Michael Jackson, Wade Robson And James Safe discussed on Still Processing

Still Processing


New HBO documentary called leaving Neverland leaving Neverland is a documentary. Not about Jackson says the filmmaker, but the stories of two men who say the pop star sexually abused them as young children that details the stories of two people James save, Chuck and Wade Robson. So now, I'm in this moment of experiencing another kind of death in light of what these men say that Michael did them as children. There's something about sitting there. With this movie, which is four hours long, and you are bearing witness basically to these two men tell the story of their years. Of having Michael Jackson be in their lives and not just their lives, but the lives of their families. And so you hear from Wade Robson and James safe, Chuck, but you also hear from both men's mothers, and Wade Robson's brother and sister in weight, Robson's grandmother, and you have these people talking about what Michael Jackson meant to them all in how in the cases of James weighed what Michael Jackson did to them. He was one of the kindness. Most gentle loving, caring people. I knew. He helped me tremendously helped me with my career helped me with my creativity with all sorts of things. And the also sexually abused me. For seven years. And what these boys remember is related to us and the filmmakers in what I would describe as unsparing detail. Yes, how Michael Jackson taught than the masturbate Howie introduced them to oral sex, and they were children. He was using his authority both as an adult and as Michael Jackson to convince him at this was okay. And it's very difficult to hear that and not feel a great sadness. Because what you're watching is. Like, a missing puzzle piece. It is not a sort of cultural contextual is Asian for Michael Jackson's alleged pedophilia because you're hearing from these two people it's completely removed from all of that stuff. This is not like view from outer space. It is you listening to these two men and their families talk about their life with Michael Jackson. So it exists in this separate space and that gives it a real power. Or in a real weight, and it implicates the viewer in a way that is much different from a sort of grand sweeping OJ made in America style cultural analysis, which in some ways is a completely valid way of thinking about Michael Jackson's behavior, especially toward children. But this is the first time we've had two people come forward and talk to a filmmaker at least in this case about the sex the sort of social relationship, and we have to hear that. I I think. Yeah. In order to figure out what to do with this information. There's no attempt to exonerate or extenua- the circumstances involving these two men and their families. And I think that's a really powerful strategy because it's very convincing. It's just a very slow and thorough look at how abuse works and how everyone ignores it until it's. Too late. It's also important to know that there's lots of corroborating evidence there are answering machine. Messages is a really affecting montage of faxes. The Michael Jackson used to send to one of the kids. And then you have all these pictures, so many, pictures and recordings of Michael Jackson. I remember the plane being quite empty, and I did this mock interview with him he said, I could ask them anything. I wanted.

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