In the wake of controversial Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, Jackson’s defenders and die-hard fans are being extremely vocal in their support for the late singer.
In the four-hour, two-part film choreographer Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 42, explicitly detail claims about the horrors Michael Jackson allegedly inflicted on them in mid-to-late 1980s. From allegations of psychological grooming, to sleepovers at the singer’s famous Neverland ranch and years of sexual attacks.
While Jackson’s youngest child Blanket, who prefers to be called Biji, has stopped talking following the documentary’s release, his sister Paris has defended their father on Twitter.
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“I know injustices are frustrating and it’s easy to get worked up,” she wrote. “But reacting with a calm mind usually is more logical than acting out of rage and also… It feels better to mellow out.”
She followed up with: “Smoke some weed n think about the bigger picture. Chillax my dudes.”
In response to a fan who said the documentary wanted to tear Jackson’s name down, Paris referred to her father’s “good heart”.
“Do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down? Like do you truly believe they stand a chance? Relax and have peace.”
Jackson's nephew Taj Jackson, the son of Tito Jackson, has been doing the media rounds on behalf of the Jackson family in the last week.
He's slammed the documentary as one-sided and full of lies and said it had taken its toll on his entire family.
He has consistently defended Jackson, calling his uncle "too good for the world" in an interview with NME.
Jackson's sisters Latoya and Janet have yet to speak about the documentary, which Taj, in an interview with CBS alongside his father and uncles Jackie and Marlon, said was because they were fearful of putting "more energy to it and more eyeballs to it".
"[Janet] doesn't want to make it any bigger."
He insisted that the entire Jackson family are on the same page.
Other big names who have supported Jackson this week include actress Mo'Nique, who on her podcast Open Relationship blasted Oprah for her choice to interview Robson and Safechuck.
Rapper T.I took to Instagram to criticise those who believed the documentary, claiming it was an attack on black culture.
"Don't just listen to one side and expect to find out the truth. Oh that's right... Dead men can't speak. So what was the point again? Destroy another strong black historical LEGEND?" he wrote.
Former child star Corey Feldman faced backlash for defending Jackson on Twitter. Feldman criticised the film for being one-sided and said he and Jackson had been friends for years and Jackson had never acted inappropriately.
As many took his tweets to mean he didn't believe the victims, Feldman clarified his thoughts on CNN and said he could no longer defend Jackson.
"I don’t want to be perceived as I’m here to defend Michael Jackson, because I can no longer do that. I can not in good consciousness defend anyone who’s being accused of such horrendous things,” he said. “But at the same time, I’m also not here to judge him, because again, he did not do those things to me and that was not my experience.”
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