DAN REED BAITING THE JACKSON FANBASE IN A DESPERATE NEED FOR ATTENTION

Hear ye, hear ye: Dan Reed put on notice the Michael Jackson community, given the new twitter provisions.

It was probably a mere attempt to raise his profile traffic on twitter or looking a loophole to find a way to be interviewed and spread awareness of how many Mr. & Mrs. Looney there are in the MJ fandom. Who knows: it might have been a way to support his friends during their soon lost cause against the Michael Jackson Estate.

In reality, few accounts wished him words concerned with the new Twitter restrictions. It’s common knowledge that bad education and lack of common sense exist everywhere globally, even among, and particularly within his fans.

90% of the MJ community’s tweets directed to this unknown individual before 2019 are precisely related to his one-way mockumentary. Reed inexorably and virally amplified his two protagonists’ voices, without other party intervening to contradict or deny their heavy accusations. And of course, being the accused Michael Jackson, one of the most famous, celebrated, and important artists of the twentieth century, it was a fruitful deal.

The documentary “Leaving Neverland” stirred up perplexities within a rational audience and the fans’ anger.

Above the first comment of director Marcos Cabotà, who attended Leaving Neverland’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2019.

Here the reaction of Joe Vogel,  American author, scholar, and popular culture critic. 

and Judi Brisse, a former housekeeper of Neverland Ranch

  • Was Michael Jackson, a great performer and a good person?

“That may be true, but he raped children,” Reed said during interviews on TV. Reed admitted he never met Jackson, and also before shooting the movie, he didn’t even know his story. So, based on which proof this MJ’s neophyte dare to express such strong accuse?

  • Why did Reed only wanted to show part of the narrative, without asking those who have always professed Michael’s innocence?

The protagonists’ words leave little room for interpretation if the other side of the story is unknown: Robson claimed to have been molested by Jackson from 7 to 14, Safechuck from the age of 10. 

And both stories are characterized by the sudden end of attention for them, being replaced with Macaulay Culkin and Brett Barnes, who always denied that Jackson treated them like sweethearts.

“It’s almost easy to try to say it was ‘weird’ or whatever, but it wasn’t, because it made sense,”  He understood me and identified with me,” These are the words of Macaulay Culkin, who always remain consistent with his version. Culkin reiterates the peculiarity of his relationship with Jackson, stating that: “He reached out to me because a lot of things were happening, big and fast with me, and I think he identified with that. He was the kind of person who’d been through the exact same frickin’ thing and wanted to make sure I wasn’t alone. He was ironic and sweet. People have no idea how funny he was”. Listen to Culkin’s interview with Michael Rosenbaum.

Therefore, it would have been ethically correct for Reed to interview the defense counterparts or present concrete elements in favor of Robson and Safechuck’s stories. Instead,  there is no objective confirmation beyond their words.

Furthermore, a check of the content shows space-time inaccuracies. Invented episodes and editing in the footage archives to present Jackson in a certain way. Here are some examples that cast doubt on the integrity of Leaving Neverland:

  • Safechuck said having spent Thanksgiving 1987, which fell on November 26, with Michael at his home. That specific day, Jackson was in Australia for the Bad Tour, as anyone can check on google.
  • The question Safechuck asked Jackson on the plane, “What’s the best thing about going to Hawaii?” to which Michael would have replied, “Stay with you.” The sentence is not remotely enough to indict anyone in a court trial, but it’s interesting to note how Reed cut the final part of Jackson’s answer, which continued like this: “Being with you and your family: I can’t wait to spend more time with them. “
  • Another rather bizarre example is Safechuck’s recalls that Jackson gave him oral sex while he was sleeping. How it is possible for someone not to wake up for such an episode is weird.
  • Safechuck’s mother stated she had doubts about Jackson, but too often closed her eyes. The sentence means nothing and certainly does not constitute a tangible proof. However, if there were these doubts, why she kept bringing her son to Neverland?
  • Robson claimed to have been to Neverland numerous times, while he swore he had gone 14 times at the time of the trial deposition, of which only 4 with Jackson present.
  • The last example here, but there are many others, is a futile and ineffective fragment:  a ring the singer supposedly would have gifted to Safechuck. Still, there’s no receipt or anything that confirms that it was Michael who gave this gift. 

You can find the whole set of discrepancies and invented stories the Michael Jackson fanbase and objective journalism was able to find in Dan Reed’s mockumentary in the following articles:

Why is U.S. Media Silent on the Implosion of Leaving Neverland, While the U.K. Press is Pouncing?

These two men recounted alleged sexual encounters and other oddities, including fake marriages and mutual masturbation episodes at Neverland ranch when they were under 10. Astonishing how Robson and Safechuck look incredibly at ease declaring their new versions in front of a camera, – when no longer a lawyer like Tom Mesereau is on the other side to ask questions.

A documentary to be defined “such” should support the protagonists’ statements with facts and evidence because not everyone is willing to accept a story that does not present evidence other than two witnesses’ oral statements.

