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Macaulay and Brett Barnes do NOT join Wade Robson’s lawsuit. CRUEL GAMES AROUND MACAULAY

April 16, 2015

Macaulay Culkin then and now, 2014Macaulay Culkin was one of the three young friends of Michael Jackson who, alongside Wade Robson and Brett Barnes, testified in his defense at the 2005 trial.

This automatically turned him into another target of MJ haters – in addition to Brett Barnes whom they are now harassing in an utterly relentless way (please see this post for details).

Wade Robson’s supporters have surely tried their luck with Macaulay too, but something apparently went wrong as there are certain signs of failure and desperation noticeable among the harassers.

They have to admit that Macaulay has ‘character’ and will hardly ever ‘betray’ Michael, and mind you, in their language the refusal to betray actually means his refusal to tell lies about MJ.

In search for an explanation of Macaulay’s unwillingness to join Robson’s slander suit they naturally quote from a certain boy-lover forum whose arguments they fully share (while simultaneously trying to distance themselves from their views).

Their explanation of Macaulay’s resistance is as follows:

“One ‘boy-lover’ said that Mac Culkin would never tell because he had “character” — meaning he wasn’t a traitor like Wade, Jimmy, Jordie, Gavin, etc. The ‘boy-lover’ noted that he was “eternally grateful for such faithfulness and character” in certain boys who, “despite the many eventual boy defections which take place under societal pressure”, continue to have a “shred of decency” and not tell on their “erstwhile adult companions”.

Indeed, ‘character’ Macaulay Culkin does have, only not the kind these people imagine. A boy who at the age of 14 told his ultra-domineering father that he was quitting his successful career and was going in ‘retirement’ should have had much character to do it. And who also sought estrangement from his father and sorted out money matters with him a couple of years later. And is refusing to see him ever since.

Indeed, despite his seemingly frail facade Macaulay Culkin is a hard nut to crack and is therefore capable to give MJ haters very much headache, and in a way these people don’t even suspect it. The so-called Wade Robson supporters evidently realize that it will be impossible to bring Macaulay over to their side and this is why they prefer to spread boy-lovers’ theories about him rather than handle him directly.

However this doesn’t make Macaulay’s life any easier. Where small fry cannot bite some really big sharks come into play and make his life unbearable. Indeed, Macaulay is being harassed on a totally different level – tabloids and mainstream media never give him a moment of peace, keep tripping on him the way they did on Michael Jackson and constantly play wicked games around him.

The stories spread about Macaulay in the media are extreme in their callousness as they regularly report that he has either “6 months to live” or has already died and several times too.

No one will convince me that things like that “just happen” on their own, without someone conducting this well-tuned orchestra. All of it looks like a concerted effort on the part of the media and those who pull the strings of this campaign which is surely aimed at ruining Macaulay’s life and health.

However the most surprising thing is that our cool “Home alone” character seems to have found a way to rebuff their attacks and has learned to cope with the problem in an absolutely fantastic way – he has begun to laugh at them and make fun of their stories.

HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF THEY CONSTANTLY BURY YOU?

Indeed, how would you feel if the media constantly says that you are dead? This unique torture is a very special way Macaulay Culkin is getting his share of hate and nastiness from the press – the media cynically and repeatedly announces his early “death” or as a very minimum claims that he is “a heroin addict who has only 6 months to live”.

Each time I see such a renewed and sudden outbreak of media craziness against Macaulay I realize that he again rejected their insinuations about Michael Jackson and told them for an umpteenth time to f*** off. The media never forgives him for it and always pays him back with extra nastiness.

One of the recent outbreaks was in August 2012. This was the time when Robson’s claim was already in the making and required support from the so-called other “victims” of MJ.  Macaulay evidently made himself clear that he was not taking part in the spectacle and therefore drew the media fire against himself again.

In April 2012 the National Enquirer announced that Culkin "had only 6 months to live"

In April 2012 the National Enquirer announced that Culkin “had only 6 months to live”

The onslaught was made in the style known to us from their campaigns against MJ.

The National Enquirer reported that Macaulay had 6 months to live according to some “insiders” and “sources” no one ever saw. These “sources” claimed that he was “hooked on heroin and prescription drugs and had come close to overdosing on prescription painkiller oxycodone”. Horror details about $6000 a month on drugs and his Manhattan apartment being a private “drug den” followed. Everyone spoke of the “tragic downfall of the child star” and tabloids screamed: “Macaulay Culkin is surely dying. He’s addicted to heroin, oxycodone, Percocet and Vicodin… “

The 2012 story was based on nothing factual but solely on the gossip that Macaulay was taking hard his break-up with actress Mila Kunis, whom he had been dating from 2002 to 2010, and also on the photo of Macaulay taken in 2012 where he looked rather gaunt.

Several months prior to the media announcement of Macaulay’s imminent premature death Macaulay expressed his support for Michael Jackson by putting a T-shirt which said “I liked Michael Jackson before he was dead”. His friend Seth Green took a picture of him and Clare Grant hanging out together in some comic surrounding:

Macaulay - I like Michael Jackson before he was dead

Macaulay is wearing a T-shirt which says: “I liked Michael Jackson before he was dead”

Seth Green placed the photo on his Twitter account sometime in 2011 and all of us can make sure that Macaulay looked perfectly fit and healthy at the time and that he put on that T-shirt as a sign of his unwavering support for Michael Jackson.

A note on Seth Green and his Robot Chicken series where Macaulay voices several characters:

Seth Green is an American actor, comedian, producer and screenwriter. He created and is director and most-frequent voice on Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken.

Robot Chicken is an animated TV series of comic sketches making parodies of popular TV shows, movies, celebrities, politicians, cartoon characters, computer games, commercials and other products of mass culture. The main character is a road-killed chicken which was re-fashioned into a cyborg by a mad scientist who strapped the re-animated Robot Chicken into a chair, used calipers to hold his eyes open, and forced him to watch a bank of television monitors. In one of the episodes the author claimed that the audience are these robot chicken(s).

Beginning in the sixth season, the role reversed – the chicken killed the mad scientist and decided to do to him what the scientist did to the chicken: add robotic parts to him, turn him into a cyborg, then strap him to the same chair he was strapped to and force him to watch the same TV monitors while the chicken and his girlfriend shared a kiss.

In short the animated series seems to be a really good satire of how the audience is forced to consume mass media products and all its crazy stories.

Seth Green, the writer and director of the series is also known to us by a great observation he made about MJ fans, the inspiration for which he surely drew from his friend Macaulay Culkin.

He said:

  • “There are two kinds of people in this world: Michael Jackson fans and losers”.

What a fabulous statement. Thank you very much, Seth Green.

BIG SURPRISE

A year after “Culkin-has-only-6-months-to-live” story was told by the National Enquirer the media had to admit with some surprise that despite all rumors Macaulay Culkin looked healthy, “extremely physically fit” and happy too.

The reason for the surprise was that Macaulay showed up at a panel devoted to the Robot Chicken animated series and was at his absolute best – he was sporting a full beard and women’s sunglasses and looked very nice and confident in his gray suit and pink animal ears:

Macaulay attends Adult Swim and Oldboy NYCC panels, New York 2013

Macaulay attends Adult Swim and Oldboy NYCC panels, New York 2013

Macaulay Culkin looks fit, healthy at New York Comic Con — a year after gaunt photos sparked rumors

Former ‘Home Alone’ star debunked fears of addiction-related health issues by showing up to a ‘Robot Chicken’ panel looking healthy and happy.

BY ETHAN SACKS

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Published: Monday, October 14, 2013, 2:08 PM

“Reports of his imminent demise have been greatly exaggerated. A year and a half after photos of a gaunt Macaulay Culkin sparked unsubstantiated rumors that the actor was battling a life-threatening drug addiction, the reclusive former “Home Alone” star surfaced looking extremely physically fit.

The 33-year-old actor surprised the crowd at New York Comic Con on Friday as part of the panel for the cartoon series, “Robot Chicken,” sporting a full beard, women’s sunglasses and pink animal ears.

