Michael Jackson, Otherness And Diversity

Michael Jackson, Otherness & Diversity

by Manuela Bezamat

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During his lifetime and even in his death, Michael Jackson has been accused of voluntarily erasing his black features in an attempt at “becoming white”, and therefore gaining access to the exclusive world of the dominating elite.

His critics paint him out to be nothing short of a bigot, someone whose admiration for the standards of white America made him not only alter his own appearance but also see the world through these lenses. But is it possible that the man who wrote the diversity anthem Black or White was, in fact, a bigot?

In a previous thread (see below) we spoke about Michael’s race/ethnicity and how it was impossible for him to ever cease being black, shedding light on his internal perceptions of himself and his community. https://twitter.com/manuelabezamat/status/1186598490178240512?s=20

In this thread, which complements the other, we’ll focus on the outside world, on how Michael perceived other cultures – in summary, how he saw difference, proving that his personality and his beliefs are the opposite of what’s expected from a prejudiced and intolerant person.

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Before we dig into Michael’s relationship with other cultures/ethnicities, let’s take a quick look at some concepts that will be used in this thread, and that belong to the field of Anthropology: Otherness, Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism. When interacting with people from other ethnicities/cultures we’re faced with Otherness, defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “the quality or state of being other or different”. In such situations, it becomes clear that our cultural habits and beliefs aren’t universal.

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Some see these encounters as an opportunity to learn, while others respond by judging people by the social/cultural standards of their own group, believing them to be superior. These people incur in Ethnocentrism (‘ethnos’ – nation, cultural group; ‘centric’ – center).

German anthropologist Franz Boas was one of the pioneers in fighting Ethnocentrism in his field. Going against the main anthropological current, which placed each culture in an evolutionary scale, he instead vouched for them to be analyzed within their own cultural standards.

Boas’ theory, called Cultural Relativism, was a product of his intense fieldwork in the late 19th century. Living with the Inuits of Baffin Island, he concluded that learning their habits/language was essential to understanding them and denaturalizing his own cultural standards.

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Polish-born anthropologist Bronislaw Malinowski took the debate further. Spending years among the natives of the Trobriand Islands, he concluded that fieldwork was essential to grasp “the native’s point of view, (…) to realize his vision of his world”.

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Even though Boas’ and Malinowski’s works are complex, their message is simple – it’s only by having continuous/frequent contact with Otherness that we avoid the pitfalls of Ethnocentrism and realize that we’re all ethnic beings, none better than the other.

You may ask what any of this has to do with Michael Jackson. The answer is – everything.

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Michael Jackson was naturally empathic. His understanding and concern about others were summarized by an old proverb he often recited: “don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins”.

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His natural empathy was only matched by his intellectual curiosity. Bob Sanger, his longtime lawyer, said that his personal library had 10,000 books and that they’d often talk about “psychology, Freud and Jung, (…) black history and sociology dealing with race issues.”

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Michael also travelled from an early age for work, both inside and outside of the US. His tours allowed him to visit dozens of countries around the world – from China to Brazil, not to mention his personal trips, like the ones he took to Africa.

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His sense of empathy, his intellectual curiosity and his travels, when combined, gave Michael a rare perspective, one that can be found in trained anthropologists – that humankind is comprised of a myriad of ethnicities/cultures that should be appreciated in their uniqueness.

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Michael took it even further – he discovered that Otherness and diversity aren’t, as some would think, a source of weakness or conflict, but a source of strength and unity. From Otherness comes Oneness, a point of view that he expressed in his music and his humanitarian work.

In a 1979 interview to Jet Magazine, he stated: “I’m really not a prejudiced person at all (…) if you look at the many wonders inside the human bodies—the different colors of organs…and all these colors do different things in the human body – why can’t we do it as people?”

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The following year, Michael and Jackie Jackson co-wrote a song called “Can You Feel It”, the third single out of the Jacksons’ album Triumph (1980). The song speaks about unity and the world coming together.

The lyrics are poignant: “All the colors of the world should be lovin’ each other wholeheartedly (…)”; “Spread the word and try to teach the man who’s hating his brother, when hate won’t do, when we’re all the same, ’cause the blood inside me is inside you.”

In late 1980, Michael had the idea of making a film out of the song. The result was “The Triumph”, a 9 min+ visual masterpiece starring the Jackson brothers in outer space, delivering a message of love to people of multiple ethnic backgrounds.

Two moments in the film stand out. First, the prelude, composed by Michael, which speaks about the “beginning”, where “men and women of every color and shape (…) would ignore the beauty in each other”, but “never lose sight of the dream of a better world, that they could unite.”

Later, people of all ethnicities are shown staring at a black hole, where a single peacock feather appears. A native-American man emerges from the crowd and an African-American boy holds his hand. Soon everyone else does the same, and the single feather turns into a full plumage.

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The highly symbolic nature of this film can’t be ignored. In the peacock feather scene, the message is clear – while one feather/culture is beautiful by itself, it’s only when all feathers/cultures join together that the full beauty is unleashed. From Otherness comes Oneness.

The idea of Oneness shows up again in the 1985 charitable global hit “We are the World”, co-written by Michael and Lionel Richie. The song, which speaks about the world coming together for a good cause, managed to raise roughly $ 60 million for the famine in Ethiopia.

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Captain EO, a 17+ min 3D film made for Disney that came out in 1986, had Michael play the part of an intergalactic captain on a mission to save a planet from the ruling of its evil queen, played by Anjelica Houston.

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The two songs featured in the film, “We Are Here to Change the World” and “Another Part of Me” have EO bring the message of a new era, where love and unity overcome fear and hate.

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In “Another Part of Me”, which later featured in Michael’s 1987 Bad album, the lyrics follow the pattern of “Can You Feel It” – “The planets are linin’ up, we’re bringin’ brighter days. They’re all in line waitin’ for you, can’t you see? You’re just another part of me.”

Even if his previous work referenced diversity, the Dangerous album (1991) and its short films took Michael’s relationship with other cultures to a new level. It was then that his message about diversity became louder and more explicit than ever.

The first track, “Jam”, sets the tone for the album by bringing up Oneness again – “Nation to nation all the world must come together, face the problems that we see then maybe somehow we can work it out”. From Otherness comes Oneness.

“Heal the World”, the timeless humanitarian song that prompted many to look more kindly upon their neighbor for the first time, is fascinating in that it combines three elements that summarize Michael’s worldview: humanitarian work, diversity and children.

The Heal the World short film illustrates this by showing children from all over the world in distress. The message is clear – the children of the world shouldn’t have to suffer.

Michael took action by creating the Heal the World Foundation in 1992. In a HTW press conference, he announced the donation of tons of supplies to war-torn Sarajevo and actions aimed at inner-city children, also speaking against prejudice and ethnic hatred.

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The 1993 Super Bowl halftime show included what was possibly his most touching performance of “Heal the World”. The segment starts with the audience performing a card stunt, which creates the image of children of different ethnicities to the sound of “We Are the World”.

Then, as “Heal the World” starts playing, Michael is joined onstage by people from various cultures – many dressed in traditional garments – who sing together and hold hands as a balloon in the shape of planet Earth is inflated at center stage.

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The intersection of children and diversity would provide a lifelong fascination for Michael. In a 2003 documentary, he mentioned that he considered adopting two children from each continent, and one of his most prized personal possessions was this painting below.

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In all of Michael Jackson’s body of work there’s one song and accompanying short film that are considered not only the summary of his thoughts on race, Otherness and diversity, but one of the landmarks of pop culture: the unmistakable “Black or White”.

The first single out of Dangerous, “Black or White” was released in November 11, 1991, a turbulent year in terms of world history. That was the year that the Soviet Union collapsed, the Gulf war ended and the conflicts in the former Yugoslavia intensified.

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In this scenario of hopelessness and change, a young black entertainer brought about a message of hope and positivity, shifting the focus from the flaws of humanity to its beauty and ingenuity.

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“Black or White” stayed at number 1 in the Billboard Hot 100 for 7 weeks, also reaching the top of the charts in various other countries around the world. The B or W short film debuted simultaneously in 27 countries on November 14, to an estimated audience of 500 million people.

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The B or W short film is at times symbolic and at other times explicit in its message. Michael and Vincent Patterson, his choreographer, had conceived it as a narrative in which the singer would visit different cultural settings around the world.

The film starts by showing a typical middle-class household in suburban USA. In the living room, dad watches sports on TV while mom reads a tabloid newspaper. They represent the intellectually divested/short-sighted mainstream society, which is blind in its Ethnocentrism.

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In true Michael Jackson fashion – the singer saw children as the bearers of endless curiosity, while also lacking the prejudices and restraints of the adults – it’s up to their son, played by Macaulay Culkin, to open their eyes to a world filled with endless possibilities.

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The power of the son’s message literally blows dad through the roof, landing him in a different reality, where people have different ways of life. He’s then introduced to a new character, Michael Jackson, who’s taking part in a dance ritual with native Africans.

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From that point forward, Michael, like an anthropologist, becomes an interpreter of cultures, seamlessly travelling from one to the other while either taking part in their dance or dancing to his own rhythm.

The sequence where he goes from dancing with the African natives to dancing in a studio with the traditional Thai dancers and then “breaking free” from the studio setting to join the Native-Americans in a ritual in the desert is particularly poignant.

