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Haters Parasitize on the Success of Michael Jackson’s Vindicators

January 25, 2013

Guys, yesterday you probably noticed my activity in the comments section which I later had to erase not to mess the blog up. These were the traces of my trying to minimize the effect of some parasites which are living in the Internet at our expense.

By parasites I mean those Michael Jackson’s haters who are totally unable to win in an honest competition with Michael’s vindicators and pierce the skin of the more successful in order to take their lodging there and live a happy life forever after.

BEWARE OF PARASITES

The parasite method is simple. They take words like Michael Jackson’s vindication, or what’s even more outrageous, assume the internet name of vindicatemj  (the name given to me by someone else long time ago), use both of them for themselves and this way launch on their road to success.

When I was starting a vindication thread on a Michael Jackson forum in the summer of 2009 and spoke there all alone on the most sensitive for fans issues, with only a few brave persons (like Lynette) joining me, I could never imagine that three and a half years later the word vindication would become so popular that it will turn into a symbol of success.

I am amazed to find out that we are fashionable, guys! And what is happening to us is happening to many fashionable trends immediately copied by some third-rate imitators who sell their lousy quality for the genuine brand. So even though I am totally disgusted by these imitation practices in some way I feel honored too, as this practice speaks to our success even more than any words would – competitors imitate only other people’s success or otherwise there is no point in doing it.

However even if we could still live with this crazy imitation business the ugliest part of it is that as a result of all this masquerading readers are fed with lies from Jackson’s haters instead of learning the truth from his advocates.

Moreover the haters’ venom is poured into the readers’ ears and thrust down their throats even despite their will as people are looking for texts supposedly written by Michael’s vindicators and only God knows what they think of us when they finally realize that they are in the lair of the worst Michael’s haters.

Even if we disregard all the damage done to us and our reputation by these parasites, the person who suffers most is Michael again!

The problem is that while we are doing our research within the walls of a couple of sites vindicating Michael Jackson, his haters use our success and our names for promoting their ugly goals.

While we sit here doing research, sure that we are winning in an honest competition, they are spreading lies about Michael all over the Internet and are doing it under the cover of our names too!

They steal away our readers by catching them with words like “vindication” of Michael Jackson and redirecting them to their fraudulent sites like this one which have the same name and address, but only with a different provider.

Screenshot of a fake vindicatemj site, January 2013

Screenshot of a fake vindicatemj site, January 2013

And imagine it – this parasite complains that it is a “target of haters” and has the cheek to “send much love from VindicateMJJ, the only blog dedicated to vindicating Michael”!

 They are only blog? Dedicated to vindicating Michael?  So this is what is called “vindication” now? Where was this parasite when I started my blog really vindicating Michael three years ago?

fake vmj Jan.2013

Of course we could console ourselves with the idea that by having to resort to these disgusting methods haters show to the whole world that they have already lost to Michael’s vindicators. Indeed if they are forced to masquerade as MJ’s advocates in order to tell their lies, their situation must be hopeless and even tragic to say the very least.

But it would be also reckless to allow them to thrive on our success and use us for their parasitic purposes.

Parasites cannot survive on their own, same as a parasitic plant cannot survive without a tree it lives on. The parasite stays with the tree until it is thrown off by a gush of wind, or its roots are dug up by some wild pigs (I readily invite some wild pigs to deal with our plant) or the parasite dies together with the tree it is draining and suffocating.

Not to allow too much suffocation of VindicateMJ, yesterday I had to spread my roots within the areal of my natural habitation (I mean the wordpress provider) and now you will probably find some of my little ones there . This however does not guarantee that the wordpress territory will now be fully clean of the aliens.

What I can guarantee you though is that I myself will never go to providers like  blogspot.com and blogger.com as they are unfortunately the habitation areas of vindicatemj parasites, so if you see any “vindicators” or “vindicatemj” in those areas please avoid them like the plague. They are not real – vindicators simply do not go there. And if you still catch these parasites (or they catch you) you can be sure that they will first poison you and then rob you of your time, trust and all the good you ever believed in in your lives. There will also be a lot of mud, stink and insects offending your eyes and ears.

Those who have already tried the areals of Michael’s haters were also disgusted and walked away from their sites. This is how we know that the lies they invent about Jackson are no longer working and haters have to parasitize on the success of Michael’s vindicators to be able to take their crazy stories further.

As to the haters’ failures I have certain statistics to prove the point.

STATISTICS OF FAILURE AND SUCCESS

Some Internet resources provide official information about the global ranks of various sites. When one of our readers  introduced me to this system I took some screenshots out of curiosity for the future tendencies. Several of those screenshots were made for the site information of the craziest Michael Jackson hater, masquerading as me now. The screenshots were made at a time when none of the haters were yet working under the cover of “MJ vindicators”.

The results recorded in March last year and compared with January this year show a disastrous fall of traffic for the hater’s site – the rating fell from 3,047,205 to 24,640,160 worldwide.

We can consider this to be the net result of this person’s attempt to spread lies about Jackson.

However faced with this catastrophe the hater changed strategy, took the name of vindicatemj and opened a fake vindicatemj blog with a different provider. This is when the new site began to rise, and this was due to taking away my readers who were heading for this blog but were intercepted on the way and redirected to the fake site.

The damage to my reputation is enormous. Imagine the people who look for vindicatemj for the first time and find themselves on a haters’ site. By the time they realize who they are reading they must be so disgusted by this “fake vindicatemj” (or by Michael Jackson himself) that they will never return.

