What if things you see on TV or read in newspaper are false?!
Michael Jackson was slandered, his name and legacy ridiculed, and his life ruined with changing of stories, complete lies about him and fabrications of things. He was the most bullied man on the planet, right in front of our eyes.
People don´t dislike Michael Jackson, they dislike the narrative the media has made up about him.
"I think my image gets distorted in the public's mind. They don't get a clear or full picture of what I'm like, despite the press coverage I mentioned early. Mistruths are printed as fact, in some cases, and frequently only half of a story will be told. The part that doesn't get printed is often the part that would make the printed part less sensational by shedding light on the facts."
Michael Jackson in his book "Moonwalk"
"I'm upset at the way he's being treated in the media. I think they're really trying to slander his name, and I really think that's unfair for the way that he's contributed to the American culture since the day he was born. I think he deserves much more than that."
Alicia Keys, November 21, 2003
"The tabloid press are bastards, and you've got to have rhinoceros skin to deal with that kind of ignorance mentality."
"The media tend to want to twist what you say and judge you. I want to keep it on the music and the art."
Michael Jackson, 12/14/01
"I don´t think I'll be judged solely on my music cuz the press has made me out to be this monster who's bizarre and weird."
Frank Dileo, Jackson's manager, responded to ridiculous allegations the media was making up in 1984:
"After the allegations, he married Lisa Marie. In their first TV interview the two newlyweds were asked if they have sex. Can you imagine a reporter asking Paul McCartney the same question shortly after he married Linda? Would any reporter ever ask newlyweds if they have sex? Why else should two people marry - to not have sex? The question was an insult but Lisa the little jewel answered, 'yes, yes, yes' - I love her for that. And so does Michael."
Joe Jackson, 2003
"It's not easy being in my position because it creates so much sensationalism and tabloid. People lie. They create rumors and stories and none of it's true and it's very, very difficult, you know? It's not easy, it's very hard, and you end up, you hurt sometimes and you try to be as resilient as possible but it's very, very difficult because there's tabloids who, they hate, they're jealous. When you read this, know it's a lie. Don't believe it. Burn it. We should have a tabloid burning. Make a mountain out of them and just destroy them... What can I do but bring forth the talent that God gave me? That's all I wanted to do. To share the love and gift of entertainment. That's all I want to do. I don't want to hurt anybody."
Michael Jackson in interview with Steve Harvey
"I can't help but pick up on some of the criticism leveled at me at times. Journalists seem willing to say anything to sell a paper. They say I've had my eyes widened, that I want to look more white. More white? What kind of statement is that? I didn't invent plastic surgery. It's been around for a long time. A lot of very fine, very nice people have had plastic surgery. No one writes about their surgery and levies such criticism at them. It's not fair. Most of what they print is a fabrication. It's enough to make you want to ask, ´What happened to truth? Did it go out of style?´"
A pillow that MJ signatured for a charity auction in India:
Tired of injustice
Tired of the schemes
Your lies are disgusting
What does it mean
Kicking me down
I gotta get up
As jacked as it sounds
The whole system sucks
Michael Jackson in "Scream"
"The worst was anything on Fox News, which was home to all of the female talk show hosts, from Diane Diamond and Lisa Bloom to Nancy Grace...They talked about Michael as if he were dirt and tried to convince the world of these lies. I'm not even sure why, except to boost their ratings. He was acquitted on all charges, and he had been driven into hiding with his children. They had no news of Michael to report, but Michael was news, and if you're an avid news watcher the way I am, you realize that most news is 90 percent bad and 10 percent good, and they really went for that 90 percent."
La Toya Jackson, Michael´s sister in her book "Starting Over" (pg. 255)
“You gotta remember something - the minute I started breaking the all-time record in record sales, (…), overnight, they called me a freak, they called me a homosexual, they called me a child molester, they said I bleached my skin! They made everything to turn the public against me! And this is all a complete, complete conspiracy. You have to know that.”
