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I watched Leaving Neverland yesterday (I know I’m late to the party by a few years) and was wondering what everyone’s opinions are?

What do you think of the documentary itself?

Do you believe Michael Jackson to be innocent or guilty?

I have never known a celebrity to have more erm...passionate (or rabid) fans than MJ and so I recognise this may be controversial discussion.

I thought the documentary handled the distressing subject matter well. It was well put together and obviously hard to watch at times.

Personally I lean strongly towards believing the victims. I can’t believe any parent could allow their child to sleep alone in the same room (let alone bed) as a grown man who isn’t their father. Those parents were wilfully neglectful and stupid and were essentially pimping their sons out IMO.

I don’t buy the arguments that he was “like a child” or that his actions were not nefarious. He displayed recognisable patterns of grooming and pedophilia. Due to fame, blind adoration of the masses, and talent, he got away with it.

Saying all that, the documentary is one sided (nothing wrong with that) so I’m unaware of MJ’s defence or any surrounding context.

Ultimately we’ll never know for certain. To me it’s just another case of famous men getting away with depraved and disgusting crimes. Being elevated to godlike status because they have talent or charm (usually overhyped talent and charm at that)

Please share your thoughts, I’d love to hear them :)

I watched Leaving Neverland yesterday (I know I’m late to the party by a few years) and was wondering what everyone’s opinions are? What do you think of the documentary itself? Do you believe Michael Jackson to be innocent or guilty? I have never known a celebrity to have more erm...passionate (or rabid) fans than MJ and so I recognise this may be controversial discussion. I thought the documentary handled the distressing subject matter well. It was well put together and obviously hard to watch at times. Personally I lean strongly towards believing the victims. I can’t believe any parent could allow their child to sleep alone in the same room (let alone bed) as a grown man who isn’t their father. Those parents were wilfully neglectful and stupid and were essentially pimping their sons out IMO. I don’t buy the arguments that he was “like a child” or that his actions were not nefarious. He displayed recognisable patterns of grooming and pedophilia. Due to fame, blind adoration of the masses, and talent, he got away with it. Saying all that, the documentary is one sided (nothing wrong with that) so I’m unaware of MJ’s defence or any surrounding context. Ultimately we’ll never know for certain. To me it’s just another case of famous men getting away with depraved and disgusting crimes. Being elevated to godlike status because they have talent or charm (usually overhyped talent and charm at that) Please share your thoughts, I’d love to hear them :)

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Yes, he was a deeply disturbed man with a harrowing backstory and a clear disregard for boundaries and societal norms. We all know what deeply disturbed men are capable of and because of that I cannot comprehend how parents could leave their children alone with him.

I have so much pity for the Jackson kids and what they endured. Young Michael suffered immensely and obviously had a lot of problems (he clearly had issues with his blackness and his body) but my sympathy ends where his behaviour towards boys begins.

I also believe his interest in children was sexual because he showed clear interest in little boys but not girls. If he was just an eccentric who enjoyed the platonic company of children then why not both? Why the clear fixation on boys? Why did they need to sleep in his room and be away from their parents? It doesn’t add up.

We can’t say for definite either way (and that must be one of the worst things for victims of SA) but I don’t know how people can outright dismiss these men as liars.

I have so much pity for the Jackson kids and what they endured. Young Michael suffered immensely and obviously had a lot of problems (he clearly had issues with his blackness and his body) but my sympathy ends where his behaviour towards boys begins.

Exactly this!! Yes

I also believe his interest in children was sexual because he showed clear interest in little boys but not girls. If he was just an eccentric who enjoyed the platonic company of children then why not both? Why the clear fixation on boys? Why did they need to sleep in his room and be away from their parents? It doesn’t add up.

And only a certain race and age group. Definitely a menu choice

We can’t say for definite either way (and that must be one of the worst things for victims of SA) but I don’t know how people can outright dismiss these men as liars.

I admire them for being able to speak out about male victims of sexual abuse. The MRAs need to support this and do their own activism, instead of bothering women who center female rape victims

Yes! The boys looked eerily similar IMO - he had a type 🤮

Yeah. My friends don’t all look alike but there are definitely things by partners had in common

Ok, I just disgusted myself with that comparison