Michael Jackson is "evil"

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Michael Jackson is dead.

fistula pumping action (sarahel), Thursday, 25 June 2009 21:51 (ten years ago) link

five months pass...

The real evil is in the ones that constantly hounded him for that BS. He's was a weird guy, always was, yet it gave everyone a license to take bogus accusations seriously and use them to make a killing off crucifying a pop idol with a bad childhood.

Adam Bruneau, Tuesday, 22 December 2009 21:18 (nine years ago) link

What does it say about him? I'm just on my phone tonight and can't access the .pdfs.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Tuesday, 22 December 2009 21:42 (nine years ago) link

nothing really.

larry craig memorial gloryhole (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 22 December 2009 21:46 (nine years ago) link

er well nothing NEW I should say.

larry craig memorial gloryhole (Shakey Mo Collier), Tuesday, 22 December 2009 21:47 (nine years ago) link

He hid microfilm in a pumpkin.

President Keyes, Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:31 (nine years ago) link

Giant pdf files, yummy.

US EEL (u s steel), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:58 (nine years ago) link

x-post

Microfilm : also yummy.

US EEL (u s steel), Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:58 (nine years ago) link

eight years pass...

he does seem a bit like an animated skeletal being of the grave here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uelMtJ0Ax04

Rabbit Control (Latham Green), Monday, 19 March 2018 17:57 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

idk if I need four hours of this

Οὖτις, Friday, 25 January 2019 23:04 (ten months ago) link

yeah a four-hour doc about this subject sounds like absolute hell to watch.

if you do a search for this on twitter or wherever you get a blizzard of posts from MJ obsessives explaining how it's all a conspiracy to defame him. i don't have the stomach to read about this stuff again but it is striking how much the charges against MJ have largely disappeared from his, i guess, legacy/reputation.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 25 January 2019 23:46 (ten months ago) link

really? not in my world

Οὖτις, Friday, 25 January 2019 23:48 (ten months ago) link

he's less disgraced than a man who sexually abused children should be

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:05 (ten months ago) link

i guess i mean that i see a lot of ppl expressing their love for MJ and his music without the kind of qualifiers you'd usually hear if someone were expressing admiration for roman polanski, r. kelly, etc.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:06 (ten months ago) link

like we hardly need to cancel him now, he's dead. but people definitely feel more capable of playing his music, or talking about how good it is, with no qualms and no provisos than they do of say r kelly or gary glitter

or what he said

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:07 (ten months ago) link

Where are all the Jimmy Savile fans now?

Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.), Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:08 (ten months ago) link

yeah well, it feels like most people have always been:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36sKMwbwfWc

even around here.

idk what it is about Thriller, it just makes otherwise reasonable people completely lose perspective

Οὖτις, Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:15 (ten months ago) link

whereas I soured on him after idk 8th grade or so

Οὖτις, Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:16 (ten months ago) link

this is perhaps an instructive thread
Bashir's Michael Jackson circus......

Οὖτις, Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:20 (ten months ago) link

funny business is pop-star paedo optics, and Jarvis Cocker looks an even bigger paedo than he did these days.

calzino, Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:21 (ten months ago) link

Dunno why we need four hours when Kunt & The Gang covered it all in 2 minutes and 17 seconds

https://youtu.be/0UvHbBZBias

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:52 (ten months ago) link


he's less disgraced than a man who sexually abused children should be

OTFM

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 26 January 2019 00:59 (ten months ago) link

I've suspected the allegations against Jackson were true for decades, and believed them fully since Robson, a showbiz professional who actually had something lose, came forward in 2012. And I've never stopped listening to or loving Jackson's music. I've never resolved this, nor do I know that I ever will. But as much as the artist-from-the-art question has been hashed to death, I still think it's a discussion that needs to be revived in this case - I assume there are millions of other people who aren't ready to let Jackson's music go just like that even if they're inclined to believe the worst. Is that chickenshit?

thewufs, Saturday, 26 January 2019 04:40 (ten months ago) link

I read the big Taraborelli MJ book and I walked away feeling like he wasn’t a molester but just ... way ... off ... in ways that were weird. Definitely sounds like this doc is gonna make me rethink that. What a drag.

