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I almost wrote a whole blog post about Leaving Neverland, the new documentary about Michael Jackson accusing him of pedophilia.
I didn’t. Because ultimately I decided I didn’t want to wade into that morass.
I don’t know if Jackson did anything. I wasn’t there. Rumor is less than truth and accusation less than proof. He’s already been acquitted of it. So let the matter stay.
But, for the love of God.
Streisand, 76, made the strange comments to British newspaper The Times in a piece out Friday, in which she also said that Jackson’s “sexual needs were his sexual needs.”
She says she “absolutely” believes the allegations of abuse by Robson and Safechuck, but puts more blame on their parents than The Gloved One.
Now, here’s a couple of consistent positions:
- Michael Jackson molested little boys. He was a perv and we should shout it from the rooftops.
- Michael Jackson is innocent. These men are grifters and liars and we should condemn their falsehood.
Either of those stem from a disagreement about the truth of the accusations. Who should be blamed follows as a consequence of who is guilty.
But neither of these is Barbara Streisand’s position. Barbara Streisand’s position is:
- Michael Jackson had sex with boys, and that’s fine as long as they don’t turn out like Corey Feldman.
Yeah, she’s apologized, unsaid it for the camera, but whatever. The mask slipped. That’s what Streisand really thinks. She really thinks a little pederasty is fine so long as you provide a nice resort for the family.
And it strikes me that this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Rich & Famous stand by each other like this.
Remember how Roman Polanski sodomizing a 13-year-old in a hot tub wasn’t “Rape-Rape” according to Whoopi Goldberg?
Remember how everyone on the set of Guardians 3 went to bat for James Gunn (Who, waddya know, is back on the job)?
Remember how no one said shit about Harvey Weinstein for 25 years?
I’m starting to wonder if maybe, just maybe, there’s yet more poison in the mud to be hatched out.
I’m staring to wonder if anyone in that industry is capable of seeing another human as more than a commodity.
And I’m starting to wonder if there’s some way to purge it. Like with fire.