Culkin, who voices several characters on the Adult Swim show, has kept a low profile in the business in recent years after being one of the most prolific child actors of all time.

 “The best thing about Mac is that he had a better career by the time he was 14 than most of us have in our whole lives,” “Robot Chicken” co-creator Seth Green told the crowd at Comic Con,” according to E! Online. 

“If he spends four years, six years, not doing anything, he’ll still be more relevant than anyone here.”

It was a rare public display for Culkin, who announced his retirement from movies at the ripe old age of 14 — only to return in 2003 for the film, “Party Monster.”

Macaulay Culkin with friends in 2013

Macaulay Culkin, Seth Green and friends in 2013

Seeing Macaulay so “extremely physically fit” the media had to drop their previous horrible drug addiction story, however still couldn’t resist reminding everyone that nine years prior to that Culkin had been found to “possess marijuana and illegal prescription drugs”:

His self-imposed exile from the business didn’t keep Culkin out of the gossip magazines, however. He made headlines after a 2004 bust for possession of marijuana and illegal prescription drugs.

And as a close, younger friend of Michael Jackson, Culkin was often vocal in his defense of the King of Pop against charges of pedophilia.

The beaming, clowning Culkin at Comic Con was a far cry from the rail-thin figure in the infamous Feb. 2012 picture that was featured on “Entertainment Tonight.”.

“Macaulay Culkin is in perfectly good health,” a spokesman told the Daily News at the time, adding that speculation about the actor’s health was “reckless, thoughtless and irresponsible.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/macaulay-culkin-fit-healthy-new-york-comic-article-1.1485068

Exploring how much more thoughtless and irresponsible the media could possibly be I also looked up the 2004 story that “made headlines” at the time and was rewarded with a find that the story about “illegal prescription drugs” was tramped up out of sheer nothing.

Macaulay was a passenger in a friend’s car who was stopped for speeding and change of lane, and the police seized from Macaulay some marijuana as well as “eight Xanax pills and 16 round white pills identified by police as clonazepam, a sedative used to treat anxiety and seizures that can be addictive”.

I wonder why the media didn’t make a similar row over the benzodiazepine injections given to Michael Jackson by Conrad Murray? They were also addictive, absolutely unnecessary and totally ineffective in treating Michael’s insomnia, so why don’t we hear the media screaming that Murray was feeding Michael with something he absolutely didn’t want and even objected to? Why all this fuss with some benzodiazepine pills found in Macaulay’s pocket instead? He wasn’t even driving that car, so what’s the problem?

The pills seized in September 2004 were triumphantly called by the media a “drug possession” which naturally suggested narcotics to an average mind (which they were not), and this was found enough reason to put the 24-year old Culkin into jail from which he was released after posting bond:

Macaulay Culkin charged with drug possession

Actor released from Oklahoma City jail after posting bond

Saturday, September 18, 2004 Posted: 1205 GMT (2005 HKT) 

(CNN) — Actor Macaulay Culkin, who gained fame as a child in the smash hit film “Home Alone,” was charged Friday in Oklahoma City with marijuana possession and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription, police said.

Culkin, 24, was a passenger in a Pontiac Bonneville stopped on Interstate 44 about 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) for speeding, police said. He was arrested after officers found the substances during a search of the car, and was released after posting $4,000 bond, police said.

Police seized 17.3 grams of marijuana, eight Xanax pills and 16 round white pills identified by police as clonazepam, a sedative used to treat anxiety and seizures that can be addictive. Police said Culkin told them he did not have a prescription for the pills.

The driver of the vehicle, Brett M. Tabisel, 22, of New York City, was charged with speeding, improper lane change and marijuana possession, police said.

Culkin was just 9 years old when “Home Alone” took America by storm. Feeding off that success, he appeared in about 10 films in a span of four years, becoming the highest paid child star in history along the way. At the age of 14, he said he was retiring — an announcement that upset his father so much it ultimately led to a complete estrangement between the two.

In an interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live” in May, Culkin acknowledged he consumed alcohol and smoked marijuana over the years, but said, “I never had a problem.”

Everything that I do for some reason becomes this big crazy thing, you know, even though any normal person does it. Like, yes I’m a kid, I had a beer, I smoked a joint. Big deal,” he said.

http://edition.cnn.com/2004/LAW/09/17/culkin.arrest/

It was a big exaggeration on the part of CNN to claim that “Culkin acknowledged he consumed alcohol and smoked marijuana over the years”. All Macaulay said was that he as a kid could “have a beer and smoke a joint and it was never a problem”. And he never said that it was “over the years” either.

CULKIN TO LARRY KING: A MILLIONS LIES

Speaking about it in his May 27, 2004 interview with Larry King Macaulay said that the media was spreading about him a million lies:

CULKIN: …you know, everything that I do for some reason becomes this big crazy thing, you know, even though any normal person does it. Like, yes I’m a kid, I had a beer, I smoked a joint. Big deal?

KING: Did you ever have a problem? 

CULKIN: No, I never had a problem. 

KING: Never go to Betty Ford. 

CULKIN: Contrary to popular belief, never jail or rehab and my parents didn’t steal all of my money and all those other child star cliches. 

KING: How many lies have you read about you in the tabloids? 

CULKIN: Millions. Yes. I mean, forget about it. It just comes with the territory. I remember I got a call from my lawyer one day. Calls me up and goes hay Mac, are you there? I go, of course, I’m here. I just checking because I just got a call from CNN that you died of a drug overdose?  And I go, no, I’m still here, but thanks a lot, thanks for calling, talk to you tomorrow. It was so just surreal, you know it was just one of these things. It’s like a cliche.

http://edition.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0405/27/lkl.00.html

Oh, so well before the 2012 National Enquirer prediction that Macaulay “had only 6 months to live”, in his 2004 interview Macaulay said that CNN had already checked up with his lawyer whether he had died of a “drug overdose”?

Isn’t it a bit strange? Why is the media so terribly preoccupied with Macaulay’s health and why do they constantly make up death stories about him? Do they want him to be drug addict and want him to die, or what?

The riddle is easy to solve – it’s just enough to look at the dates of all those interviews and scandalous stories and the situation will become much clearer.

Macaulay with Larry King in May 2004

Macaulay with Larry King in May 2004

The interview with Larry King was on May 27, 2004 and this was right after Michael Jackson’s indictment (April 2004) when it was necessary for all those concerned to find out his plans regarding his possible testimony and his general views on the allegations against Michael. Hence the fact-finding interview with the respectable Larry King.

In that interview Macaulay said that Michael was his good friend and still is” and thatEverything that’s going on is an unfortunate situation for everyone involved”.

When asked by Larry King “What happened?” he answered: “Nothing happened. You know, nothing really.

To the obligatory question about sleeping in MJ’s bed he said:

“…oh, you slept in the same bedroom as him. It’s like, I don’t think you understand, Michael Jackson’s bedroom is two stories and it has like three bathrooms and this and that. So I slept in his bedroom, yes, but you understand the whole scenario. And the thing is with Michael he’s not good as explaining himself, and he never really has been, because he’s not a very social person. You’re talking about someone who has been sheltered and sheltering himself also for the last like 30 years. And so, he’s not very good at communicating to people and not good at conveying what he’s actually trying to say to you. So, when he says something like that people — he doesn’t quite understand why people react the way that they do. 

KING: Why do you think he likes young people so much? 

CULKIN: Because the same reason why he liked me, was the fact that I didn’t care who he was. That was the thing. I talked to him like he was a normal human being and kids do that to him because he’s Michael Jackson the pop singer, but he’s not the God, the “king of pop” or anything like that. He’s just a guy who is actually very kid- like himself and wants to go out there and wants to play video games with you. 

KING: What do you make of what he’s going through now? 

CULKIN: Like I said, it’s unfortunate, and you know, it’s a circus. <> It’s a little crazy and I kind of have taken a step back from the whole thing, because it is a bit of a circus. And you know, if the same thing was happening to me, I wouldn’t want to drag him into it and vice versa. So I try my best to take a distance from it, but like I said he was still a friend of mine. 