Jackson was no stranger to such allegations. In 1993, while he was performing in Bangkok during the Dangerous World Tour, he was accused of sexual abuse by Evan Chandler, the 13-year-old boy father of Jordan. Still, the affair was resolved with nothing because the complainant was not considered a reliable person. Still, rather it was believed that he was looking for visibility. The following year the Chandlers received a considerable sum of money in exchange for a document stating the innocence of Michael Jackson. Despite the messy narrative we still have today about the Chandler accusations, those who were adults at the time remember how the matter was handled internationally. Only journalists like Diane Dimond and few other faunas of the American gossip entertainment kept supporting those who had to defend Sneddon’s vicious and failed actions.

When the documentary “Living with Michael Jackson” was released in 2003, made by the British journalist Martin Bashir, who followed Jackson from May 2002, the troubles started again. Jackson is immortalized hand-in-hand with 13-year-old cancer patient Gavin Arvizo, and the media started their smearing game again. At that point, once again, the Santa Barbara County Attorney’s Sneddon launched a criminal investigation, and, after a search of his estate, an arrest warrant was issued. At the end of the trial, in 2005, Jackson was acquitted of all charges. As for the 1993 case, the accuser’s low credibility affected the already weak evidence brought up by Sneddon: Gavin’s mother was a repeat offender for state tax fraud and fraud against insurance companies, and Jackson later spoke of an organized plot to deprive him of his assets.

It was May 5, 2005, and Wade Robson was twenty-three when he voluntarily testified in favor of Michael Jackson, claiming he had never been abused by the latter. Twelve years earlier, a15-year-old James Safechuck also declared the same in 1993 to the Grand Jury. Both under oath confirmed the Michael Jackson innocence then, before changing their version today. Both filed a complaint in 2013 against Michael Jackson’s Estate requesting alleged material damage. That same court that in 2005 heard 200 witnesses and found Jackson innocent on 14 out of 14 counts; Furthermore, in the 333 pages of the FBI, nothing incriminates Jackson.

Jermaine Jackson stated that Leaving Neverland was a further step in search of fame that never came for Robson. “After being excluded from the MJ Cirque du Soleil show, Robson was looking for a contract to realize a book on alleged abuse, but no publisher took into consideration. Soon after, he sued the MJ’s estate for $ 1.5 billion but was thrown out of court. “

In Dan Reed’s documentary, the story is not changed slightly but appears completely distorted: Leaving Neverland defines Michael Jackson as a monster, a pedophile of perverse thoughts and concrete actions. For years he allegedly pursued sexual assault on numerous children, two of whom he met by chance, namely Safechuck (they met while shooting a commercial for Pepsi) and Robson (winner of a dance contest in Australia).

Last year the impacts of the testimonies contained in “Leaving Neverland” were devastating. Radios banned Jackson’s music. An episode of the Simpsons in which Jackson lent his voice has been eliminated. Louis Vuitton decided to remove clothes of the fall/winter 2019 collection inspired on MJ, and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum decided to remove some objects from an exhibition dedicated to his memory.

The Transport of London decided to remove the posters in defense of Michael Jackson, which were on the English capital buses, after the concern expressed by a CSA association, according to which the advertising could have discouraged victims of violence from making reports in fear of not being believed.

However, lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons, and Michael Jackson is back to being listened and contrary to predictions, his fanbase has increased. That’s because time has given space to other voices with reliable evidence. An example is a Robson’s collaborator, who worked on the documentary and with no shame, called Robson a liar in public. 

Kevin L Lipsey Sr., who collaborated in Leaving Neverland production, made clear that Robson is a liar: “I worked with Wade Robson before Leaving Neverland aired on HBO. I collaborated on the sound of the documentary. We talked about Michael Jackson, and Robson told me a very different story! Let’s just say I haven’t seen or talked to a man who has been touched inappropriately by Michael Jackson!”

 

Reed documentary does not correspond to objective reality but is a subjective purpose, built and assembled through reconstructions, testimonies, archive images, fitting music, and any other cinematic gimmick capable of confirming the truth he wants to tell.

By giving voice to Wade Robson and James Safechuck, he provided them a loud enough megaphone for all to hear. Provable bogus but extremely detailed passages of the sexual abuse suffered by the two protagonists, alternating with private audio and cuts to the montage of Jackson’s photographs and faxes, transforming the boyish glitz of the Californian ranch into a real psychological nightmare.

And yet, paradoxically, the film’s great strength also ends up becoming its only weakness. Reed focused so much on the two protagonists and their stories that deliberately forgot to look out the window, omitting and unhinging basic journalism, not listening to other opinions or recording other versions of the facts, and telling other truths.

The ill-concealed Reed’s goal was to exacerbate the two protagonists’ truth exclusively, and for this reason, the narrative remains monothematic and immobile.

However, it does not shift the viewer’s individual opinion about Michael Jackson, Wade Robson, James Safechuck, and the Neverland ranch by an inch. Whatever the idea he had about these dark and controversial facts before starting the movie, remained unchanged when movie credits scrolled. He added a series of unprofessional and unhappy interventions on social channels showing his petty spirit, full of trivialities, full of idle talk to all of the above.