In the making of B or W, Michael was unhappy with John Landis’ original idea of just having him dance in front of a gray background. He understood the symbolic importance of interacting with other cultures, and that by joining them, he showed that they were different, but equal.

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The scene of Michael with the Native-Americans has the natives wearing traditional garments and includes the original sounds of their chants. The power and the beauty of this culture can be felt as everyone’s surrounded by men storming in, riding horses – not a cowboy in sight.

From the desert we’re taken to an urban environment, where Michael interacts with an Indian native. What jumps out in this scene is the contrast between the “exoticness” and warmth of the woman and the soullessness of the industrial background.

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Two issues arise from this scene. 1) The meaning of “exoticness”, this ethnocentric category that stigmatizes Otherness 2) The erasure of traditional cultures by our capitalist society. By joining the dancer, Michael picks the side of diversity and understanding.

Travelling to Russia, Michael joins dancers in front of Saint Basil’s Cathedral, evoking feelings of brotherhood. The scene morphs into a glass globe, which is picked up by a white baby, sitting next to a black baby on top of planet Earth, suggesting a future of racial harmony.

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The next scene, the most racially-charged of them all, has Michael defiantly singing “I ain’t scared of your brother, I ain’t scared of no sheets, I ain’t scared of nobody, girl, when the going gets mean” to bigots and racists, against footage of a burning cross.

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From there we’re taken to the inner city, where Michael is seen among children of different ethnicities – the new generation – singing powerful lyrics “it’s not about races, just places, faces (…) I’m not going to spend my life being a color.”

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The next scene shows Michael atop the Statue of Liberty. As the camera zooms out, he’s surrounded by monuments from all over the world. It becomes clear that, while he sees the world from the viewpoint of his culture, he considers other cultures to be equal to his.

The end of the short film brings the iconic (then ground-breaking) morphing segment, where men and women of various ethnic backgrounds merge faces while singing repeatedly “it’s black, it’s white, it’s tough for you to get by.”

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The Black or White short film hit the world like a ton of bricks. People of every culture were mesmerized with what they’d seen – the biggest star in the planet showing, through astonishing visual effects, that he appreciated their way of life, and that it’s okay to be different.

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In the following years, the Dangerous and HIStory tours took the singer to countless cities in Europe, Asia and South America, helping cement his vocation as a spokesman for world cultures. Even those that didn’t speak English felt like they could relate to the man and his music.

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Michael Jackson’s message of tolerance, diversity and racial/cultural harmony helped shape the minds of generations of people around the world, that would continue to spread his values from that point forward. The singer had reached his goal: from Otherness came Oneness. //

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Finding the Real Michael Jackson- A Personal Journey

“Three things cannot be long hidden; the Sun, the Moon and the Truth”                                              Buddha 

On January 10th, 2020,  MJJJP ran across a series of tweets from a Twitter account
“We Be illin’ “
   @human_nature_99, regarding their personal experience researching and getting to know Michael Jackson. We thought others might like to see that despite Dan Reed, Wade Robson, James Safechuck, Channel4 and HBO’s intention for Leaving Neverland to “cancel” Michael Jackson, the complete opposite has occurred. The tweet statement began:







MJJJP was granted permission by “We Be illin’ ” to recontruct their whole statement on our wordpress because we completely agree that there are many people out there who have experienced the same enlightenment regarding Michael Jackson. The reality of his life juxtaposed to the false narrative presented by Leaving Neverland, coupled with the 30 yr mischaracterization presented by the media at large, requires research and an open heart to find truth.

The Twitter statement: 

Apologies for the long thread, but I’m just going to put this out there because I know others may have had the same experience: I’m a little sad and embarrassed to admit that I didn’t appreciate Michael Jackson’s genius until after he passed away.

Often heard his music but for some reason, didn’t feel that compelled to actually listen to it. I wasn’t really into pop culture, so I mainly listened to classical anyway. I’ve always knew about the allegations but didn’t pay too much attention because I didn’t know all the facts.

For some reason, he became a huge topic this year and I came across a few music videos of him. I actually truly listened for the first time and thought the music and the dancing was extraordinary. At the same time, however, I also came across several negative videos, such as

the cut-out segment of Michael and Arvizo in Bashir’s documentary (which, taken out of context, seemed very strange to me) and L*aving N*verland videos. So, I kinda had an ambivalent feeling about him, like “His music’s good but he’s also kinda creepy?”

Then, dozens and dozens of MJ-related Youtube videos started popping up in my recommended – from videos about Michael’s childhood to his interactions with his fans to his humanitarian work. A lot of positive videos and as I watched them, I just saw such a GIGANTIC disconnect

in the way media portrayed him and the real, raw videos of him as a human being, as a real individual. And, just observing all the videos of him doing good work for the world. It also made me a little scared, thinking “So, could a person who gives off so much love and care

really be evil at heart?” If that’s the case, who can you really trust in this world if “good” people can actually be so evil?” Keep in mind, during this whole time, I still was VERY reluctant to like him because I didn’t want to risk giving my admiration to a possible pedo.

So, I dug into the research and as I saw more and more videos about his innocence, it just became so absolutely ridiculous to me how ALL THIS EVIDENCE can be right in front of your face and how people can still overlook it all. It almost became like insanely imbecilic to me

that people could believe that nonsense. I eventually went from 50/50 on his innocence to 60/40 to just over 1000% sure that he was innocent. I actually joined Twitter as kind of an anonymous observer but I actually made my first comment when I saw a well-known company

throw lowkey shade at him and it made me LIVID. Like, how can you guys just so willingly contribute to one of the biggest cases of injustice in history? It actually got a buncha likes and a lot of other people started calling them out as well. And, that’s basically my

first experience into being vocal on this platform. So, yeah, I wasn’t an MJ fan before, but I think my story does kinda provide a little bit of insight into how a non-MJ fan could evolve into such a staunch defender of MJ. Because one thing I’m DEAD tired of is when MJ-guilters

immediately dismiss your COLD-HARD FACTS because “You worship a pedo and you’re just a delusional fan.” No sir, I was someone who looked at the cold hard facts and arrived at my own conclusion.

Twitter Statement ends 

Source: https://twitter.com/human_nature_99/status/1215801300933177344

Note from MJJJP –

Unfortunately, the full account of how “We Be Illin’ ”  went from “non-fan” status; not really being aware of Michael Jackson’s life and the allegations against him to becoming a staunch supporter of his innocence was not constructed  on a Twitter Thread. These were all individual tweets and this is why We asked permission to reprint this on our wordpress. Without being in a thread we’d be required to copy each url from each tweet to present them each visually, so we asked permission to present them in one long statement,  for impact. The breaks in between the texts indicates the breaks between each tweet. We Be Illin has indicated to us that this was just ad-hoc, not encompassing all that they wanted to say and would like to someday edit it, to include other thoughts. We are more than willing to make that happen. 🙏🏼

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Blanca Francia’s Deposition Blasts the Wade Robson Story

No Train Station for Safechuck – No Shower for Wade – Funny how TIMELINES keep tripping up these two fiction writers-

Vindicating Michael

The name of Blanca Francia is now firmly associated with Wade Robson. She used to be a personal maid to Michael Jackson, who later made controversial statements about him, and Robson insisted on Michael’s innocence for the first 30 years of his life, but since making his U-turn in 2013 has told most horrible things about his former friend.

So previously Francia and Robson were on the opposite sides of the barrier, and now they are allies whose case against Jackson is based on each other stories – Blanca Francia thinks she saw the shadow of Robson in Michael Jackson’s shower at Neverland, and Robson, though recalling none of it himself, goes much further and claims she saw Michael Jackson “rubbing the Plaintiff” and “the Plaintiff’s head was pressed against Michael Jackson’s stomach area.”

The above Robson’s statements come from his Motion to amend his third amended complaint filed on…

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Regarding Michael Jackson by Christine Decroix


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Belgium singer Christine Decroix’s recorded music with Michael and here are some of her thoughts on the King of Pop.

“Together let’s stand up and denounce the “wolves who killed the little lamb”, the people like journalist Bashir who didn’t know him and abused of his trust for their profit. As a friend I spent a great amount of time in the recording studio with him, we always had children with us and were always laughing and playing between recording sessions. He brought a lot of joy in people lives.

I grew up in Belgium raised by my dad who, as a chief of police, taught me to always be suspicious and I can tell you that I couldn’t see anything wrong with Michael except maybe that it was a man who at a young age never had the time to be a kid. He told me once that children are pure and innocent and adults always want something from him. That’s the sole reason he felt more comfortable with children, they just loved him because he was magic for the kids, and made them feel like giants.

He loathed vulgarity and would have been upset at me laughing with a dirty joke in the studio. He built a movie theatre for disabled children in his house. People are sick to think he did that to attract them as a child molester. They judge without knowing and should be ashamed because they largely contributed to his downfall and his death. Michael Jackson was hypersensitive, maybe it was the key of his talent. He suffered tremendously of all these false accusations, and the slanders that were spread. These unscrupulous persons took everything away from him including his amazing career. He did not have a childhood, his dad still beat him after he was 30. People always criticized his look but when your own father keeps telling you your nose is too big, you finally believe it and you try to fix it.

