Barbra Streisand Clarifies Michael Jackson Remarks After Backlash: I Feel Nothing But Sympathy for Them – Variety

Barbra Streisand Clarifies Michael Jackson Remarks After Backlash: I Feel Nothing But Sympathy for Them - Variety

Barbra Streisand says Michael Jacksons accusers were thrilled to be there and his sexual needs were his se

Erin Nyren Staff Editor @ecnyren FOLLOW Erin's Most Recent Stories Barbra Streisand Clarifies Michael Jackson Remarks After Backlash: ‘I Feel Nothing But Sympathy for Them’ Box Office: ‘Us’ on Track for Second-Highest Debut of 2019 With $67 Million Aaron Paul Addresses ‘Breaking Bad’ Movie Reports: ‘It Has to Star Jesse’ View All Facebook Twitter Reddit Email Show more sharing options LinkedIn WhatsApp Print Pin It Tumblr CREDIT: Invision/AP/REX/Shutterstock Barbra Streisand has released a statement clarifying remarks she made about the recent allegations of underage sexual abuse against Michael Jackson.

“To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone,” the statement reads. “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children.  It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

Jesus, these Barbra Streisand quotes about Michael Jacksons Leaving Neverland accusers are rough

Streisand had made comments to the Times in the U.K. ahead of her July concert at London’s Hyde Park, saying that she believes Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” that they were abused by Jackson as children. “Oh absolutely,” she said in the interview. “That was too painful.”

Though Streisand said she “absolutely” believes Wade Robson and James Safechuck's molestation accusations against the King of Pop, which were detailed in the two-part documentary, the “It Had To Be You” singer also made controversial remarks regarding the allegations in an interview published by The Times of London on Friday.

Streisand said that on the occasions she met Jackson, he was “very sweet, very childlike.” But despite the material being painful to watch, she seemed to have some sympathy for the late pop star. “His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” she told the Times.

“You can say ‘molested,’ 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 didn’t kill them.”

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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.

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?

Ohashis floor routine went viral in January when it earned her a perfect 10.0 through a mixture of expert tumbling and joyful choreography set to several hit songs, including a few from Michael Jackson.

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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?

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.

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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.

Even without the context behind her new routine, Ohashi is the gymnast to keep an eye on at the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships. Shes the defending national champion in the floor exercise, and ranked No. 1 in the country again heading into the postseason.

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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.

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.

Ohashi has long been an advocate for survivors of sexual assault. Last year, she wrote and performed a poem both to raise awareness about sexual assault and to show solidarity with the hundreds of victims of former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

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.


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