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten), Saturday, 26 January 2019 04:47 (ten months ago) link

honestly I never really had much doubt that he was pretty much everything his worst critics said he was, at least in re. his pedophilia. everything pointed to it. that he was enormously talented has nothing to do with it. attempts to deny or minimize it have long seemed embarrassingly willful.

i've been surprised that people like quincy jones etc. have stuck by his legacy as if it weren't fatally tarnished. it's one thing to be proud of the music you made, quite another to pretend that jackson didn't inflict terrible damage on people (and, of course, terrible damage seems very likely to have been inflicted on him).

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Saturday, 26 January 2019 05:46 (ten months ago) link

above all the self-made image of MJ as some kind of "humanitarian," which still persists against all the evidence, needs to be put out of its misery.

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Saturday, 26 January 2019 05:47 (ten months ago) link

i guess i don't really see what makes enjoying MJ's music while acknowledging his abuse difficult. i can see being queasy about certain of his more obviously megalomaniacal songs, all the "heal the world" bullshit, but that stuff made me gag when it came out. but given the awesome amount of compartmentalization humans can do (every time you bite into a burger, for one thing...) setting his personal actions aside while enjoying "human nature" seems pretty trivial.

affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy), Saturday, 26 January 2019 05:49 (ten months ago) link

I am in the same boat as Whiney.
I don’t mind being wrong, but I will def need to watch the doc in installments because it sounds like beyond-Frontline levels of awfulness

I will admit that I have been blinkered in what I chose to believe & that’s my own thing that I have to examine

Squeaky Fromage (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 26 January 2019 07:32 (ten months ago) link

I've always been back and forth on the issue. Like, do I take it at face value that the first two claims from the 90s and 00s were made by what seem like opportunistic jackals, or were they simply just the targets of extremely well-crafted smears by the defense?

I remember one time about 10 years ago, I brought the idea up of Michael Jackson abusing children, because for some reason I was convinced that he did it during that period. I think it was on a thread about some other monster celebrity, but I can't find the post at the moment to link to. I do remember that a poster who I really respected admonished me for bringing it up. Something along the lines of he was found innocent in a court of law. I dunno. So after that, for a while I went back to not believing the accusations.

Also, you have Cory Feldman, a guy who has been open in the past few years as a victim of pedophilia in the music industry. He was friends with MJ as a child and even had a falling out with him. But these days, as he has tried to point the finger at the men who did rape him, says that MJ wasn't a pedo.

I'm definitely not trying to convince anyone otherwise. There's plenty of evidence and anecdotes that MJs behavior around children was inappropriate. And I haven't seen this new documentary or read anything about these more recent accusations yet. Just trying to show how the issue is muddied in my mind.

Ultimately though, I don't think I'll be able to stop singing along to the Tillamook Country Smokers song.

peace, man, Saturday, 26 January 2019 10:28 (ten months ago) link

"music industry" should read "entertainment industry"

peace, man, Saturday, 26 January 2019 10:29 (ten months ago) link

Adam Bruneau at 9:18 22 Dec 09
The real evil is in the ones that constantly hounded him for that BS. He's was a weird guy, always was, yet it gave everyone a license to take bogus accusations seriously and use them to make a killing off crucifying a pop idol with a bad childhood.
Bit mean to single out AB, sure many people expressed a view along these lines somewhere or other, but really not a good look now.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 26 January 2019 10:50 (ten months ago) link

The defences by otherwise reasonable people have always sounded completely deranged - “no, he collected and slept with children in a totally innocent, non-molesty way”. Like listen to yourselves ffs

gray say nah to me (wins), Saturday, 26 January 2019 10:52 (ten months ago) link

AB always reliably had the worst take on everything though

don't let's be beastly to the gammons (ultros ultros-ghali), Saturday, 26 January 2019 11:54 (ten months ago) link

