OPINION: It's remarkable what happens when you take the late US superstar Michael Jackson from the latest Michael Jackson scandals. Remove the usual "King of Pop" soundtrack and everything that flashes and things get so clear.
Details are still awful, but what we see and hear about Dan Reed's riveting and fast-paced four-hour documentary Leaving Neverland, provides the viewer with an unexpected level of peace. Even cruelty feels like a real deal, not a by-product produced by tabloids and TMZ.
Already talking about this year's Sundance Film Festival, Leaving Neverland is a story of two men – noted pop choreographer Wade Robson, 36 and James "Jimmy" Safechuck, 41 – who each tell us with a convincing lack of younger witnesses who are otherwise killed and questioned that Jackson sexually suppressed them were boys from the late 1980s and early 90s and continued their teenage years.
What they are talking about is not just creepy love, playful roughness and sophisticated hand-hold, which we once said, was an innocent expression of love between a man (Jackson) who sacrificed his childhood to bring joy to millions and a star – develop boys so he could enjoy as special guys.
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What we get this time is an alarming, graphical and completely consistent review of the kidnapping, harassment, and rape of two children by a person who took advantage of psychological control over everyone in his environment – including the boy's parents.
To some extent Leaving Neverland is potentially more devastating than even Surviving R. Kelly, "Lifetime" documentary, which took place in January and seemed to do what could not be done in the previous reporting and victim account hill, resulting in Kelly's detention on February 22 and accusations of 10 crimes against possible sexual abuse in four victims – three from minors. 1998.
Similar to past journalism efforts, doing nothing about Jackson's excuse for a long and hot accusation that took place in 2005. Leaving Neverland presents so unreasonably. To say that we have all been here and many of us are suspected of being inadequate; we just haven't told this story at such an open level of detail.
The biggest difference between that time and now is, of course, that Jackson is dead, thanks to a 50-year-old lethal dose of peace.
It is therefore not possible to look Leaving Neverland in connection with the #MeToo movement, which highlights the non-judicial respect for what the victims told us about past abuse and its long-lasting losses. (Indeed, in order to view the entire movie, a steel solution for the viewer is needed; at the beginning there is a warning about the graphic descriptions and the language.)
It is also impossible to watch Leaving Neverland and don't think Jackson's goose, if available, is boiled. It is no different from what we have already seen with such strong boldface names as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Bill Cosby.
Another type of goose here, of course, is in danger – a gold reward for copyright and publishing rights, which is probably why some of Jackson's brothers and siblings give interviews to defend their height, noting that Robson has already come out with his claims in 2013 and then unsuccessfully sued Jackson for damage.
Jacksons opposes Leaving Neverland as another opportunistic technique for Jackson's remarkable fate (which grew rapidly when the singer was gone and unable to destroy his millions). Jackson has also argued in court that HBO has violated the clauses in the deal that had been signed by Michael Jackson many years ago.
Jackson's family protest has a known echo – Robson and Safechuck remember that they are sure to defend Michael in court and kill him when he was in danger: in the world of Mikhail, his enemies live to create terrible lies so they can steal their money and ruin his name. In that fragile false, which became his public speech, Mikhail was hostile for a long time before he was cool, playing his charity.
How could I harm a child, he complained when I love them so much?
None of these sensible, logical aspects of saccharine justify an amazing and empathic discipline Leaving NeverlandThat still focuses on four hours of listening to Robson and Safechuck, along with their mothers, family members and spouses.
Finally, it is Michael Jackson's documentary that has little or no meaning for Michael Jackson's routine adulation, especially dazzling songs, performances, and other proprietary clips that would form the basis of celebrity rockumentary. Robson and Safechuck talk to some extent about their respect for the star shared by children everywhere, and it is more effective than a short clip. Thriller who survives the cut.
Instead of Leaving Neverland make great use of albums, personal photos, video clips, recorded telephone messages, faxes, letters and other assortments kept by men and their families – especially their mothers who, after the end of the film, have to reckon with blind faith, which made abuse possible.
For many of the first two hours of documentary film, Robsons and Safechuck introduced their separate friendship with Mikhail.
In Brisbane, Australia, 5-year-old Robson won the shopping dance competition in 1987, which included tickets to watch Jackson at a concert and meet him behind the scenes. Two years later, Robson – now 7 years old and an athlete, so his hair looked more like his idol – got another chance to meet Jackson and surprise him with his dance movements.
Before they could handle what happened, the middle-class Robson family was pulled out to America and Jackson's inner circle. It wasn't long before Wade and Michael were sleeping together in the hotel apartments – getting away from the rest of the family.
RED LINE CROSSED
The story of Jimmy Safechuck is similar: he was the son of a hairdresser and junk lift in Simi Valley, California, who sometimes worked as a child model and advertiser actor. He was handed over to Pepsi in a business where Michael unveils a beautiful boy in his dressing room, and two become instant friends. Jackson was attracted to Jimmy for inviting the Safechuck family to a "Bad" tour, for which Jimmy was given a cameo role dance on stage.