It is not surprising that the visual level of this sort of movie is abysmal: about fifty shots of Los Angeles or Neverland’s environment in long shots, extensive drone shots to link the various sequences – since everything is focused on the listening to these two men, some members of their families, and their stories. There no need to believe either one or the other to find them equally shocking, gruesome, and in bad taste. A real testimony of what TV has become today. A real crap in terms of content and people who work there. It isn’t journalism, and it’s not fair, yet the media continued to spread these stories even if several episodes don’t add up. Jackson has a public timeline, and it wasn’t hard for fans to counter and debunk the legends told in this fiction with a suspected pro-pedophile aftertaste.

Dan Reed didn’t realize that he aired an unlikely indictment of Michael Jackson, built up by tabloid journalists and the Hollywood industry powers with Leaving Neverland.
Reed set up a worldwide mess by creating this filth. I don’t even know how to define it because it certainly can’t be described as a documentary. Ridiculous, unfounded, malicious, defamatory without a shred of evidence adduced: a sadness and a victory of ignorance, the apotheosis of common sense, of the indifference, and lack of sensitivity of those who, with blatant luck, had the opportunity to meet Michael Jackson and spent time with him.

Now Dan Reed resent because the fans don’t believe in his trashy work and they are disgusted after hearing the testimonies of Wade Robson and James Safechuck? The director should be ashamed along with those two slackers—words word words, instead of analyzing the facts.

The whole criticisms that Michael Jackson fans addressed to Robson, Safechuck, and especially to Reed can be easily summed up in two words: disgusting opportunists.

I leave the publishing of curses and wicked wishes to journalists like Maureen Orth, aka the voodoo woman, another one who does not check his sources.

Recommended website to understand the allegations: https://themichaeljacksonallegations.com/

1987: BAD AND MICHAEL JACKSON ALONE AT THE TOP

Jorge Luis Borges emphasized that in Spanish, to say that something is outstanding, it is said that “it is enviable.” However, envy is one of the worst feelings that exist. It harms who feed it and those who are its object, because often this person is forced to overcome all kinds of obstacles that the envious put in his way. Envy is a corrosive feeling that can ruin a life. Carrie Fischer and Nelson Mandela brilliantly described it with these words: “Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die. ”

While MEDIA acclaim the BAD album today, I remember very well that it wasn’t like that in 1987. The process to debased and minimize Michael Jackson’s geniality and art started long before the so-called “allegations.” He always had to fight to earn respect releasing fantastic products that went beyond any impossible reproach. 

Since January 1984, the world had awaited the successor of “Thriller.” But months became years, and that damn album was pushed back to a “TBN” date. Moreover, Michael loquacity matched to the one of a Neanderthal man, and since he didn’t give interviews, Media had to scribble soap opera stuff and malicious gossip.

It was the usual unctuous stream of nonsense: the oxygen tank, the llama, the boa, Liz Taylor, the mask, the aesthetic surgery, the Elephant Man bones he wanted to buy at the London Museum.

Editorialists of that time printed the same rumors“This guy is clearly a nutcase! He has animals at home and a boa under his buffalo skin bed and a chimpanzee flipping over the kitchen’s fridge. Is he mad? Is he not?” What else’s…ah, yes! “The weirdo prefers to be in Liz Taylor’s company rather than socialize with others of his age. And to complete the picture, he decided not to release any album before having an excellent product to offer to his public… Pfft… A sort of toddler (black…) who does what he pleases…” And then what else? “He has no girlfriend. And WOW! He believes in God!” All MEDIA stigmatized these as “abominations”… But what was so awful and dreadful?

Tabloids criticized him for refusing to license a Beatles song to the Beastie Boys and accused of exploiting another Beatles song licensed to Nike.  

During an interview immediately after Thriller, a journalist asked Quincy Jones how long it would have taken to release a new album, he answered: “Twenty years if necessary.  It will be the end of a trilogy, and for me, the trilogy is a fundamental thing. The third step must always be very different from the previous two. Therefore, it will create a surprise by changing style, and we had already planned it”. And nobody would have ever repro to his producer Quincy Jones.

When the Victory drama tour ended – Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones got into the studio to start preparing the world the successor of Thriller. The music industry’s hectic events in those days might help to understand why the release of Bad suffered many delays.

I can’t help but emphasize to those who think of the ’80s as a great music decade, how wrong they are. There were a thousand crappy sounds for one great song, and it’s good that most of them have not been uploaded on the internet. At that time, pop music was still a profitable business. But audience tastes were rapidly changing due to the emergence of new music genres in the international stage, creating a healthy competition in terms of the global ranking.

New bands like Guns n’ Roses, R.E.M, Bon Jovi, U 2, and many others were defining the end of the 80s, launching a new music scene that exploded in the 90s. And it’s hard to believe now, but MTV was awesome back then. Its rock shows and “alternative” shows were simply gorgeous. A band like Nirvana appeared on Top of the Pops and attracted a legion of teen fans.

Pop artists such as Madonna, Whitney Huston, Prince, George Michael, and Janet Jackson were experimenting with new sounds to keep up with the times. And Michael Jackson with them.

