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Universal Message: A LINE HAS BEEN CROSSED

December 31, 2010

This is a UNIVERSAL MESSAGE to each and every one of us, sent here by Deborah Ffrench. I’m only copying it for you to read and spread it further (with all the links to the original text please).


“Thank you for contacting Discovery Networks Viewer Relations. We are very sorry to hear that you have been disappointed by the scheduled broadcast of Michael Jackson’s Autopsy. Our programming covers a wide variety of topics, which we appreciate at times may not suit the tastes of some of our viewers.”

The line of human decency, worth, privacy and respect has just been crossed.

  • The Discovery Channel has provided for many years valuable documentary programming focussed primarily on popular science, technology and history. With this backdrop in mind, I find it incredulous that Discovery would exploit the recent death of Michael Jackson to increase their viewership at the expense of the integrity and positive educational track record of their network. The insensitivity and unprofessional tabloid approach that Discovery has decided to pursue is not only hurtful to the future of the network, but is deeply hurtful to the Jackson family, friends, colleagues and millions of supporters throughout the world… Please re-consider airing this dreadful re-enactment.” ~Statement from Stuart Backerman, Former Press Spokesman for Michael Jackson

  • L.A. County Coroner Ed Winter joins the criticism of the Discovery Network’s upcoming special reenacting Michael Jackson’s autopsy. Discovery Producers asked him for an interview earlier this year to describe the autopsy: “I told them no, we had no interest in doing it and it was a pending case… I think it’s unprofessional and I wouldn’t do it out of respect for the family.” ~Assistant Chief Coroner, LA County

On January 13, 2011, a line of human decency, worth, privacy and respect for life will be crossed. Discovery Channel plans to air a re-enactment of Michael Jackson’s autopsy using a realistic synthetic cadaver that approximates his body.

Michael Jackson was a human being. And he was a father, a brother, and a son. He was also loved by millions around the world.

We believe in the worth and dignity of every human being. Nobody deserves to be treated this way — not in life, and certainly not in death.

Now comes the Discovery Channel

Never before in the history of television or media, has the personal autopsy of a recognized human being taken place using a synthetic cadaver to graphically show the dismemberment of someone who once lived — and is survived by three young children.

Justice and Fairness Derailed?

This program was cynically planned to be deliberately broadcast in the UK and Europe so that Michael Jackson’s family and estate would have no legal reach and would be unable to stop its airing or protest its broadcast. The plan includes across the board screening in multiple countries. Michael Jackson has three minor children and this will not escape them. This image in the collective memory which will find its way into their world serves to scar them emotionally. As such; this program constitutes child abuse.

The airing of this program may obstruct legal justice since it has the potential to reach the minds of the public and prejudice the jury pool in the forthcoming January trial of Dr. Murray the physician who administered his medication and was treating Michael Jackson when his death occurred.

Does this rise to the level of bullying?

We think so. And we believe Michael Jackson’s children would agree. Their father was bullied in life — and now, it seems the bullying continues in death. And his children are the ones who suffer. They don’t live in a vacuum and they will be affected by the inhumane treatment of their father. We are pretty sure they would like to remember him as their beloved father. His fans, friends and collaborators who know the truth about him – knew a dramatically different man to the one many believe he was. They knew him as a cherished friend, role model and hero.

Its time to tell the truth and reveal the deliberate manipulation of that truth.

It’s time to show you the real Michael Jackson.

Understand that everyone is vulnerable now.

We cannot imagine that any human being finds this program in good taste. What will stop Discovery or any other media outlet from dismembering and dissecting other beloved figures or celebrities publicly? What if they exhumed Lady Diana? Tim Russert? What if Oprah died tomorrow, or Bono, Helen Mirren, Brittany Spears, or Prince William? Would we see them on a slab for profit and before the hungry eyes of invasive voyeurs?

This cynical precedent established by the Discovery Channel makes everyone fair game to be exploited as a lab specimen for sensationalism, market share and promoting sponsor’s products.

Discovery Channel has sponsors and investors and can be deleted or blocked from your cable package.

Discovery’s major sponsors include: Volkswagen, Proctor and Gamble, Dow Chemical– as more are revealed, we will reveal them.

Dehumanizing people has consequences

One thing has made this kind of program possible: Humans dehumanizing other humans. When people lack ethics or ignore conscience, human laboratories and other abominations become possible: ethnic cleansing, lynchings, witch burning, human ovens, terrorism and war. So if you think this is not a slippery slope, you are wrong. Dead wrong. Our humanity dies when we accept the claim that “anything goes.” Michael Jackson was systematically and falsely vilified over time. His humanity was stolen and our own humanity along with it.

Aren’t we better than this? Aren’t we there yet? Discovery drew this line but we are asking you to draw another. One that says: Discovery, you cross this line — alone.

You are at a crossroads in the evolution of a civilization and a decision needs to be made.

Which road will we as humanity take? The road toward decency or the road toward depravity?

If your decision is for human worth, decency, civility and dignity, then:

We are asking that you use your voice to send a message to Discovery.  Ask your cable provider to remove Discovery from your menu or block it from your bundle. Then stop using the products and companies who sponsored this program.

Then tell them what you have done in a letter or email.

