I have watched the documentary several times now. I was literally shaking afterward--literally shaking. I haven't believed MJ since the '93 allegations and frankly I didn't give a shit when he died. To me, after '93 he was someone who had gotten away with child molestation. But I had no--NO--idea it was that bad, that...appalling. I guess I thought it was touching, inappropriate boundary-crossing, not...that. The part where Wade described--the graphic part about his being seven, and how big MJ was--this quite literally made me vomit. I was walking to the train and that flashed into my head and I started gagging and ended up vomiting onto the sidewalk. That poor baby--Wade was just a baby. He was seven. James was ten. I am so, so angry on their behalf. I want to dig up Michael Jackson's filthy pedophile corpse and burn the bones and spit on the ashes.
This bothers me nearly as much as the sexual abuse--the casual abandonment. How terribly hurt both of them must have felt, wondering if they'd said or done the wrong thing, crying on the couch as James talked about. It's breathtakingly cruel.
Like everyone else said, I just want to wrap my arms around them and shower them with unconditional support and friendship. Maybe some ice cream sundaes and teddy bears. Wade and James--you did not deserve this. You are good people. You were good sons, you are good fathers. You did not deserve this.
I think most Americans pay lip service to being against sex abuse but as soon as it's one of their heroes, the knives come out. Roman Polanski, Bill Cosby, MJ, James Barbour...
Oh my God, I HATED that woman. I well remember her and her tittering, smirky obvious attempt to play to the audience. I fucking HATED her. You know she was hoping to parlay the whole experience into a book or something.
Overnight? MJ still has his fans but the general public has been giving him the side-eye for a long time. Anyone who's been putting in time and money to impersonate MJ is a fool.
He was! Go see him in The Wiz, he was a beautiful man before all the surgeries. Beautiful nose and smile. Before he turned into a living portrait of Dorian Gray.
This is good to hear.
I've been going back and forth about this with a friend of mine, and I texted him: Another thing worth mentioning is that when Thriller came out and before (whenever the grooming and abuse started), we were just coming out of the '70s. And let me tell you, that era was one in which the grownups of the US collectively lost their minds. Children--girls, really--were sexualized to a truly insane degree. Read about Brooke Shields's childhood and early career. Nearly all of her earliest roles were ones where she, a child, was playing a prostitute or simulating sex or even just running around naked, as she did in the screwball comedy Just You and Me, Kid. It's amazing she turned out as normal as she did. Of course there's some famous Roman Polanski case, and he had and has many defenders. Oh, and for another example, have some nightmare fuel:
Love's also had a creepy print ad where a little girl was made up to look like a full-blown woman, again with the tagline about how innocence was soooooo sexy. GROSS.
Anyway, I wonder if on some level MJ wasn't trying to take advantage of that lack of boundaries.