In 1985 Michael composed and recorded with Lionel Richie We Are The World at the Westlake Studio, West Hollywood. Meanwhile, CBS begin to inquire, push and pressure for a new album. MJ was a busy guy and was spending his time between recording studio and movie set. In fact, in 1986, the 3D science fiction film Captain EO  directed by Francis Ford Coppola (who came up with the name “Captain EO” from EOS, the Greek goddess of dawn), reached the public.

Two new MJ songs appeared in the film. The first was an early version of “Another Part of Me” and “We are Here to Change the World,” then officially released in 2004 as part of  Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection.

In September 1986, Quincy Jones contacted the Run-DMC, who were on tour in Paris, because Michael wanted to work with them. They had “Walk This Way” number one in the US for fifteen weeks. The official group comment was: ” We hesitated.” Actually, they didn’t hesitate at all. They ran to Westlake Studios and met with Michael and Quincy, but they could not get in tune with their rap – something, according to Quincy Jones  – was missing from their lyrics. He told them to try to rap with more sophistication on it but again could get anything together, and then they left.

In November 1986, Michael Jackson shot with Martin Scorsese the short film for Bad. It was filmed in Brooklyn’s Hoyt Schermerhorn station.

Modern legends tell us that the album delay was due to MJ perfectionist and his production. However, also this one is one of the many misleading information. News of those years gives a different approach reporting the release’s delay due to the Musical Industry intrigues. Power and marketing were the driven delay force and was mainly due to external problems that kept coming up against the release.

In an article on Rock This Town (September 1986), Philippe Manoeuvre describes in a semi-serious form an anecdote that took place in 1986 and early 1987. Here an excerpt:

“December 1986 CBS called “Strike” on Michael Jackson: the album was finished and ready, but CBS did not want it! What happened? It happened that Bruce Springsteen – against all odd – authorized the publication of a box with five discs and other amenities of his live concert recording. If CBS were going to release during the same month Bruce and Michael, it would have placed a big dilemma”.

Here you can read few old Billboard screenshots related to music recording industry games in November / December 1986.

Below Walter Yetnikoff lame statement in a 1988 interview to Rolling Stone magazine.

Taking these facts into account, a change in perspective is due to many episodes, including Michael Jackson’s pissy mood at the 1988 Grammy. Apart from the Grammy award-winning technicalities rules, MJ was aware that it was almost impossible to win a Grammy in 1988 with an album released at the end of the summer ’87, with just a few months of sales and four singles published.

It might be the reason why the Dangerous album was released on November 26, 1991, bringing “home” three American Music Awards in 1993, without counting Billboard, Soul Train Music Awards, and others worldwide.

In February 1987, Springsteen’s live box beat all the unsold records, as consequences of CBS and the American store’s greediness. As in the United States, the record stores could send the unsold units to the record companies, CBS got back home about 700,000 and in March 1987, while a terrified Yetnikoff discovered that Michael and Quincy Jones returned to the West Lake West Hollywood studio.

It seems they wanted to redo everything again. But considering that four months before the release of Thriller, Michael returned to the studio to add to the album two tracks such as Billy Jean and Beat It, everyone shut their mouth. Finally, in May 1987, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones gave CBS the master recording of the Bad album.

To top it off, someone realized that rapper LL Cool J. was also releasing an untitled album Bad. Clearly, L L. Cool was asked to stop his bullshit. His album came out with a “bad” print on the cover, but in the catalog, it was named in extremis “Bigger and Deffer.” (Once a thief, always a thief…)

Now, have you ever waited for a release like that? The answer is: NO. To find mediatic traces of a similar frenzy, it is necessary to go back to the Stars Wars saga’s third episode. And the deliriant expectation that separated Bad from Thriller became increasingly wide.

Also, the delay in releasing Bad had Michael financially tied up: long leagues away from imagining that CBS would push back “Bad,” Michael had planned to flood the market with a branded clothing and doll lines, ballpoint pens, “love necklaces,” and perfumes which he financed for about 20 million of dollars, plus a 10 million dollars “standby” deal with Pepsi that consequently had to cancel its advertising campaign. 

When just invested 47 million dollars in ATV, these kinds of delays could seriously upset anyone. So it was evident that when the album finally hits the shelves, Michael rode the international scene cravings for murder…

Then finally, on July 22, 1987, the single teaser “I just cannot stop loving you” was released. It was a paradisiacal slow. The track starts with a monologue whispering and continues likewise. Charming, subtle, but in no way vulnerable.

“People do not understand me / That’s because they do not know me at all / I just want to touch! Hold you / I need you. I love you so much …” The irruption of the chorus drives the listeners in the sonic master and great rolls of timbales. In two listening, no more, the melody is inscribed in our subconscious.

But the album starts with Bad, and immediately, we are killed on the spot. Huge, devastating, meticulous mime, urban, the single is a rhythmic bomb, with a sound that wakes up the dead. Not Run DMC, as the story suggested, but a splendid organ solo by jazzman Jimmy Smith.

