The backlash over Barbra Streisand’s Michael Jackson sexual abuse comments deepen with back lash on social media.
Barbra Streisand sparked a firestorm of outrage after her comments about the allegations that Michael Jackson sexually molested boys saying that his “sexual needs were his sexual needs,” and the experience “didn’t kill them.”
Streisand’s controversial statements appeared in an interview with the Times, where she was asked about the Leaving Neverland documentary in which Wade Robson and James Safechuck detail allegations of sexual abuse by Jackson.
The famous singer and actor said she “absolutely” believes the two men, but when asked how she reconciles the man she knew with the man described in the documentary, she said, “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.”
“You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
She admitted she “feels bad” for both Jackson and his accusers as she asked why the parents didn’t question the singer’s need for “these little children dressed like him”.
— Ed Potton (@ed_potton) March 23, 2019
The 45-time Grammy nominee has been slammed on social media for her comments – including from Leaving Neverland director and producer Dan Reed.
— Dan Reed (@danreed1000) March 23, 2019
Backlash set in after wide-ranging interview published Friday, in which Streisand told The Times of London that she believes the accusations made by Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 40, in the recent HBO documentary, “Leaving Neverland.”
“Oh, absolutely. That was too painful,” says Streisand, who recalled Jackson as “very sweet, very childlike.”
Asked about the abusive behavior alleged in the documentary, Streisand says: “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has. You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
She acknowledged having a combination of feelings about the situation. “I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him.”
Streisand issued an apology for her controversial comments about Jackson’s sexual abuse accusers, saying she feels “deep remorse” for dismissing the trauma they experienced as children.
“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims,” the icon wrote Saturday in a statement on Twitter. “I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way.
“Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James (Safechuck) and Wade (Robson) know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) March 23, 2019
From USA Today:
Earlier Saturday, the singer tried to explain her remarks to The Associated Press in a sympathetic statement that read: “To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone.”
Jackson’s close friend and mentor Diana Ross also touched on the controversy over the weekend.
“This is what’s on my heart this morning,” Ross wrote Saturday on Twitter. “I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is a magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.”
This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.
STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) March 23, 2019
In Leaving Neverland, Robson and Safechuck described how Jackson allegedly used his infamous California compound to transfix the boys when he invited each of them there, keep them separate from their parents, and even warn him of anyone approaching a room in which, they say, he was sexually assaulting them.
Neverland Ranch, the 2,700-acre property where the pop star lived for 15 years, is currently on the market. The realtor’s description of the property, which has been renamed Sycamore Valley Ranch, includes features like a fire department building, a swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts, game rooms, a zoo and multiple guesthouses. Jackson’s famous private amusement park — which featured a ferris wheel, carousel, roller coaster and an arcade — has been removed.