Michael was a strange guy for a lot of people because of his look. So it was both an easy and profitable target for some media wanting to bring him down. He was a genius and an amazing talent already at a young age. Nobody can judge him without knowing him.

If one of you had spent only one hour with him, you would have fallen in love with his pure heart. He could make everybody around him feel special. He was even thanking you for working with him, and had definitely not a big star attitude, he was down to earth, lived on a healthy diet, never drank alcohol. The day of my birthday party in Tokyo he took my glass of champagne away from me and replaced it by a glass of water. He was not joking he just cared for people.

He already suffered from back problems in 1987 but I never saw him taking any drugs. It’s just a disgrace to compare his death with Anna Nicole Smith. Michael Jackson told me once “Coco (nickname he gave me), don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins ” so stop judging him, love him because he loved you all and that’s what he suffered from and why he was accused of committing such an horrible crime. He didn’t do it, he was found not guilty. They tried for years but couldn’t find any proof.

Once he also told me: animals kill to eat, humans kill by pleasure. He was like a child but a smart one. I tried a few years ago to gather people who knew him to speak out but nobody wanted to do it by fear of the media. Let’s unite to denounce the true murderers of Michael. I know today that his place belongs in paradise. Let’s get together, let’s get together and honour his life and legacy, simply because he was the greatest of all time.

Christine Decroix, a forever friend of Michael Jackson

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ETI Breaks Down Why the New Michael Jackson Doc is BullSh!t –

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ETI breaks down why the new Michael Jackson documentary is total bullshit!
When Michael Jackson died in 2009, Wade Robson—the former choreographer whose allegations of abuse are at the center of a controversial new documentary, Leaving Neverland—wrote in tribute to his friend:

“Michael Jackson changed the world and, more personally, my life forever. He is the reason I dance, the reason I make music, and one of the main reasons I believe in the pure goodness of humankind. He has been a close friend of mine for 20 years. His music, his movement, his personal words of inspiration and encouragement and his unconditional love will live inside of me forever. I will miss him immeasurably, but I know that he is now at peace and enchanting the heavens with a melody and a moonwalk.”

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Robson was twenty-seven years old at the time. Four years earlier, he testified at Jackson’s 2005 trial (as an adult) that nothing sexual ever happened between them. Prior to the trial Robson hadn’t seen Jackson for years and was under no obligation to be a witness for the defense. He faced a withering cross-examination, understanding the penalty of perjury for lying under oath. But Robson adamantly, confidently, and credibly asserted that nothing sexual ever happened.

What changed between then and now? A few things:

In 2011, Robson approached John Branca, co-executor of the Michael Jackson Estate, about directing the new Michael Jackson/Cirque du Soleil production, ONE. Robson admitted he wanted the job “badly,” but the Estate ultimately chose someone else for the position.

In 2012, Robson had a nervous breakdown, triggered, he said, by an obsessive quest for success. His career, in his own words, began to “crumble.”
That same year, with Robson’s career, finances, and marriage in peril, he began shopping a book that claimed he was sexually abused by Michael Jackson. No publisher picked it up.

In 2013, Robson filed a $1.5 billion dollar civil lawsuit/creditor’s claim, along with James Safechuck, who also spent time with Jackson in the late ‘80s. Safechuck claimed he only realized he may have been abused when Robson filed his lawsuit. That lawsuit was dismissed by a probate court in 2017.

In 2019, the Sundance Film Festival premiered a documentary based entirely on Robson and Safechuck’s allegations. While the documentary is obviously emotionally disturbing given the content, it presents no new evidence or witnesses. The film’s director, Dan Reed, acknowledged not wanting to interview other key figures because it might complicate or compromise the story he wanted to tell.

It is tempting for the media to tie Jackson into a larger cultural narrative about sexual misconduct. R. Kelly was rightfully taken down by a documentary, and many other high-profile figures have been exposed in recent years, so surely, the logic goes, Michael Jackson must be guilty as well. Yet that is a dangerous leap—particularly with America’s history of unjustly targeting and convicting black men—that fair-minded people would be wise to consider more carefully before condemning the artist. It is no accident that one of Jackson’s favorite books (and movies) was To Kill a Mockingbird, a story about a black man—Tom Robinson—destroyed by false allegations.

The media’s largely uncritical, de-contextualized takes out of Sundance seem to have forgotten: no allegations have been more publicly scrutinized than those against Michael Jackson. They elicited a two-year feeding frenzy in the mid-90s and then again in the mid-2000s, when Jackson faced an exhaustive criminal trial. His homes were ransacked in two unannounced raids by law enforcement. Nothing incriminating was found. Jackson was acquitted of all charges in 2005 by a conservative Santa Maria jury. The FBI, likewise, conducted a thorough investigation. Its 300-page file on the pop star, released under the Freedom of Information Act, found no evidence of wrongdoing.Screen Shot 2019-08-30 at 12.54.41 PM

Meanwhile, dozens of individuals who spent time with Jackson as kids continue to assert nothing sexual ever happened. This includes hundreds of sick and terminally ill children such as Bela Farkas (for whom Jackson paid for a life-saving liver transplant) and Ryan White (whom Jackson befriended and supported in his final years battling AIDS); it includes lesser-known figures like Brett Barnes and Frank Cascio; it includes celebrities like Macaulay Culkin, Sean Lennon, Emmanuel Lewis, Alfonso Ribeiro, and Corey Feldman; it includes Jackson’s nieces and nephews; and it includes his own three children.

The allegations surrounding Jackson largely faded over the past decade for a reason: unlike the Bill Cosby or R. Kelly cases, the more people looked into the Jackson allegations, the more the evidence vindicated him. The prosecution’s case in 2005 was so absurd Rolling Stone‘s Matt Taibbi described it like this:

Ostensibly a story about bringing a child molester to justice, the Michael Jackson trial would instead be a kind of homecoming parade of insipid American types: grifters, suckers and no-talent schemers, mired in either outright unemployment… or the bogus non-careers of the information age, looking to cash in any way they can. The MC of the proceedings was District Attorney Tom Sneddon, whose metaphorical role in this American reality show was to represent the mean gray heart of the Nixonian Silent Majority – the bitter mediocrity itching to stick it to anyone who’d ever taken a vacation to Paris. The first month or so of the trial featured perhaps the most compromised collection of prosecution witnesses ever assembled in an American criminal case – almost to a man a group of convicted liars, paid gossip hawkers or worse…

In the next six weeks, virtually every piece of his case imploded in open court, and the chief drama of the trial quickly turned into a race to see if the DA could manage to put all of his witnesses on the stand without getting any of them removed from the courthouse in manacles.

What’s changed since then?

In Robson’s case, decades after the alleged incidents took place, he was barbecuing with Michael Jackson and his children. He was asking for tickets to the artist’s memorial. He was participating in tributes. “I still have my mobile phone with his number in it,” Robson wrote in 2009, “I just can’t bear the thought of deleting his messages.”

Then, suddenly, after twenty years, his story changed and with his new claims came a $1.5 billion dollar lawsuit.

A 30 minute rebuttal video has surfaced that exposes Wade Robson and his mother, Joy Robson’s 2016 deposition that is part of the six year legal battle with the MJ Estate. The video calls out why the accusers should not be believed, as their timeline of events does not jive with reality and factual timeline in the life of Michael Jackson.

As an eccentric, wealthy, African American man, Michael Jackson has always been a target for litigation. During the 1980s and 1990s, dozens of women falsely claimed he was the father of their children. He faced multiple lawsuits falsely claiming he plagiarized various songs. As recently as 2010, a woman named Billie Jean filed a frivolous $600 million paternity lawsuit against Jackson’s Estate.

As someone who has done an enormous amount of research on the artist, interviewed many people who were close to him, and been granted access to a lot of private information, my assessment is that the evidence simply does not point to Michael Jackson’s guilt. In contrast to Robson and Safechuck’s revised accounts, there is a remarkable consistency to the way people who knew the artist speak of him—whether friends, family members, collaborators, fellow artists, recording engineers, attorneys, business associates, security guards, former spouses, his own children—people who knew him in every capacity imaginable. Michael, they say, was gentle, brilliant, sensitive, sometimes naive, sometimes childish, sometimes oblivious to perceptions. But none believe he was a child molester.

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What else has changed?


The Lies of Leaving Neverland a thirty minute rebuttal exposing the inconsistencies, half-truths, manipulations and false narrative of  Leavning Neverland – Watch this and you won’t look at Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the same way —

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French Panel Discussion: The Present Legacy of Michael Jackson –

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Isabelle Petitjean (musicologue, auteur d’une thèse sur Michael Jackson), Léna Lutaud (Figaro), Richard Lecoq (spécialiste de Michael Jackson) décryptent l’image de l’artiste, écornée par les accusations de pédophilie, 10 ans après sa mort.

Isabelle Petitjean (musicologist, author of a thesis on Michael Jackson), Lena Lutaud (Figaro), Richard Lecoq (Michael Jackson Specialist) Discuss the image of the artist, chipped by accusations of pedophilia, 10 years after his death.

Translation courtesy of Twitter @Dom10155252 

Do you still enjoy listening to MJ ? that was the question asked on twitter today What’s the answer ? 73 % yes 27% no – Yes people still enjoy listening to MJ

We also have questions and how do people react to the comments of our guests ? They are sad, the word legend keeps coming back, and it’s always quite sad to talk about him again, mainly the fans are sad. Someone called Philippe notices that MJ was fabricated like a product internationnally, he wonders what’s left of his companies ? His companies ?