The words I’m Bad carrying the track like an avalanche. This exceptional sound, which will transfigure the songs throughout the album, is really worthy of another dimension. One must approach perfection in the matter; the blend’s art is not an accumulation or a breathtaking sum of ingredients, but rather a science.

Dirty Diana starts with an intro worthy of a horror movie, the false live atmosphere, the public shouting that this Diana bitch is going to get what she deserves. This is the track that will cause the following question forever: this Diana, whose does every musician, this first-class bitch is it, or is it not the famous Ross who fans fantasize be the sentimental and sexual life of the recluse MJ? Anyway, the song beats hard, is the Beat it of Bad within a guitar chorus without pity, in which one recognizes Steve Stevens hands, lead guitarist of Billy Idol.

“Smooth Criminal” with a fantastic intro (the intros are  Michael Jackson’s own genius), and other swings in the gums confirm MJ is BAD!

The “Way You Make Me Feel,” remember the Jackson 5,  the fleshy, melodic rhythm & blues filled with female chats, Michael forgets his barking at the beginning of the sentences, and his voice goes up to vertiginous heights.

“Speed Demon,” it’s like a punch from Mike Tyson.

As soon as the Bad World Tour started, the MEDIA tune changed; they had no choice. Why? Because numbers never lie. Michael Jackson’s first World Tour was the biggest grossing tour ever. It was a two-leg tour in which Michael performed 123 concerts to an estimated 4.4 million fans.

[Read what EBONY MAGAZINE  – April 1989 – had to say about the legendary Bad Tour]:

Megastar entertainer drew 4.4 million fans, earned $125 million on Bad tour, and now says he will retire from the stage to market records and films. It had been announced as the “farewell concert,” and the crowd that jammed the Los Angeles Sports Arena showed its love: “Michael! Michael!” the thousands chanted as the stage smoke cleared, the lights and lasers dimmed, and Michael Jackson, exhausted after two hours of nonstop singing and dancing, made his way to his dressing room. The man now called “the greatest entertainer in the world” had just sung the last note dazzled with the final “moonwalk” of a grueling, 16-month tour that had taken him almost around the world with 123 concerts in 15 countries and drew 4.4 million fans. It grossed $ 125 million and more than any other entertainer has ever grossed on a single tour.  After some kind words and embraces for the family and friends he had invited backstage, Michael said his thanks and goodbyes to the crew of his “Bad” tour, then sped off into the night to rest before beginning work on new album and movie projects. The tour, Michael’s first without his brother — Jackie, Tito, Marlon, and Randy of The Jacksons — began in Japan in the fall of 1987 and moved to Australia, the US and Europe, then back to Japan before ending in January in Los Angeles. The Japanese, who turned out 450,000 strong to see him, was as affected by “Michaelmania” as the other four million who jammed stadiums on several continents, sometimes paying “scalpers” as much as $1,000 ticket, many of which had been forged. The concert frenzy boosted sales of Michael’s Bad album to more than 20 million. His Thriller album sold some 40 million worldwide and is still the biggest-selling album in history. Bad has spawning unprecedented five No. 1 singles: “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “The Way You Make Me Feel,” “Bad,” “Man in the Mirror” and “Dirty Diana,” and helped sales of his autobiography, Moonwalk [some 450,000 copies have been sold in 14 countries], and videos Moonwalker, which sold over 500,000 copies in the US alone. Wherever he appeared, Michael drew celebrities in droves: Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Ava Gardner, Joan Collins and Harrison Ford in London; Sophia Loren and Gina Lollobrigida [who had not spoken to each other in years until Michael brought them together for a photo] in Rome; Elizabeth Taylor and Bob Dylan in Geneva; Grace Jones and designer Patrick Kelly in Paris; opera star Placido Domingo in Hamburg; Altovise Davis and Roger Moore in Nice, and Gregory Peck, Barbara Streisand, Sylvester Stallone and Sidney Poitier in Los Angeles. At most stops, Michael showed his concern for underprivileged children by inviting them to concerts as his personal guests and contributing to hospitals, orphanages, and other charities. In New York, he donated $600,000 to the United Negro College Fund, boosting the UNCF/Michael Jackson Scholars program that now funds the education of 78 students at Black colleges. It is no exaggeration to say that much of the entire world waits to see if, at age 30, after 25 years in the spotlight, Michael will indeed “retire.” Or, as with Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Frank Sinatra, and others, the familiar roar of the crowd brings him back on stage for at least one more encore“.

Leave Me Alone was released in February 1989, as the eighth single from the album, though only outside of the United States and Canada. The song was recorded during the original album sessions but only appeared on the CD editions of Bad as a bonus track and the 2001 cassette edition. Internationally, the song peaked at No. 1 and two in Ireland and the United Kingdom, respectively, and reaching the top 10 in Belgium, New Zealand, and Spain.

The short film – which is a masterpiece – was the recipient of a Grammy Award in 1990 for Best Music Video.  Despite the success of the single, the song never appeared on Jackson’s world concert tours.

That’s how this so much-awaited, mocked, celebrated, and feared album came to life. The album BAD was released on August 31, 1987.