Michael Jackson, talking at the "Equality For Blacks In Music World" event in Harlem, New York (2002)
"I told the truth and told them everything about me and they twisted it around. I don´t know what to do anymore. I tell the truth and it doesn´t work."
"Words may not hurt you physically, but they can destroy you emotionally."
"...The last time I was here (in Britain), I flew Mickey and Minnie Mouse from Euro Disney to a hospital in London for the sick kids and took them a load of toys and things to cheer them up. The next day’s papers said: "Wacko Jacko Snubs Sick Children". That really hurt me - I tried to help those children.... It was cruel and unnecessary."
Michael Jackson, The Daily Mirror Magazine, 1999
Example of offensive and dishonest tabloids covers
“The press is so hard on me here (in Britain). I try to do so good. I go to the hospitals [here], and I give presents to the children. As soon as I leave, the next day they go, ‘Wacko Jacko left the hospital and he ignored all the children’, and it hurts my heart! Because I purposefully flew Minnie Mouse and Mickey Mouse all the way from Euro-Disney and brought them with me to surprise the children, I brought bags of presents and everything, and I spent time with the kids and they make fun of me.
I’m touched by [working with children]. [Sobs] If it wasn’t for children I would throw in the towel! I would kill myself. I wouldn’t care to live. They give me my inspiration. They inspire everything I do. Every song I write, every dance, everything I do. They try to use it against me. It’s just been so unfair. I’m very upset about it, you know?”
Michael Jackson, 1999
"Michael always looked for the good in people, but he also wanted people to understand him, and what he was here for. This made the ridicule he endured so much harder to bear. How can someone who gave so much, be the subject of so much hate? Why is it, the more blessed we are, the tougher our times are destined to be?"
Michael Jackson - Im not a Jacko Im Jackson
[These documents I’m holding are] crazy stories that people have created, things I wanted to set straight in an interview […] I think it could have been [the interview with Diane Sawyer], (or) whatever the interview was that I wanted to do. To set the record straight that if people hear a lie long enough, people believe it, the people have lied on me. I’m a black American and I’m proud of it and… I’m honored of it. The bleach-skin rumor - which is a rumor, I don’t bleach my skin. They once said I wanted a white kid to play me as a child [for a Pepsi commercial], which was a rumor. [The Bill Clinton] inauguration rumor, saying I didn’t wanna do President Clinton’s inauguration [is another false rumor]. I’m not gay! This [sheet] says, ‘Don’t judge a person unless you have spoken to them one on one’, which is true, ‘cause what you hear is a lie’ […], ‘And Jesus said to love children and be like children’, and be youthful and be innocent and be pure and honorable. I mean, He was talking to his apostles, and they were fighting over who’s the greatest among themselves, and He said, “Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest among me”. And He always surrounded himself like, with children!... And that’s how I was raised to believe and to be like that and to imitate that. So, I don’t know what you’re trying to make out of this.”
Michael Jackson, during a 1996 deposition
“The tabloid press are bastards, and you've got to have rhinoceros skin to deal with that kind of ignorance mentality. They do it simply to sell papers, because bad news sell, not good news. They simply make it up. If they don't have anything, they just make it up. I'm nothing like the way the tabloids have painted me out to be, nothing. Nothing like that. They're the ones who are crazy. They're ignorant. I always say to my fans, 'Let's have a tabloid burning. Let's make a big mountain out of tabloids and just burn them.' The real fans who love me know that garbage isn't true. They know. They're smart.”
Michael Jackson in excerpt from “Gold” magazine interview (2002)
“Haven’t you heard the rumor about me from Hollywood? They say I’m having an affair with this TV actor. It’s really terrible, because there’s nothing I can say or do to counter it. The more I deny it... well, you know..”
