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Wade Robson, Michael Jackson, Jackson Estate discussed on What Next | Daily News and Analysis


And how we talk a lot about believing victims, and which we should we should believe victims. But then the question becomes when do we believe victims? And is that enough because Wade Robson seems to have been a victim. And you believed him the first time when he said Michael Jackson didn't molest him. And now you believe in the second time when he says he did. And it shows me how complicated that idea is. And how imperfect frankly yet in the first time he was under oath wrote in some ways that should be more believable. He was under penalty of perjury is an illegal setting when he lied that time. I think victimhood is is very complicated state to be in and causes you to do the haven all sorts of ways that might be unpredictable, and it is complicated. But it's it's one of these things where it's like. Who do we believe when do we believe them when is it enough? And when is it enough to clear out the smoke, you raise this really interesting point, which is true. Which is the Jackson estate is not part of this. This is really a four hour not monologue. But almost from the victims, and as a journalist, I've really complicated feelings about that. Because I do think it's unfair to not get response from the people you're accusing of something. But at the same time having watched the documentary, I can also see how it's the only way to elevate their voices as loud as Michael Jackson's voice. It's not journalistic. But at the same time, I wonder if people would see the victims if it weren't for something like this. I mean, the truth is Wade Robson came out years ago and said Michael Jackson molested me. No one really paid attention. He I mean, I remember seeing that at the time, and because I'd seen him testify the other way, I was like what is this about? I can't really tell what this is about. And it seems barely make a ripple. And and nobody changed really the way they thought about Michael Jackson. Michael Jackson didn't get stopped playing on the radio. People didn't stop playing them at their weddings. Nothing happened. I do think this documentary will have much more of an impact because you hear his story at length an isolated. I mean, the state says that Wade Robson is after money both of these men are well, and there's there's, you know, a plausible case to be made at there's there's there's enough evidence of people seeking money for Michael Jackson around these accusations. Right that it is possible to make that argument gets back to the idea of money, and how it just complicates the narrative. These folks maybe after money, but this may also be true. The Doug Marie leaves out a lot. It leaves out a lot. Of the things that happened at the trial. It's somewhat misleading at one point at six. It seems to imply the MacAulay Culkin testified before Wade Robson. And then Wade Robson came on the stand after MacAulay Culkin. But that's not what happened. I was there. The the prosecution rested the defense called it's first witness its first witness was Wade Robson to take the stand. He was the key witness. He was the all star witness for the defense. And I part of me wondered why did the documentary tied to imply that MacAulay Kokin and taking the stand. I and Wade Robson only came after was that to try to sort of soften what he'd done at the trial. He also in the in the documentary. They don't really have in grabble very much with his false testimony at that trial. There's a sentence where he says I wish I'd been in a place where I've been able to give Justice together in our visa the accuser. And all I thought was well, gosh, you know, governor visa might have deserved a little more than that. And I I'm not sure in the documentary for my taste. There was enough rap lane with that. Have you been able to listen to any Michael Jackson music since watching the documentary? I've heard it at grocery stores, and it makes me really uncomfortable..

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