 Sources:

  • “Michael Jackson”  Biographie  – P. Manoeuvre (1988)
  • “MICHAEL JACKSON” de Tom Lamotta (1988)
  • “Sequins & Shades “The Michael Jackson reference Guide” De Carol D. Terry  (1987)
  • Les Enfants du rock (1986)
  • https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Captain_EO

CHILDREN SPEAK OF MEMORIES AND LOVE FOR MICHAEL JACKSON

Many people still think that Michael wrote only “Moonwalker” and “Dancing The Dream.” He indeed has been involved in the prefaces of books of various gender. In 1993, Michael wrote the introduction of Pigtails and Frog Legs, a cookbook for families published by Neiman Marcus and illustrated by Warner Bros. Cartoon artist Chuck Jones.

 

“To a child, food is something special. It isn’t just a delicious taste or the vitamins that build a healthy body. Food is love and caring, security, and hope — all the things that a food family can provide. Remember when you were little, and your mother made a pie for you? When she cut a slice and put it on your plate, she gave you a bit of herself in the form of her love. She made your hunger go away, and when you were full and satisfied, everything seemed all right. Because that satisfied feeling was in the pie, you were nourished from a deep level. Food is something we all need physically, but so is love, the deeper nourishment, that turns into who we are.
Think about how necessary it is to nourish a child with a bit of yourself when you use this book. It is full of delicious things. Every recipe has an extra ingredient of caring because the people who wrote them were thinking of the children. They were especially thinking of those who aren’t able to take nourishment for granted because they are poor, sick, or disabled. These are the children who need food to heal. The theme of ‘Heal the World’, which has been close to my heart, is also the central theme of this book. Here are recipes for the spirit. Please make them with that in mind. Your child is a growing spirit that can be knit strong with love. When you break an egg and measure a cup of flour, you are magically mixing the gift of life. The food’s proteins and minerals will turn into bones and muscles, but your feeling as you cook will turn directly into a soul.

It makes me happy to think that the needs of children’s spirits are at last becoming important in this world. Children have no power to end wars directly or to mend age-old differences.
All they can do is be themselves and shine with gratitude and joy when love is turned their way. Yet isn’t that ultimately the greatest power? In the eyes of a child, you become the source of joy, which lifts you into the special category of caregiver and life-provider. You may think that your apple pie has only sugar and spice in it. A child is wiser — with the first bite, he knows that this special dish is the essence of your love.
Enjoy!
Michael Jackson, 1993 

Michael was able to capture the beauty and magic of anything, even in a recipe book. Just a few words that catch your soul from the first to the last syllable. Michael was indeed a mix of magic, sensitivity, and infinite depth. He was able to convey an important message through straightforward concepts and could see beyond, giving importance and value to small things, crucial, and often forgotten. His words are so full of meaning, elevating a simple recipe book into a universal message of love.

When MJ writes, “Food is something we all need physically, but so is love, the deeper nourishment, that turns into who we are,” goes further, explaining the difference between unprocessed industrial food and meals made out with love and healthy products. I find it totally ahead of his time and very aware of the harmful effects of fast foods and other very poor industrial groceries awful for health too. Today the market is filled with organic products and detailed information, but in 1993 it was very far from being the case.

The ability to express great concepts with simple words and images is the main reason MJ’s art is popular within children. For a clear understanding, there’s nothing better than reading what children said about him through the years.

  • Ngoc Linh, won a Pepsi-sponsored singing contest to become one of five Vietnamese teens sent to Thailand for a chance to perform with Michael Jackson on his 1993 Dangerous World Tour in Bangkok.

The first time she saw Jackson, he drove by and waved to the kids from a Tuk -Tuk (motorized rickshaw).
“It was just a few seconds, but that made us very happy,” said Linh.
Linh was chosen that day as one of only four kids who would perform alongside Jackson on stage. She and a Thai child were scheduled to perform the first night.
In the evening, Linh and the other kids introduced themselves at a press conference.
“I was extremely nervous… I felt happy and proud when they asked me many interesting questions and showed me affection.”
Jackson then asked to meet Linh. They shook hands, and he asked her about Vietnam and her feelings about the upcoming show. “It was awesome!” said Linh.

But she also said she regrets not keeping a photo of the meeting, though she stayed up all that night thinking about her encounter with the King. The big night. On the night of the show, Linh was incredibly anxious as she watched Jackson’s performance. He opened the show by flying out on stage from the basement. “It was amazing,” said Linh.
Jackson then sang 20 songs without a break before announcing the last number, “Heal the World.” Jackson came backstage and held Linh and the Thai singer’s hands. “Let’s start to sing, ok?” he said.
And with that, the three of them closed the show with one of Michael Jackson’s most famous songs.‘ magic day out.’
(Original Source: Thanh Nien News)

  • Thanks to a Michael Jackson project, this girl found the strength to realize her dreams of overcome poverty. In Lidia Kight’s childhood, there were no vacations to Disney World, no piles of Christmas presents, no closets stuffed with shoes and clothing. She was born in a one-room shack with dirt floors, and she was lucky to have food in her belly or a pencil to take to school.

