Something outrageous is to take place on the Discovery channel. ONLINE AUTOPSY
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO SEE DEBORAH’S UPDATE OF Dec.21, 2010 (at the bottom of the page)
Now they have decided to perform an online autopsy (on a synthetic cadaver) following the autopsy report of Michael Jackson’s body.
Frankly this is the first time I ever hear of a program and even idea like that. I wonder if they would do the same with a synthetic body of Princess Diana, for example?
To me it sounds like sheer PERVERSION. Something like necrophylia or similar to it…
Why do a thing like that? What for? To see the scars on Michael’s body?
After all it is not a murder case where the specific character of wounds could provide new clues for solving the mystery of a person’s death? The autopsy report was quite clear in its verdict – the reasons for Michael’s death were internal, his system was clear of any narcotic drugs and it was only the lethal level of propofol anesthetic which was the cause of his death. To know that one doesn’t need to look at the actual body...
The other side to this matter is how ethical it is. Would they do the same to their own deceased relatives? And what will be the next step in the TV progress – broadcasting autopsies live on real human bodies?
Here is Deborah Ffrench’s message about the ‘documentary’:
Hi all,As you are no doubt aware a serious situation involving some potentially offensive programming by Discovery UK is scheduled for forthcoming release.The first Discovery documentary billed as — “Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson” has been out-produced by Renegade Pictures LTD — and is scheduled to air on 13/01/11 at 21:00 pm, then 14/01/11 at 22:00 pm, 16/01/11 at 22:00, 17/01/11 at 22:00.
A call placed to Discovery Europe revealed the official description of the programme as:
“We re-create his autopsy using anatomically correct synthetic cadaver and examine the official coroner’s report calls on the testimony of experts.”
As you can imagine many people are concerned about the tone and approach Renegade (and by extension Discovery), will be taking on this program, and a radio programme that will discuss this is scheduled on BlogTalk radio on December 12 at 13:00 pm Central Standard Time with Reverend Catherine Gross.
This is the link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/a-place-in-your-heartThe information pre-released by Discovery also mentions that a ‘long time personal physican’ of Michael’s will comment during the program. That information also states that doctor who will be performing this autopsy is a Dr Michael Hunter. http://forensic-doc.com/
I have also included a recent mail out compiled by Reverend Barbara Kaufmann ( see below) for your perusal, so that you can see what many have been doing so far regarding this news.
We have to speak up. Thus is URGENT. Write a letter to the Discovery/OWN Channel. Tell them that what they are doing is disgraceful, disrespectful, and unnecessary. This is going too far to get ratings. Address your letters to;
Nicolas Bonard Senior Vice President
Discovery Enterprises International Discovery Networks Europe
Chiswick Park Building 2
566 Chiswick High Road
London, W4 5YB
UK~Please E-mail your letters to MJ Justice Project at
MJ Justice Project and MJ Children have united to bring you the truth about the Discovery Channel.
The Discovery Channel, which is actually the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) [this information was later found to be incorrect – sorry for the mistake VMJ] will broadcast 13 January 2011 a documentary on events surrounding the death of Michael Jackson. Based on the autopsy report and court documents, the film will show a reproduction of the body of the star in every detail. The documentary aims to follow a doctor who will dissect the body and reveal the true reasons for his death.
Are you enraged? If you are, join us.MJ JUSTICE PROJECT AND MJ CHILDREN WILL EXPLAIN & ANSWER QUESTIONS: Sunday, December 12 at 1:00pmHosted by Rev. Dr. Catherine Gross
Update from our reader DIALDANCER Dec. 10, 2010:
I do not know whether this program will be treated respectfully or not, but given the UK’s past News reporting and TV program history it is very understandable the amount of concern within the Michael Jackson Community. I am not sure what such a graphic display will do for anyone who loves this Man. It is one thing to see this on a TV CSI show, but something far different to see a representation of a Man most still hold and view as a living being in their minds done this way.
I must remember to email Oprah and ask if she intends to allow us the same courtesy when she passes. If the thought of having herself striped in this manner down to the last pubic hair for illustration is a thought she and those who care about her find pleasing? I do know if this was my Mother I’d fight with everything I have in me.
Well folks this latest by Oprah boils down to only two choices:
(1) Either this is her way of letting us know she cares nothing about MJ and what we think and this is to assist the man who was at the very least criminally negligent with his patient.
(2) Or she is attempting in her own way to remove the veil of mystery surrounding Michael’s death. It is not how I would have gone about it, but I thankfully am not Oprah. What disturbs me more is the frequency this is happening; these programs and interviews.
The gutter rag articles, they are just rats looking for some face time, but this is different.
It is distracting us from finding answers, sharing that information and clearing up misconception within the Jackson community and the general public and exposing the lies.