RL : MJ is a planetarian star, the artist who reached everybody worldwide, he toured everywhere in countries where few other went. Today we realize his legacy is managed the way it is but his image is still present, we saw it recently in Japan with an incredible campaign. I just come back from Asia and you have to search for his records because there’s none left, when they have some in stock it goes straight away.

Journalist : yes MJ’s music is still trending as well as his records sales, it has not been impacted as feared since the allegations. I now ask you Isabelle, do you think that in 10-20 years’ time what will be left of MJ is his career, his legacy and the allegations out ?

IP : surely ! I would only like to come back on the idea of the fabricated artist ! Michael Jackson is NOT a fabricated artist, he is not a product contrary to what is being said, he is a self made artist, he had the potential, he is an artist we could not do without him, and that is what bothered most, he was independent, he had the capacity and the creative genius and someone who stayed as much as possible independent. One could not take him off. A child who grew and his genius too thanks to Motown and else but he is NOT a puppet thrown in a marketing department. Actually today artists, before having a musical repertoire, they are sent to the picture department to create an image which matches a certain audience. Michael Jackson never went through that he managed his own image including his music. So I wanted to make it clear because as far as a product, it bothers my ears. And as far as what will be said about him in 10-20 years, I think that all the parasites we have now, all these people very much interested, because once again, we still are very much dealing with polemics, whether social polemics, linked to racial image or row image or single parent family that is advocated on one side and criticized when it’s him on the other side, when all passions and money extortions will be over, I think that at last we’ll be able to find out exactly what lies under the dusty iceberg and talk about his art, like a Mozart or Beethoven who also had a hectic life and about which nobody cares today. There’s so much more to say and I have the feeling that it might be a bit by laziness that we favor easy information, if one can call that information, in any case spectacular things which impact immediately the audience etc. and I think we should work more at saying interesting things because as for myself who did a thesis on him of 1200 words and haven’t finished yet, who wrote books, believe me there are much more instructive things that rhyme with work, that rhyme with respect, that rhyme with idealism with values that society advocates and for that Michael Jackson should be praised rather than being dragged in the gutters where he does not belong.

Léna Lutaud : I don’t agree at all with the extortion bit because now we don’t know what are asking the 2 accusers and if they don’t ask for money then you can’t say extortion.

RL Yes they do

LL No they don’t they asked for money in the previous suit but now we don’t know.

RL : they appealed and were dismissed

LL : no it’s not an appeal it is a new suit against the companies

RL : you don’t have the right information

IP : with a bank account in the Cayman island to cash in if ..

RL : you don’t have the right information because they seek millions.. to fight for Michael Jackson does not pay much but to sue him yes it motivates for millions of dollars. Regarding the « fabricated » part, indeed MJ starts his career at Motown where he learns the precept, being in a family environment type but little by little he will have his own vision and make it his own way.

Another question : who could succeed to Michael Jackson ?

RL : I was thinking to the WE on a vocal point of view

Journalist : His inspiration comes from MJ

RL : I say that lightly but today we are still wondering who will be the new MJ, you don’t say who will be the new Freddy Mercury, who will be the new SINATRA, the new Marylin so it shows clearly the impact he had, he is an artist who synthesized many talents in one person and who was a multi media artist before all, with Jackson we see MTV opening up, MTV is the video clip business, very different business from the music world, Thriller allowed to launch some careers like for SHADE, Cyndi Lauper or else in the 80s so this is it, who today can do that ?

IP : there was Mozart and then Beethoven, there was not Mozart 2 I mean there will not be another Michael Jackson

Journalist : I think we can’t blame Michael Jackson of being unique and remain unique forever

IP : of course all artists are unique and surely there will be new geniuses and great artists, Michael Jackson is an independent, he has his childhood, he grew up in a special era of civil rights, he is afro american in a racialized industry, you cannot copy paste, so I don’t know if that question has lucrative or business aims or if it’s really nostalgia, in both cases we can understand, there is and there will be other artists but one has to stop looking for another Michael Jackson.

RL : he is also a great humanitarian

Journalist : yes indeed since the beginning of his career he did a lot for charities, for the welfare especially for children worldwide Another question from someone called Michael, not Michael Jackson who wants to know where he is buried, of course we don’t know but he would like to know why it’s such a secret. Journalist : I’ll let you answer Léna cause maybe you are aware of where the tomb is there were leaks this morning on Europe 1 radio.

Léna : yes indeed, last time I went to LA I went to the cemetery and I asked the security and truely it was total secret, you can understand the family you don’t want to have I can imagine like Johnny Halliday in St Barth, maybe after your father or your son was exposed all his life to the media maybe he can rest in peace.

Journalist : maybe we can give more details but not reveal all, people can search on Europe 1 website

IP : It’s in LA at Forest Lawn I went there, we know exactly where he is, in the big chapel on top of the mausoleum but this chapel is closed, first it was opened but it was damaged but there’s no mystery regarding the location where he was buried, of course there are stories, the Estate also contributes to maintain this mysterious side of Michael Jackson, they create real-fake stories, in reality things are much simpler than that but it’s part of the game. You can see where he is buried, I think there are about 10 000 or 15000 roses delivered today and even each year, no real mystery Journalist : the tomb is of white marble, is 5 meters long, 3 meters wide and 2 meters high

IP : he is in the resurection chapel or saint family i can’t remember Another question : we hear often, KING, ICON, LEGEND does any artist today follow hi spath ?

Journalist : we mentionned that already maybe let’s speak about how the family manages the legacy of Michael Jackson, I want to ask you Lena I saw after Michael Jackson passed, his family wanted to find in a young audience a financial windmill to perpetuate his legacy, did they manage ?

Léna : of course, first there was the wonderful movie THIS IS IT everybody bought the DVD, and now in schools you can see that children love Michael Jackson, it is a visual universe, new generations of fans, younger generations but when I spoke to FG, owner of MJ site, he was not very happy with some of the stuff the Estate put out, he did not recognize his voice, he felt that on some videos the quality was not good enough and that the songs did not match with the Halloween theme, so he is not happy at all from an artistic point of view.

Journalist : we coming to the end of this interview, what would you like to remain of Michael Jackson forever, what the public should remember of him, whether you are a fan or not?

IP : well, not to forget that he is a human being, and beyond this huge career he had, beyond this charismatic dimension he brought and the message he spread that was erased by some entertainment, I think that Michael’s legacy goes far beyond music and dance and I hope we’ll still be here but the next generations will be the ones who will unveil him.

RL : yes I agree, there will be a before and an after MJ in music history and if I can add, he managed to live 50 years, that was not easy.

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Michael Jackson – The King of Light and Love 10 Years Later

Michael Jackson fans from all over the World contemplate #10YearsWithoutMichaelJackson and How he Changed the World https://hannahkozak.wordpress.com/2019/06/25/michael-jackson-the-king-of-light-and-love-10-years-later/

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Billie Jean, Beat It, Thriller Dolls.

Entrance to Forest Lawn – Glendale.

Forest Lawn Glendale.

June 25, 2009.  I heard the news that Michael Jackson had died as I was driving from the San Fernando Valley to Downtown Los Angeles for work. I was hired to be one of the stunt people to work in a scene on Iron Man Two.  At that point, I had been a stunt woman for 27 years.  As I drove, I tried to make sense of what I had heard yet I couldn’t make sense of it. Michael Jackson dead? I had been a fan since I was ten years old and his music was the soundtrack to my life.

The scene called for myself and two other stunt women to run away from the giant robots that were chasing the pedestrians.  The director yelled “action”.  As we were running away, one of the…

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Gonna Change The World- #HonorMJ

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There were no barriers Michael would not have been able to cross… His music appealed to people on all continents, from all cultural backgrounds–speaking many different languages.

Michael changed the minds, the hearts and the lives of people. Not on a superficial level–he was able to make that change by touching people with his music and performance. You can see people discovering and experiencing deep emotions while listening to him and watching him performing on stage. In fact, he communicated with them. With his art, Michael was crossing the barrier of language and space.

Humans also communicate by art. Neolithic cave paintings going back 30,000 years show a desire to express ourselves, to depict our world, to make statements as to how we perceive our world–and these paintings still talk to us across the millennia. Another means for our ancestors to express themselves was music. The oldest musical instrument known, a flute, dates back about 35,000 years. With his art, Michael was crossing the barrier of time.

But Michael did not just imagine crossing the barriers of time and space, but also boundaries between good and evil, light and dark. In Captain EO, he overcomes the terrifying Supreme Leader with his music and performance–the key to unlock her inner beauty:

“Why have you come here?” –

“To bring a gift to Your Highness, to someone as beautiful as you.” –

“You think me beautiful?” –

“Very beautiful within, Your Highness, but without a key to unlock it. And that is my gift to you.”

And with this, he starts singing and dancing and finally turns the Supreme Leader into a beautiful woman and a dark, desolate and desperate place into a serene scenery.

Michael truly believed in his heart that his music crosses the barrier of evil and changes the world for the better.