KING: If they asked you to be a character witness, would you appear?

CULKIN: I guess so, but probably not. Like I said, it’s crazy, and I don’t really want to be a part of it. 

KING: You like him.

CULKIN: I like him and he’s a friend of mine. I’m not saying I wouldn’t. It hasn’t been brought up to me and I don’t think he’d want me to either.” 

So Macaulay made it clear that besides the usual hanging out with Michael Jackson nothing happened and he could testify for the defense, though he honestly said that he would prefer not to as he didn’t like the circus it really was.

The interview was repeated by CNN again – right on the same day in September 2004 (Sept.18th) when Macaulay was jailed for possessing eight pills of Xanax, etc.

At that moment the situation was already a different one. The preparations for the trial were in full swing and the prosecutors were searching for each witness who could possibly say a bad word about Michael. All those who refused to testify against him (like Macaulay did) needed to be compromised and dragged through the mud. And since Macaulay was clearly on the defense side it was necessary to make him lose his credibility and look like a good-for-nothing addict, not worthy of trust and possibly even a victim of Michael Jackson’s own drug and alcohol consumption.

In short the reason why the September 2004 scandal around Macaulay was blown out of all proportion was a negative character preparation of a witness that could potentially testify for the defense.

The opposite was done to Jason Francia, a witness for the prosecution who right on the eve of the 2005 trial suddenly acquired a saintly aura of a “youth pastor” which according to those who knew Jason Francia was “a sham title the corrupt DA perpetuated to trump up his credibility”:

“Something else that most people don’t know is that Jason has told a different story to people who really know him and that his “youth pastor” title is just a SHAM that the corrupt DA has perpetuated to trump up his so-called credibility.

Yeah the Pastor / youth worker/ angel, had character preparation all over it. It’s like thief who gets a job before he goes to court just to show he’s already a reformed man. Apparently such contrivances really do have an effect on the court’s perception. Here the press bought his make-over, hook, line and stinker.”

http://music.mylounge.com/archive/index.php/t-43406.html

You get the idea. The ‘good boy’ was to be made out to look even better, and the ‘bad boy’ was to be made out to look even worse. Since Macaulay was refusing to tell lies about Jackson he was seen by the prosecution, media and even the public as a bad boy, so as long as he kept telling the truth about MJ his character was doomed to be assassinated in the most brutal manner possible.

And all these death hoaxes of Macaulay Culkin continue to be part of the same project.

The first time Macaulay was proclaimed “dead” was around 2004 when he mentioned it to Larry King and spoke of a surreal feeling and shock it had given him. And the next death hoax came ten years later – in April, 2014.

Let us make a note of a very peculiar fact that the news of his alleged demise always coincide with new allegations against Michael Jackson. In 2004 it was Gavin Arvizo’s story and in 2014 it was Robson’s on-going case and Safechuck joining him (in May the same year). In fact the onslaught against Macaulay Culkin was immediately followed by the news about Safechuck.

FAKE NUMBER 2

On April 23, 2014 the second hoax about Culkin’s alleged demise was presented in a very elaborate way. The false story was posted by someone on Facebook, naming the time of the alleged “death” and making a request to leave condolences on the FB page specially set up for the purpose and press “likes” of the page:

Macaulay Culkin 2014 Death Hoax: ‘Home Alone’ Actor Becomes Victim To Facebook Hoax In Fake Post

By Anny Jules (staff@latinpost.com)

First Posted: Apr 23, 2014 02:51 PM EDT

 “On Sunday an unidentified source posted on Facebook that the “Home Alone” actor had died.

“At about 11 a.m. ET on Sunday (April 20, 2014), our beloved actor Macaulay Culkin passed away. Macaulay Culkin was born on August 26, 1980 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page,” read the fake Facebook post.

The hoax caught so much attention that a representative from Culkin’s camp released a statement confirming that Culkin is indeed still alive.

Perhaps Culkin’s “fake death” seemed believable to fans because of his very publicized drug addiction in the past.”

http://www.latinpost.com/articles/11000/20140423/macaulay-culkin-2014-death-hoax-home-alone-actor-becomes-victim.htm

The above is only an excerpt from the article. The rest of this seemingly debunking-the-myth story followed the old and well-known to us pattern of refreshing earlier lies about the actor’s “crippling drug abuse” and him “being on a downward spiral”.

The media outlets once again gloated over every detail of the false story made by the National Enquirer in 2012 and the overall impression of the media coverage of the hoax was that it didn’t have a single word of reproach for the nasty jokesters but used the hoax as a pretext for rehashing the old lies about Macaulay instead.

The fake story about Macaulay’s passing spread so widely that it gained one million “likes” on Facebook which only added more insult and horror to the hoax – how is it possible to “like” the news of someone’s death?

Macaulay Culkin ‘Dead’: The 33 Year-Old Actor Died on Sunday According To A Facebook Post That Gained 1 Million Likes

Updated: Apr 21, 2014 09:14 PM EDT

Macaulay Culkin dead according to the news spreading in the internet but it turns out that the actor is just a victim of another celebrity death hoax.

Many of Culkin’s fans were deeply worried as the news of his death leaked. The Facebook page wherein the actor’s passing was posted has eventually gained many likes that even reached up to one million. The said post was quite convincing that many people believed it.

The news saying that Macaulay Culkin was dead on Sunday actually prompted many of the actor’s supporters to express their thoughts and prayers. Condolences were already surfacing in the Facebook page that revealed his rumored death. However, there are also many people who doubted the credibility of the post since none of the existing American networks has reported about the said death.

To clear things out, a representative of the actor released a statement on April 21 confirming that Macaulay Culkin is still alive and well. The “Macaulay Culkin dead” was also described by the actor’s fans as reckless and hurtful. Details about who spread the false news are not yet known.”

http://www.travelerstoday.com/articles/9570/20140421/macaulay-culkin-dead-according-to-the-news-spreading-in-the-internet-but-it-turns-out-that-the-actor-is-just-a-victim-of-another-celebrity-death-hoax.htm

The author of the hoax was not found.

Now, if you think that this is all poor Macaulay had to endure you are being over-optimistic. The problem is that half a year later, in November 2014 (just several months ago) the media virtually buried him again.

FAKE NUMBER 3. “THIS IS HIS LIFE. HE HAS TO DEFEND IT”

The third fake story was initially reported by a site called MSNBC.website.com, which some social media users believed was the real MSNBC, but it was not. The report was much more detailed than the previous one and this time looked completely like the real thing:

Macaulay Culkin Dead? Fans Freak Out Over Death Rumors

Sat, November 8, 2014

Sources are reporting that Macaulay Culkin, best known for his role as Kevin McCallister in Home Alone and sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, has been found dead at the age of 34.

Multiple unconfirmed reports say Culkin was found dead Friday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment after police responded to a wellness check requested by a family member.

At least one occupant of the Manhattan apartment confirmed the apartment belongs to Culkin but police have not confirmed the man’s identity at this time.

“The apartment was exceptionally clean and we found no signs of abuse or foul-play so we are depending on the coroner to make a final ruling of what happened here today,” said Det. James Patterson, of the Manhattan Police Department.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Macaulay was reported dead. The actor, who also starred in Richie Rich, was also reported dead in April 2014. A memorial page was even created to honor the “dead” celebrity.

http://hollywoodlife.com/2014/11/08/macaulay-culkin-dead-dies-home-alone-fans-react-death-hoax/

Macaulay Culkin looks good 2014Surprisingly, the more the press spoke of Macaulay’s repeated “death” from the alleged drug-taking, the healthier and more confident Macaulay looked (I keep my fingers crossed that he keeps going the same way).

One can even suspect that after being subjected to this horror for so long Macaulay realized how to cope with the problem, understood the rules of the game and learned how to play up to it.

Indeed, how can you react to the continuous news of your own death?

Only by playing up to it and publicly mocking the story, which Macaulay actually did on stage during the live performance of his comic band “Pizza Underground” with whom he was on tour at the time:

Macaulay Culkin is not dead, he poses ‘lifeless’ to prove it

  • 10 November 2014

 The internet killed off Macaulay Culkin at the weekend. Fans took to social media to lament the “fatal cost of fame” as rumours began circulating about the Home Alone actor.