“The gossip magazines out there are the worst. They are full of color pictures and all the ladies read them in the beauty parlors. They superimpose pictures together with unbelievable headlines. I once saw one about Cher having an affair with a woman. And they had her face to face with her own sister. If they had known that was her sister in the shot, I bet they would have written a piece about incest instead."
Michael Jackson in 1977-‘78 interview
False story printed in US Weekly:
MJ with a jacket he got from his fans:
"I trusted Martin Bashir to come into my life and that of my family because I wanted the truth to be told. Martin Bashir persuaded me to trust him that his would be an honest and fair portrayal of my life and told me that he was the man that turned Diana's life around. I am surprised that a professional journalist would compromise his integrity by deceiving me in this way. Today I feel more betrayed than perhaps ever before; that someone, who had got to know my children, my staff and me, whom I let into my heart and told the truth, could then sacrifice the trust I placed in him and produce this terrible and unfair programme. Everyone who knows me will know the truth which is that my children come first in my life and that I would never harm any child. I also want to thank my fans around the world for the overwhelming number of messages of support that I have received, particularly from Great Britain, where people have e-mailed me and said how appalled they were by the Bashir film. Their love and support has touched me greatly. My greatest accomplishment, my greatest joy are my children. This is what life is all about. This is what love is all about.”
Michael Jackson´s reaction on British TV documentary by Martin Bashir, broadcast February 3, 2003
"Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars. Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because you're a reporter. But if I, Michael Jackson, were to say, "I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight," people would say, "Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He's cracked up. You can't believe a damn word that comes out of his mouth."
Speculate to break the one you hate / Circulate the lie you confiscate / Assassinate and mutilate / As the hounding media in hysteria / Who's the next for you to resurrect / JFK exposed the CIA / Truth be told the grassy knoll / As the blackmail story in all your glory
It's slander / You say it's not a sword / But with your pen you torture men / You'd crucify the Lord / And you don't have to read it (read it) / And you don't have to eat it (eat it) / To buy it is to feed it (feed it) / Then why do we keep foolin' ourselves
Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual / Though everybody wants to read all about it / Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual, actual / They say he's homosexual
In the hood / Frame him if you could / Shoot to kill / To blame him if you will / If he dies sympathize / Such false witnesses / Damn self righteousness / In the black / Stab me in the back / In the face / To lie and shame the race / Heroine and Marilyn / As the headline stories of / All your glory
It's slander / With the words you use / You're a parasite in black and white / Do anything for news / And you don't go and buy it (buy it) / And they won't glorify it ('fy it) / To read it sanctifies it ('fies it) / Then why do we keep foolin' ourselves
Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual / (Everybody wants to read all about it) / Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual / (See, but everybody wants to believe all about it)
Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual / (See, but everybody wants to believe all about it) / Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual, actual / She's blonde and she's bisexual
Scandal / With the words you use / You're a parasite in black and white / Do anything for news / And you don't go and buy it (buy it) / And they won't glorify it ('fy it) / To read it sanctifies it ('fies it) / Why do we keep foolin' ourselves / Slander / You say it's not a sin / But with your pen you torture men / Then why do we keep foolin' ourselves
Just because you read it in a magazine / Or see it on the TV screen / Don't make it factual / (Though everybody wants to read all about it)
Michael Jackson in his song "Tabloid Junkie"
Michael Jackson; excerpts from the “Simulchat” interview (1995)
"Scream" with lyrics
“I don't want paparazzi really, but if they come, be kind. Write the right, kind thing to write. […] What you saw, what happened to Lady Diana, you tell me. There should be some boundaries. Some kinda way. The star needs some space. Give him a chance to relax, he has a heart, he's human.”
Michael Jackson in his interview with Barbara Walters (1997)
"The media first turned the trial into a freak-show by emphasizing Jackson's peculiarities rather than his humanity, and stoked the ratings with constant, trivializing coverage while other, far more important stories went under-reported or completely ignored in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, North Korea, and Washington, D.C. The press might respond by saying, We gave the people what they wanted. My response would be, My job is to give them what they want. When he steps into a recording studio, it's Michael Jackson's job to give them what they want. Your job is to give the people what they need."
