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Much of the debate around Dan Reeds documentary has centered on whether viewers believed the emotional, clearly personally painful accusations levied by subjects Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom laid out, in explicit detail, how Jackson allegedly groomed and took advantage of them when they were children. Jacksons family denies them, certainly, and his most vociferous supporters refuse, as always, to be swayed. The effects on less partisan viewers were such, though, that a number of radio stations, and even TV shows, have moved to cut ties with the musician and his estate.
Oh absolutely, she tells U.K.s The Times in an interview published Friday. That was too painful.
In the two-part HBO documentary, Robson and Safechuck give disturbing accounts of years of sexual abuse they allegedly suffered at the hands of Jackson as children. However, Streisand is sympathetic towards the Thriller singer, as well — and some of her quotes arent sitting well with fans.
He was very sweet, very childlike, she remembers about the legend, whom she met a couple of times. (Jackson asked Streisand to duet with him on I Just Cant Stop Loving You, but she declined.) Streisand, 76, was asked how she reconciles the man she remembers with the man described in the controversial documentary.
His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has, she replies. You can say molested, but those children, as you heard [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck] say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didnt kill them.
When pressed if shes angry with Jackson for his alleged behavior, Streisand says she has a combination of feelings.
Which brings us, in roundabout fashion, to Jacksons fellow musical celebrity, Barbra Streisand, who absolutely believes Robson and Safechuck. But also, really: Was being sexually assaulted by a world-famous musician really so damaging to their lives?
I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him, she explains. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?
Some of Streisands comments quickly stirred backlash online, particularly this quote about Robson and Safechuck: They both married and they both have children, so it didnt kill them. Leaving Neverland director, Dan Reed, even weighed in.
Already found the qoute. No, it didnt kill them (it killed two of their fathers though) but it screwed up their lives forever. Streisand is a typical Hollywood leftist that is so openminded her brains fell out so there is room to be a sex abuse apologist.#LeavingNeverland pic.twitter.com/hAh5unbeEu
Barbra Streisands comments on Michael Jacksons accusers are … outrageous and perplexing to say the very least. pic.twitter.com/eFSTZUu4bz
Barbra Streisand is vile 🤢.. She believes MJ abused Wade and James, but basically says – it is no big deal because they were thrilled to be there and ended up getting married and having children, so it didnt kill them..
Leaving Neverland has divided fans nearly 10 years after Jacksons death. His three children — Prince, 22, Paris, 20, and Blanket, 17 — are said to be devastated over the resurfaced molestation claims. They have remained relatively silent, although Paris has chimed in occasionally on social media with a few tweets about injustices and focusing on the bigger picture. Most recently, the model co-signed a rant from Aaron Carter where he trashed Robson and Safechuck.