The reports had such a wide reach, it took a picture of him pretending to be dead to confirm he was alive.

Macaulay Culkin poses as deadHe posted a photo on Twitter and Instagram, staging a scene from 1989 film Weekend at Bernies, where two workers try and cover up the death of their boss by pretending he is alive. The 34-year-old posed, apparently lifeless in his bandmate’s arms.

Macaulay Culkin’s currently on tour with Pizza Underground – the band perform pizza-themed parodies of tunes by 60s and 70s American rock band The Velvet Underground.

He later tweeted from their account: “We’re on tour you silly people.”

Macaulay followed up with another post writing: “One of the great things you can do when you’re alive is stop for lunch in Breaux Bridge, LA.”

The band continued the joke on stage later, tweeting a picture of Culkin slumped in front of the microphone.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/29986589

Despite Macaulay’s admirable reserve and sense of humor with which he took the news of his own death, the story as you understand is not funny at all.

Macaulay Culkin's comic band "Pizza Underground"

Macaulay Culkin’s comic band “Pizza Underground”

An MTV observer also implied that the whole thing is really going too far.

The MTV article was headlined “Macaulay Culkin Kills His Death Rumors In The Best Way Possible” and its subtitle said: “This is his life. He has to defend it”.

Indeed, this is Macaulay’s life and how incredible it is that he has to publicly fight for it, both in the literal and figurative meanings of the word!

The nasty pranksters seem unable to understand that a human life (and death) are no subject for playing games with and that a virtual killing is no better than a real-life murder of a human being.

Just one piece of this type of “news” could be enough to deliver a fatal blow to anyone whose nerves are not made of steel, but trying it three times?

What’s the matter with these people and why isn’t the public infuriated with this outrageous practice?

Let us also note that this “news” was presented in an extremely cowardly way – each time the stab in the back came from someone anonymous. Even if Macaulay wanted to sue these people for harassment he wouldn’t be able to do it as his adversaries are invisible, unknown and are striking at him from the dark.

And the attacks are also extremely well coordinated and have a special timing of their own. Each new blow coincides with the renewal of the slander campaign against Michael Jackson thus pointing to their ultimate goal – to break the will, stamina and health of the young man who is a good friend of Michael and who steadfastly refuses to join Robson and Safechuck in their lies.

Same as with Brett Barnes all this harassment intends to degrade Macaulay in people’s eyes and make him incapable (or unwilling) to stand up to the confident and insolent Robson should it ever come to their duel in court.

As a very minimum these constant attempts to “bury” him show that Robson/Safechuck’s case is not just an ordinary lawsuit when a plaintiff files a complaint and then patiently waits for an outcome. On the contrary,  the whole thing looks like a well thought-out offensive that uses every subversive method possible to “neutralize” anyone who can help the other side to win the case – be it Brett Barnes or Macaulay Culkin.

And the main battle is taking place not even in court but in the media field where the false tales are repeatedly impressed on the public and go totally unchallenged, while any voice of support for Jackson is suppressed, compromised or silenced in a most repugnant way.

Now, if you think that the November 2014 episode with Macaulay’s “death” was the last one, you are being extremely optimistic again.

A PLAYFUL REMINDER

On April 4, 2015 (actually a couple of weeks ago) a certain author calling herself Jessica Simpson took the art of death hoaxes to a new level – she compiled all the trademark features of the earlier lies about Macaulay and turned them into a new death hoax about him.

The detailed death announcement published in 2014 was reprinted as new, the million likes collected on Facebook in 2013 were presented as if gathered only recently and the new death she herself announced earlier that week (on April 1st?) was immediately renounced by her as a hoax.

The novelty of the method consists in reminding everyone of his “death” once again, only this time the news is declared to be a game from the very start of it:

“Macaulay Culkin dead 2015” : Actor killed by internet death hoax

By Jessica Simpson

Washington

Last updated on April 5, 2015

News of actor Macaulay Culkin’s death spread quickly earlier this week causing concern among fans across the world. However the April 2015 report has now been confirmed as a complete hoax and just the latest in a string of fake celebrity death reports. Thankfully, the actor best known for his role in Home Alone is alive and well.

Rumors of the actor’s alleged demise gained traction on Friday after a ‘R.I.P. Macaulay Culkin’ Facebook page attracted nearly one million of ‘likes’. Those who read the ‘About’ page were given a believable account of the American actor’s passing:

“At about 11 a.m. ET on Friday (April 03, 2015), our beloved actor Macaulay Culkin passed away. Macaulay Culkin was born on August 26, 1980 in New York. He will be missed but not forgotten. Please show your sympathy and condolences by commenting on and liking this page.”

Hundreds of fans immediately started writing their messages of condolence on the Facebook page, expressing their sadness that the talented 34-year-old actor was dead. And as usual, Twittersphere was frenzied over the death hoax.

A recent poll conducted for the Celebrity Post shows that a large majority (85%) of respondents think those Macaulay Culkin death rumors are not funny anymore.

http://en.mediamass.net/people/macaulay-culkin/deathhoax.html

The poll was arranged by the same “Jessica Simpson from Washington”. Its result showed that “Macaulay Culkin is dead” rumors are no longer considered funny by 85% of the voters.

Some will say that since the author debunks the story herself it can be disregarded as nothing serious.

Not quite so. Even in the form of a half-veiled parody it still has a tremendous negative impact both on the audience and the victim of the cruel game in the first place.

People should remember it once and for all – human life and death are no subject to play games with and make fun of.  This game is a devilish one and no one in his right mind will ever take part in it!

Let me also tell you one more thing. Firstly, this “Jessica Simpson” jokester reminds me of a gang of MJ haters who have been trashing Michael (and anyone saying a good word about him) ever since he died and are currently on a horrible hatred crusade against MJ.

And secondly don’t even try to tell me that all these lethal games around Macaulay Culkin are just some “random occurrences”. Considering the period when the concentration of hoaxes has become especially dense (AprilNovember 2014 and April 2015 again), they are very closely connected with Robson/Safechuck’s lawsuits.

The fate of both is soon to be decided by the judge and all of a sudden what is supposed to be an ordinary court proceeding is accompanied by a series of nasty media outbreaks (“Safechuck’s declaration” and “$200 mln paid out to 20 alleged victims”) as well as a horrible trashing and intimidation campaign of the people who are able to testify about Michael’s innocence.

If the voice of Michael’s supporters can’t be silenced or suppressed, the organizers of the game will attempt to turn them into “drug addicts” or even report them “dead”, or at the very least will try to bring them to the edge of a nervous breakdown to be able to finally triumphantly report: “See how harmful their association with Michael Jackson was?”

From the very bottom of my heart I wish Macaulay Culkin and Brett Barnes to stay sane, healthy and alive amid all this madhouse. And be strong enough to stand up to this unprecedented campaign of dirt being waged against them by an anonymous crowd.

As for the rest of the public witnessing this horror with their own eyes, I do hope that people will see the true worth of the organizers of this lethal spectacle and see them for the scumbags they really are.

Macaulay Culkin, MJ and BubblesAnd if there are any sane people still left on this planet the very fact that two supporters of Michael Jackson are being so grossly harassed should explain to them that it is Brett Barnes and Macaulay Culkin who are telling the truth, and that Michael Jackson was innocent and that real abuse is coming from the gang of Michael Jackson’s detractors – and not from the innocent man whom they are trying to slander after his death.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. naisha permalink
    July 22, 2015 8:31 pm

    we should find a way to show them ours support.

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  2. NeoIsis permalink
    May 5, 2015 4:21 am

    There are a couple of sad aspects in these excerpts from the Mark Ronson interviews. One of course that he had media foaming at the mouth trying to find something salacious in an innocent comment about an innocent visit.