Why the truth of this violation cannot be ignored:

  • All previous televised autopsies have been conducted on anonymous cadavers; their faces covered.
  • All bodies dissected were formally donated to Medical Institute and the donors consented to their remains being used for educational purposes.
  • Michael Jackson did not consent to his remains– virtual or otherwise being used to satisfy anyone’s morbid curiosity or consent to millions viewing his virtual internal organs.
  • The dead remain a part of the living community, to be honored — not used for entertainment.
  • For many, this program may provoke a horrific unease, anxiety, dread or revulsion. For some it will result in PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.)
  • Even if a cadaver is synthetic, the process of repeatedly associating the name of a recognized person — is a violation of their name and memory.
  • The virtual autopsy of Michael Jackson is a publicity stunt designed to exploit inhumane curiosity and has nothing to do with education or fact finding.
  • In the same way burial sites are also considered deeply important, autopsies—even virtual ones, should be conducted in private, not on worldwide television.
  • Our responsibility is to respect those who once lived and whom they have loved — and who love them still.
  • We are not beings isolated within nature; what is done to one of us is done to all.
  • We may not be aware of exactly why this is so wrong, but we know that it is — and we will never feel the same way about Discovery again.
  • There is no respect or inherent value in this type of programming. It disrespects all peoples. It violates the sanctity of family, of life and memories, of everything we hold to be precious about the lives we are given. It violates humanity, the humane, and every sane thinking person.
  • All human cultures recognize the sanctity of human remains and burial and the peaceful non-disturbance of the deceased. This program and the use of a simulated corpse violates those sensibilities and moral codes.
  • This program will be duplicated and parodied on Youtube, and Discovery is culpable and should be held accountable for any damage in the aftermath.
  • Mr. Jackson’s minor children don’t care about Discovery Channel’s sync-rights or profits. They care about their father.

Yes, a line has been crossed.

For the original text go here: If you want to know the real Michael Jackson …. go here:


UPDATED on January 1, 2011


Message from Reverend Barbara Kaufmann:

When someone has a change of heart and has the courage to say it out loud, it’s important to let them save face and praise them. Discovery absolutely made the ethical decision and we need to let them know that.

It’s important to post an acknowledgment that something significant has begun to change, and the New Year now holds more promise.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. December 31, 2010 7:11 pm

    Thank You Lord Jesus! God is Good.

    Discovery cancels Michael Jackson autopsy TV show–discovery-cancels-michael-jackson-autopsy-tv-show?bn=1


  2. Olga permalink
    December 31, 2010 7:12 pm




  3. Dialdancer permalink
    December 31, 2010 7:25 pm

    Discovery cancels Michael Jackson autopsy TV show

    To all the women and men who worked so tirelessly. Went without sleep, who provided guidance and structure; wrote and re-wrote words to be sent out to motivate and energized and who will never be mentioned as a driving force behind the effort.

    Thank You.


  4. Dialdancer permalink
    December 31, 2010 7:28 pm

    Just received email from Deborah Ffrench it says: It is just a postponement.

    My response to her:

    I saw that and posted the same on other sites.

    I am preparing an email for my cable company
    requiring that they inform Discovery Channel
    Network that I will not be resuming any viewing
    of their programs which will include their latest
    the OWN until they publicly announce that this
    program is canceled forever. It makes it sound
    like they are doing this only because of the trial
    and not because they care of the harm they can
    do to a family.

    Not to take away the joy of the moment, but I do
    not want to do this again in 6 month to a year later.


  5. December 31, 2010 8:21 pm

    “Discovery cancels Michael Jackson autopsy TV show”

    Oh my God! What a New Year present!!! I’ve managed to reach you from out of town and the first thing I see is that THEY CANCELLED IT!



  6. December 31, 2010 9:59 pm

    It is already 2011 here! The happy news we are starting the year with:

    December 31, 2010

    Here is Discovery’s official release:

    Discovery cancels Michael Jackson autopsy TV show
    LOS ANGELES | Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:49pm EST
    LOS ANGELES Dec 31 (Reuters) – The Discovery television network on Friday said it canceled plans to air a reenactment of the autopsy on Michael Jackson’s body, citing an upcoming court hearing and concern by the late pop star’s estate.

    The show, “Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson,” had been set to air in several countries of western Europe and in the United Kingdom on Jan. 13.

    “Given the commencement of legal proceedings beginning next week, and at the request of Michael Jackson’s estate, the scheduled broadcast of the medical documentary related to Michael Jackson’sofficial autopsy has been postponed indefinitely.”

    Comment’s From The Jackson Estate Regarding The Cancelation Of Discovery Special

    Statement from John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of the Estate of Michael Jackson:

    The Estate of Michael Jackson is pleased that Discovery Channel made the correct decision in choosing to cancel this exploitative program. We are hopeful that this show will never run in any market in the future. While Discovery cited legal proceedings and our request as the reasons for its decision, none of this would have happened had it not been for the incredible passion displayed by countless Michael Jackson fans worldwide who knew they stood as one and that their voices could not be ignored.

    Source: The Michael Jackson Estate / MJ-Upbeat


  7. Olga permalink
    January 1, 2011 12:03 am

    Happy New Year Everyone


  8. January 1, 2011 5:24 am

    Happy New Year everyone! Pray this will be the year we all will start to see justice being served for Michael’s name, his children and his family.


  9. Susanne permalink*
    January 1, 2011 10:14 am

    I could scream out of joy through my town about this beginning of the New Year. It is so amazing reaching this success! I so much hope that this is a sign for further steps in the justice for Michael – especially with this upcoming trial.
    Thanks to everybody doing his/her part in this process. God bless you all!
    Happy New Year to everybody!


  10. Daniela permalink
    January 1, 2011 9:14 pm

    If this is only a postponement we’ll be ready to fight against them much more than before. Everyone needs respect; above all Michael Jackson who has done so much for many people all over the world. Thank you. Dany.


  11. January 3, 2011 11:26 pm

    Congratulations to all those who have worked so tirelessly on this campaign! MJ fans are so very impressive and as a relative newcomer to the MJ fan community I can’t help but be so proud of all of you!


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