This is the how haters are doing their successful business now. However, as I’ve said, this success is a stolen one. The true situation of MJ haters is totally different. To see what it’s like we need to look at how the haters did in their own capacity, when they were not masquerading as someone else. And over there they faced a total catastrophe.

The hater’s site rating a year ago, in March 2012. The red arrow in the left-hand corner shows a decline, though generally speaking the 3,047,205 rank is not that bad.

The screenshot of ratings of one of their sites was taken a year ago, in March 2012.

At that time it was number 3,047,205 from the top of the list, taken by Yahoo and other similar global sites.

The rank was not bad considering that millions of new sites are started all over the world every new day. The tendency was that of a decline as the red arrow shows it.

However a year later, in January 2013 the hater’s situation became disastrous. The site rank fell to number 24,640,160 proving to everyone around that in an honest competition with Michael’s vindicators haters simply have no chance. They tried really hard to vilify Michael and all of it ended in nothing.

This is proven by the second picture taken in the current month of January 2013:

Screenshot of the hater's site a year later, in January 2013. The global rank fell to a low 24,640,160

Screenshot of the hater’s site a year later, in January 2013. The global rank fell to a low 24,640,160

Somewhere in between these two dates our parasite decided to try a different road to success – use the name of a real vindicatemj site, create a fake vindicatemj replica, and this time tell lies about Jackson under the cover of vindicatemj.

The idea was as follows – if lies don’t work on their own, they should be thrust on the people in a stealthy manner. This way the readers will be taken away from the truth about Jackson, the good name of the real MJ’s advocate will be compromised, the fake site will thrive in success and will promote its lies further.

The fact that this was to be done behind the very back of the MJ advocate gave a special zest to the whole venture.

This ugly method alone tells you all you need to know about this person.

The strategy itself has worked to a certain degree as the number of visitors to the fake “vindicatemj” blog has risen dramatically. Only this number was stolen from the place where it belongs  – this blog,  as all the people who came to the hater were actually looking for us and were redirected to the fraudulent site in the ugliest manner possible.

However despite all the theft and damage our real vindicating blog has not been doing that bad. We are close to a million hits now. What’s especially good about it is that this figure is honest, was earned by us and not stolen from anyone, and was acquired in an honest competition with Michael’s haters, who stop absolutely at nothing in order to bury us.

Our rank according to the same official rating system is not bad either. In March 2012 it was number 1, 209,354 from the top. For the past year since then, despite all our inner problems, theft and deliberate damage our rating still rose by some 200,000 points and has taken the place of a little over a million from the top.

Can you imagine how much higher the rank would have been if it had not been for the hater’s efforts to undermine our blog?

I say “our” and not “mine” because I do not want to attribute the success of this blog to myself only. It is a united effort of all Michael’s advocates and this is indeed true.

A lot of people speak up for Michael Jackson and contribute to the blog in many different ways, not to mention my co-authors who have also done a great job and are equally dedicated to proving Michael Jackson’ s innocence.

So it is all of you who I want to congratulate with our million global traffic rank and half a million US traffic rank, as well as another million in hits.

Thank you very much guys.

Of course we want to be the first, but even this result is splendid considering the utterly hostile environment and constant provocations we have to live in. These results were reached against all odds, and I am really very grateful to all those who helped this vindication work for Michael to become a reality. Three and a half years ago we could not even dream of it.

And though we are very different, and often engage in disputes, we are still embraced by Michael’s genuine love for all of us, and we feel it. It is probably his love and our genuine respect for him that help us to deal with everything else in between, using Michael’s expression.

We should go on. Our mission will be fulfilled only when the general public is so ashamed of their accusations against Michael that they will even forget the crazy things they said about him, and assure us that they never really think it.

When this happens we will forgive them, because this is what Michael himself would have done. If the light side of people’s souls wins over their own dark side this is all that matters in the long run. Michael was the most forgiving person we’ve ever known and this is why we love him so much.

Recently I found what Michael’s nephew Taj Jackson said about Michael:

  • “My uncle taught me never to give up on “haters”. Look deeper inside and you will find a lot of pain, suffering, and sadness”.

Never give up on “haters”! For some reason I never doubted that Michael would look at it this way.

Probably for a similar reason I am not very angry with the hater trashing my good name on every corner. Angry of course, but not angry enough to take some really drastic measures against this parasite.  I prefer to leave the job of dealing with this person to the Almighty, as I know that His vindication will be much harsher than anything people can ever think of.

Note:

The post has been amended as it seems that the demographics pictures were misinterpreted by me. I found the interpretation provided by the stats authors and they said that red color showed the deficiency of something/someone rather than their surplus number. They said the credibility of the demographics was low so I preferred to take that information down. Sorry for the mistake.

27 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana permalink
    March 24, 2013 8:31 am

    They’re everywhere. They won’t stop, and it breaks my heart😦

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  2. January 30, 2013 3:25 pm

    “some haters have always been organized”

    Dial, I think that we cannot even imagine how organized these people are in their hatred for Michael and their desire to use him for their causes. In fact all their campaigning against Michael sounded like a well-conducted symphony where every instrument was playing a part.

    “It takes money, people and knowledge how to go about creating these fake sites, fake profiles and fake trails. At least one of the extend family members’ is a journalist and another influential friends and a financial stake in what was Tellum a PR company, now a successfully diversified corporation prominent in the world of Media distribution, Advertising & Entertainment production.”