I think the reason many hedged one way was that the first two cases were brought by parents and the affected kids didn't really talk about the incidents publicly when they became adults (which is of course their right not to).

now that you have two adults corroborating what happened when they were kids, a little more difficult to say "ahh they have ulterior motives", esp when one of them is Wade Robson.

fuck the NRA (Neanderthal), Saturday, 26 January 2019 14:18 (ten months ago) link

The defences by otherwise reasonable people have always sounded completely deranged - “no, he collected and slept with children in a totally innocent, non-molesty way”. Like listen to yourselves ffs

OTFM

Οὖτις, Saturday, 26 January 2019 15:53 (ten months ago) link

i guess i don't really see what makes enjoying MJ's music while acknowledging his abuse difficult. i can see being queasy about certain of his more obviously megalomaniacal songs, all the "heal the world" bullshit, but that stuff made me gag when it came out. but given the awesome amount of compartmentalization humans can do (every time you bite into a burger, for one thing...) setting his personal actions aside while enjoying "human nature" seems pretty trivial.

― affects breves telnet (Gummy Gummy)

i stopped having a personal problem listening to and enjoying his music once he became incapable of taking actions that would hurt other people, but i have also never been sexually abused or assaulted and i understand that others' mileage may vary

The Elvis of Nationalism and Amoral Patriotism (rushomancy), Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:03 (ten months ago) link

The way I framed it was "would you give a regular person anywhere near this much benefit of the doubt?" Think we can all understand the feeling of not wanting to hear the creator of something you like has done bad things, but should also recognise that this same instinct leads abusers to believe they can get away with anything, just because they made whatever album / film / book and have everyone telling them they are therefore special.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:03 (ten months ago) link

^^^^

ime it’s always been accompanied by this weird pop psychology “he was just trying to get back to the childhood he was denied” - but never just to explain his actions, always rather to exonerate him completely - and as you say the same sympathy would never have been extended to your average person who touches up kids

gray say nah to me (wins), Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:28 (ten months ago) link

Just read Ben Lee's review in The Guardian and even that is hard to take.

Acting Crazy (Instrumental) (jed_), Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:29 (ten months ago) link

FYI "Ben Lee's review in The Guardian" -> https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jan/25/michael-jackson-documentary-leaving-neverland

StanM, Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:51 (ten months ago) link

ebro the letter (Whiney G. Weingarten)
Posted: January 25, 2019 at 11:47:31 PM
I read the big Taraborelli MJ book and I walked away feeling like he wasn’t a molester but just ... way ... off ... in ways that were weird. Definitely sounds like this doc is gonna make me rethink that. What a drag.

Are you referring to Untouchable? I read that a couple years ago and came away with the same feeling. The book was pretty unsparing toward MJ otherwise. I don’t remember what year it was written but maybe those earlier weird parent driven accusations were all there was to go on at the time.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:56 (ten months ago) link

that review...this will be grim

Blues Guitar Solo Heatmap (Free Download) (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 26 January 2019 16:58 (ten months ago) link

Yeah. Just read it.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 26 January 2019 17:02 (ten months ago) link

Described as “a sensitive boy”, he preferred dance over basketball

He's Australian, I doubt he'd be playing basketball tbh.

Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.), Saturday, 26 January 2019 18:09 (ten months ago) link

The Rolling Stone review similarly doesn't hold back

https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-features/leaving-neverland-michael-jackson-doc-sundance-784801/

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 26 January 2019 18:11 (ten months ago) link

Cool that as a society we waited til after he was dead to figure this out

Οὖτις, Saturday, 26 January 2019 18:36 (ten months ago) link

He's Australian, I doubt he'd be playing basketball tbh.

Friends of mine were on the basketball team in high school, and the Sydney Kings were a pretty huge thing in culture and merch amongst youths at the time*. Just looked it up & Robson’s home team won the championship twice in his time living there, and were in the finals the last year before he moved to America.

