Barbra Streisand Criticized for Remarks About Michael Jackson’s Accusers
Barbra Streisand grew to become the topic of intense criticism over the weekend after sharing her ideas on “Leaving Neverland,” the brand new documentary about Michael Jackson, saying that the alleged victims of his sexual abuse have been “thrilled” to be with him.
The documentary dropped at gentle the abuse that two kids, now males, stated they endured by the hands of Mr. Jackson.
“His sexual wants have been his sexual wants, coming from no matter childhood he has or no matter DNA he has,” Ms. Streisand stated in an interview revealed on Friday in The Times of London. “You can say ‘molested,’ however these kids, as you heard say, they have been thrilled to be there. They each married they usually each have kids, so it didn’t kill them.”
She added that she believed the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, the lads who claimed within the documentary that Mr. Jackson abused them once they have been kids.
On Saturday, Ms. Streisand clarified her feedback in an announcement.
“To be crystal clear, there isn’t a scenario or circumstance the place it’s O.Ok. for the innocence of youngsters to be taken benefit of by anybody,” she stated.
In the Times of London interview, she stated she felt sympathy for Mr. Jackson, saying he was “very candy, very childlike” when she met him.
She added that whereas she felt unhealthy for the kids, she additionally felt unhealthy for Mr. Jackson and finally blamed the kids’s mother and father.
“I blame, I assume, the mother and father, who would permit their kids to sleep with him,” she stated. “Why would Michael want these little kids dressed like him and within the footwear and the dancing and the hats?”
In her assertion on Saturday, Ms. Streisand reiterated her emotions concerning the kids’s mother and father.
“The single most necessary position of being a guardian is to guard their kids,” she stated. “It’s clear that the mother and father of the 2 younger males have been additionally victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”
The feedback from Ms. Streisand, who’s a member of the elite EGOT membership (which means she has gained a minimum of one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award), got here underneath fireplace on social media. Shortly after the interview was revealed, the hashtag #CancelBarbraStreisand started trending on Twitter.
Dan Reed, who directed “Leaving Neverland,” requested on Twitter whether or not pedophilia was a norm of the leisure business.
“‘His sexual wants have been his sexual wants’ — is pedophilia tolerated in components of the leisure business?” he tweeted.
Mr. Reed, Mr. Robson and Mr. Safechuck didn’t instantly reply to messages and emails left with their publicists.
In August 1993, Mr. Jackson was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department over claims that he had molested a 13-year-old boy. In 1994, Mr. Jackson settled a lawsuit introduced by the boy’s mother and father for $23 million.
In a 2003 documentary, Mr. Jackson mentioned sharing his mattress with a younger most cancers survivor. The movie sparked a felony investigation, and Mr. Jackson was charged with youngster molesting, serving alcohol to a minor, conspiracy and kidnapping; he was discovered not responsible of all prices in 2005. Several years after Mr. Jackson’s loss of life, Mr. Robson and Mr. Safechuck individually sued the pop star’s property. Both circumstances have been dismissed, and each are underneath enchantment.
Social media customers criticized Ms. Streisand’s feedback as tone deaf and stated they have been tantamount to telling sexual assault survivors to only recover from it.
“Leaving Neverland,” which HBO started displaying in two components this month, options Mr. Robson and Mr. Safechuck detailing how they met Mr. Jackson, how thrilled they have been to work with him and the way he ingratiated himself with their households with a purpose to have entry to them.
In the documentary, Mr. Safechuck, who was round 9 or 10 when he met Mr. Jackson, and Mr. Robson, who was 7, describe how Mr. Jackson appeared bigger than life and the way they felt particular as a result of he had chosen them as buddies.
The relationships quickly turned bitter, they defined within the documentary, after they felt Mr. Jackson changed them with different kids.
Mr. Jackson, who died in 2005 at age 50, lived a majority of his life within the highlight.
At 5, he was the lead singer of the Jackson 5, a music group his father, Joe Jackson, began along with his 4 brothers. Michael Jackson later grew to become a solo act and ultimately offered 750 million data. He grew to become fashionable for groundbreaking music movies within the 1980s.
In the interview with The Times of London, Ms. Streisand stated she turned down a chance to sing a duet with Mr. Jackson for his 1987 album, “Bad.”