    True, and this is why I thought that one of the worst haters’ sites was actually started by Evan Chandler and his brother Ray. It posted very specific information which was accessible only to the Chandlers – for example, the papers of the $60mln. suit Evan Chandler filed after Michael made his appearance on the Diane Sawyer’s show. At around the time when Evan Chandler died there was a pause on that site, and later it resumed its work growing in size and incorporating all the latest news.

    After that its language also changed. The Chandlers’ part was written in American English, while the later entries were made in either British (“favour” instead of “favor”) or Australian English whose spelling is the same as British. By now they have probably corrected all the differences, but at the time when I noticed them they were there.

    I did speak about those language differences before and as soon as I say something here it immediately echoes in the haters’ sites. They are among my most “faithful” readers.

    “if” any are involved in creating fake VMJ sites then this is all they have left, a testament to their ability to “fake it”.

    They have no arguments against what we are saying and this is a clear sign that we are speaking the truth, and that is why they try to replace the name of “vindicatemj” in the internet wiith their own hateful versions.

    P.S. The post has been amended as it seems that the demographics pictures were misinterpreted by me. I found the interpretation provided by the stats authors and they said that red color showed the deficiency of something/someone rather than their surplus number. They said the credibility of the demographics was low so I preferred to take that information down. Sorry for the mistake.

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  3. January 29, 2013 8:03 pm

    Could be as June and Jordan are now living together in California.

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  4. Truth Prevail permalink
    January 28, 2013 9:30 pm

    @lacienegasmiles

    Thanks for that info🙂

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  5. January 28, 2013 2:18 pm

    Helena,

    You posted the haters are becoming organized. True, but then they only needed to do was copy us. They have always depended upon lying so faking our site using a twist is about their speed. Dimond laminated in 2010 that we had become organized.

    However, some haters have always been organized. They did not need to falsify our evidence, they held sway back in 2004, because what is available now was not then. A few have always been organized using prolific posts spread across many sites. Before, they could use falsified photos and documents as there was nothing to test them against. I posed this question here in 2010. Has it occurred to anyone that “some” of these frauds or “haters” could be Chandlers and/or their extended?

    It takes money, people and knowledge how to go about creating these fake sites, fake profiles and fake trails. At least one of the extend family members’ is a journalist and another influential friends and a financial stake in what was Tellum a PR company, now a successfully diversified corporation prominent in the world of Media distribution, Advertising & Entertainment production.

    If…. that is if any are involved their bitterness may stem from the fact some who once believed them no longer do, because information the Chandlers avoided or fought bitterly against opportunities to put up or shut up is out there. And perhaps…. “if” any are involved in creating fake VMJ sites then this is all they have left, a testament to their ability to “fake it”.

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  6. January 28, 2013 5:11 am

    This is what MJ said unedited about some family members on the Moonwalk tapes:

    In what seems to be Part I of a number of secret video tapes that Michael Jackson created for his biography (and revealed by News of The World) he speaks the ugly truth about his family, including his own child abuse by his father.

    News of The World will be releasing more of these tapes in weeks to come, but here’s a few of the key points that Michael made in these tapes:

    He branded his Jackson 5 brothers “lazy moaners” who just sat around relying on him to make them money.

    “The brothers didn’t give me support,” he snipes on one tape. “We’d be working on a TV show or video and they’d be sitting around moaning and groaning but I’d be watching and learning.

    ”It takes a talent, but some people are lazy and don’t want to develop anything.”

    ON MARLON: “People used to call him ugly and make fun of him – and people would say, ‘Which brother is that one?’. “He constantly imitates me on stage. Whatever I do he’ll do right after me. I hate when that happens because he looks too “doo woppy” and so old-fashioned.”

    ON JERMAINE: “Jermaine would either be looking for girls or going along with the jokes”.

    As a songwriter he lambasted him for “always letting outside influences change what style and beauty he’s created. “It always ends up not being his creation and changed in some type of way.”

    ON JACKIE: ”He approaches everything with so much negativity and doubting.”

    ON RANDY (youngest brother): “He doesn’t listen and is real hard-headed”. “You say it’s dark – he’ll say it’s daylight. And he has to be macho. I’ll never forget the day we had a meeting with our producer who said you’ve got to stand up on your own. “Randy stood up and said: “I’m a man’ – we are all started laughing.”

    ON HIS MUM: “She disappointed me. She did an interview (about him). I don’t like her to talk. It’s none of those people’s business.”

    “She wished she would have had all boys. She told my sisters that – and they agreed! That’s how my sisters are – they are prejudiced against other girls.”

    ON LA TOYA: “To me she is Mrs Nice and Nasty. I come in her room (and she says), ‘You can’t sit on her couch, sit on the bed or walk on the carpet’, She wants to keep everything fresh.” “If you cough at the table she covers her plate. If you sneeze forget it, she’s in another room. If you clear your throat, you can’t do that while she is eating.”

    ”And forget about going to the movies. She doesn’t understand what I see in Star Wars, Close Encounters or Jaws.”

    ON JANET: “Janet is a tomboy. That is why it kills me to see her off and married (to producer James DeBarge in 1984. Marriage was over in a year). We did everything together and were just alike. We write a whole schedule for the day and follow it. It’s a terrible loss.”

    ON DAD JOE: “I would suffer if I had to spend a whole day with him.

    “He would sit in a chair with a belt or a switch and we’d do our performance. And if we messed up he hit you.”