*not least because they were ~the~ Sydney team, vs 30-odd rugby teams, but

sans lep (sic), Saturday, 26 January 2019 18:42 (ten months ago) link

as a society we waited til after he was dead

We figured this out over and over during the last two decades of his life, stans are still going to disbelieve despite this latest documentary

sans lep (sic), Saturday, 26 January 2019 18:44 (ten months ago) link

He could dance pretty well and sing okay, too.

steven, soda jerk (sic), Monday, 1 April 2019 20:38 (eight months ago) link

two months pass...
one month passes...

Saw today that Missy Elliott is getting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award from MTV this year. They still call it that. Quite surprised--I suspect that ain't gonna last very long.

clemenza, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 01:42 (three months ago) link

two months pass...

I will def need to watch the doc in installments because it sounds like beyond-Frontline levels of awfulness

Once i committed myself to watching it, I found that I wanted to do it as quickly as possible so as not to drag it out any longer than I needed to. The times in between when I was sitting to watch it were filled with thoughts about it, so I wanted to condense it so I would lose less time with the content leaking into my daily life. I felt that I needed to watch to be a witness to what these two men went through if they were going to be brave enough to talk about it. Had an avalanche of feelings and I am still processing. Intense. <3 Safechuck & happy that Wade was able to have success in his choreography in spite of it being so intricately connected to his experience w MJ.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:09 (four weeks ago) link

i just finished it last night and woke up thinking about it
that's one of the most insidious things -- intrusive thoughts. i can't imagine how difficult it was for them to first come to terms with what happened and then go on with their daily lives. seems impossibly difficult.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:12 (four weeks ago) link

My son's third-grade class did a cute Halloween dance to "Thriller" and. Um. I am sorry but.

Reader, I had thoughts along the lines of: I am not really sure my brain wants to contemplate 8-year-old boys and Michael Jackson in the same sentence anymore.

Makes very little sense because he's not currently harming anyone but still. The dissonance was strong.

tempted by the fruit of your mother (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:43 (four weeks ago) link

This type of abuse reverberates forever I’m afraid :(

It’s always going to be in the air when one of his songs plays.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 8 November 2019 15:45 (four weeks ago) link

Yes, it's weird to me, I would never consider playing MJ now to people. I might play it myself occasionally (although haven't yet since the doc came on TV). I can tell you though that he's definitely not cancelled in continental europe.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Friday, 8 November 2019 17:03 (four weeks ago) link

I no longer deliberately listen but if I chance to hear something in a grocery store or whatever it makes me very sad. The J5 stuff particularly.

tempted by the fruit of your mother (Ye Mad Puffin), Friday, 8 November 2019 17:36 (four weeks ago) link

MJ is ultimately a tragic figure and has been since about 1980 or so

Οὖτις, Friday, 8 November 2019 17:44 (four weeks ago) link

The cafeteria at my work still includes MJ in the daily rotation. This isn't Muzak; just an employee's phone hooked up to a bluetooth speaker. Some of my colleagues are definitely bugged by it.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:00 (four weeks ago) link

My son's third-grade class did a cute Halloween dance to "Thriller" and. Um. I am sorry but.
yeah my kid's class did the same thing ... it seems pretty uncomfortable to me. surely there's some other song to do a fun halloween dance to?

tylerw, Friday, 8 November 2019 18:03 (four weeks ago) link

i hear no less mj out and about than i ever have. heard pyt in the mall recently, the local jack fm station still plays him etc.

ت (jim in vancouver), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:05 (four weeks ago) link

surely there's some other song to do a fun halloween dance to?

― tylerw, Friday, November 8, 2019 11:03 AM (eleven minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

yeah bring back the monster mash

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:15 (four weeks ago) link

I'm imagining a classroom of third-graders doing a dance routine to Everyday is Halloween now.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:46 (four weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8NaEtxw6hM

Terry Micawber (Tom D.), Friday, 8 November 2019 18:49 (four weeks ago) link

People have more cognitive dissonance about jackson than other celebrities discovered to be abusers

treeship., Friday, 8 November 2019 18:50 (four weeks ago) link

I have more cognitive dissonance over Woody Allen than I do about MJ

Οὖτις, Friday, 8 November 2019 18:55 (four weeks ago) link

I don't care about MJ anymore, I only want to make sure his victims are able to move on with their lives and get past what he did to them. As a person he has been dead to me; his music is something I am going to have to listen to because it's part of the fabric of society but I don't have to subject myself to it voluntarily.

