GoFundMe has lost its last shred of moral standing by allowing Taj Jackson—nephew of Michael—to solicit money for a pathetic documentary series that will “defend Michael Jackson’s name and legacy from calculated lies.”
The pushback from the Jackson family was sparked by Leaving Neverland, HBO’s shockfest about Michael Jackson’s long history of child abuse and exploitation. (It doesn’t premiere until Sunday, but I’ve seen some clips and cast interviews that were absolutely heartbreaking.)
It’s hard to believe that anyone could deny mountains of overwhelming evidence, but the “super fans” refuse to see the truth. To date, over $65,000 has been raised by 1,781 people in less than a month.
I have no doubt that some of those suckers are also part of a Facebook group called “The Michael Jackson Innocence Project.” It’s only right to pity the 953 people who liked it because they are truly clueless, pretending that it’s normal behavior for a grown man to surround himself with an entourage of young boys who toured with him, lived in his home, showered with him, and slept in his bed.
These are the same trolls who are terrorizing Wade Robson—accuser in Leaving Neverland—for changing his story. (He once testified that Jackson had not abused him, but now admits that was a lie and the molestation began when he was only 7-years-old.)
I do not condone perjury; what Robson said under oath was a lie and that’s 100% wrong, but I can understand a victim being afraid of their abuser, even as an adult. Some victims need decades worth of therapy before they’re able to admit the truth. I admire him for coming forward now to set the record straight. If he had testified honestly, the first time around, Jackson probably would’ve been convicted.
Just because someone is talented in music doesn’t make them a saint. Jackson is no different than R. Kelly in this regard. Their fame and money allowed the abuse to spread like a cancer, hurting hundreds of innocent kids.
Regardless of what the lawyers say and what the family says, it’s not about money. It’s about justice. Victims deserve to tell their stories, how ever and when ever they are ready to do so—even if it takes them 50 years. More than anything else, they deserve an apology. Because Jackson is dead, they’ll never get one and that’s the saddest part of all.