    ON HIMSELF: “They (the brothers) thought I was naïve, soft and sweet and wimpy, but I wasn’t. It was me who went to Berry Gordy (Motown’s chief) and said, ‘We’re gonna leave’. “I am the captain of my ship. I take suggestions and listen to what everyone has to say, but the final decision is mine.”

    Except from when he did the famous Pepsi commercial in which his hair was set on fire. “I hate Pepsi. I hated doing that dumb commercial,” he said. “The only thing I liked about it was working with the children.”

    A few of the tapes are on Youtube, there’s one where he talks about Joe and says “I would get beat bad. To the point where I would say abused… please don’t write that.”

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  7. Truth Prevail permalink
    January 28, 2013 4:31 am

    Members*

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  8. Truth Prevail permalink
    January 28, 2013 4:30 am

    “Jackson wrote one biography, ‘Moonwalk’, which had to be heavily edited because of attacks on family member”

    Anyone shed some more light on this?

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  9. Truth Prevail permalink
    January 28, 2013 4:29 am

    King of Pop Michael Jackson secretly began writing an autobiography about his lowest moments in the last years of his life.

    Jackson, who died in 2009, reportedly wrote 600 pages of notes about his struggles during the late eighties through 2007, Daily Express reported.

    He also accumulated sketches and documents in an attempt to correct how history was written about him. During those two decades, Jackson was rarely out of the headlines, not least for paying off Jordie Chandler 12 million pounds amid child-sex allegations.

    His admission that he shared his bed with children led Jackson to be accused but acquitted in 2005 of molesting Gavin Arvizo.

    Anguished, then Jackson flew to the Middle East where he began writing the manuscripts, where a former business contact has locked them away.

    The wealthy associate is in two minds over releasing the book, which is not complete and would need to be fleshed out to make a full autobiography.

    Jackson wrote one biography, ‘Moonwalk’, which had to be heavily edited because of attacks on family members. “The manuscript covers a raft of Michael’s adventures and business dealings. He makes it clear that he is the father of Prince and Paris. Michael wrote the book because he never got a chance to tell his story and at some stage needed to express his feelings on everything.

    “The book addresses the child molestation at Neverland, insisting how he felt sickened that he was accused of doing that. Michael also talks about Jordie even though both parties agreed a gagging order when they settled in 1993,” a source said.

    Jackson died after his doctor, Conrad Murray, pumped him with anesthetic Propofol days before his comeback tour in June 2009.

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  10. January 28, 2013 3:07 am

    Anybody else see this headline about Michael writing a “600 page tell-all memoir” in the last years of his life which a former business associate in the Middle East is safe-keeping under lock and key? http://www.deccanchronicle.com/130127/entertainment-tvmusic/article/michael-jackson-wrote-tell-all-memoir

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  11. January 28, 2013 12:42 am

    Here is another story which the beasts will never understand. Why spend time with a terminally ill boy? Especially if he beats you in two video games?

    MJ and David Smithee April 14, 1984

    Karen Wilson was traveling back to Tulsa from a business trip when she heard the news that Michael Jackson had died Thursday.

    “It brought back some wonderful memories of my son and how special Michael Jackson treated him,” Wilson said. “His loss was terrible, and his death brought up a heavy heart.”

    It was in 1984 when her 14-year-old son, David Smithee, who was terminally ill with cystic fibrosis, met Jackson at his California home.

    The visit was part of a weeklong California trip for David made possible by a nonprofit organization that fulfilled the dreams of terminally ill children.

    During the afternoon visit at Jackson’s Encino, Calif., home, David watched a movie with Jackson in his home theater, played video games and learned how to moonwalk.

    Of the video games, David told a Tulsa Tribune reporter, “I played two games with him and beat him both times.”

    The visit was topped off with Jackson giving David the red leather jacket he had worn in the “Beat It” video and a beaded glove he had worn to the American Music Awards, where he collected eight awards.

    David wore the jacket and glove home on the plane to Tulsa, his mother recalled.

    “He was just in heaven,” Wilson said.

    David, an eighth-grader at Nimitz Junior High School, went straight to the hospital after arriving home, his mother said.

    While in the hospital, David showed visitors the jacket, glove and pictures of himself and Jackson, Wilson said.

    David died one month later.

    “Michael Jackson gave us the happiest last month of our lives,” Wilson said. “(David) died very happy.”

    The visit must have made an impact on Jackson, too; he later dedicated the Jackson 5’s “Victory” album to David.

    Wilson continued to follow Jackson’s career after her son’s death. She remains an adamant defender of Jackson, who faced rumors and accusations of inappropriate behavior with children.

    “Despite everything that was said of him later, we saw none of that,” Wilson said. “I never, never, never believed any of it. He was alone with my son a lot and never did anything ever happen.

    “I never really believed any of that.”

    Wilson still has all the pictures and memorabilia from their visit with Jackson.

    And she still has the jacket and glove.

    “They are under lock and key,” Wilson said. “But now they’ve become too fragile to take out and touch too much.”

    Ironically, Wilson was dancing to a Jackson song Wednesday night while at a convention during her business trip. The song gave her the opportunity to tell others about her son’s meeting with Jackson. “I still, when a Michael Jackson song comes on, my heart still pounds,” Wilson said.
    http://www.lipstickalley.com/f227/michael-joseph-jackson-hero-242249/index13.html

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  12. January 28, 2013 12:30 am

    “The demonization of Michael was terrible, that in the end it looks like a grotesque. Especially after his death, it is the more visible. People see that there was something wrong with the media. Everyone who knew Michael personally, they say about him well and with emotion. In my country, the people who met him, they saw his great modesty and manners. Dignity – the word also appears in the memories. When he visited the hospital, witness says: “Michael sat on the hospital bed and hugged sick, hairless child. What I saw in his eyes was sincere. He suffered together with the child”.