of course i googled this morning to make sure Safechuck was doing ok and found this
Safechuck told Vanity Fair in February that he can't even listen to a Jackson song in public without feeling overwhelmed. "It's still really hard for me. And I don't think a day goes by where I don't hear a song," he said. "You go out to have a drink with your friend, you're trying to relax and let everything go, and he'll come on. Every time. It's hard. It gets easier, but it's still hard."

which led me to the VF article, which I haven't read because I need a break atm. still the headline says it all: "Michael is Everywhere"
In the doc, Safechuck's pronoun usage (frequently deferring to "you" when discussing what happened to himself, rather than saying me/I) led me to believe everything is still quite raw for him. :( but he does seem to be doing ok.

https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2019/02/michael-jackson-accusers-explain-speaking-out-hbo-leaving-neverland

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:05 (four weeks ago) link

I can still listen to his music but fault no one who can't.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:20 (four weeks ago) link

and, yeah, I hear his music in the wild often, less so on quiet storm R&B, formally a redoubt.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:21 (four weeks ago) link

I still hear his stuff all the time and yeah it just sounds different to me now, can't separate them out anymore. of course this stuff was all out there well before the documentary but there was juuuust enough plausible deniability that I figured, hmmm maybe you don't need to think about this every time Billie Jean comes on. but yeah at this point I'm too creeped out by it

funny enough I just got back from a restaurant where the first song I heard was "I Believe I Can Fly"...someone didn't get the memo I guess

frogbs, Friday, 8 November 2019 19:21 (four weeks ago) link

idk how anyone can hear "PYT" and not think "hmmm, child fucking"

Οὖτις, Friday, 8 November 2019 19:23 (four weeks ago) link

oddly the Thriller single I've most heard in the wild

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:24 (four weeks ago) link

that's the thing with some of these #metoo/cancel culture moments - when the stuff is front and center in the work (see also: R. Kelly, "Manhattan", a bunch of Gary Glitter songs) it's just impossible to get around. For me, anyway.

Οὖτις, Friday, 8 November 2019 19:25 (four weeks ago) link

"Billie Jean is not my lover. But the kid is not my son."

yuck.

DJI, Friday, 8 November 2019 19:26 (four weeks ago) link

Glitter in particular is tough for me cuz the *sound* of those singles is so great but then you get to something like the "I'm the man who put the bang in gang!" line and I'm just like... ok, I'm done

Οὖτις, Friday, 8 November 2019 19:26 (four weeks ago) link

after seeing this doc i can't even think about the word "bad" without feeling his unwanted presence

i read the vanity fair interview; there is a lot of interesting stuff about why the filmmakers did the doc the way they did, how much Robson and Safechuck were able to talk before they saw the film (one meeting, supervised) and how grateful they were for each other's presence. interestingly for me, they also talk about dissociation.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:28 (four weeks ago) link

I thought the documentary a shoddy piece of work, but it did what it was supposed to, although not enough. I haven't read about what Robson and Safechuck are up to.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:30 (four weeks ago) link

there was one point in the doc when i was like "can we please stop talking about the dad?!" and i think that could have been cut out probably, though i can see why they included it to show what was going on with their family dynamic. and it was sad, though not esp relevant to the larger arc.

One of the things I thought most interesting about the VF piece was learning that Robson didn't know what his family had said, or how deeply the relationship w MJ had torn up his family until they all sat down to watch the movie together and their interviews were on screen for the whole world to see. As for Safechuck's quiet demeanor, he seemed like he had been mildly sedated to me. Not in a bad way, like he was fucked up but to keep himself from wigging out on camera. :( can you imagine how hard it was to say all that stuff to a camera and then watch it in a room full of people? i wish him nothing but peace.

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Friday, 8 November 2019 19:42 (four weeks ago) link


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