UPDATED by DIALDANCER, December 15, 2010
I have to offer an apology. Saying I was too busy to check the facts before speaking, too caught up to read all the information before commenting is irresponsible. I am now aware that Oprah does not own the Discovery Channel. It galls me to think this woman has any parts of humanity since she has shown so little with Michael, but if this was not her doing then an apology is required. I have sent mine to her office. I allowed my bad feelings about her to prejudice me on her possible involvement in this program; it lead me to make a false judgment against her. Something we fight against on Michael’s behalf on a daily basis.
UPDATED by vindicatemj December 16, 2010
Here is the correct information about Oprah Winfrey having nothing to do with the disgraceful dissection show planned to be broadcast by the Discovery channel (sorry again for the mistake made):
It’s been announced within Michael Jackson’s online community of advocates that the Discovery Channel is actually OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network.
This is not true.
OWN, acronym for Oprah Winfrey Network, is a future U.S. specialty channel, set to launch on January 1, 2011, owned jointly by Discovery Communications and Harpo Productions. Winfrey’s network will replace only the Discovery Health Channel, which has fallen victim to low viewer ratings, on cable and satellite feeds. The use of the word “network” to describe Winfrey’s new endeavor is a misnomer. She’s taking over the Discovery Health Channel only with programming of her own choosing.
The Oprah Winfrey Network is only one of 28 separate brands–NOT the owner of the Discovery Channel or Discovery Communications. At these links are several press releases that explain the breadth of OWN’s program choices.
Discovery Update: Autopsy Re-enactment scheduled Discovery UK January 13, 14, 16, 17, 2011.
The Estate has recently advised that their team of lawyers after discussions with UK lawyers regarding the autopsy programs, were told there were insufficient legal grounds to stop Discovery’s programs from going ahead. The situation is still being monitored. In light of the above, the global effort to accelerate emails, calls and letter writing to Discovery is now critical.
A word of caution:
Please stop talking about the Discovery shows on public sites such as TMZ, CNN, Huffington Post, Yahoo — wherever. Posting even pro-MJ / anti-Discovery comments in public achieves only one thing:
It does Discovery’s promotional work for them and give them the kind of publicity PR professionals charge thousands for.
***This is what you can do. Using one letter, and simply changing the name you address it to at the top***
1: Write a letter to:
Senior Vice President
Discovery Enterprises International Discovery Networks Europe /Oprah Winfrey Network
Chiswick Park Building 2
566 Chiswick High Road
President and CEO
1 Discovery Place
Dr. Hunter who will perform the mock MJ autopsy
Michael D. Hunter, M.D.
3737 Frankford Avenue
Panama City, Florida 32405
email@example.com Absolute head of Discovery. President and CEO
Nicolas_Bonard@discovery-europe.com 2nd in command & Senior Vice President of Discovery Europe
Lucy_Radcliffe@discovery-europe.com Lucy Radcliffe is the assistant to Nicolas Bonard.
firstname.lastname@example.org Mark Holilinger is president of Discovery Networks International.
http://corporate.discovery.com/contact/viewer-relations Discovery’s Viewer Relation in-house complaints area.
email@example.com This is Doctor Hunter’s email. He will performing the mock-autopsy.
firstname.lastname@example.org You can copy emails to MJJJustice project here.
Mr. Bonard’s assistant Lucy Radcliffe has a direct phone line.
From US call : 011 44 208 811 3033
From UK call: 0208 811 3033
Please do not use abusive language in any of your communications. Using non-emotive language, simply but firmly explain why these proposed programs on Michael Jackson are not only morally and ethically reprehensible — but are also a potential source of serious anguish and emotional distress for Mr Jackson’s surviving children and family.
Would a program of this kind even be contemplated on River Phoenix, Heath Ledger, Brittany Murphy or Elizabeth Edwards? This disgrace is happening because years of dehumanizing Michael Jackson in the media has led to the belief that this is acceptable.
If ever there was a time to put aside differences and unite in strength over an issue — it is now.
Updated by Deborah Ffrench on Dec. 21, 2010:
This is being sent to speed up the process of letter /email writing or give ideas. The mails to send these too are included at the top. Obviously remove them once added to your address books. Pls pass this email on!
Date: Dec 21, 2010 8:49 AM
Nicolas_Bonard@discovery-europe.com Senior Vice President
Lucy_Radcliffe@discovery-europe.com Assistant to Bonard
email@example.com International head
Lucy’s Telephone number:
0 11 44 208 811 3033
Or find your International code then dial:
208 811 3033
If calling from UK call:
0208 811 3033
***** (Letter itself : Pls do not forget to change subject line and remove everything above this line when you send your email) ******
Mr Nicholas Bonard, Mr Hollinger, Ms Lucy Radcliffe,
C/O Mr David Zaslav,
Discovery Communications/ Network
I write in regard to the planned January 2011 programmes on Discovery, that will feature the mock ‘autopsy’ of the late Michael Jackson on the 13th, 14th, 16 th and 17th.