    Maria, thank you very much and for the wonderful video too:


    You know what it made me think about? Michael went to see ill, miserable and often crippled children the sight of whom will generally make people avert their eyes. I don’t know why it happens – probably because we don’t want to stare at other people’s misfortune or because most of us prefer to look at beautiful things in life like pictures in those gloss journals or beauties of the nature. Everyone admires beauty. However when we see an open wound we try not to look – illness is not nice.

    And Michael went to see the ill again and again, hugged them, kissed them, stroked their hair, took those crippled ones in his arms. And he did it every day between his shows or even on the days of the show. Can we imagine it? I must be not having even a fraction of Michael’s love for people as I personally cannot imagine it.

    Here is a story about Michael meeting a sick girl (this source has lots and lots of great accounts like that –
    http://www.lipstickalley.com/f227/michael-joseph-jackson-hero-242249/index14.html

    In 1987, Michael Jackson meets 4-year old wounded Angela Darlington and her mother, Helen, in Melbourne Children’s Hospital.

    The mother has this to say on the visit 21 years later:

    “My daughter, Angela, was in hospital with head injuries after being hit by a car. One day we were told by the nurses that Michael Jackson was coming to visit. We had to keep it a secret, so the hospital wasn’t overwhelmed with fans. There was a big flurry, as his assistants handed out T-shirts and signed copies of his Bad album to everyone on the ward. Then he just walked around and talked to the patients. […] I said hello. He said he was pleased to meet me. I was gobsmacked. He was very gentle and seemed shy. I got the sense he had a deep love for children, especially those who’d been hurt. Then he crouched down and said ‘Hello, Angela’. She couldn’t talk, because she’d just come out of a coma, but she started smiling. After that day, she started to get better. I think of him as an inspiration. We’d been having a terrible time – Angela was in hospital and I’d been ringing Lifeline to keep myself together, but he was a total inspiration for the whole ward. I thought: ‘Thank God for sending him’. He just had a presence about him – this great empathy with people who needed to get better. Now, Angela is 25, at university and full of life. There was another boy on the ward who was about 15 and was a huge fan. After Michael’s visit, he started getting better too. His mom thought it was a miracle. I believe many of the children got better after meeting him. I think people should know about this side of Michael. I’ve never believed he was anything but a good person.”

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  13. January 27, 2013 11:39 pm

    “NYTimes on Jan. 21 2013 there was an article about Sullivan´s book, and complaints that it had been killed by the fans. For now sales have stopped. Some interesting comments if you can find it”.

    Kaarin, thank you for the news. I’ve found the article. It is funny to see the NYTimes being hurt and offended by those “terrible” fans. Funny how the roles changed.

    Swarming a Book Online
    By DAVID STREITFELD
    Published: January 20, 2013 188 Comments

    In the biggest, most overt and most successful of these campaigns, a group of Michael Jackson fans used Facebook and Twitter to solicit negative reviews of a new biography of the singer. They bombarded Amazon with dozens of one-star takedowns, succeeded in getting several favorable notices erased and even took credit for Amazon’s briefly removing the book from sale.

    “Books used to die by being ignored, but now they can be killed — and perhaps unjustly killed,” said Trevor Pinch, a Cornell sociologist who has studied Amazon reviews. “In theory, a very good book could be killed by a group of people for malicious reasons.”

    In “Untouchable: The Strange Life and Tragic Death of Michael Jackson,” Randall Sullivan writes that Jackson’s overuse of plastic surgery reduced his nose to little more than a pair of nostrils and that he died a virgin despite being married twice. These points in particular seem to infuriate the fans.

    Outside Amazon, the book had a mixed reception; in The New York Times, Michiko Kakutani called it “thoroughly dispensable.” So it is difficult to pinpoint how effective the campaign was. Still, the book has been a resounding failure in the marketplace.

    The fans, who call themselves Michael Jackson’s Rapid Response Team to Media Attacks, say they are exercising their free speech rights to protest a book they feel is exploitative and inaccurate. “Sullivan does everything he can to dehumanize, dismantle and destroy, against all objective fact,” a spokesman for the group said.

    But the book’s publisher, Grove Press, said the Amazon review system was being abused in an organized campaign. “We’re very reluctant to interfere with the free flow of discourse, but there should be transparency about people’s motivations,” said Morgan Entrekin, president of Grove/Atlantic, Grove’s parent company.

    Amazon said the fans’ reviews had not violated its guidelines but declined further comment.

    The retailer, like other sites that depend on customer reviews, has been faced with the problem of so-called sock puppets, those people secretly commissioned by an author to produce favorable notices. In recent months, Amazon has made efforts to remove reviews by those it deemed too close to the author, especially relatives.

    The issue of attack reviews, though, has received little attention. The historian Orlando Figes was revealed in 2010 to be using Amazon to anonymously vilify his rivals and secretly praise himself. The crime writer R. J. Ellory was exposed for doing the same thing last fall.