So do surrender
‘Cause the power’s deep inside my soul
Sing it
Gonna change the world, sing it
(We are here to change the world)
Gonna change the world

Blanaid X Lives

Video: Captain EO

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Lies Run Sprints, Truth Runs Marathons

Lies Run Sprints, Truth Runs Marathons

June 13, 2019 -By Deboleena Aich

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Fourteen years ago, on this day Michael Jackson was rightfully vindicated in a court of law after being falsely accused of sexually abusing Gavin Arvizo, along with other charges of false imprisonment and intoxicating a minor, all of which were examined by the jury in a court room that lead to a unanimous not guilty verdict on all 14 counts, after a four month trial.

Gavin was introduced to Michael Jackson on June 2000 when the boy was ailing with cancer and was undergoing chemotherapy treatment, through comedian Jamie Masada. Jackson, who always made efforts to comfort and help children in distress contacted Gavin and his family to support them during that difficult phase. After a month or two, the Arvizo family visited Neverland Ranch for the first time. It is important to be aware of the fact that Michael never shared a bed with either Gavin or his brother Star. It thus, undermines the ‘bed-sharing’ logic of the detractors. On their very first visit to the ranch, the brothers requested Jackson to let them sleep in his bedroom. According to Frank Cascio, his personal assistant at that time too was present with him and recalled the mother being too insisting and seemed to push his sons onto Michael Jackson. Out of kindness, Jackson allowed the boys to stay in his room despite being reluctant to do so, in the presence of Frank Cascio and his own children, Both men slept on the floor while the kids fell asleep on the bed.

The Arvizos made no assertions of molestation that night in any of their versions. ( They repeatedly changed the timeline of alleged abuse and the details. This is a common trait associated with all of MJ’s accusers, isn’t it?) According to Gavin’s own testimony, Jackson wasn’t in much contact with him or his family during the years, before the shooting of the Bashir documentary in 2002 titled ‘Living With Michael Jackson’. Under direct cross examination of Gavin by Thomas Mesereau during the trial, his main wrath over Jackson was that he didn’t maintain any touch with him, despite the fact that it was Michael Jackson who arranged for the boy blood donation camps and helped him with his battle with cancer.‘There’s no reason he should have stopped calling me”, lamented Gavin on the stand after being asked by Thomas Mesereau what made him angry towards Jackson. You don’t expect this answer from an alleged abuse victim, do you? He was bitter because he didn’t think that Michael Jackson served enough favors to him rather than the abuse that he had allegedly suffered. (Again, a common trait related to MJ’s accusers).

It all started after the documentary ‘Living With Michael Jackson’ that aired in the US and the UK in 2003 where Jackson was seen holding hands with Gavin and the boy resting his head on Jackson’s shoulder which resulted in an array of negative publicity and speculations. However, what’s deliberately ignored is the fact that it was Martin Bashir who had directed Gavin to initiate this stunt and also intentionally manipulated his narration to cast a misleading light on the audience and to paint a gloomy prospect of him and his relationship with Gavin.

On March 2003, Janet Arvizo had already hired a lawyer named William Dickerman who later claimed that Jackson’s associates were harassing the Arvizo family. Dickerman contacted Larry Feldman to represent them, the same attorney who had represented the Chandlers in 1993 and had negotiated the civil settlement of 1994! More surprisingly, Feldman decided to send the Arvizos to Dr. Stanley Katz, again the same psychologist who was involved in the Jordan Chandler case in 1993! Why is it so that even before the family made allegations of sexual abuse, they were referred to the same lawyer and the psychologist who were associated with the 1993 case? Apparently, the Arvizos couldn’t pursue for a civil settlement because DA Tom Sneddon had changed the law that prevented the civil case from going ahead of the criminal trial to satiate his desire to convict Michael Jackson, when in 1993 he was unable to even sought for an indictment.
Gavin made allegations of sexual abuse against Jackson for the first time in June 2003, to Dr. Katz. Till the time, the case made it to trial in 2005 the timeline of the alleged abuse and the details such as the number of times the molestation had allegedly occurred, changed on numerous occasions. The details of the conflicting accounts of abuse can also be observed in the difference of the versions between the prosecution’s initial complaint and that of the indictment. Star also alleged to have been inappropriately touched by Jackson in a golf cart, but Sneddon somehow never charged him for abusing Star.
The Arvizos had claimed that the first incident of molestation took place before the recording of the rebuttal video, in order to deal with the backlash after the Bashir documentary. The problem is- the entire family were still praising Jackson as clearly seen in the video. They however, asserted that they were being forced to take part in the making of the video but the outtakes proved otherwise. They looked more than happy and at one instance the mother surprisingly exclaimed, “Oh! We’re on camera!” The story changed later, altering the claim that Jackson had started molesting Gavin after the video was taped and the family had already given several interviews to the Child Right Services.

The prosecution charged Jackson for allegedly conspiring against the Arvizos, for holding them captive in Neverland against their will. This charge was brought in 2005 after the Grand Jury proceedings so as to come up with an explanation that the family was forced to participate in the rebuttal tape. It was claimed by the prosecution that Michael Jackson abducted the family with the help of other co-conspirators, but none of them except for Jackson was indicted and so none of them could testify for the defense! Janet Arvizo claimed that she had been held hostage at Neveralnd, but receipts proved that during the period of her alleged imprisonment, she had left the ranch and was enjoying shopping sprees and cozy beauty parlor treatments. She was also caught scamming celebrities and journalists in the name of Gavin’s illness, even though his medical bills were already being covered by insurance. She also accused the JC Penny guards of sexually abusing her and reached a financial settlement in 2001. She admitted that the allegations were fabricated and absolutely false.

Why would Michael Jackson be tempted to molest Gavin Arvizo only when the authorities and child protective services had already started their investigation after the airing of Bashir’s documentary? Why would he feel the need to imprison the Arvizos for taking part in the tape when nothing inappropriate had occurred until then and they themselves were willing participants for it?

It was also claimed that Michael Jackson intoxicated Gavin to be able to molest him and made him and his brother drink alcohol. It was however, debunked during the trial that the Arvizo kids themselves were caught in the wine cellar in Jackson’s absence multiple times.

Star Arvizo claimed to have witnessed Jackson molest Gavin in his bedroom while he stood near the stairs and peeped through the room’s door which was left open. The alarm that haters love to use as a plausible argument to prove his guilt cannot explain how come the alarm didn’t save Jackson from being supposedly caught. A test was carried out to disprove Star’s claims and it was being proven that Jackson would have been alerted about his presence and Star’s account of witnessing abuse was simply impossible.

Seeing his case on the verge of being in shambles, Sneddon urged to introduce ‘evidences of prior bad acts’ in an attempt to further prejudice the jury because the credibility of the Arvizos had already been ripped to shreds due to no evidence even after vigorous investigation and extensive searches of Jackson’s property by more than 70 sheriffs in an unannounced raid in 2003. June Chandler, Jason Francia, Blanca Francia and the disgruntled employees of the infamous ‘Neverland 5’ were called in by the prosecution but to no avail as each one of them had immense credibility issues and an obvious financial motive behind the allegations. Hence, Michael Jackson was not only exonerated of the 2005 allegations but also of the 1993 allegations as well and every accusation hurled against him were proven to be absolute lies.

The prosecution failed miserably to prove their arguments. Till date, there exists no evidence that proves Michael Jackson harmed anyone, let alone a child. No accuser of his was devoid of an evident money driven agenda, with full support of the press and the mass media. The district attorney was fully aware of the sheer ridiculousness of the case but nevertheless, took it court just to humiliate Jackson in the most abominable way and to be successful in convicting him;that would have been the most defining achievement of his as a district attorney.

The media made use of every tactic to convict Michael Jackson in the court of public opinion but had incurred a heavy loss as a result of the final verdict. News channels had already started reporting about the cells and the treatment that would have been meted out to Jackson if faced with an conviction, the type of clothes he would have been made to wear in jail or the food they would offer him in prison. See, how they talk about keeping an eye on Jackson 24 x 7. What a sumptuous treat for the media it would have been to broadcast a daily segment of the footage straight away from jail!

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It’s conceivable why the salivating media and the tabloids never accepted the verdict. The dream of a billion dollar industry crumbled and came crashing down. There’s hardly anyone who accept their defeat in this world, specially when the efforts to prejudice the jury and the public was carried out with such great intensity with not a shred of decency. The defense case was given little airtime and attention while the prosecution’s claims were treated as ‘gospel’. The media was more interested as to why Jackson arrived at court in pajamas, when he was summoned by the judge to appear for the hearing directly from the hospital after he had injured himself due to a sudden fall. Jackson had bruised his spine and coughed blood. Such was the magnitude of the sufferings that he was made to go through. Screen Shot 2019-06-13 at 12.25.18 PM.png

A desperate Tom Sneddon didn’t shy away from using the most salacious practices to prosecute Jackson. He went as low as to fabricate false fingerprint evidence of Gavin Arvizo on an adult magazine. It didn’t work well for him as the magazine he argued had Gavin’s fingerprints was published 5 months after the Arvizos had finally left the ranch. It was him who allowed the boy to handle the magazine without making him wear gloves during the Grand Jury proceedings and later sent it for fingerprint analysis!