Lidia grew up in the Dominican Republic, barely a two-hour flight from Miami, but it might as well have been another planet. Now 41 and living in Jackson, Lidia has a driver’s license, a high school diploma, a job and a college degree in the works. She has carpeting on the floor, a refrigerator full of food, a hot shower every morning — and a big story to tell about how she got to this point in her life.

It started with a new pair of shoes and a dream. The shoes came from a project sponsored by Michael Jackson. Lidia and the other children also received a pair of socks, a backpack full of school supplies, and a small boombox that played Jackson’s music.

“A seed was planted in my heart. I knew I needed to get out of there,” she says. “I was determined to change something, and it was not going to happen if I stayed in the Dominican Republic. I came to believe I could do it.” http://www.semissourian.com/story/1748399.html

The warmhearted story of Daniele Parisi, a boy from  Italy diagnosed with AIDS at aged 8. The virus was transmitted from his biological mother, HIV-positive. Daniele was a big fan of Michael Jackson, and in 1997, when he was 14, he had the opportunity to attend a concert of the HIStory World Tour in Milan on June 18. On the same day, he and his mother entered Michael’s dressing room, where the star gave him kisses and hugs and thanked for the gifts they brought. Daniele and his adoptive mother attended the concert from one side of the stage, along with Debbie Rowe and Luciano Pavarotti. During the concert, an MJ team member gave Daniele a gift bag, including the tour program. Towards the end of the concert, during the song “Heal the World,” Michael went to Daniele, sitting in a chair unable to walk due to his illness’s weakness, knelt before him, and filled his hands with kisses. Then he picked him up and walked to the center stage, posing for several photos.

After this experience, Daniele’s health has noticeably improved so fast that the doctors called it a miracle. It was as if Michael had given him a few years of life. Daniele started to walk again — sometimes even running — eating better (gaining weight), but most importantly, he gained the self-confidence to keep fighting and keep going. Unfortunately, Daniele died two years later from a brain infection due to the flu. The beautiful memories of Michael and his mother’s loving care gave him the strength to keep fighting until the end.

Here is what Antonietta Parisi, the adoptive mother of Daniele, wrote after the 2005 trial ruling:

Dearest Michael,
I’ll never forget what you did for my son, Daniele. After meeting you, the doctors called it a miracle, because, for some months, it was like he never had AIDS. Now that justice has been served, I just wanted to express my gratitude and my happiness. Please, don’t ever let people get at you like that again. I know you are kindhearted and want to help everyone, but not all people deserve so much attention. My child is not no more with us, but I know that he’s always looking over you from up there. He’s never forgotten what you did for him.
God bless you,
Antonietta (Italy)

Michael’s response to Antonietta:
Thank you for your testimony. May God always bless you and Daniele.
Michael Jackson

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Hailey and Ashley joined the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait in 2010. They both took part in the Michael’s Angels + New Generation of MJ Fans = L.O.V.E. incentive, collecting school supplies for the Children’s First Academy of Phoenix, Arizona. Both young ladies are Michael Jackson fans, advocates for animals, the environment, and proud members of the MJ community.

Heather: What is your favorite Michael Jackson song or songs?
Hailey: My favorite songs are, “They Don’t Care About Us,” “Dirty Diana,” “Ghosts, Thriller,” “Earth Song” and “Scream.”
Heather: Why are these songs your favorites?
Hailey: The first time I heard the “Earth Song,” I felt like it was a slap in the face. Very powerful song talking about the environment.
Heather: Why do you say, “It was like a slap in the face”?
Hailey: It was like a wake-up call, letting us know we must do more for the environment before it’s too late. I realized that I must do my part to make this world a better place, not only for people, but for animals too.
Heather: If you could pick any song out of those you listed, what song would you pick and why?
Hailey: “Scream” and “Ghosts.” I think Michael was singing about injustice. People judge too quickly without getting their facts straight. When you have one person that spreads gossip about another, the next person tells the story and it can become twisted. When you get to know Michael, you come to an understanding of what he really stood for; everything good. In his songs you will find he only wanted to help the planet and to help people. He had to deal with rumors on so many different levels, but yet, he still was nice to everyone and wished them well. I admire Michael for that.

Heather: Do you have any other thoughts about Michael or his music?
Hailey: Michael understood many things that even grownups don’t understand. He didn’t judge you by the color of your skin or the way you looked. I think he stood up for those who were scared to speak for themselves, saying that it is okay to be the person you are, and not to change ‘You’ for anyone.  thejamcafe-mjtpmagazine