    Attack reviews are hard to police. It is difficult, if not impossible, to detect the difference between an authentic critical review and an author malevolently trying to bring down a colleague, or organized assaults by fans. Amazon’s extensive rules on reviewing offer little guidance on what is permissible in negative reviews and what is not.

    With “Untouchable,” Grove had hopes for a modest best seller. The book was excerpted in Vanity Fair, and Mr. Sullivan, a longtime contributor to Rolling Stone who lives in Portland, Ore., promoted it on “Nightline” and “Good Morning America.” Amazon selected it as one of the best books of November, encouraging readers to “check out this train wreck of a life.” The retailer also selected it as one of the 100 best e-books of the year.

    None of that helped when Mr. Sullivan tried to complain, saying reviews of his book were factually false yet being voted up by the fans so that they dominated the page for “Untouchable.” The bookseller replied with boilerplate. “Rest assured, we’ll read each of the reviews and remove any that violate our guidelines,” adding, “We’ve appreciated your business and hope to have the opportunity to serve you again in the future.”

    In an interview, Mr. Sullivan asked: “Should people be allowed to make flagrantly false comments about the content of a book or its author? This is suppression of free speech in the name of free speech.”

    “Untouchable” is 586 pages of text, with 200 pages of notes. Much of it focuses on Jackson’s chaotic last years, including his efforts at comebacks, his struggles to remain solvent, his shocking death in 2009 and the battle over his estate.

    It is a largely sympathetic portrait. For instance, Mr. Sullivan seeks to refute the popular notion that the singer had troubling relationships with young boys. Jackson was found not guilty of child-molesting in a criminal trial in 2005.

    Yet even before the book was officially published on Nov. 13, the rapid response team declared, “It’s time for action!”

    Within two weeks, the book had nearly 100 anonymous one-star reviews that included such comments as: “A disgrace and a disgusting insult to the greatest artist and entertainer the world has ever known.” “There is not one actual fact in this book.” “Sullivan seeks to criticize Michael’s spending habits? It’s none of his business what Michael spent his money on.” “Michael Jackson has dedicated his entire life to helping others. He doesn’t deserve this.” “The audacity to term Michael Jackson’s life a ‘train wreck’ is nothing less than evil and uneducated.”

    For several days in late November, Amazon stopped selling physical copies of the book after buyers said copies were defective, in a development first reported by The Portland Oregonian. Mr. Entrekin said Amazon was the only sales outlet that had received such complaints.

    The fans took the credit for removing the book from sale. “Book stopped selling,” one of them noted in a Nov. 26 post on the Facebook page. “MJ fans we have done it again!!! Who’s BAD!!!”

    About that time, other readers started leaving positive reviews of the book and criticizing the negative reviews, turning the review forum into a full-scale brawl. The fans labeled these reviewers “haters,” saying: “Do not fight with the haters but we need you to focus on the book and leave negative reviews of the book. Rate it with one star. We do not want the book rating to go up.”

    It also encouraged the fans to report “the MJ hating trolls” to Amazon for making “inappropriate and personal” attacks against those who left negative reviews.

    Tom Mesereau, the Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer who became a hero among Jackson fans when he successfully represented the singer in his molesting case, was a major source for Mr. Sullivan. In early December, he made a YouTube video calling the attacks on “Untouchable” a “disgusting, sophisticated, Hollywood-style P.R. campaign.”

    In reality, the campaign is being run a long way from Hollywood. An administrator for the rapid response team, who identified himself as Steve Pollard, said five people run the Facebook site and Twitter efforts, only three of them in the United States. Going after “Untouchable” was “a moral responsibility,” said Mr. Pollard, a 52-year-old resident of Detroit. He explained, “If you were to drive by a graveyard and see someone steal a corpse in order to make a profit, you would feel some responsibility to do something.”

    He said that the response team did not tell fans what to say in their Amazon reviews and that they did not try to have the book removed, despite messages to the contrary on the Facebook page. But he added in an e-mail that some of the favorable reviews of “Untouchable” “were removed (I think) because they were attacks against fans and not reviews of his book. We reported the attacks of course.”

    Mr. Pinch, the Cornell researcher, said he got the sense that “Amazon is hoping that all these problems with positive and negative reviews will go away.” He added: “But as more and more abuses come to light, the overall effect will be a slow undermining of the process. There are so many ways to game the system.”

    Grove distributed 16,000 copies of “Untouchable.” Nielsen BookScan, which tracks sales in most outlets, counted only 3,000 copies sold. For a time this month, “Untouchable” was being outsold on Amazon by a book on Jackson’s body language, “Behind the Mask.”

    That book, published by the author, had something going for it that “Untouchable” did not: the endorsement of the fans. “Michael Jackson would be pleased that such an objective book was written about him,” one reviewer wrote on Amazon.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/21/business/a-casualty-on-the-battlefield-of-amazons-partisan-book-reviews.html?pagewanted=all

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  14. January 27, 2013 10:12 pm

    There is a quote from Abraham Lincoln : “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time” I think, this fit´s the efforts of the haters exactly, the time they fooled the people is over! I hope this encourages you a bit!

    Appleh, I hope it encourages all Michael’s supporters! People are finally beginning to see that the haters simply fooled them. The more dirty tricks they show the better it is. They are only exposing their true worth this way.

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  15. appleh permalink
    January 27, 2013 9:02 pm

    )” but I am one hundred per cent sure that “trolls and haters” are organized, have an agenda and are trying to reverse the trend of Michael’s vindication. Can you imagine their frustration – they spent twenty years dragging Michael through the mud and now they see all of it turning into dust? For them it is like a realization that the whole life was lived in vain. Of course they will fight like hell. And what did you expect? It’s no surprise and we should be ready for it.”

