What a difference a single documentary can make. Last month, the ‘King Of Pop’ was assumed to be a pedophile. This month, he’s being denounced and scrubbed from history.
It’s a little bit like Harvey Weinstein’s story, isn’t it? We’re not learning anything we didn’t already know about him. Not REALLY.
But now, with ‘Leaving Neverland’ we have more specific and compelling testimony than we ever had before. That testimony is moving the cultural needle.
People are tripping over themselves to distance themselves from any connection with Jackson’s memory. Even if that means a celebrity cameo in a cartoon.
The Simpsons will cut their famed episode featuring the voice of Michael Jackson from their archives following the ‘monstrous’ allegations of the bombshell documentary Leaving Neverland.
The longtime running show’s executive producer James L. Brooks announced that the classic episode featuring Michael Jackson’s voice will be removed from circulation.
The episode called Stark Raving Dad, which appears in season three, will be pulled from syndication and streaming services, Brooks said to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
In the episode Jackson plays Leon Kompowsky, a mental hospital patient who ends up sharing a room with Homer Simpson. In the episode he sings his classic Billie Jean and shows off his iconic moonwalk dance moves.
‘This was a treasured episode. There are a lot of great memories we have wrapped up in that one, and this certainly doesn’t allow them to remain,’ Brooks said on the episode.
In fact, one of the few people history might justify in light of this documentary would be his own sister, LaToya. She publicly denounced him as a pedophile back in ’93.
Hard to say if she’ll get much credit though, because she walked those comments back later, claiming her husband ‘made’ her say it. Even so, once it’s been said, you can’t un-ring that bell.
LaToya asked pertinent questions in the footage which will leave some dumbfounded as to why it had not been widely circulated before.
She said: ‘Now you stop and think for one second and you tell me, what 35-year-old man is going to take a little boy and stay with him for 30 days?
‘And take another boy and stay with him for five days in a room and never leave the room? How many of you out there are 35 years old?
‘How many would take little kids and do that? That are nine, 10, 11 years old? I love my brother but it’s wrong. I don’t want to see these kids hurt.’
LaToya continued: ‘I am a victim myself and I know what it feels like. These kids are going to be scarred for the rest of their lives and I don’t want to see any more innocent, small children being affected this way.
‘I love Michael very dearly but I feel even more sorry for these children because they don’t have a life anymore, they don’t.’
Estranged or not… when your own SISTER denounces you as a pedophile and cites specific reasons for believing it, shouldn’t that raise SOME kind of alarm bells?
People can talk about scrubbing him from history all they want. We’ve explored the pros and cons of that response in an earlier column.
But if we were all talking about this back when Jackson was still ALIVE, and worse — touring and releasing albums — there’s a more pressing question.
Why in the hell did people keep buying tickets and albums in the first place?
Which makes us ask another one. Which celebrities have damning sins that we are turning a blind eye to… even now?
Who is the next Harvey Weinstein, Michael Jackson, or Matt Lauer that will leave us all shaking our heads, asking ‘how did we not see this coming’?
Maybe it’s time we start thinking seriously about the cultural ramifications of our Cult of Celebrity.
by Doug Giles
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