Can you explain to me how you can justify this kind of programming knowing Mr Jackson is survived by three children? Do you imagine they are living in caves? Or that the children they now attend school with are?
Whether Mr Jackson’s children hear about this programme now or (more likely) in the future, and whether that synthetic cadaver looks like Jackson or not — that will ‘feel’ like their father on that simulated slab.
Imagine for a moment, just for a moment, that your jobs — the jobs you struggled for, pushed for and aimed for — one day, claimed you? That one day, your heart simply skipped with the stress of living at the pace you do, and you died.
Imagine those you would leave behind.
Now imagine a similar re-enactment being proposed for your autopsy, and how that would affect your own families.
Whether they watch them now or not, in time, these intended programs will profoundly distress Mr Jackson’s children and his family.
Because you can’t see those children, you imagine it doesn’t matter. But you are wrong. It matters a great deal.
The life of a televison programme, with syndication, licensing, means their ‘lives’ are long. The idea that one day three young teenagers could unwittingly, or by some other means, be confronted with the reality that their father’s life was reduced to a public ‘spectacle’ for others to watch; won’t just hurt a little — it will hurt more than any us could ever imagine.
If you cannot imagine that for your own children — how can you let that happen to someone else’s?
If the Discovery Channel and Dr. Hunter were featuring the autopsy of say, someone like… Princess Diana? Or maybe Stephen Gately? Or perhaps Elizabeth Edwards — you would pause before considering it. But not with Michael Jackson. Why is that?
Is that because Princess Diana and Tim Russert are human beings? And Michael Jackson is what… a freak show? Apparently you cannot imagine, as his eldest daughter Paris described in a recent inteview — her father making his children French toast and reading to them before they went to sleep?
Mr Jackson’s children can.
There is a reason why you feel it’s okay to cut up a likeness (or not) of Jackson and sell that around the world. It was being done ‘to’ Jackson throughout his life, why wouldn’t it continue after his death? And now, the media attempts once again to profit from that dismemberment by carving him up yet again in public and on television. How many more times will this be done? How can a channel that claims to put ethical programming front and centre of its ethos, be party to the de facto brutalization of someone’s memory, to someone’s loved one?
And how many more times will you justify this by saying: ‘If we don’t, someone else will?
Discovery have an opportunity here to stop this obscenity. Because that’s what airing these programmes would be — an obscenity. These proposed programs on Jackson are not acceptable. And as a member of a progressive media group — and more importantly as human beings –I invite all of you now, to stand a little taller, breathe a little clearer, and examine in conscience what you are doing.
This proposed mock autopsy is a step beyond what is decent and what is right, and it is one you will not be able to erase once embarked on. I urge you to think again — if not for yourselves — then for those you know will be hurt by these proposed shows.
Thousands will thank and respect you for calling a halt to this disgrace.
And I will be one of them.
Another update by Deborah Ffrench Dec. 21, 2010:
Re: Lucy Radcliffe at Discovery / Someone just asked me what response I got from Lucy — here it is below:
Firstly, the phone was put down by a guy who answered.
I rang back and Lucy came to the phone.
She knew exactly what it was about.
I asked her if she’d received my email.
I told her ” before you switch off I am concerned that a line has been crossed in Discovery’s programming about what’s acceptable and what itsn’t ”
I asked if how she would feel if her her parents or someone she loved were treated as if they were a specimen for the purposes of entertainment.
Lucy replied she couldn;t express an opinion. I told here that was a standard, evasive line and was unworthy of both her — and Discovery.
I told Lucy the MJ autopsy programs had been commissioned by Discovery for profit only — nothing more. And any idea that their motivation was for jusice, truth seeking or true exploration of the issues surrounding Mr Jackson’s death — was a pretence.
Lucy told me she could offer no opinion.
I then told her in no uncertain terms that in abdicating responsibility here and hiding behind a blanket ‘no comment’ response, Discovery were demontrating contempt for their viewers.
She told me someone would ring me back.
I will be calling back tomorrow, and again the next day, and again the…..
I would like Lucy Radcliffe to hear from you and many others.
0 11 44 208 811 3033
Or find your International code then dial:
208 811 3033
If calling from UK call:
0208 811 3033.
The point is this: It doesn’t even really matter what Lucy says — what matters if that Discovery know the strength of feeling that is out there.
If you do not live in the UK, please get up earlier in order to make the call. Please pass this message onto all fan sites, twitter and other social forums.
If ever there was a time to put aside difference and unite in strength on an issue — it is now.
Please pick up the phone and send your emails and letters to Discovery throughout December and January. All the contact emails are in the email sent earlier.