    The other sad thing is that it sounds like Mark Ronson himself was later taken in by that same dishonest and sensationalist medialoid portrayal of Michael. For example he says : “We were like thirteen or fourteen, probably just the age he liked in hindsight.” Meaning that there had been nothing in his own experience to give him that idea about the Michael Jackson he met. It’s only “in hindsight” that such a nasty thing has entered his mind, due to the false allegations/ extortions and a relentless media campaign of bias, lies and distortion. How sad that this may taint some of his memories of fun times.

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  3. April 22, 2015 3:20 pm

    “I just shared that Ronson thing cuz I found it interesting at the time. He’s a good guy. Sorry for fucking trying to join in and start discussion. God.” – theonewhowatches

    Theonewhowatches, I’ve read your very interesting collection on Mark Ronson twice and didn’t find anything there that would be detrimental to Michael. Actually I am very grateful to you for telling the story in so much detail and would like to include some of it in one of the future posts.

    But first I need to follow all the links and read all those sources you provided there to get a better idea of the whole thing. It is indeed the first time I hear of Mark Robson.

    The story is really interesting, especially by showing a contrast between what Mark Ronson said and how it was perceived by the audience. He didn’t say anything bad about MJ, however a simple mention of the word “sleepover” brought all those people to a complete frenzy. They had been trained for so long for hunt for Michael’s blood that the moment they thought they saw a drop of it they reacted like some mad dogs. What a disgrace.

    The story about porn on TV which Michael refused to watch is probably the one I also heard and it must be true. For a very long period of his life, at least until sometime in the 90s, Michael was indeed an epitome of the “Victorian old maid” as Kit Culkin put it. Firstly, he was a very devout person who tried to follow all the rules his religious views taught him, and secondly, he saw all that dirt at various night clubs when he performed there as a small child, and it didn’t have the same attraction for him as for his younger companions.

    Michael was developing in an opposite direction – after seeing so much dirt at an early age he was striving for innocence and was looking for it in other people.

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  4. TheOneWhoWatches permalink
    April 20, 2015 11:09 pm

    @lynande51

    It was interesting to me. Is this not a place we can just share our thoughts, and discuss? I thought it was interesting because of how the media reacted, and put words in his mouth, and even changed what he said. I think we’re all free to share our thoughts. Perhaps I am alone in finding these little things interesting, but it just is to me. Maybe I just see things in that that others don’t. Perhaps I just see things differently in general. I don’t know. You didn’t find it interesting, fine. I give a shit about odd things at times, and sometimes like to share my thoughts.

    I am not a Robson supporter. Nor do I think Michael did anything. In no way was my post meant to imply anything. I just thought the whole story was interesting. Sorry you didn’t. Oh, and I do hide behind fake emails, proxies (sometimes) because I’m paranoid cuz I have a damn stalker (who’s currently in jail, but he’ll be out soon enough again, he always manages to charm his way out). We all have our reasons for things, so don’t just assume. If you saw what that bastard did to his mother, you’d be careful online, too.

    I think it needs to be answered once and for all why come here at all?

    Once and for all? This is the first post I’ve ever commented on. Trust me, after this I ain’t commenting ever again because it’s clear I’m not welcome. Why I come here is because I’m sick of all this bullshit against Michael, and wanna see Wade Robson outed as the lying shit he is. I just shared that Ronson thing cuz I found it interesting at the time. He’s a good guy. Sorry for fucking trying to join in and start discussion. God.

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  5. lynande51 permalink
    April 20, 2015 6:15 pm

    PS to The Laughing one

    You could stop reacting and giving us such obvious clues to your identity.Mark Ronson has been on MJ’s side all along hence his and all the others silence. At least in response to your group.

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  6. lynande51 permalink
    April 20, 2015 6:12 pm

    @ The One Who Laughs

    Have you given a thought to what might occupy your time after tomorrow when Wade and James claims are denied?

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  7. TheOneWhoLaughs permalink
    April 20, 2015 5:27 pm

    I think it needs to be answered once and for all why come here at all?

    I thought it was obvious. Everyone comes here because it’s fun imagining that deer in the headlights look that the writers on this blog get when they need to think of a new excuse to paper over yet another aspect of Michael Jackson’s raging boy perv modus operandi that gets revealed.

    What other possible reason would there be to come here? Apart from the crazy and contradictory conspiracy theories swirling through the brains of addle-headed celebrity worshippers that is.

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  8. Tessy permalink
    April 20, 2015 10:45 am

    Cela fait des années que les médias nous saoulent avec toutes ces imbécilités!! Il y en a marre, vous ne trouvez pas?? Toutes ces saloperies, Robson et compagnie nous gonflent avec tous ces mensonges!!! S ils veulent de l argent, qu ils commencent par bosser honnêtement au lieu de tenter d’ extorquer celui des autres ! M….! Michael s en est allé, et ces Sal….continuent à faire leur cinéma! Demain à qui le tour?

    *****
    VMJ: Here is a Google translation of the above comment.
    “It’s been years that media fed us with all the insanity! It’s tiring, don’t you think? All these crap, Robson and company inflate us with all these lies! So they want money, they should start to work honestly instead of attempting to extort others! M…! Michael’s gone, and these Sal… continue to make their movies! Tomorrow who is next?

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  9. lynande51 permalink
    April 20, 2015 7:42 am

    Let me expand a little bit more just so we can get this over with once and for all. The Estate has been aware of the Robson Supporters, MJ Facts and DSSL social media campaign since February of 2014.They have been investigating them since that time.The Social media group should know that by now or at least have figured it out.

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  10. lynande51 permalink
    April 20, 2015 7:36 am

    Heads up to The One That Watches. The Estate of Michael Jackson’s attorneys are well aware of all the tomfoolery that goes on in the social medias like Twitter, Facebook and blogs. They are The Ones That Watch.

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  11. lynande51 permalink
    April 20, 2015 7:30 am

    @the one who watches

    So your point is what exactly? He says nothing happened. Sean was there. Sean has always told the same story. I have a suggestion just stop watching.
    It boggles the mind that people who don’t believe what we write. You think we are so intellectually inferior even bother to come here and read then comment. I think that is what needs to be explained before you continue to comment but my guess is that you use a proxy server that can’t block you.I think it needs to be answered once and for all why come here at all?

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  12. TheOneWhoWatches permalink
    April 20, 2015 3:58 am

    PS: I am well aware that in the last one he said “I went for a sleepover at Michael Jackson’s house”, and the ages vary in most of them. As it was pointed out in the first excerpt of Sean saying they wrote a song with Michael when they were 15, Mark most certainly hung out with Michael more than a couple times. He’s also got a poor sense of… like… time frames? He is in his mid-30’s at this point, his childhood was a whirlwind of faces, famous and not, and events and surroundings and scenarios that aren’t typical of most children (there is a hint of it with the Robin Williams bit. If you read the articles, you’ll see what I mean), so it’s understandable he can’t be entirely sure of dates and times and ages, especially if they met multiple times 15-20 years prior. Just clearing that part up.

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  13. TheOneWhoWatches permalink
    April 20, 2015 2:46 am

    It appears you did talk about this topic once before, but it never showed up because it was in the comments section. But I guess it doesn’t hurt to refresh people’s minds, maybe add a couple more notes, and my thoughts. I think there are parts to it people don’t know. It’s gotten lost over the years, which is probably to Mark Ronson’s joy… I almost feel bad bringing it up in a public forum again. Sorry, Mark! Don’t mean to add to your neurosis!

    Oh man, if he did read this, he’d be right stressed right now… now I’m feeling stressed… is it right to get stressed thinking about stressing people out? I may just be more neurotic and paranoid than he is. *deep breaths

    Mark Ronson… who the fuck is Mark fucking Ronson, aside from the guy that made Uptown Funk that isn’t Bruno Mars. Probably one of the coolest un-cool guys, un-chillest chill guys, reluctantly famous producer guy. I don’t think anyone really knows who he is, even himself. I think that’s a good thing. Or not. But I’ve definitely developed a strong admiration for the man. A fascination. When that web started to form around his name, the work, the connections, the history, add to it we have some common friends, I’m like… in like… nerdy genius neurotic OCD heaven with this. Anyway…

    I am honestly writing and deleting everything over and over, “Should I bring this up? Should I not? This is a popular enough blog for people to start talking… damnit, but I got them wondering! UGH! FINE! I’LL POST IT! …*deletes and re-writes and goes through the process again” That’s me right now.