Faux experts like Jim Clemente, who often uses his connection to the FBI as a card to verify his credibility but in reality possesses no factual knowledge about the case whatsoever. Clemente took to Twitter claiming that Gavin had accurately described Jackson’s genitalia. When challenged with the fact that why the prosecution failed to introduce this bombshell evidence in court, his comeback was a lame response that all evidences cannot be presented before the jury.Screen Shot 2019-06-13 at 12.27.19 PM

As laughable as it sounds, Sneddon had even made a last minute attempt to introduce the description of Jordan Chandler in court even though he w as aware that in Jordan’s absence (he had refused to testify in the trial), Judge Melville would never allow it to be used as an evidence. We, by now know that Jordan did not describe Michael’s private parts accurately and is the reason why Sneddon struggled to bring charges against him in 1993. It’s impossible that he would afford to leave out such an important testimony from being used in the trial. Gavin didn’t even know that Jackson had brown patches all over his body when asked under cross examination. He responded saying,” I didn’t know about patches. I thought he was just white”.

There’s no doubt about Michael Jackson’s innocence and the whole case was a travesty of justice. The whole course of the trial had taken a heavy toll on his physical and emotional health. He was fragile and broken. He never really coped up with the trauma of being accused of such a heinous crime of hurting children and the abashed nature of media’s bigotry. Michael Jackson was the victim of the twisted court of the public and the trial by media for which ‘Ignorance is Bliss’.

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The vindication day is of more significance than ever before for our community, so as to give a befitting answer to the media and their concentrated efforts to rehearse the debunked allegations against Michael Jackson, in the wake of Leaving Neverland. It is to prove to people like Dan Reed that he’s not to hail himself as the dictator of Jackson’s legacy and that he’s fooling himself with his own delusions and ego. He should have been the first one to investigate the allegations of the two subjects of his film, given that one of the prime accusers of Leaving Neverland is apparently responsible for obscuring justice to Gavin Arvizo and never bothered to reach out to him if Reed sternly believes in his claims. Dan Reed made a recent statement that the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing must be recognized as a day to contemplate child abuse. That’s a pretty good suggestion when it’s actually him who with his erotic film has contributed in giving incentives to child predators and the dangerous illusion that children find physical acts with adults as ‘sexually fulfilling’ and doesn’t think twice before referring to child sexual abuse as ‘romantic’ or ‘period of honeymoon’.

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Let’s contemplate the downfall of journalism and the demise of critical thinking among the people instead.

Advocates of social media label anyone who are knowledgeable regarding the absurdity of the cases as apologists or cultists. We refuse to jump on the MeToo bandwagon and follow the footsteps of advocates like Jim Clemente and Dan Reed- fabricating myths and rumours, putting on the lens of perversion and the lust of being relevant,exploiting the emotions of the gullible masses. Who can be a more better example other that Oprah Winfrey or Ava Duvernay who use the MeToo lynchmob or promote the importance of ‘presumption of innocence’ whenever it’s profitable for their image and brand? So, who’s the cultist here? Guess, these people are in dire need of an Oxford dictionary!

But, what they cannot change is the fact that MICHAEL JACKSON WAS AND IS INNOCENT!

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Source: Lies Runs Sprints Truth Runs Marathon


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MJJJP is honored to present the “In Justice”,  a project from “Rasheed”, a determined MJAdvocate for truth, who has a desire to unite the Michael Jackson fanbase thru inspiration and cooperation- Together we can make change.

 “Truth Runs Marathons”


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The Robson & Safechuck files

Note: This post originally appeared in a thread on MJJCommunity.com.

By Rasheed

In the past couple months, there have been many rumors, salacious stories, and reactive business decisions by various companies and individuals resulting from the ‘Leaving Neverland’ film. It has been a topic of debate on television, online, and in homes. There has been much information uncovered since the original airing of the film. This is a resource of collective information that goes in-depth into what people have been talking about all around the world.

Walk with me as we take a journey uncovering lies, cover-ups, and bringing many rumors to end.

‘Leaving Neverland’ Contradictions: Wade Robson

In the documentary, Wade’s wife (Amanda) expresses the difficulty tending to Wade Robson’s issues with abuse because she had no experience with abuse.

Their Charity website said “… Amanda Robson, his wife, mother of their child and also a survivor of child abuse,..” The website removed all mention of his wife and changed the name of the charity after people started to comment on the contradiction.

The heavily edited ‘Happy Birthday’ message from the film was recorded February 1990, 7 months before Wade Robson’s birthday, and within days that Jackson and Wade first spent any time together [outside their first encounters 2 years’ prior in Australia, where they met.]

In the Documentary Wade claims, it was after his family left to the Grand Canyon that the sexual experiences began. He made mention that none of his family was there to be reached.

Two months before filming, Wade stated in court that the sexual interaction began the day before the Robson’s left Neverland for the Grand Canyon and his sister was nearby in the room. Joy was asked in her 1993 deposition, if her entire family toured the Grand Canyon, she responds “yes”. When further asked if Wade has stayed at Neverland alone, she replied, “Never, my son has never been to the ranch without me up until this year.” Later in her 2016 deposition she confirmed ‘the whole family’, including Wade went.

In the documentary, Wade paints a narrative that he spent hundreds of nights with Michael Jackson, which every time they were together, sexual acts would occur.

This is disproven by Joy Robson’s 2005 testimony where she stated ‘My memory is in the entire time we’ve lived here since 1991, we’ve only been at the ranch with Michael on four occasions in 14 years.” … “Every other time we’ve been here without him”. In Joy’s 2016 testimony, she did share details of a few occasions in which the Robson’s would visit Michael in either his Westwood or Century City Apartments. Within those occasions, she would see a group of other people such as Michael Jackson’s nephews, Emmanuel Lewis, and others. She also commented on a single occasion where Wade and Chantel [sister] stayed two nights with Michael at the Mirage hotel in Las Vegas, along with a mention of an occasion in 1995 that Jackson stayed two nights at the Robson’s apartment after an argument Michael had with his ex-wife Lisa Marie Presley. She stated that MJ and Wade slept in the open living room where anyone could walk through any time.

Wade Robson told a story of being at Neverland, seeing Michael’s children, which gave him the incentive to testify on Michael Jackson’s behalf.

That visit to Neverland took place after Wade Robson’s May 5, 2005 sworn testimony on.

In the Documentary Wade tells a story of attempted anal penetration, followed with another, claiming Michael Jackson called him, asking him to come to the location Michael Jackson was rehearsing for his HIStory tour. Once Wade arrives, Michael Jackson asks Wade to go back home and throw it out his underwear. Wade claims to go home, sees his blood in the underwear, and rids of it in a dumpster.

Wade never entered the ‘underwear story’ into any legal proceeding. 1. If Michael was worried about soiled underwear being found, it would be counterintuitive for him to ask Wade to drive over to the rehearsal location (leaving the underwear open for discovery in his home by his mother or sister) just to drive back to throw it out. 2. This story would suggest that Michael was aware that Wade’s anus bled, did not mention or ask him to clean up, and later erratically react.

Court: Wade Robson

The court asked Wade to release his emails, he claimed emails relating to the subject did not exist. On June 3, 2016, he presented a single email that was sent to 30 individuals. The Estate challenged the idea that only a single email exists. Wade attempted to hide emails under ‘attorney client privileges’ however the emails were between him and his mother. July 2016, Wade (along with his new lawyers) presented 100 carefully selected pages of emails – with no explanation to why he originally claimed there was only a single email. After much analysis and pressure, Wade was obligated to present around 4000 pages of emails.

In those emails, it was discovered that Wade Robson sent himself a link from a leading propaganda website that paints Michael Jackson as a pedophile.

Emails between Wade Robson and his mother on February 15, 2016 showed Robson sending her a tabloid article with claims from a former security guard of Michael’s. He asked if there was any truth to the story. Wade’s mother responded “Wow. None of that is true.” In September of 2016, Wade Robson included that story in his amended complaint as factual.

Emails also show Wade asking his mother about the sequence of events, his mother responds letting him know she would have to check her notes and that she has ‘many versions’.

Wade was ordered to present his journals to the court. April 13, 2015, his notes revealed, “My story of abuse and its effects will make me relatable/relevant.”, along with this statement, “it’s time for me to get mine”. When questioned about the quotes, he said that he did not know what he meant by his words.

Wade wrote 2 drafts of a ‘tell all’ book that was shopped around in the end of 2012 and beginning of 2013. The court ordered Wade to produce both drafts. Stories of his abuse were significantly different.

Wade claimed that he was unaware of the administration of The Michael Jackson Estate prior to March 6, 2013. However, he was in contact with the administration about the Cirque De Soleil show through 2012.

The trial judge found Wade’s lies so baffling that he disregarded his sworn declaration stating that “no rational trier of fact could possibly believe Robson’s sworn statements.’”

Noteworthy details & comments: Wade Robson

September 15, 2016, in an interview with a local LA radio station, Wade’s lawyer claimed that Pellicano coached the Robson’s into defending Jackson in a televised interview.