His mother, Stephanie Safechuck, recalls in her film that her son could not stay in the bed of Jackson; she pulled out a line that was quickly erased. While staying with Mikhail in Paris, Jimmy recalls, "[Michael] introduced me to masturbation, and so it started … He made it like "I'll show you something that everyone is doing and you will really enjoy it." It was like he taught me something new. "
Wade also remembers the first time Jackson insulted him, starting with love: "And then he manages me to do the same by moving my hands to touch his penis," says Robson. "He talks to me [saying] "You and I are God together. We had to be together … That's how we show love.
Persuasive aspect Leaving Neverland is the similarity of boys' accounts for these meetings – and how they reflect the accounts that were later received in 1993 (from a potential victim, Jordan Chandler, whose parents divorced out of court, an undisclosed amount that they believe is as high as $ 25 million) and in 2005 (from potential victim Gavin Arvizo, whose provisional and inconsistent testimony did not pass the jury of the Supreme Court of Santa Barbara).
Mihail Jackson's deception stories, which are over, are just as awkward – the disarming ability of charm, the washing of gifts for the whole family, the atmosphere of innocence and the friendship that made it all seem good.
Wade's mother, Joy Robson, is a fascinating study of gullibity that has been struck by the star and treats the first-class service. Until Jackson regularly accused his child, he persuaded him to move with Wadi and his sister in California, dividing the Robson family, which probably contributed to her husband's mental decline (he himself killed in 2002).
"I didn't expect my son"
Even now, both men talk about Jackson with a precautionary measure that can be heart-distorting. They felt like a relationship with him, a special link. Safechuck opens a small box with expensive rings that Jackson gave him, including one used by a private wedding ceremony.
Also, the collapse came with an injury that felt authentic. As Jimmy became older, Safechucks had less access to Jackson's vastness; a young boy became Mikhail's constant companion, and the boy's family, Stephanie, reminds me of "reminded me."
Shortly after Robson's family arrived in California, they received a joy of sunbathing at Jidon's Camp, discovering that another famous boy – actor Macaulay Culkin – became Mikhail's new best friend. (The film notes that Culkin denies any sexual violence with Jackson.)
Over the years, both Robinson and Safechucks were awarded for their loyalty (and testimony), but now Michael was in another universe – twice married and three dads. Both Wade and Jimmy met and married supportive women (both interviewed) and became fathers. But they both fought with their secrets.
The last hour of the film focuses on what happened in every family because men finally discovered what happened – anger, blame, rainfall. "It still feels much better than lies," says Robson.
"I don't guard my son," says Stephanie. "It is always, always haunting me. I had one job, I had one child and I am. I had all these months love my life with Michael and traveled and lived a good life to speak … It was all based on my son's suffering. [Jimmy] had to suffer to live. "
Jimmy is asked if he blames his parents for what happened. After a pause he replies, "I still work on it."
WHAT IS MUSIC?
With all this, you can and should wonder: how about music?
Leaving Neverland offers what could be the ultimate litmus test for consumers who continue to stand between the love of art and the condemnation of the artist. In the grocery store and everywhere else where 80s music is still the default setting, I already hear something new because of Jackson's latest results (mostly from Thriller and Bad).
With Robson and Safechuc's words and descriptions that are still exciting in my head, I can just imagine a world with 95% less Smooth Criminal in it. I've heard enough of Jackson Jackson to continue his rest of the year. Maybe you also have.
Sometimes I wonder if I wasted my little part of my career on a computer keyboard, thinking and writing Michael Jackson, usually on time. After all, he was the greatest celebrity on the planet. It's important to keep in mind while watching Leaving Neverland and find a strong judgment by Stephanie Safechuck and Joy Robson that they did not support Michael Jackson's gravitational train.
He was always a story about whether you missed more information about any claims (or catastrophic finances, or some strange events, up to including his younger son, Segel, from the balcony of the Berlin hotel), or trying to see the meaning in his wasted physical appearance and behaviour. (Has his insecurity told us about race, abuse of parents, or sexuality, or perhaps the essence of self-identity? To understand and interpret it, it was a form of art.)
Or to his presence in court. 2005, which was several Washington Post reporters (including me), who were covered for two to three weeks, looked at how prosecutors faced what seemed right, with wrong witnesses.
BONAS A SUIT
During the trial, seriousness competed with foolishness. I was there a day when Michael checked the patience of the judge, showing more than an hour late, wearing the imaginary pajama bottoms. I was there a day when Gavin Arvizo (as a child, he was handed over anonymously during the process) gave a report that resembles much of Robsons and Safechuck so carefully described – up to the techniques of care, sworn secret, sex acts and even pet nicknames Michael gave for special boys (Applehead, Head of Doo-Doo).
In the afternoon I got a seat just behind Jackson and his parents. He was maybe 10 meters away. Usually there is an inevitable spark when a celebrity who is big is close. But I couldn't get a fix in his presence – mainly because there was no presence. Just powder, just pips in suit. I remember writing that he might also be dead.
Then, sooner than someone expecting to publish it, was a necrologist. Co-authoring was a kind of relief. Even at the time of death, Mikhail murdered East Coast printouts, always breaking his news in the early evening when the leaves were closed and the press was working. When we gathered 2000 words together with our happy / sad life and career, I couldn't help but think that at least he would never have to write.
However, here we are – and for good reason. Turn off music and listen to these people.