    Mark lived practically next door to Sean Lennon, and were like best of friends, or whatever. I won’t get into the fascinating tale of who the Ronsons/Dexter-Jones’ are, because this isn’t about that, this is just in particular to his Michael Jackson thing. He definitely hates this topic. The way it was handled back when he first mentioned it 2007 was horrible. People can really suck sometimes.

    The earliest mention of Mark, Sean, and Michael was in 2000 in an article in NYMag. It has nothing to do with the controversy, just points out they were friends, even as teenagers. (note: the way the article is written in a bizarre way)

    HOUSE OF THE RISING RONSONS (link)

    Excerpt:

    “He taught me how to play guitar,” Sean Lennon says later on the phone. “And then when we were like 15, we wrote a song for Michael Jackson. Michael hummed a melody for us, and we wrote it. Then we played it for Roberta Flack, who lived in my building, and she said it sounded like James Brown . . . but I think she was just humoring us.”

    2007 is the first time he mentions hanging out with Michael Jackson. I can practically hear the reluctance and uncertainty in his voice in my head.

    Mark Ronson – Cover Star (link) Published March 14, 2007

    Excerpt:

    Interviewer: Not many kids get to record in Sean Lennon’s house though. When did it occur to you that you weren’t living a regular childhood?

    Mark: Well, one time, Sean and me went and hung out with Michael Jackson at one of his concerts.

    Interviewer: How old were you?

    Mark: We were like thirteen or fourteen, probably just the age he liked in hindsight. It was very innocent though, there was nothing weird going on. Anyway, I just remember not telling anyone in school about it, because who the fuck would believe that, and if they did believe it, you’d just sound like a dickhead. It’s one thing to impress kids and there’s another when you step over that line. If you told someone that you’d just met a famous baseball player after a game, that was acceptable, but saying that you hung out with Michael Jackson on the Bad tour just seemed a bit over the top.

    Interviewer: Can you remember it quite well?

    Mark: Yeah, there were two things. He came over to Sean’s the night before the show, and he had a prototype of one of those infrared laser things, as he was using it for his show. It was so antiquated that you had to plug it into the wall to work. We spent the evening shining this red beam down onto the sidewalk from Sean’s seventh storey apartment, freaking people out. There was another time we went to an after party for the show, and we spent hours throwing toilet paper soggies out of the window at people. It’s what kids do. The only weird thing was that Michael Jackson was standing next to us doing it too.

    Then there was this interview with Lily Allen and Mark Ronson for the Guardian in which he mentions the “porn incident” for the first time. Lily really goes mad about the whole thing, jumping to the wrong conclusions.

    Flowered up (link) Published June 23, 2007

    Excerpt:

    Mark: At the same time the reason we met is that I was DJing at YoYo. And so we could easily have met anyway. While I shouldn’t care those exaggerated myths do just make me cringe. It’s all stuff like “You hung out with Stella McCartney and had picnics with Michael Jackson”.

    Interviewer:Did you have picnics with Michael Jackson?

    Mark: No. I did have a sleepover once …

    Lily: WHAT?

    Mark: Er, yeah, I did. It was at Sean Lennon’s house … And …

    Lily: YOU DIDN’T! Did he do anything to you?

    Mark: Oh, this is just going to get ridiculous. Thing is, Sean was friends with Michael Jackson when he was growing up and when we were about 12 years old he was like, “Michael Jackson’s coming over tonight”. I remember turning on Channel J which is the public access channel and …

    Lily: … and Michael Jackson unzipped your trousers and …

    Mark: No, and so Channel J had this picture of this girl with her top off and Michael went (handbag action) “OOOH! Turn it OFF!” And me and Sean were like, “Why? This is great!”.

    Interviewer: What time did you go to bed?

    Mark: We went to bed at one o’clock and we closed the window because there was a draught and he didn’t want it to interfere with his voice. He slept on the floor.

    Lily: FUCKING HELL. (Clapping like an excited seal) Ronson! I can’t believe you slept with Michael Jackson!

    Mark: Nothing happened!”

    The following is the moment in 2008 that the media really jumped on the topic of Mark and Sean watching porn with Michael when they were kids. Sunday Night Project, Series 7, episode 3. Guest host, Mark Ronson. (around 8:04 they talk about it) If he sounds a bit nervous, talking really fast, fidgety, it’s because he’s a nervous person in general.

    Excerpt: (minus some of the ‘likes’ he says constantly)

    Mark: I know it sounds really weird to just say “my friend knew Michael Jackson”, but that’s what it really was. Sean was my best friend. He lived next door to me growing up in New York. And he was like “Michael Jackson is coming over”, and I was like “Mum, can I go to Sean’s house cuz Michael Jackson is coming over tonight?” There’s no way to make this story sound normal, but it was. (crowd chuckles)

    Justin Lee Collins: You should mention that your mate “Sean” is none other than “Sean Lennon”

    Mark: You just mentioned it so I don’t have to, now. We used to watch the porn channel, cuz we were like 10, and we were like “Oh my god! Tits!” Like it’s so cool. So Michael was like… Okay this is going to start to sound weird, but Michael was in bed… (crowd laughs, and Mark chuckles) and we’re just hanging out, and me and Sean are like “Michael, do you want to see something really cool?” and so it’s old school, before remote control, we turned the dial on the cable box to channel 35, and we watched this show Robin Burton (I think that’s what he said), and these women like, these strippers are shaking their tits around, and we’re like “Michael Michael! How cool is this?” and we turn around and Michael’s like cringing, like hiding in the corner with his hands over his eyes, going like “Oh no! Stop! It’s so silly!” and we’re like “But Michael! You have to look! We don’t understand! Maybe you’re not seeing it right. It’s naked women!”

    Justin: It freaked him out?

    Mark: I think he just has really strong feminist views about porn, and the use of pornography.

    Nowhere did he say this was a thing that happened all the time. It happened once. He says they were about 10, so that would be about 1985. Just two boys who had discovered breasts, and showing their friend “something cool”. Like a kid finding a playboy in his dad’s garage and being like “WOAH!” then telling their friend. Hell, I did that when I found some porn! And I’m a girl! To Mark and Sean, Michael was their friend. An overgrown kid.

    The tabloids were alight, though. The story got twisted into something it wasn’t. He did not watch it at Michael’s house, this happened at Sean’s place, unlike what some articles say. Some say it was a frequent thing, which it wasn’t. Nowhere did Mark say he had SLEEPOVERS, just the one. While I do believe Mark definitely met Michael many more times in his life (maybe not sleepovers), he definitely does not divulge anything other than what was said here. From here on out, if someone asked, he repeated the same story, re-iterating “NOTHING. HAPPENED.” The last thing this man needed is to get dragged into that whole thing. If he did, he’d have papz outside his house, following him around, so he made it perfectly clear he was not going to talk more about it. He was already being hounded with questions about Amy Winehouse, his sister Sam Ronson, and her friendship/relationship with Lindsey Lohan, and the whole situation about Lindsey Lohan. His whole family was labeled “The Weird Ronson’s”. It was just ridiculous. The media made stories out of nothing. They could’ve fuckin blinked, and someone would’ve misconstrued it at that time.

    The author of “The Final Years of Michael Jackson Unmasked” (I didn’t bother to find out who put that book together, cuz fuck them) used Mark’s story about Michael being prudish when shown porn as some kind of evidence that Michael was gay. (it is NOT, being prude doesn’t mean anything other than being prude)

    Mark Ronson: This charming man (link) May 30, 2010

    Excerpt:

    Ronson remembers being tucked into bed by actor Robin Williams and having a sleepover with Michael Jackson. “Nothing weird happened,” he says, with the weariness of one who has been asked the same question a thousand times before.

    The constant rumoring around him and his family must’ve been tiring.