I’m a #MichaelJackson fan. I was at The World Music in 2006, have a quick look on YouTube 4the #MJ part. The media collectively said he was booed off stage. I have an actual early print of @DailyMirror where they said he stunned the place, then they changed it, same rag, same day— MartyFlan (@invinciblekop) February 17, 2019
Michael Jackson speaking to Ed Bradley & “60 Minutes”, 2003
Leave Me Alone
It´s 2019 and tabloid press is still attacking. Here's what The Sun does: changing the headline and narrative of an entire article once they've realised that the original premise was incorrect / defamatory / lies. The original headline is in the first picture. Note the use of the word "paedo" based on expectations of the announcement made by MJ´s former manager Rymone Bain. The second headline, edited 1 day later. Once it became clear that Raymone Bain was not going to spill some salacious crap but defend MJ on the contrary, the article had to be quickly altered and focused at least on money. It was under the same URL on their web:
"I'm gonna be / Exactly what you wanna see / So did you come to me / To see your fantasies / Performed before your very eyes / A haunting ghostly treat / The foolish trickery / And spirits dancing / In the light / But if you came to see / The truth the purity / It's here inside / A lonely heart"
MJ in Ghosts
I'm NOT worried about Michael Jackson's legacy because he is innocent & the greatest of all time. I'm worried about our society and how sick & perverted it has become. I'm worried about how fake news spreads all over the place & brainless people believe everything they read.— Keya Morgan (@KeyaMorgan) March 3, 2019
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Charles Thompson is an award-winning writer who is doing an incredible job by clearing up some media´s disinformations and distortions about Michael Jackson. Make sure you read this:
“The Michael Jackson cacophony is fascinating in that it is not about Jackson at all. I hope he has the good sense to know it and the good fortune to snatch his life out of the jaws of a carnivorous success. He will not swiftly be forgiven for having turned so many tables, for he damn sure grabbed the brass ring, and the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo has nothing on Michael.
All that noise is about America, as the dishonest custodian of black life and wealth; the blacks, especially males, in America; and the burning, buried American guilt; and sex and sexual roles and sexual panic; money, success and despair–to all of which may now be added the bitter need to find a head on which to place the crown of Miss America.Freaks are called freaks and are treated as they are treated–in the main, abominably–because they are human beings who cause to echo, deep within us, our most profound terrors and desires.”
James Baldwin in 1985
"Amazing how the media just bashed him for not going to night clubs or having sex with strange girls just because they are fans,amazing how Fox,NBC,CBS &CNN were creeped out when they never heard about him doing all that craziness,they recognized with honour Elvis,Johnny Cash,Mick Jagger,Jerry Lewis &Steven Tyler who had been drug addict,had many affairs with random females"some were underage girls" still they declared them normal,yet when Mike treated his fans with LOVE&respect, they go O o!!"
