“They both married and they both have children, so it didnt kill them,” the iconic performer said in a recent interview.
“You can say, molested, but those children, as you heard say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there,” Streisand said in an interview with British paper The Times. “They both married and they both have children, so it didnt kill them.”
Ohashi: Honestly, in the back of my mind it did, because of the platform that I have. The goal of my routine is pure joy, and after the documentary, not everyone was feeling that way, and you can never discredit someones feelings. So yes, it was in the back of my mind because my main goal is to find as much joy as possible in this routine.
The legendary singer and actor was referring to Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who alleged years of sexual abuse at the hands of Jackson in the documentary Leaving Neverland.
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In the film, the two men shared in excruciating detail how they and their families were groomed by the famous pop star, the years of alleged sexual abuse, and the emotional and psychological toil the abuse took on their lives even after they lost contact with Jackson.
However, that routine went sour for her upon the release of Leaving Neverland, the HBO documentary that has revived a backlash against Jackson over his sexual abuse allegations and triggered a reassessment of the deceased pop stars legacy.
In her newspaper interview, Streisand said she definitely believes the two men, saying that their abuse “was too painful.”
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.
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But Streisand then goes to describe Jackson as “childlike,” and refers to his alleged sexual abuse and targeting of children as “his sexual needs.”
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.
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” she said.
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.
Streisand was quickly criticized for her comments, and her depiction of alleged sexual abuse by Jackson.
Barbara Streisand believes that Michael Jackson was a pedophile & said his sexual needs were his sexual needs. Pedophelia a need? How disgusting. The Hollywood mentality on full display. A swamp that needs to be drained ASAP!!!
You can't simultaneously say you believe accusers *and* say it wasn't the accused's fault.
He would reward me with jewelry for doing sexual acts for him, Safechuck said. We had this mock wedding ceremony. We did this in his bedroom. We filled out some vows. Its like were bonded forever. It felt good.
barbra streisand has lost her entire goddamned mind. here she is talking about michael jackson and his victims
Streisand went on in the interview to say she felt bad not just for the children, but Jackson as well. Instead, she said, she laid blame on the childrens parents.
Speaking to the Times UK ahead of her London concerts this summer, Streisand said she “absolutely” believed the accounts of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, but added, “You can say ‘molested’, but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
“Its a combination of feelings,” she said. “I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. 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?”
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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.
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” Streisand claimed. “You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there,” she said in the interview, published Friday.
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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?
Thats the extremely rough takeaway from an interview Streisand gave to The Times this week, wherein she responded to questions about Neverland with a truly baffling mixture of sympathy and Bygones be bygones, huh? cheerfulness. Lets jump right to the worst bit, shall we?
You can say molested, Streisand started, ominously, but those children, as you heard them say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuk], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didnt kill them.
Indeed, it did not kill them, and, indeed, they did, as young children, derive some excitement and material benefits from the extremely rich, extremely famous person lavishing them with attention, praise, and gifts as part of a long-term process to (allegedly) sexually assault them. That, presumably is why Jackson lavished said gifts and attention, although on the subject of his motivations, Streisand also has some thoughts: His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.
Many Twitter users reacted with sheer bewilderment at her insensitivity to potential sexual abuse victims, and even her fans expressed disbelief that she would say such things. Others took a more light-hearted approach to the shocking statements.
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In the interview, Streisand—who only knew Jackson in passing—is fairly forgiving of his accused intention of using his status and power to take sexual advantage of Robson and Safechuck (who were children), stating, Its a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him.
Reactions to Streisands statements have been expected, which is to say, absolutely livid, given the degree of compassion Streisand is offering to the extremely powerful man that she also fully believes used said power to molest children. We can only imagine that shell soon try to somehow remove these comments from the internet, but that, of course, is a proven impossibility.