“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.”
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.
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In her newspaper interview, Streisand said she definitely believes the two men, saying that their abuse “was too painful.”
She added a note of implicit criticism of the boys parents: "The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children. Its clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy."
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 said.
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!!!
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.
You can't simultaneously say you believe accusers *and* say it wasn't the accused's fault.
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.
“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?”
But on Saturday, Streisand followed up on her comments, seemingly backtracking on her criticism of Robson and Safechucks parents, saying they, too, were victims of Jacksons actions.
“The most important role of being a parent is to protect their children,” Streisand said in the statement to BuzzFeed News. “Its clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”
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In her new statement, Streisand stressed that she had “nothing but sympathy” for the two victims in the film.
“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,” she said. “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them.”
In comments made to the Times UK that were immediately met with condemnation on social media, Streisand seemed to downplay the molestation accusations and their impact on Wade Robson and James Safechuck – “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” – and excused Jackson’s alleged abuse as “his sexual needs were his sexual needs.”
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In a further statement released on Saturday afternoon, Streisand said she was “profoundly sorry” for her words:
This is whats on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE
Diana Ross, the Motown singing icon, tweeted her support for the late singer, drawing both criticism and support.
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The backlash against singer and songwriter Barbra Streisand has deepened after she shared her thoughts on HBO’s recent documentary, “Leaving Neverland,” which follows the story of two men who allege Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children.
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.
Ohashi, 21, received her first 10.0 of the year at just the second meet of the season, and her routine — a mash-up of music from Jackson and other artists, complete with incredible tumbling and infectious choreography — went instantly viral. UCLAs original video of it has been viewed over 35 million times on YouTube, and when you factor in videos on Twitter, Facebook and from other meets of the year, its safe to say almost everyone has seen the routine by now.
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"His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has," she said of Jackson.
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Oh god no. This is horrible. I feel sick. @BarbraStreisand is my idol and I look up to her so much. This breaks my heart that she would say this. Because this is such a wrong and hurtful thing to say. Ugh.
"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 didn’t kill them," Streisand continued.
Streisand, 76, then said she feels “bad” for both the children Jackson allegedly abused and the late singer himself.
“It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him,” she said, also noting she blames the children's parents because “who would allow their children to sleep with him?”
Streisand’s comments immediately drew criticism from the documentary’s director, Dan Reed.
“'It didn’t kill them' @BarbraStreisand did you really say that?!” he wrote on Twitter.
Many other users quickly followed suit, one person even writing that Streisand’s comments made her feel ill.
“Oh god no. This is horrible. I feel sick. @BarbraStreisand is my idol and I look up to her so much. This breaks my heart that she would say this. Because this is such a wrong and hurtful thing to say. Ugh.”
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“These comments by Barbara [sic] Streisand on Michael Jackson’s sexual abuse accusers are sick and says volumes about Hollywood’s demented and perverted thinking,” a second commented.
In a wide-ranging interview with the Times of London, Streisand said she “absolutely” believes the accusers. Wade Robson and James Safechuck make their allegations in the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.”
“Who knew in 2019 I would throw my love for Barbara [sic] Streisand into a dumpster but here I am,” another wrote.
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“It’s with great honor that I can happily report that Barbara [sic] Streisand is officially canceled,” one man wrote.
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"Barbara [sic] Streisand's take on survivors of child sexual abuse: ‘It didn't kill them.’ Survivors of sexual abuse have higher rates of suicide, eating disorders, drug addiction, repeat victimization later in life, etc. Child sexual abuse literally does kill people,” one person argued.
The film was also met with intense criticism from the Jackson family estate, which denied any and all wrongdoings. They called the documentary "an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in” on the music legend.
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“HBO and the director were well aware of their financial motives and that ample opposing facts are available from numerous sources, but made the unconscionable decision to bury any evidence casting doubt on their chosen narrative. Had they made an objective film it would have allowed viewers to make up their own minds about these allegations, instead of having a television network dictate to them that they must accept these false claims about Michael Jackson,” said Howard Weitzman, the estate's attorney.