The document, that should be a fair look at Michael Jackson and his life, eventually stood at the beggining of Michael´s future alegation that hurt his heart and soul forever. MJ trusted jurnalist Martin Bashir and opened up his heart and home to him (that what very, very rare), but Martin Bashir abused this privilege and wasn´t fair with the final document, where his dishonesty was so evident. The first one below is Martin Bashir´s twisted and edited, the second one shows how unfair he behaved:
Living With Michael Jackson - Full Documentary
Michael Jackson ~ The Footage You Were Never Meant To See
After Michael´s death, Martin Bashir said that he never saw any wrongdoing:
After Michael´s death, Martin Bashir tried to reach Tom Mesereau:
I saw MJ the morning after the Bashir doc aired in London, a day before it aired in US. He had tears rolling down his face, we had no idea why. He kept saying “they are saying I am doing these bad things again. I’m not! You know I would never!” ⬇️ (read thread) @tajjackson3— Jenny Winings (@JennyW526) March 25, 2019
We hadn’t seen the doc yet so we didn’t know what he was talking about. No social media back then so we had to wait until that night to watch. I couldn’t believe he was crying to us. It was surreal. He was really sad and mad that he was being accused again. It aired and everyone freaked out cuz he was holding hands with Gavin. Fast forward a month later and we were at NL with Gavin. Him and his bro and sis kept talking about how MJ saved Gavin’s life. How MJ helped buy their family a house and a car. Helped pay medical bills. We spent HOURS that night with them. Had a silly string fight with them in the house, we all went to the amusement park, the arcade (where Michael came in with us).... this was all after 2-3 hrs spent at Toys R Us with them. NO SIGNS OF ANYTHING CRAZY. When we were leaving the next day Gavin was at the gates begin us to stay. Fast forward to November 2003 when MJ was arrested. When I found out who the boy was... I was FURIOUS!! I KNEW he was lying. I was shocked because what was being said was NOTHING like what was happening. I’m glad I was there so I have this perspective but it was so sad to see him go thru this complete BS trial and have every personal detail aired out for the world to see all because the family wanted $. I will forever believe in his innocence after that.
"I'm gonna be
Exactly what you wanna see
So did you come to me
To see your fantasies
Performed before your very eyes
A haunting ghostly treat
The foolish trickery
And spirits dancing
In the light
But if you came to see
The truth the purity
It's here inside
A lonely heart"
MJ in Ghosts
I came across a masterpost about Oprah’s long vendetta against Michael Jackson so I thought I’d share some of it here as a thread for those who aren’t aware of the way she’s poorly treated him for decades.
— Lucy (@kjngofpops) March 1, 2019
On the 10th February 1993, Michael had his first interview on TV after a 14 year hiatus. The interview special with Oprah bought in 90 million viewers, becoming the most watched in history, and even won the TCA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Movies, Miniseries and Specials.
The allegations came not long after this interview. Oprah saw what she achieved with the Michael Jackson special and has taken it upon herself to degrade him in any which way since. There are also times when she praised him, when it fit her story she’d say what she wanted.
The day after “Living With Michael Jackson” aired in 2003, Oprah changed her schedule to talk about MJ. She said “this show is not going to be about Michael Jackson but did you all see the documentary yesterday?” Of course, she and her audience talked about MJ the entire show
Cut to 2005. As Randy Jackson has stated, during jury deliberations, she had a show about pedophilia which apparently slowed down the deliberation process as one of the jurors was a big Oprah fan.She also chastised MJ when Jon Stewart was on her show talking about him “dancing” on top of the SUV. Stewart called him an idiot while she said that she heard–not confirmed–that Jackson compared himself to Martin Luther King and Nelson Mandela which she thought that was wrong.She didn’t state where she heard it, yet she was talking about the Jesse Jackson interview that she obviously didn’t bother to listening to otherwise she would have known that wasn’t what he was doing.She’s also said “I don’t do tributes to people who abuse children!” which she still proclaims he did to this day, but just after his passing, she said she regretted not trying to be his friend instead of judging him according to rumour.She even went on to re-air her 1993 interview just weeks after his burial, not forgetting to remind the audience multiple times that “this was before the