    Hi vindicate,

    we have to be strong and patient ! There is a qote from Abraham Lincoln :

    You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time

    I think, this fit´s the efforts of the haters exactly, the time they fooled the people is over !

    I hope this encourages you a bit !

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  16. nannorris permalink
    January 27, 2013 3:17 am

    Actually Jolie, the link I gave you was to Mesereau and yu , but you can link to their youtube acct..That is an in session interview with beth kassa., which I think the three parts is the complete interview.


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  17. January 27, 2013 1:02 am

    “I am not sure when, maybe over a year ago, it started appearing to me that the “trolls and haters” were getting more organized. Any opportunity for comments re: anything Michael, all of a sudden, had various troll comments plugging up the fan dialogue. Comments that were always illogical and obscene.”

    Jolie, I haven’t yet listened to Thomas Mesereau’s interview sent here by Nannorris (will do it later) but I am one hundred per cent sure that “trolls and haters” are organized, have an agenda and are trying to reverse the trend of Michael’s vindication. Can you imagine their frustration – they spent twenty years dragging Michael through the mud and now they see all of it turning into dust? For them it is like a realization that the whole life was lived in vain.

    Of course they will fight like hell. And what did you expect? It’s no surprise and we should be ready for it.

    “Are their lives that empty? or are they being paid and coached?..This grieves me very much because it seems that this is a repeat of what happened in Michael’s life. This is very evil…

    Well, at least now you know that all of it was not a mere accident. It was well-planned and intentional. And they are indeed coached and probably even paid. Let us not underestimate them – we are having to do with the ugliest form of evil on earth. It doesn’t make our life easier but this way we will at least have no illusions. We are facing pure evil.

    “My only consolation is knowing that God sees all, and He is a God of Justice. God will continue to vindicate Michael.”

    I fully agree. Even the very best of people, the strongest and the most hard-working are helpless on their own, without God’s help. Especially if there are not very many of them in this sea of evil around us. But with God on our side we can do it. It seems to me that as regards Michael God has taken vindication into His hands. So many incredible things take place that sometimes all that is left to us is raise our hands up to the sky in sheer wonder and gratitude for these miracles.

    Yesterday I read the book by Van Valin, translated into my native language. That is why I won’t be able to provide you the original quote from it, but here is the idea of what Michael said there. Van Valin praised Michael for his huge talent and Michael looked up from the journal he was leafing through and quietly said: “It’s not me”. Valin didn’t understand and Michael explained that his talent was not his – it was given to him by God, therefore he could not attribute it to himself. (It’s not a quote – just the idea of it).

    You cannot imagine how true Michael was. Usually people take pride for their talent, beauty, intellect, etc. But how can they take pride for something which they did not do themselves? All of it was given to them for free, and not even by parents because a genius may be born in a totally ordinary family. What they later do with their talent is their own doing of course, but initially it was given, and not acquired. People can take pride (if any at all) only for what they do with the gift they received – develop their talent by hard work and learning, or bury it in laziness and indulgence for themselves.

    Michael’s words impressed me greatly, and this is why I am writing about it now. If we are Michael’s supporters we should not forget where Michael was taking his strength from – from God. And it isn’t just a mere phrase, it is a reality.

    “I want to listen to more of Michael’s music, watch more of his performances, and just get excited and blissful watching the beautiful, beautiful Michael Jackson.”

    Michael’s effect on people is healing. I experienced it many times myself when after going through the haters’ pedophilia twilight I felt sick, empty, dirty inside and even not quite alive. At these moments I dropped everything and simply listened and listened and listened to Michael’s songs. And you know what? And after several hours (sometimes days) of listening I felt like I was new again. Michael is like oxygen and after breathing it you can start it all over again.

    “I am so sorry Helena that you have to endure those bogus “Vindicating Michael” sites.”

    I don’t take it personally. I take it as an insult to the whole community of MJ advocates and Michael himself. By all these ugly tricks haters put lies on “top of the charts” and simply do not allow the public to know the truth about Jackson. This is the essence of it all and their main goal.

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  18. Susannerb permalink*
    January 26, 2013 2:18 pm

    Helena, I couldn’t find it either online. It was part of a program called “Auslandsjournal extra” on the 3sat channel. It’s no tabloid channel, it’s a rather serious TV channel.

    Great idea, this world championship of MJ dancers!

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  19. January 26, 2013 12:33 pm

    “It showed me again that there is definitely no place on earth where Michael is not known. He left his tracks on every spot of this planet – from hot California to the coldest place on earth. And it made me feel very warm inside to see this again.”

    Susanne, after that wonderful story about the Siberian robust ox called Michael Jackson (lol) I tried to look it up on Youtube. It wasn’t there of course, but I found something different – an amazing solo dance by a fan in another Siberian city, Barnaul.

    In the place of the Estate I would arrange a world championship of Michael Jackson dancers. It would be an engrossing show drawing millions of TV viewers the world over. Imagine all the fight for the right to represent their countries in a championship!

    I vote for this guy to represent my country. From the comments I’ve learned that he is a university student.