Wade’s complaint states that his mother contacted Staikos, from there Pellicano – after the interview took place. In a 1995 interview Joy said that “it was Wade’s decision to `go public’ on television and proclaim Michael’s innocence.”  Wade selfishly asked Jackson’s Nanny, Ms. Rwaramba, if she could get approval to have his wedding at Neverland Ranch during the 2005 trial. According to the nanny, Wade stated, “‘Michael has been like a father to me, and it would mean the world to us if Amanda and I could get married at Neverland.’” She informed him that she would not ask Michael about the wedding at the ranch due to the stressful nature of the trial. (Jackson was in the room with the Nanny, listening on speaker)

Wade claims he is speaking out for victims, established a charity in Hawaii (Where the laws around proving where donations come from are very lax), yet he has overlooked speaking about the charity within the multiple interviews after establishing the charity.

‘Leaving Neverland’ Contradictions – James Safechuck

James describes an elaborate story of a mock wedding where Michael Jackson and James exchanged vows and ‘wedding’ rings.

While telling the story he showed the jewelry he claimed to been given by Michael Jackson. He stated that they would tell the jewelers that they were shopping for a woman. The jewelry he presented were male rings that could arguably fit his adult ring finger. There has not been any other accuser aside from James, which has claimed this ‘ring’ narrative. This claim [aside from James accounts] has only been made in Victor Gutierrez’s book ‘Michael Jackson Was My Lover’, the author claims to have received Jordan Chandlers personal diaries. When questioned in a legal proceeding about the diaries, he could not provide the document – nor any correspondence regarding it. [More information on Gutiérrez in the ‘Collective Notes & Comment’ section of this document. |tab 2|] It is also worth noting that he provided rings as ‘evidence’ yet the vows he claims were made, he did not have. One would have to wonder what would be the purpose.

After this claimed mock wedding, James tells a story of a ‘Honeymoon’ in Paris, France. James paints a narrative of this special trip to Paris.

While they did travel to Paris in June of 1988, and stayed at L’Hotel de Crillon, suite 335. It was for Jacksons Bad World Tour, where James – along with a group of youngsters would join Jackson on stage. James mother [Stephanie] traveled along side.

Within the documentary, the Safechucks describe this encounter where Michael and James were locked in a room overlooking the theater at Neverland. The story goes into detail, explaining where Stephanie Safechuck tried opening the door but was locked. After some time, Michael opened the door, both Michael and James were dressed.

The falsehood with this claim is found in the fact that the doors to the room described are locked from the outside. If the door was locked, it would be Stephanie [not Michael] that would have control over the lock to the room. Neither Michael nor James would have the capability to open the door, while Stephanie would.

In the Documentary James tells a story of multiple occurrences in which Michael Jackson and James would go into the Train Station at Neverland Ranch and perform sexual acts on each other.

James claims that his abuse lasted four years. [1988-1992 / ages 10-14] Construction of the ‘Katherine Jackson’ Train Station began November 1993, and was not completed until 1994. James would be 16 years old.

James claimed that Michael Jackson called him towards the end of the 2005 trial [regarding the Arvizo case] and asked James to testify on his behalf. He went into detail stating that it was the last conversation they had.

The evidence and individuals that would enter the case was carefully selected and approved months prior to the trial began. James was considered a ‘non entity’ in the case; neither James nor Michael Jackson had any authority to pull James into the trial. Any mention of James Safechuck was irrelevant to the case.

Stephanie Safechuck [mother] stated in the documentary that she ‘jumped out of bed’ and ‘danced’ when she heard Michael Jackson died in 2009. Expressed the feeling of thankfulness that Michael Jackson could not harm any more children.

James has stated in multiple interviews and in court, of his ignorance regarding his understanding of the ‘abuse’. He claims seeing Wade Robson’s interview with Matt Lauer in May 2013 was a pivotal awakening moment. He has stated that he told his mother that Michael ‘wasn’t a good man’ and was ‘an evil man’. Mind you, he has stated on several occasions that at the time he did not see what they did together as ‘good or bad’. This would mean from the conversation with his mother, she had a full understanding of what James went through before James himself came to the realization it was abuse years later. This would also indicate that all the news reports through the 90s and 00s regarding Michael Jackson and sexual abuse never triggered this realization – but Wade’s interview did. Note that there was one occasion in a court proceeding in 2016, that he [for a short term] changed his narrative and stated he did tell him mother that he was abused in 2005; he went back to the original account afterwards, never to reiterate that sentiment again.

Court: James Safechuck

In James’ original complaint against the Jackson Estate, he never claimed to have had any working relationship with the Estate, thus had no ‘Duty of Care’. James later amended his complaint adding an allegation against MJJ Ventures in respect to the alleged abuse in the 1980s.

MJJ Ventures was not established until 1991 and James did not have any working relationship that would be under MJJ Ventures until 1994, two years after his alleged abuse ended.

In James’ complaint, he tells an elaborate story of the Safechucks spending Thanksgiving Day 1987 with Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson was in Australia on Thanksgiving Day 1987 at a ‘meet and greet’ which he met Wade Robson that day. He was traveling for his Bad tour where he was set to perform in Brisbane Australia the following day.

With James failed attempt to incriminate The Michael Jackson Estate, he amended his complaint once again adding in a story of a ‘youth program’ where Michael Jackson would be a mentor. He claimed that these companies were the ‘most sophisticated child abuse procurement & Facilitation organization’

A youth program under MJJ companies never existed.

At this point James’ case came to a dead end, and became even more desperate to make The Jackson Estate hold ‘ownership’ for alleged abuse. James and his lawyers made the argument since Michael Jackson was the sole shareholder and owner of MJJ companies – that Michael Jackson should have been obligated to ‘supervise himself’, knowing he had ‘criminal tendencies’ and should not allow himself to work in his own company.

This would entail that he would need to fire himself and warm others about his ‘abusive tendencies’.

James alleged to have flown to New York City shortly after the 1989 Grammys to visit Michael where he claims more sexual encounters occurred.

The Grammy Awards took place February 22 in Los Angeles, CA in 1989. Michael Jackson did not attend the event nor is there any record of Michael Jackson being outside of California in this timeframe – with multiple public sightings in the Los Angeles area. (Stockton, CA | Santa Barbara, CA | Century City, CA)

Noteworthy details & comments: James Safechuck

When chronologically looking at James amended complaints, you can see the story evolving specifically to work around the ‘Duty of Care’ issues he ran into. The details of involvement with MJJ companies became increasingly elaborate with each amendment. True stories do not vary outside of perception; the terms of the amendments show direct intent to incriminate The Michael Jackson Estate, putting liability in the Estates hands.

James has stated in multiple interviews that he was not of the understanding that what happened to him was abuse until he saw Wade Robson on Television in 2013. He claims it was that moment he thought that he should address what ‘happened’ between him and Michael Jackson.

Collective Details & Comments

Wade Robson and James Safechuck have been in contact since 2013 and legally working together since 2014 against The Jackson Estate. They worked together with Wade’s original legal team until both cases were thrown out. Together, they switched law firms where their complaints were amended multiple times. With this, you can see the narratives of the allegations change. (The details around Wade’s emails / both stories becoming more elaborate / James including involvement of MJJ Ventures etc.)

It is important to be familiar with Victor Gutiérrez [Author of Michael Jackson Was My Lover] due to his deep ties to allegations surrounding Michael Jackson. He [Victor] is a freelance writer with deep ties to NAMBLA. (A pro pedophilic organization that works to abolish age consent laws and assists felons convicted for pedophilia). Public record shows that Victor attended a NAMBLA conference in 1986 that discussed using Michael Jackson as the name for their goal of social acceptance. It is worth noting that conferences within the organization generally require individuals to be a member for 3 years, and a sponsorship by a fellow seasoned NAMBLA member. Within the Authors notes, he declares his respect for the organization and his belief that Pedophilia is not harmful to children but misunderstood by society.

Victor is the lead source for several journalists that have built careers off Michael Jackson stories. He’s also participated in several documentaries as well as being a driving force behind false alleged stories sold to tabloids by Jacksons terminated employees. (Blanca Francia, Adrian McManus, and Ralph Chacon) All of which have lost civil cases against Michael Jackson for false allegations. These lost cases resulted in financial compensation, all of which have gone unpaid

Ralph testified in 2005 that he, along with other ex-employees of Jackson have spoken with Gutiérrez, in 2005 McManus testified that Gutiérrez helped their lawsuits against Michael Jackson. It is important to note every lawsuit tied with Victor was lost in court, resulting in financial damages in favor of Michael Jackson. All have fallen short of payment.

To speak on Gutiérrez credibility issues, he has claimed to work undercover for the LAPD. The LAPD has publicly stated they have no ties with Gutiérrez. In a lawsuit surrounding his book, when questioned about the diaries he claimed existed, he could not explain how he received the diaries, its current location, or what may have happened to these diaries. Jordan Chandler’s uncle [the only family member that has publicly spoken about the book] denounced Gutiérrez writings and stated the diaries never existed.

Accounts and Narratives

Sexually Satisfying Relationship

Both Wade and James express a ‘sexually satisfying relationship’ at a pre-teen age with Michael Jackson yet no mention of the conflicting feelings coming from two straight boys/now men. We are to overlook not only the discomfort of a minor with an adult but to look past the natural discomfort of a sexual relationship that opposes their true sexuality (heterosexuals)

Given the culture in the late 80s & 90s regarding homosexuality, it is very unlikely that the duality of the sexual acts would not leave an impact worth mentioning in therapy, court, or in the film. It is also notable that allegations of ‘improper conduct’ by Michael Jackson was heavily publicized within this time.