allegations!” as if to remind them that she’d have never spent time with him before. Changing her opinion as and when it fits.Despite the truth of the allegations being revealed since then, she was content letting her viewers think he was a criminal. She narrated the show mostly focusing on herself (her feelings, her hair) instead of celebrating his life, career & the interview that gave so much successWhen asked about the memorial, Oprah said she didn’t want to go because her and MJ weren’t friends. In the same sentence she says “we’ll never know the truth” [about the allegations]. This was 2009. The truth was out there, Michael was vindicated not long before, she ignored itNot only did Oprah do the special with the grieving family, she did a special with his ex wife who was still coming to terms with his passing. There were 2 molestation cases discussed in the same week as the LMP show which made it pretty obvious where she stands in judging MJ.And she also did not forget to ask still grieving Lisa about the allegations! That is inexcusable.Now in 2019, while celebrating her birthday in DAVID GEFFEN’s yacht, with David himself and her buddy Gayle King, she ate cake and watched Leaving Neverland. A “documentary” built on lies of two perjurers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim Michael abused them.Not only that, she invited said perjurers, the director and real abuse victims to a 7 hour showing where they watched the documentary and questioned Wade Robson, James Safechuck and Dan Reed after.This is yet to air, but reports are saying she finds them credible. Oprah herself is sexual abuse survivor who is enabling these liars, but has nothing to say about her friends Harvey Weinstein (80 accusers) & her friend David Geffen, who erases every claim before it can surface.Wouldn't THAT be the "transcendental moment" to discuss the abuse of black girls and how it's often overlooked by the mainstream media?— ithl123 (@ithl123) March 1, 2019
Now, let me address Oprah assembling an audience full of sexual abuse survivors and making them watch and participate over 7 hours focused on child sexual molestation
— Melanie321 (@Mellie4Justice) March 1, 2019
In her zeal, to demonize Michael Jackson, Oprah used an audience of survivors , as her personal pawns. And I maintain she could care less about their continued psychological health— Melanie321 (@Mellie4Justice) March 1, 2019
As someone with a major platform, the fact that there is SO MUCH easily disproven w these allegations should have made Oprah stay away from this. It’s journalism 101 to do proper research - ESPECIALLY when ur dealing with such severe allegations. She clearly didn’t even Google.— Patrice McDowell stan account (@cherrilizabiff) March 1, 2019
Oprah Winfrey------NEVER sent out condolences when Winnie Mandela died— Malcolm Shabazz (@malcolmshabazz6) March 20, 2019
But she found the time to interview those two white guys that's slandering Michael Jackson
A brother that was found NOT GUILTY in a court of law
The way the media is talking about #LeavingNeverland, as if what is said in it is fact is an extremely dangerous path. They're basically dismantling the principle of "innocent until proven guilty" right in front of us. They will only learn their lesson when it affects them.— Justice for The Falsely Accused (@JuliaBerkowitz1) February 28, 2019
N1 interview with John Ziegler about "Leaving Neverland", US media and big picture:
PROTECT AND PRESERVE THE “LEGACY” OF THE DECEASED. THOSE LEFT BEHIND CAN BE HURT.
Maureen Orth also wrote that my uncle Michael cleansed in sheep blood.— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) March 20, 2019
And that he paid $150,000 to have 42 cows ritually sacrificed in Africa so he could curse his enemies and be blessed.
She stands by that.
The definition of tabloid journalism.
Thank you Michael (Intro)
By Michael Jackson (Duet with Janet Jackson)
By Michael Jackson
By Michael Jackson
4 This Time Around
By Michael Jackson feat. The Notorious B.I.G.
By Michael Jackson
6 Why You Wanna Trip On Me
By Michael Jackson
7 Tabloid Junkie
By Michael Jackson
By Michael Jackson
9 They Don't Care About Us [Mikkas Bootleg Remix]
By Michael Jackson
10 Somebody’s watching me
By Rockwell Feat. Michael Jackson
11 Leave Me Alone
By Michael Jackson
Ron Newt Exposes Why He Was Offered $200K To Say MJ Touched His Kids:
Ron Newt died in 2019 (at the time when he was speaking in defence of Michael Jackson)
"In summary, the reality is Michael Jackson's humanity is so deep, the implications and inferences of his art so monumentally and magnificently global that nothing American television could do to besmirch his character could ever, if you will, deny the legitimate genius that he represents and America has responded, as indeed has the globe."
Dr Michael Eric Dyson