LETTERS FROM THE HEART by Howard McCrary

Dear Michael,

My Daughter Sarah woke me up this morning at 7 am to tell me of your passing. I was hoping this was some type of publicity stunt that only you or Houdini could pull off.
I remember the first day we met in the summer of 1979 when my family as on tour with your family. The Jacksons and The McCrary’s. Did you know we used to be called The McCrary 5? Oh never mind, long story.
When my sister Charity introduced me to you with my brothers Alfred and Sam at that swanky Texas house party you asked me if I was married and I told you I was separated from my wife and we were going through a divorce. That’s when you folded your hands and said, “I will be praying for you.” Then you introduced me to your beautiful cousin Jackie and folded your hands again and said, “I’ll be praying for you.”
10 minutes later you went to the other side of the room and made the praying gesture and smiled as you pointed at your cousin. I remember you doing this two more times before finally saying good night again saying I will be praying for you.
Michael right now I am praying for you. I am praying for you beautiful parents you introduced me to at The Omni Hotel in Los Angeles on your 45th private birthday party the evening your sister Janet asked me to play ‘Triste’ and her fiancée Mr. Dupree seemed a little upset as she held both my hands to thank me from her heart for 2 or three full minutes for playing one of her favorite songs. It was so good to see Jackie that night and Tito and Randy too. Latoya was looking so beautiful as well. Every member of your family are so beautiful and gifted. I remember meeting up with Jermaine at Cocscos and as we shopped together we would talk all about you.
Do you remember that Christmas morning at your home in Beverley Hills when you and your children wanted to hear the children sing?
Seth Riggs called me and at your request asked me to arrange a choir of 12 children to sing at your home on Christmas morning.
I called my sister Charity and we contacted 12 of the best singing kids we knew, of course, some of them being our own family members.
We had less than 48 hours to rehearse a coordinate this private production before the children got into the limousines from me and Tammy’s home from Sherman Oaks to be convoyed to your Beverly Hills Estate.
Seth proudly was there that morning to vocalize all the young ones as I conducted as the children sang with charity accapella, ‘Heal The World, Silent Night, Santa Clause Is Coming to Town ( Jackson style)’ amongst other songs as they sang on you staircase and you and your children and family sat in that grand foyer combined with the Cathedral like acoustics I could hear additional voices of angels that morning. It was a sacred moment for us all.
As you hugged Charity and I to thank us we did a group hug with Seth and sumptuously enjoyed The Christmas Buffet you prepared for all of us. For these children it was a Christmas dream come true. If any of you children are reading this letter please share what that morning meant to you.
Your children Michael looked like cherubs.You were such a loving father.
Michael I could never understand how could the press could be so ruthless towards you. You are Michael The Angel.
I will never forget when I had the joy to work with Andre and Sandra Crouch on your Dangerous CD at Westlake Studio and we were recording the background vocals on ‘Keep The Faith’ and as Andre was conducting we came to an impasse for over 20 minutes until Andre turned to me and said, “Howard fix it!”
So I gave out the parts to the ascending figure of the word ‘FAITH’ leading to the release and you jumped up and down in the control room saying, “I Love It!”
It was that day you invited me up to the green room with my son Darius who was 12 years old at that time .He was part of a new TV sitcom called Family Matters and you told him, “I hear you have been hanging out with Bobby Brown, he is not a good influence. Here take my number and call me anytime. If you need someone to talk to or spend time with, I’ll be there. The only thing is when you call don’t ask for me or they won’t put you through, ask for Norma Jean, it’s the code name.”
For the rest of that day at West Lake Studios he spent with you and was in heaven.
All the way home he held your private phone number in his hands aglow and raving about his new awesome friend.
As soon as we got home he asked if he could call you and I said yes of course.
So very excitedly Darius dialed the number and ask for Michael…click! Then he remembered the code name, called back and asked for Norma Jean…click!
Even still to this day he talks about that wonderful day he spent with you at the studio and learned the lesson of how important it is to follow instructions.


Once again and lastly when you went to trial in Santa Barbara and it seemed like the whole world turned their backs on you at another session producer Bruce Swedien pulled my sister Linda and I to the side and said,
“Howard and Linda , don’t believe The Press. Michael is an angel… he would never hurt the children.”
I never stopped believing in you or the pure soul that you are. I remember when you thanked my sister Charity and I for bringing 10 busloads of ministers and some of their members to support you during your trial at The Santa Barbara Courthouse. We had singers singing on behalf of you innocence and ministers interceding on your behalf for justice.
Thank you for graciously hosting all of us at Neverland not once but twice as we came to show you how much we loved you and believed in your innocence.
It is an outrage what some people will do for money. Greed, Delusion, and Anger is something you wanted to see our world healed of. Michael it’s not too late. I know there are others like myself who believe in your dream that we can have a better world if we only Keep The Faith.
As I began writing this letter the sun was shining in Hong Kong and now as I close we are in a Typhoon…strange but Michael…I am not surprised you were always bigger than life and now we know that you are.
You and your music, your smile, your dance, but most of all your message will live in our hearts forever.
You not only are ‘The King of Pop’, you are also…’The King of Hearts’

https://www.howardmccrary.com

Above are just a few of the many children and people touched by the loving soul of Michael Jackson.

Michael was known for his divine way of dancing and singing,  providing indescribable emotions during his concerts. A great artist, but also a great man. Sensitive to our planet problematics with great anticipation about environmental degradation. A man that distributed huge benefits to charity organizations, helped children, and many people who were in need. That’s the way he deserves to be celebrated.