Thursday, October 27, 2011

Michael Jackson: An Innocent Man

Away from the drama of the court battle between the people and Conrad Murray, it seems that people still, long after his death, believe Michael Jackson was a pedophile. Whether it comes within a joke or just discussions between friends, television or debates. People always come up with the same arguments about him; why did he sleep in the same bed as children? Why did he pay out $20million to the Chandler family in 1993. Why was he so eccentric?

After reading various books, both balanced biographical accounts, Jermaine Jackson's memoirs and the book Redemption (a book written by someone who worked for Chandler's soliciter) there are many answers to all those questions and how Jackson was set up to suck money out of the billionaire popstar. I wanted to portray a few facts to those who are in disbelief or cannot make up their minds.

I will begin with the big one, the one that always asks... why did Michael Jackson pay out $20million to spare him from jail if he was an innocent man? Well... he didn't. That agreement was never to stop the family taking Michael Jackson to court, it was to stop them going to the media. Michael wanted the court case, he wanted to prove his innocence, but the family only wanted money. The family could have taken the money and still taken him to court, but they didn't. Funny how no one turns the question around to ask why the parents of Jordy Chandler accepted money instead of making sure a man they called a predator to serve time. Surely if someone harmed your child, justice would be preferred instead of money? And yet they could have had both... but they didn't they only took the money. The media never report this fact.

So why did Michael Jackson not just sue the family for the lies they were telling rather than trying to buy their silence? He was a drug addict at the time, addicted to prescription pain killers, and he wasn't strong enough for a fight against the family or the media. He paid out to stop them from ruining his reputation because he didn't have the energy to be able to fight himself. What the media also didn't report was that Jordy Chandler became estranged from his parents after this, he didn't speak to his father again, who later killed himself after trying to sue another person.

Jordy Chandler was asked in 1993 to identify Michael Jackson's body by giving descriptions of his naked frame. Michael posed naked to give evidence. All of Chandler's descriptions were incorrect. The second family who accused him were also suckers for suing people. They tried to make a claim against a security guard at a department store a couple of years before, accusing the security guard of assaulting them, however CCTV proved otherwise. Another set of liars.

Why did Michael Jackson sleep in the same bed as children? He didn't! He slept on the floor in a sleeping bag while more than one child would sleep in the bed. The media never mention that the children's parents would also come and stay and would agree to let their children sleep in the room and would often join in themselves. Jermaine Jackson provides a wonderful description of Michael's love of slumber parties with candy and pillow fights; mainly down to the closeness he and his brothers had as a child. On the Victory Tour, Michael wanted to share a room with his brothers once again, but the others felt they were too old and wanted their own hotel rooms. Jermaine Jackson also provides wonderful descriptions of Michael's childhood which inspired areas of Neverland, poems, Peter Pan and many many other artifacts have come from Michael's nostalgia, rather than planning an entrapment for children like something out of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Neverland? Why the fairgrounds? Well Michael has said many times he is a child at heart and that was seen very clearly in Martin Bashire's documentary. But Whoopi Goldberg made a clear analysis in 2009 that when someone is as famous as Michael Jackson, they cannot go out to a theme park like the rest of us without being mobbed; therefore he had to build it in his own home. Many Holywood stars have had to resort to building elements within their homes so that they don't have to go out and Michael was doing just that; Neverland was his haven, his safe place and he didn't want to leave until the media drove him out in 2005. Whoopi Goldberg also stood up for her friend Michael Jackson when asked whether she would ''seriously let him look after her children'', Whoopi Goldberg said ''I would let Michael Jackson babysit my child, and Michael Jackson has babysat my children''.

People say he is an eccentric freak; but if they find his actions strange or different to theirs, is it any wonder? He has not had the most normal of upbringings has he? Listen to the song 'Childhood', Jackson's autobiographical song. The answers all lie within there.

These many many elements the media never demonstrate; the world likes a negative story. It is in our nature to respond to the negative rather than the positive. But when it comes to reporting pure lies, it is surely just another evil. I hope this post changes opinions or at least allows people to consider the possibility that he might just not be the predator that the world made him out to be. Michael Jackson may have died an innocent man in the eyes of the law, but his critics may never hold the same opinion.

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