Fogle
3. R. Kelly
4. Michael Jackson
5. Bill Cosby
6. Stephen Collins
Michael Jackson, who passed away tragically and long before his time on June 25, 2009, would have been 57 years old this Saturday.
Without a doubt the defining entertainer of his generation and beyond, his groundbreaking music and pop cultural impact are peerless.
He changed the music landscape forever, inspiring countless, and breaking every record in the books and leaving a legacy like no other.
Long before Michael Jackson died, but even more so after he did, his work became iconic, and his personal eccentricities unparalleled.
If you're looking for scandals, controversy and crazy stories that are uniquely, well, Michael Jackson, you need not look very far at all.
Fans remember him for his music and his compassion, however; MJ's charitable contributions were almost as numerous as his #1 hits.
Most of all, he would surely like to be remembered for raising Prince, Blanket and Paris Jackson, all of whom feel his loss most deeply.
Here's wishing his family and friends the best on this somber occasion, which has given way to celebrations of his life for seven years.
In the hopes that they find peace and think fondly of the man, we hope he may find peace in the way fans come together in his honor.
It’s not Jesus on toast anymore, it’s Michael Jackson dancing on the clouds.
The people of central Virginia witnessed a vague form of Michael Jackson seemingly dancing in a cloud formation during a lightning storm on June 23 nearly an exact six years after his death on June 25, 2009.
The photographer, originally unaware of his spiritual capture, only took the picture to capture the lightning storm for his storm chasing app and later uploaded it to the WTVR CBS 6 Facebook page.
“The image that you see of Michael Jackson just happens to be there,” The photographer John Plashal certified clarifying he did not alter the photo. “It’s pretty wild.”
Did anyone think it was altered…? It’s pretty Rorschach-y. I mean, I guess it’s there, but it’s mostly just a fuzzy two-tone cloud, right? Have I lost all my childhood fantasy?
Apparently, Pashal is a Michael Jackson fan which in no way influenced his vision in these clouds.
According to many who have viewed the video above, the weather report in Central Virgina this week was cloudy... with a chance of moonwalking!
Photographer John Plashal captured a picture on Tuesday of a cloud formation over Goochland County that does look eerily like Michael Jackson.
The King of Pop, of course, died six years ago, nearly to that day (on June 25, 2009).
"The image that you see of Michael Jackson just happens to be there,” Plashal tells a local Fox affiliate, insisting he did not doctor the photo in any way, shape or form.
What do you think, readers? Is The Man Above sending us a message here? Is He paying homage to The Man in the Mirror?
Watch the footage closely and then join us in remembering Michael Jackson.
Death is another surprising way to earn moolah.
Just ask Jackson’s kids, Prince, Paris, and Blanket, who will all be inheriting $100 million if they choose to “liquidate the estate” today, as a source dishes to TMZ.
From being on the brink of bankruptcy during his final days, the estate has now grossed to nearly $2 billion due to the movie “This Is It,” the Cirque Show “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” posthumous albums, and other business ventures.
That’s enough to cover the estate’s past debts… and so much more. Seems like revisiting MJ’s legacy every now and then still yields that much money, huh?
More news on Michael and his kids!
Michael Jackson’s Doctor Charged
“Death Home” Of Michael Jackson Goes Up For Sale
Paris Jackson Goes Suicidal Online
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Fans around the world are remembering the late, great Michael Jackson (1958-2009) on June 25, the anniversary of his untimely passing.
A man whose personal eccentricities matched his incredible talent in terms of sheer amazement, he remains controversial to this day.
Gone but not forgotten, his unique legacy lives on through his music and his children, though not without sizable bumps in the road.
Here's a short photo tribute to a true entertainer, and an individual, who was as close to peerless as a human being ever has been.