Michael Jackson: Barbra Streisand criticised for abuse comments – BBC News

Michael Jackson: Barbra Streisand criticised for abuse comments - BBC News

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

“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.

The superstar of music, stage and screen made her statement after coming under withering criticism on social media for telling a British newspaper that two men who say they were abused as children by Jackson were "thrilled to be there" and that the alleged abuse "didnt kill them."

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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.”

Asked by the Times whether she was angry at Jackson, Streisand said: "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."

“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.

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.

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.

Funnily enough, every song in the new routine apparently features only female artists, with Beyonce, Tina Turner and Janet Jackson among them. Ohashi told espnW that was a deliberate decision, and also explained what pushed her to remove Jackson:

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.

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.

“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?”

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.

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:

Streisand’s remarks were swiftly met with criticism on social media, with even Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed perplexed by the singer’s comments. “‘It didn’t kill them’ @barbrastreisand did you really say that?!,” Reed tweeted. “‘His sexual needs were his sexual needs’ – is pedophilia tolerated in parts of the entertainment industry?”

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

“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,” Streisand said Saturday in a statement (via Variety). “The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them.”

Diana Ross, the Motown singing icon, tweeted her support for the late singer, drawing both criticism and support.

“The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children,” Streisand added Saturday. “It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”

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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.

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.

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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However, as proud as she is of the routine, she felt conflicted following the release of \”Leaving Neverland,\” the two-part HBO documentary about Michael Jackson and his alleged sexual abuse of children. She no longer felt comfortable using his music, or his moves, and made the deliberate decision to remove his influence entirely. She now boasts a routine set to artists that include Tina Turner, Beyonce and Janet Jackson.

"His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has," she said of Jackson.

However, as proud as she is of the routine, she felt conflicted following the release of “Leaving Neverland,” the two-part HBO documentary about Michael Jackson and his alleged sexual abuse of children. She no longer felt comfortable using his music, or his moves, and made the deliberate decision to remove his influence entirely. She now boasts a routine set to artists that include Tina Turner, Beyonce and Janet 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.

For Ohashi, who had spent months painstakingly choreographing and putting the music mix together, it was a validation of all of her hard work and attention to detail. She has since received four more perfect scores for her routine, and has been named the Pac-12s Specialist of the Week a record six times. The reigning national champion on the event, shes ranked No. 1 in the country entering the postseason.

"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.

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.

Streisand, 76, then said she feels “bad” for both the children Jackson allegedly abused and the late singer himself.

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.

“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.

Streisand said through her representative Saturday its never OK “for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of.”

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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.


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