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  20. January 26, 2013 12:18 pm

    “The reporter joined the meteorologist when he took his big, strong ox out of his stable to get some ice. I screamed when I heard the meteorologist tell the reporter the name of his ox: MICHAEL JACKSON. When he talked with the reporters about the hard life they had in this part of the world, he told that MICHAEL JACKSON had the hardest job in winter. It was a huge animal, very robust , with big horns, nothing we would connect with Michael at first sight. But when the man told that he was the strongest worker I found it suitable. Michael was strong like an ox.”

    Susanne, it is so funny and wonderful and so incredible, and so true. Michael’s name is becoming the synonym of strength the world over. And our modest efforts at Michael’s vindication have nothing to do with it. It is just happening on its own, by God’s will alone.

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  21. nannorris permalink
    January 26, 2013 9:13 am

    Jolie.
    http://www.mesereauyu.com/beth-karas-interviews-tom-mesereau-on-cnn-in-session-on-the-conrad-murray-trial
    this is mesereau and yu youtube , you can watch the full interview here , I believe

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  22. jolie permalink
    January 26, 2013 7:52 am

    I am not sure when, maybe over a year ago, it started appearing to me that the “trolls and haters” were getting more organized. Any opportunity for comments re: anything Michael, all of a sudden, had various troll comments plugging up the fan dialogue. Comments that were always illogical and obscene. My heart sank because I could somehow sense that there was a method to the madness. Who would waste their time writing obscene comments about Michael Jackson? Are their lives that empty? or are they being paid and coached? This grieves me very much because it seems that this is a repeat of what happened in Michael’s life. This is very evil…this is what bullies do to their victims…My only consolation is knowing that God sees all, and He is a God of Justice. God will continue to vindicate Michael. Michael is at peace now, in heaven with God. In the meantime, I just want to listen to more of Michael’s music, watch more of his performances, and just get excited and blissful watching the beautiful, beautiful Michael Jackson. Barry Manilow says it best @3:07 (YouTube link below)

    I am so sorry Helena that you have to endure those bogus “Vindicating Michael” sites.

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  23. jolie permalink
    January 26, 2013 7:15 am

    @Maria… Everyone who knew Michael personally, they say about him well and with emotion.

    Maria, Your statement reminded me of the YouTube video I saw yesterday for the first time. It is a television interview of Tom Mesereau. I found it fascinating because it was the first time I had heard Tom Mesereau elaborate on his love of Michael as an artist…and he said it with emotion, as a true fan would, with a big smile on his face! He saw “This Is It” three times!!! This just really blessed my heart…because Michael massively touches peoples heart. The interview is in more than 3 parts but I could only find three of them. Meseareau defends Michael throughout. This is Part Two – see 3:33 – 5:40 minutes. Here is the link:

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  24. January 26, 2013 3:35 am

    Sorry for the typos above.Worldpress made it compicated to send the comment.Has not happened in a long time,-That movie was so moronic. It would do no harm to VMJ to show it here.

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  25. January 26, 2013 3:02 am

    V.G,´s groupies and of similar persuasion? I have to make a confession: I did watch Murrays PR movie about himself on their site. It the video quality was good.. The content of course made an impression totally opposite to what was intended.To show that movie was a big mistake for them!
    BTW on NYTimes on Jan. 21 2013 there was an article about Sullivan´s book, and complaints that it had been killed by the fans. For now sales have stopped. Some interesting comments if you can find it.

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  26. Susannerb permalink*
    January 26, 2013 2:27 am

    This just happened half an hour ago, and I don’t want to keep it to myself:
    I saw a short documentary on TV about the coldest inhabited place on earth. It’s a village in Siberia called Oimjakon, about 1000 km east of Jakutsk. There are temperatures up to -50° C in winter. A German TV crew was there and they talked to the local meteorologist who is responsible for the weather station. There is no running water in winter and people have to melt ice. The reporter joined the meteorologist when he took his big, strong ox out of his stable to get some ice. I screamed when I heard the meteorologist tell the reporter the name of his ox: MICHAEL JACKSON. When he talked with the reporters about the hard life they had in this part of the world, he told that MICHAEL JACKSON had the hardest job in winter. It was a huge animal, very robust , with big horns, nothing we would connect with Michael at first sight. But when the man told that he was the strongest worker I found it suitable. Michael was strong like an ox.
    It showed me again that there is definitely no place on earth where Michael is not known. He left his tracks on every spot of this planet – from hot California to the coldest place on earth. And it made me feel very warm inside to see this again.
    Helena, your most important sentence is: Haters have already lost to Michael’s vindicators. It’s because we inherited Michael’s strength.
    In the end haters are weak because they are cowards and their lies are too obvious. And they will never be able to diminish the influence Michael had and still has.

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  27. Maria permalink
    January 26, 2013 12:31 am

    The demonization of Michael was terrible, that in the end it looks like a grotesque. Especially after his death, it is the more visible. People see that there was something wrong with the media. Everyone who knew Michael personally, they say about him well and with emotion. They say that he was kind, funny and just a regular, normal. Michael was loved by the people who knew him, and despised by the people who did not know him. (Media). People all over the world, they give about him only a good testimony. In my country, the people who met him, they saw his great modesty and manners. Dignity – the word also appears in the memories. When he visited the hospital, witness says: “Michael sat on the hospital bed and hugged sick, hairless child. What I saw in his eyes was sincere. He suffered together with the child”. Media preferred to focus on the creation of a freak. The truth was not interesting. What was important for Michael was ignored by the media.

    We must continue to proclaim the truth. Enemies will finally be silent and ashamed. The truth can no longer be stopped.

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