    He regrets ever mentioning it. He hadn’t mentioned it all his life, and that mentioning one time lead to being questioned and harassed about it, not to mention how people used it as a weapon against his old friend, Michael.

    Mark Ronson is the most important man in pop music (but can he really make us love the Eighties?) (link) July 10, 2010

    Excerpt:

    “I definitely never told anyone that I went for a sleepover at Michael Jackson’s house when I was about nine. In fact, I never mentioned it until a few years ago, and I still regret ever letting that little fact out. Nothing happened, but it’s still something I wish I’d never divulged.”

    That last part there is damn important. People turned nothing into something. He’s a very private man, nervous, somewhat clumsy, and somewhat paranoid. He didn’t need that nonsense hovering over him, Sean, or Michael. It was total bullshit.

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  14. April 19, 2015 2:10 pm

    – This would have been a great, and powerful, story if you hadn’t used mainly tabloid sources. – SoCalGal
    – You are right about that it doesn’t take anyone powerful to plant stories in the tabs just someone that wants to and knows how to.- Lynande51

    These requests to provide “better sources than tabloids” are the embodiment of hypocrisy. It is actually tabloids which start the dirty job while mainstream media outlets only reprint it and can wash their hands off these stories any time. The method was very well explained in Tabloid Baby by Burt Kearnes, former boss of Diane Dimond:

    “Here is how it worked: Say someone in the office heard – or decided to start a rumor that Michael Jackson was caught en flagrante with his Ilama. The assignment editor in New York would call the L.A. office to check it out. If the story turned out to be uncomfortable – or untrue – it wasn’t necessarily shot down or declared dead.

    If the story was good enough, some tabloid vet in New York would then feed the deflated item to one of the many British tabloid newspaper journalists encamped in Los Angeles. The Brit would seize upon the rumor, pay someone as a supposed “unnamed source” to confirm it, then write the story as gospel for one of the outrageous London tabloids. The story would next be faxed from L.A. to London, published in England, then faxed back to the A Current Affair office in New York, where the staff would do a quick day-of-air story on what they knew never happened in L.A.

    The story would include a shot of the British newspaper headline to show they were only reporting “what the world is talking about”. So a story that was generated in New York City, shot down in Los Angeles, concocted for England, published in London, and sent on its way back to New York City, would now air across America. The Fox lawyers would okay the story because it was attributed to the London papers.

    No wonder Wacko Jacko was gulping prescription pills by the bottle. No wonder no one took A Current Affair seriously anymore.”

    Burt Kearnes says that though A Current Affair is no longer there, Entertainment Tonight, 20/20 and Dateline took over from them and follow the same style, only in a slightly cleaned up variant:

    “A Current Affair died in 1996; Hard Copy finally went down last spring. They were killed, Kearns argues, by their own success. The mainstream media took over the tabloid tv impulse, cleaned it up, softened it, turned it into Entertainment Tonight and 20/20 and Dateline. Meanwhile, one could also argue that “reality tv” came on even cruder, rougher, more in-your-face, and stole the low end out from under the Brennans and Kearnses–in effect, home-movie and disaster-video tv eliminated these guys as unnecessary middlemen between the raw product and its audience. So much tv became tabloid that the original tabloids got squeezed out.”

    http://www.tabloidbaby.com/Book/index2.html

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  15. April 19, 2015 2:00 pm

    I wish that the enquirer and other tabloids would fall. They really are the lowest form of abuse of freedom of speech. I don’t even buy them. They are hateful in what they do.

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  16. April 19, 2015 1:19 pm

    “Can’t you find some stories from major media outlets to replace the flaky and little known publications you’ve chosen?” -SoCalFal

    What stories? About Macaulay’s so-called “death”? They were all over the media – the number of one million “likes” for the death story speaks for itself.
    I am not going to change anything for the very reason that all sources of Macaulay harassment are anonymous. However to make sure that the horrible stories were repeated by everyone you can have a look yourself.

    “If I don’t say it, the haters will.”

    And if the haters don’t say it, trolls will.

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  17. lynande51 permalink
    April 19, 2015 12:59 pm

    @SoCalGal

    “This would have been a great, and powerful, story if you hadn’t used mainly tabloid sources. Can’t you find some stories from major media outlets to replace the flaky and little known publications you’ve chosen? It would lend far more weight to your “powerful people are behind this” argument because you don’t need to be powerful at all to plant a story in most of the rags you’ve featured here”

    You are right about that it doesn’t take anyone powerful to plant stories in the tabs just someone that wants to and knows how to.Unfortunately there were a lot of them around Michael as well. I can think of one right now.Someone like Schaffel for instances. He’s never made any bones about it either.

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  18. TheOnrWhoWatches permalink
    April 19, 2015 8:27 am

    The story I mentioned involved two 10 year old boys back in 1985. One of the boys talked a bit about it, and because he is famous in the UK, people kept asking about it in interviews. He regretted saying anything because people assumed the worst. I’ll get in detail more later. I’ve only got my phone at the moment, and it requires more resources.

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  19. SoCalGal permalink
    April 19, 2015 7:22 am

    This would have been a great, and powerful, story if you hadn’t used mainly tabloid sources. Can’t you find some stories from major media outlets to replace the flaky and little known publications you’ve chosen? It would lend far more weight to your “powerful people are behind this” argument because you don’t need to be powerful at all to plant a story in most of the rags you’ve featured here.

    Sorry to be so blunt, but please take this as constructive criticism. If I don’t say it, the haters will.

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  20. April 18, 2015 9:57 am

    “AEG took control over all of Britney Spears’ promotion work, meaning her team (including Wade) had constant contact with AEG since 2001.” – TheOneWhoWatches

    Very interesting. Certainly Robson worked with AEG and was in constant contact with them. And the fact that he filed his complaint a couple of days after the AEG trial started is also unforgettable. The “coincidence” shattered even the simplest of minds.

    “For some reason it’s not one of the most talked about stories, even though it demonstrates how Michael was about porn around children.”

    Is it the one when some teenagers browsed the Internet at Neverland and found some “adult images” and showed them to Michael and he was very distressed, discouraged them from watching and said that it was “silly”? I don’t remember where I read it, but there was an instance like that. Another fun story I’ve read about is that Michael, when visiting a friend’s house, went over all pictures of nudes on the wall and pasted pieces of paper over some parts so that his children didn’t see them.

    Actually even a strict disciplinarian like Kit Culkin, Macaulay’s father was amazed that Michael was an embodiment of a Victorian old maid:

    Michael is always very prissy and proper and prim, and the very essence of the proverbial Victorian old maid. Profanity, vulgarity, bad language and all such other improprieties of speech are things that just might cause him to all but faint. And as to sex itself, this is a something that he can’t bring himself to even mention or give thought. In a moment of unintended self-revelation, he himself
    once told me (with his hand cupped over his mouth in a gesture of “I shouldn’t”) about how a highly popular female entertainer (I’ll withhold the name) had once “exposed herself” to him (his words) just to see how he would react; a confession that caused him to visibly blush, I noticed, and through layers of pancake yet!

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  21. TheOneWhoWatches permalink
    April 17, 2015 9:23 pm

    I emailed Helena about this some months ago, and I was going to post it here, but I didn’t know how to word it. I am not implying anything, or pointing any fingers. This is just a little timeline, and some easy to find facts.

    We all know Wade’s history being a choreographer for Britney Spears. But many people don’t know that he and Britney were an integral part of AEG becoming such a giant business, and got Randy Phillips to where he is. Wade joined up with Britney back in 1999 becoming her choreographer, stage director, tour designer, and tour director. Larry Rudolph is her manager (he’s too powerful, so I am not going to place a target on him). In 2001, Britney had the “Dream Within A Dream” tour. This tour was the first time that “Concerts West” (AEG) outbid “Clear Channel Entertainment”. Before this, AEG was nothing. Randy had become CEO in 2000, and they weren’t even considered competition for tour promotions.

