Ever since Leaving Neverland aired on television, fans and admirers of Michael Jackson have had choice to make about how to deal with the King of Pop’s legacy. Understandably, this has caused a lot of debate online, and now new comments by Diana Ross are reigniting the social media wars over this hot topic.
Ross took to Twitter this afternoon (March 23) and let everyone know what she really feels about MJ and his legacy.
“This is what’s on my heart this morning,” she tweeted. “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.”
This is what’s 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.— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) March 23, 2019
STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE
As you’d expect, this stance on Jackson angered many.
EXCEPT he was a pedophile and his so-called generosity was called, “grooming.”— Terri 🖖 #Eco #NoHate #Resist #AlwaysBeKind #Vegan (@EcoSystemGarden) March 23, 2019
Paris functions pretty well, but not his two boys. I could well be wrong, but I’m concerned they were victims as well. If not by Jackson, perhaps whomever molested Jackson when he was young.
I’ve always loved & respected you. You realize a person can simultaneously B 2 things at once? He can have been the person you knew&loved & a dangerous, abusing, pedophile too? They hide in plain sight. Fact:people of your generation protect abusers=why we are where we are😢— Emily Filmore (@EmilyFilmore) March 23, 2019
it can be true that he was a magnificent incredible force to you and many others, and also an abuser to some others. These things aren't mutually exclusive.— r (@telushk) March 23, 2019
Children>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>— Mark W. Wilson, MD (@markwwilsonmd) March 23, 2019
Oof, girl. Not a good look.— anthony (@anthonysthots) March 23, 2019
Leaving Neverland initially aired in late January and highlights the stories of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim Michael Jackson molested them when they were children. Jackson has been accused of having inappropriate relationships with young boys for decades, even before he passed away in 2009.
Additionally, Barbara Streisand also shared some controversial views on Jackson — appearing to blame his alleged victims:
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” she told the Times UK. “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.”
Ms. Ross and Streisand certainly have a right to their opinions, but clearly they are not sitting right with many online.
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