‘Trading’ Out Boys

Both accusers paint a narrative that Jackson would ‘trade out boys’ every 12 months, yet each of their claimed sexual experience lasted several years. Taking a deeper look at this idea, let us consider James claims are between 1988-1992; Wade’s claims are between 1990-1996. This not only makes their stories overlap, but in that timeframe, there were three other boys that were In Michael Jackson’s life. Macaulay Culkin met Jackson in (1990), Brett Barnes (1991), Jordan Chandler (1992). This would contradict the narrative that Jackson was ‘trading’ boys out one after the next, totaling 5 boys in 1992. It is worth noting that 1992 was an extremely busy year for Jackson [promotion, video shoots, planning, rehearsing, and touring for much of the year]. To coordinate the type of grooming that they claim – would be a massive undertaking that would be very unlikely to ‘pull off’.

Parallels with Victor Gutierrez’s book

In 1997, Victor Gutierrez released a book claimed to be based on Jordan Chandlers ‘secret diaries’. Within that book, there are narratives that have never matched up to any other accuser’s story aside from James Safechuck – yet used as a way of showing a ‘pattern of abuse’.

Pg. 21-22: Jordan Chandler was jealous of Brett Barnes relationship with Michael. In James claim, he was jealous of Brett Barnes.

Pg. 37-38: States Jackson would put tape on his nose to hold it in place before going to sleep. James lawsuit states that he saw Jackson putting on a bandage to cover his nose before bed.

Pg. 40: Describes Jackson being jealous of a crush Jordan Chandler had. James lawsuit claims Michael got jealous over a crush he had on Sheryl Crow.

Pg. 57-58: mentions Jackson watching films with ‘foreign themes’ that features minors participating in sexual acts. James lawsuit states that Jackson showed him ‘foreign’ films that minors were participants in sexual acts. There are also striking parallels within the claimed sexual acts [kept out of this document due to the lewd nature of the content.]

Striking Similar Revelations

Both, Wade and James tell a strikingly similar story of the moments they came to terms with their ‘abuse’. Both claim it involves having their first born child decades after the abuse, imagining them [the child] be ‘abused’ the way they were, and express a strong reactive emotion because of this. They both also claim that through their teen years and 20s, there was no real perspective in regards to the abuse. While it is a very practical narrative for an individual to have this reaction, it is highly unlikely that both individuals filing lawsuits with the same lawyers, regarding the same ‘abuser’ have the same revelation in the such similar sequence of events. Neither one of them, prior to their children being born did they grasp the concept of what happened was abuse despite the public attention sexual allegations have surrounded Michael Jackson.

Michael Jackson the instigator of relationships

Both the Safechucks and the Robsons paint a picture describing Michael Jackson as this individual that sought after the children, yet the parents own words discredits that claim.

From the first initial visit the Robson’s made to the United States, Joy went through many lengths to find a way to contact Michael Jackson. She openly talked about calling around, trying to get his number. She has also expressed disappointment on lack of involvement Michael had in her kids’ lives. In ‘Variety Today’, she stated, “The first 18 months in LA was really tough going. We had taken six suitcases and little money and knew no-one in LA, only Michael who spent much of the time away.” It is likely that an abuser with the means of doing so – would expedite the process of them moving near, making sure the ‘victim’ is under supervision. This ‘too busy’ narrative goes against the ‘grooming’ nature narrative that they describe.

Emotional contradiction

Wade Robson claims two set of emotions that contradict each other. 1. That he did not see anything wrong with the abuse because he felt that he was in a ‘fulfilling sexual relationship’ at the age of 7, which he expresses as the reason he did not speak out. 2. That he did not speak out due to fear after being coached and threatened to go to prison and their lives essentially being ‘over’.

They both claim that they had full mental awareness [remembered everything] of the events yet no emotional comprehension that child abuse is wrong until they reached their 30s. This would need a high level of naivety to the law, and basic morality. Considering the high profile nature of the allegations that surrounded Michael Jackson, along with the fact that they both testified in regards to allegations [Wade going through an extensive cross examination while defending Michael] it is extremely unlikely possible.

Grooming process

Wade describes an elaborate grooming process Michael Jackson ‘did’ yet claims to have been abused within hours of being left alone. (which contradicts his own statement in court that his family was still at Neverland and sister in the room) Considering the fact that the Robson’s were not US citizens and were to leave the country shortly after – this would give an abuser very little time to influence an individual (minor or adult) to protect such a crime and would be vastly risky, especially considering the high profile of the individual accused of the crime.

In Wade’s complaint against the Jackson Estate, he describes this grooming/coaching experience and quotes Michael Jackson to have said. “They are making up all these lies about you and me, saying that we did all this disgusting sexual stuff…”

If the sexual abuse was true, and both individuals would know the truth; there would no reason for Michael Jackson state that ‘they are making up all these lies.’

Wade’s father’s suicide due to Michael Jackson’s abuse

In Wade’s legal complaint, he insinuates that his father [who suffered from bipolar disorder] committed suicide in 2002 due to anxiety and fear that Jackson might have abused his son Wade.

Up to that point – Wade, his mother, and Chantal [The Robsons] have only expressed fond opinions of Jackson. Wade repeatedly claimed [in court and interviews] to have had ‘no perspective’ of the abuse and thought of Michael Jackson as a good person and mentor. It was not until 2012 that Wade showed any notable signs or made comment of any sort of abuse.

Robsons supporting Michael Jackson After Wade Came Forward

Both Joy and Chantal Robson were pro-actively on message boards, joining Michael Jackson fan groups, ‘liking’ various pro Jackson material between 2012-2016. Wade Robson went public with his claims of abuse in 2013. Note that after the airing of Leaving Neverland, they have been deleting interviews, posts, and various recorded moves that supported Michael Jackson within this time period.

Michael drilling & pushing Wade into entertainment

Wade has described this grueling pressure from Michael Jackson to be successful within the Entertainment industry.

This is opposed in several interviews and testimonies by statements made from Wade’s mother. In a 2011 podcast, she states the following:

“I realized very early on that if we were gonna make it here it is gonna be up to me. I couldn’t really rely… Michael had a… he lived in a bubble…I was the one who had to find agents..”

“[Wade and Chantal] have always been busy and I think boredom breeds trouble. […] My kids worked every weekend, every school vacation, their birthday parties were backstage, their Christmas parties were backstage. No regrets.”

Excerpts of a 1995 ‘Variety Today’ article she stated:

Joy said her kids developed an American accent almost immediately. As a result, Wade was doing three or four auditions between 3-7 pm each day. While Wade worked hard, attending audition after audition, learning lines, practicing and rehearsing his dance movements. She went on saying “The first 18 months in LA was really tough going. We had taken six suitcases and little money and knew no-one in LA, only Michael who spent much of the time away.”

In Joy Robson’s 2016 Deposition she stated the following:

“And to think that this man who used to call me and ask — and beg me not to make Wade work all the time, to let him have his childhood, what a hypocrite.”

Note that on May 8th, 2012, [the day he claims he finally ‘confessed’ his abuse] Wade [according to a selfmade blog] listened to a TED Talk by Brené Brown titled “The Power of Vulnerability” on his way to therapy. The speech is about having the understanding of being worthy of love without being perfect. The narrative is built around the mistakes parents make while raising their children with pressure of being ‘perfect’.

The above echoes deeper into the dynamic of Wade’s life in correlation to the relationship between him and his mother.

It is also worth mentioning that the therapist that he saw, Dr. Larry Shaw – is a therapist whose focus is on individuals in high pressure jobs, more specifically people that are in a particular career because of parent’s expectations.

It is highly likely that the driving force into the entertainment industry was Joy Robson [mother] and the relationship with Michael Jackson [the largest entertainer in the world] & ‘mentor’ – made him develop high expectations of himself. [which in his first breakdown, it was under the terms that he fell short of expectations and felt like a ‘failure’]. Dr. Larry Shaw has been quoted saying. “The guys I’ve worked with recently have father issues, which means they had very powerful fathers, so there’s an aspect of living under the father’s shadow.”

Potential Motives

The Safechuck family have been in the middle of a legal dispute regarding the ‘Trashing’ company they have been a part of for decades. The family was sued for $1 million dollars – two days after James Safechuck filed paper work, joining a multi-million-dollar civil complaint against Michael Jackson.

It is quite telling while chronologically looking at Wade’s actions after the passing of Michael Jackson. After the failed attempts to take part in a tribute in Jackson’s memorial, he [in 2011] anonymously sold two items of Jackson memorabilia for $81,170.00. In May 2011, Wade emailed the creative team at Cirque De Soleil saying, “I always wanted to do this show badly” and expressed how he is ‘meant to do this show’. Before a choreographer was officially selected, in July 2011 Wade publicly claimed that he was putting together the ‘MJ Cirque show’. While Wade and the Estate were in communication, there was another choreographer in the running for that same position. Shortly after this, it was announced that Jamie King would be chosen for the role as Wade Robson was rejected. Late 2012, Wade shopped a tell-all book claiming sexual abuse by the hands of Michael Jackson. There was no publisher interested in picking up the book. In May of 2013, Wade files his civil lawsuit for hundreds of millions of dollars against The Michael Jackson Estate. ‘Michael Jackson One’ Cirque show debuted that same month.

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