    This tour was very big for them, as such Randy worked directly with Larry, Britney, Wade, and everyone on the team, though John Meglen was the main tour promoter. It was because of this tour that AEG became the biggest competitor for Livenation, and the whole tour business was eventually controlled by AEG and LiveNation, and making Randy Phillips one of the most powerful people in the industry. AEG took control over all of Britney Spears’ promotion work, meaning her team (including Wade) had constant contact with AEG since 2001.

    “So I’m just glad that we’re all here, and that Phil Anschutz supports us, to give you guys a choice”
    And, according to Phillips, AEG might not be here to offer that choice as the second-largest promoter in the world if not for 2001’s Britney Spears’ “Dream Within A Dream” tour.
    “That’s really what kicked off this company and gave us some traction,” Phillips said. “Otherwise there would only be one buyer on an international scale.”

    http://www.pollstarpro.com/live2012/phillips.htm

    You can find both Wade and his sister credited on Britney’s live DVD’s, along with various people from AEG/Concerts West from back then.

    The first time Wade got public scrutiny was back in 2002 or something when the tabloids made claims of him having an affair with Britney, and being the reason her and Justin Timberlake broke up (he does kiss her on TV).

    In 2008, Wade stopped working Britney for whatever reason. Some say he refused to do a mandatory drug test, or he was tested positive for drugs, or that Britney’s father made it impossible to work. Those are just rumors. I have yet to find the actual reason. So until then, treat them as such… rumors.

    In 2009, AEG was in a financial crisis.

    February 2nd, 2009, Randy Phillips interview with Forbes
    “Then what are the challenges for the next five to 10 years?
    In 2009 and 2010, our biggest challenge is the economy. I’m waiting for the other shoe to drop. I put two tours on this year–Britney Spears and Taylor Swift–and they both blew out. However, at some point this massive unemployment is going to bite us. I think it’s going to happen around June or July, when we start to put tickets on sale for the summer. We’re trying to determine what level of staffing and overhead we need for a decreased business model. That’s the biggest short-term challenge.”

    http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/09/aeg-live-nation-ticketmaster-business-media-0209_aeg.html

    They lost a lot of acts and money in 2009, Larry pulled all his artists out (like Britney Spears) and now uses LiveNation.

    And we all know the story of Wade being fired from working on the Las Vegas Michael Jackson show in 2009, and his downward spiral from there.

    I got a lot of other fun stories. There’s another person who was a kid who hung out with Michael back in the 1980’s, but there is no mention of him on this site. Maybe I’ll share that one with you guys, too, later. For some reason it’s not one of the most talked about stories, even though it demonstrates how Michael was about porn around children.

    Til next time…

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  22. April 17, 2015 4:42 pm

    “It must be very hard for Michael’s real friends to remain exactly this, when so much pressure is put on them. Some I guess couldn’t withstand the pressure and distanced themselves or became even enemies.” – Susannerb

    Susanne, unfortunately this could happen to Robson. I’m not justifying him in any way and am just reflecting on psychological reasons for what he is doing. All Michael’s friends have a psychological reason to be bitter and tired of all this injustice and pressure, however it is only Robson who allows this bitterness to override his conscience. He simply decided to derive some profit from it.

    But those who try to remain loyal and truthful need our prayers. I wish Macaulay and Brett would read these posts. They need to know that Michael’s supporters are also their supporters in their most difficult times!

    Right, they really need our prayers and support. It will be a comfort for them to know that they are not alone because it is next to impossible to cope with so much pressure and harassment all alone. No need to rub it in any further with them – it’s probably just enough to convey to them that we understand what they have to go through.

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  23. April 17, 2015 2:06 pm

    “It’s a disgusting dirty business with some powerful top officials pulling the strings in my opinion. Truth will overcome the lies in the end, and good will defeat evil eventually.” – Nina Hamilton

    Nina, I’m also absolutely sure that there are some very powerful people pulling the strings of this dirty campaign. Actually by now it can be considered an established fact.

    But in some way it is not even that important who these people are – after all it may be whole sectors of society whose interests coincide. Racists, ped-philes who still hope to turn MJ into their poster boy, useful idiots who believe every lie they are told, greedy people who can sell their own mother for 30 silvers, the media raising their ratings at his expense and people who make a career for themselves out of trashing Michael, corporations like AEG who have a personal grudge against him – there are lots and lots of them, and knowing all of them will actually not help us in any way.

    It seems that a much bigger problem is a different one – what to do with all these lies and is it possible to prevail over them at all?

    My personal opinion is that it will be possible to overcome lies only when truth turns for people into a totally indispensable product (like oxygen or water, for example). When people value it more than anything else in life – more than gold, money, comfort, their ego, their interests, their desire to be constantly entertained, their liking to live in sweet illusion, etc. – and when as a result of their need for the truth they will start searching for it themselves. It is only then that truth will begin to prevail.

    This moment will surely come as more and more lies are building up around us bringing some of us to a point of total dismay – so truth will win one day, and it is only the matter of how much time it will take. Unfortunately it may take long.

    P.S. Well, since many of us have already got together in search for the truth about Michael, it means that the process has at least started, correct?

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  24. Okunuga permalink
    April 17, 2015 1:09 pm

    I’ve grouped all the people that hates MJ into different groups.1.those that hated him for buying the sony/atv catalogue,2,for alleglley bleaching his skin and trying to be white,3,for marrying white women and having white children,4,for not acknowledging he was gay,5 people in the media like DD and stacy brown writting scandalous stories to make name and money off his name and finally some people that believes everything they read in the press and not being able to think for themselves.

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  25. MASTER. DIAMOND permalink
    April 17, 2015 12:36 pm

    I have Known All Along That It Was Nothing But A Lie Of Michael ,it is not ,Never Have Been Nothing But A Lie,Period !!

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  26. April 17, 2015 4:38 am

    Helena, thanks for a great and very informative post. I think many of us, especially outside the U.S., didn’t know much about all of what is happening around Macaulay. And I for myself don’t read tabloid stuff.
    But it’s always so necessary to look below the surface, and this case shows perfectly how things can be connected and that not everything we see from a distance is a coincidence, especially nothing that happens around Michael Jackson.

    It must be very hard for Michael’s real friends to remain exactly this, when so much pressure is put on them. Some I guess couldn’t withstand the pressure and distanced themselves or became even enemies.
    But those who try to remain loyal and truthful need our prayers. It’s incredible what HATE is able to provoke in some people and how far it lets them go. It should be clear to them that with a death hoax they kill somebody – at least for a period of time!

    I wish Macaulay and Brett would read these posts. They need to know that Michael’s supporters are also their supporters in their most difficult times!

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  27. Nina Hamilton permalink
    April 16, 2015 5:28 pm

    After reading and digesting your long and detailed piece, it really seems to me that the media, the police, and law jurisdiction are working together to smear and twist the truth about Michael Jackson and anyone who supports him. I have said this before. This is a concerted all-out effort by AEG, using Wade Robson and James Safechuck to my mind, to defend themselves against any case brought by the Jacksons over the cause of MJ’s death. It’s a disgusting dirty business with some powerful top officials pulling the strings in my opinion. Truth will overcome the lies in the end, and good will defeat evil eventually.

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  28. jadz permalink
    April 16, 2015 4:15 pm

    We all know Michael is innocent there are only a few that will stand by him and we know who they are! Yes Macaulay Culkin was one as was Chris Tucker! they were there when it mattered the most true friends

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  29. bambi permalink
    April 16, 2015 4:10 pm

    Very sad indeed.The haters in the the media ,do not like the fact that there are people who STILL like MJ.There has been a number of favourable stories told by people who had met and interacted with him.What they are doing is to be expected.The TRUTH, will surely prevail at the end.Wade Robson and his ilk,will be shamed at the end of the day,just like Garvin Arvizo and Jason Francia.Keep hope alive.

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  30. mjlover permalink
    April 16, 2015 3:27 pm

    It is very sad that the media just to sell more ,destroy human life. It is so so ugly that they sell lie and people buy it. Burning the tabloid. This was something that Michael said. Don’t judge about someone when you don’t know him well. Our task is not to judge. Unfortunately the media is not correct. This is way to show Michael and his supporters sick, stupid and incapable.

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