Barbra Streisand draws flak over comment on Michael Jackson
MANILA, Philippines — American singer Barbra Streisand is currently faced with angry online users after her comment on pop star Michael Jackson’s “sexual needs” on his accusers.
In an interview with international media, The Times, the singer said the children – who were allegedly abused by Jackson – were “thrilled to be there.”
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” Streisand said. “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.”
— The Times of London (@thetimes) March 22, 2019
Streisand was referring to Wade Robson and James Safechuck who claimed he was molested by Jackson when they were boys.
Their story was featured in a documentary titled, “Leaving Neverland” which was also featured in the Sundance Film Festival.
With this some Twitter users sparked their outrage, saying they would “cancel” Streisand.
“It’s with great honor that I can happily report that Barbara [sic] Streisand is officially canceled,” a user said.
It’s with great honor that I can happily report that Barbara Streisand is officially canceled. https://t.co/RCfKvzHAyR
— Michael Miller (@mikemillerSBN) March 23, 2019
“Didn’t expect the most shocking thing I’d hear all day to come from Barbara [sic] Streisand, but here we are,” another netizen said.
Didn't expect the most shocking thing I'd hear all day to come from Barbara Streisand, but here we are.
— Matt Mustin (@MattMustin) March 23, 2019
Even Dan Reed, director of Leaving Neverland, was surprised over Streisand’s comment.
— Dan Reed (@danreed1000) March 22, 2019
Jackson was acquitted of molestation charges in 2005 in a case involving another young man. Robson testified at that trial, saying he had slept in Jackson’s room many times, but that Jackson had never molested him.
Safechuck made similar statements to investigators as a boy.
However, in 2013, Robson filed a lawsuit that said stress and trauma had forced him to face the truth that he was sexually abused by Jackson.
Safechuck filed a similar lawsuit the following year.
Both were dismissed for technical reasons and a judge did not evaluate the merits of the allegations. /atm
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