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Wheeldon to Direct and Choreograph Broadway Musical About Michael Jackson


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11 hours ago, Mashinka said:

Extraordinary that with so much evidence from testimonies and actual film footage anyone would ever seek to defend him.

There is no  footage of Michael Jackson assaulting a child.  There is no testimony from Robson and Safechuck,  just unsubstantiated allegations designed to be revolting,  shot with melodramatic camera angles,  editing and background music.  When these two gave actual testimony,  in court,  under oath and under penalty of perjury,  they swore adamantly that Michael Jackson had never behaved inappropriately toward them.  Robson was Jackson's first defense witness and withstood hours of probing questioning from a tough examiner.  The court transcripts are readily available.  What's extraordinary to me is how so many sophisticated,  intelligent people are so totally invested in a false narrative.  There seems to be an existential need to believe that a man,  known for his kindness and generosity as much as for his artistic genius, was a monster so heinous he deserves to be pilloried  even ten years after his death.

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There is however a great deal of footage of Jackson with the children involved,  adult males do not hang out with other peoples children.  How no one ever drew attention to his perverse behaviour is quite shocking.  From the testimony of the parents his enablers, entourage, call them what you will, actually colluded with his assaults on these kids.  The whole thing stinks.

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3 hours ago, dirac said:

In France Robson and Safechuck are getting sued by fans under France's defamation of the dead legislation.  The spokesman for the Jackson estate speaks wistfully of how nice it would be if we had such laws in the States - imagine, yet another avenue for intimidating accusers!

 

The dead can't intimidate anyone.  Debunking a liar is not intimidation.  If you have any knowledge of Safechuck and Robson being intimidated or threatened by the Jackson estate or anyone else please share it.  

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I'm just catching up on this, too. Wheeldon uses the dubious term "balance" several times in the interview. Balancing dark forces against rational and light ones doesn't really seem to work – and we can see the results of twenty years of such attempts in the political arena. Wheeldon:

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The recent documentary is very believable, but our position in making this show is that we’re trying to make a show that’s balanced... / we’re not judge and jury. In our process, we’re facing it pretty much head on, but we’re also studying the many facets of Michael Jackson.... / And paint a balanced picture. Yes, lean into the complexities, lean into the darkness but ...

Another biography problem: While I've never followed Jackson's music and career that much, only the effect on its fans, I did find his surgeries and skin whitening treatments very disturbing. Who did he want to be, to represent? What was his attitude towards his black heritage? Who did he become?

From a 2009 Rolling Stone article on Jackson's legacy:

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“The reason black folk never turned their backs on him,” says Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson, “is because we realized he was merely acting out on his face what we collectively have been tempted to do in our souls: whitewash the memory and trace of our offending blackness.” Still, we struggled to understand why. Some have said he no longer wanted to see his father in the mirror, but there seem to be deeper forces at play.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/michael-jackson-black-superhero-71199/

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2 hours ago, Mashinka said:

There is however a great deal of footage of Jackson with the children involved,  adult males do not hang out with other peoples children.  How no one ever drew attention to his perverse behaviour is quite shocking.  From the testimony of the parents his enablers, entourage, call them what you will, actually colluded with his assaults on these kids.  The whole thing stinks.

Adult males play with and "hang out" with children all the time.  Especially when those children and their parents are guests in their homes.  You may find it perverse,  but it's not a crime.  There is still no evidence,  no proof,  no footage of Jackson assaulting children.

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10 minutes ago, Quiggin said:

I'm just catching up on this, too. Wheeldon uses the dubious term "balance" several times in the interview. Balancing dark forces against rational and light ones doesn't really seem to work – and we can see the results of twenty years of such attempts in the political arena. Wheeldon:

Another biography problem: While I've never followed Jackson's music and career that much, only the effect on its fans, I did find his surgeries and skin whitening treatments very disturbing. Who did he want to be, to represent? What was his attitude towards his black heritage? Who did he become?

From a 2009 Rolling Stone article on Jackson's legacy:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/michael-jackson-black-superhero-71199/

Michael Jackson suffered from vitiligo,  a skin disorder which causes the skin to lose pigmentation.  He did not "bleach" his skin.  In some people it is stable, like Michaela DePrince,  who has had the same lesions on her body since childhood.  (She felt that she could pursue her dream of becoming a ballerina when her mother told her that her spots weren't noticeable from the stage.)  In other people it is progressive until it affects the entire body.  Jackson started wearing his trademark sequin glove when the white spots on his hand began to spread.  He explained  his condition,  and it was confirmed by his autopsy,  but some people stubbornly refuse to believe it.  

Jackson always proclaimed pride in his black American heritage.  Actions speak louder than words - he funded college scholarships for black students and gave more than a million dollars to Fisk University.  He always uplifted black people in his videos,  especially black women.  He was respectful of black cultures in Africa and Brazil where he remains very popular.

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It could be that Wheeldon and Nottage believe that a mere jukebox musical is beneath their talents.  Based on that interview in the NY Times,  they want to produce something deep,  a meditation on the Michael Jackson created by the mainstream media.  But it is hardly their place to "balance" light and dark or serve as judge and jury.  Jackson faced a real judge and a jury that found him not guilty of any of the charges brought against him.  (Ultimately the stress of that ordeal killed him,  but that's not enough for some people.  They want to destroy his legacy too.)

The natural audience for this show will be made up of Jackson fans,  not New York social critics.  Wheeldon and Nottage are making a basic show biz mistake if they think the Jackson fan base wants to see a show that suggests that he sexually assaulted children.  But they might win an award for it.

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