Inside The Cult Of Michael Jackson

by a guest contributor

Annette* sits at her computer, staring intently at the screen. She is searching through her database of pages from the Wayback Machine, an Internet database of defunct and past web pages, to find a piece of information that will definitively prove the vast conspiracy against Michael Jackson which continues even after his death.

Ebola? Seriously?
Ebola? Seriously?

While I am waiting for this earth shattering information which will change the way we look at Jackson forever, exonerating all thoughts of his alleged child molesting, I look around the trailer Annette shares with her husband, her adult daughter, and a rather yappy Newfoundland puppy. If the rather unique combination of musty bric-a-brac, human body odor and puppy shit bothers Annette she certainly doesn’t show it, but I need some fresh fresh air so I excuse myself.

I step outside, leaving the trailer filled with it’s jumble of clothes, musty papers, books and Michael Jackson paraphernalia. It is a fine North Dakota evening, the air laden with summer smells of freshly mown grass and distant barbeques, and I take a moment to consider how I ended up listening to a very earnest 58 year old woman blaming everybody but Jackson himself for his own foibles, indiscretions and downfall.

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or years I noticed that every time I read an even slightly negative story on the web about Jackson, the comments below the story started off quite normal, people discussing the story at hand, but shortly after being punctuated with dramatic comments from Jackson fans berating the media for lying about Michael Jackson, or saying the source for the article was lying for money, was jealous of Michael Jackson, or that the website in question was a tabloid. I decided I wanted to find out why these four themes kept reoccurring as they did.

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 go back inside. Unfortunately the smell has not improved. Annette triumphantly shows me a long forgotten web page about Jordan Chandler, Jackson’s first accuser who was paid over fifteen million dollars by Jackson for agreeing to withdraw a civil suit over molestation. See, Annette says, see that? I read the page, a purported interview between Jordan and his psychologist, and fail to see anything remarkable that would make anybody less suspicious of Jackson. I ask which part specifically, and Annette jabs her finger at the screen, there, there!

I still don’t see it, but I just mumble uh huh, uh huh so I don’t get another 10 minute diatribe about yet another person slash group who is part of this conspiracy against Jackson, (so far Annette has implicated the Santa Barbara Police, the former Santa Barbara District Attorney Tom Sneddon, the media in general and several reporters in particular,  the Sony Corporation, disgruntled ex employees, an obscure Chilean author, a shadowy group of organised pedophiles without a name – as well as the North American Man Boy Love Association – NAMBLA, several people who have brought lawsuits against Jackson for plagiarism, the parents of boys (who she says were never molested by Jackson) who were extortionists – with a heavy, loathe ridden emphasis on the last word, as well as several more names I wasn’t quite quick enough to write down on this alarmingly lengthy roster of conspirators.

Instead, I ask why do you need to use the Wayback Machine? Annette answers because THEY are removing pages from the Internet which prove Michael Jackson is innocent. I dare not ask who they are.

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nce my interest was piqued about all those strident comments and where they were coming from, I discovered many very active websites in support of Jackson. Ranging from blogs to forums to normal websites , they all serve a single minded purpose – to rehabilitate the image of Jackson and to prevent further sullying of his name. For the first target they rewrite negative stories about Jackson and attempt to put a positive spin forward. For instance, to counter the common view (supported by the evidence) that Jackson was never really interested in sexual relationships with women, they contend that Jackson kept his dozens of amorous affairs and assignations with attractive and available women a secret out of respect for their privacy; stories fans support by cobbling together rumors and random posts on message boards from people in the know.

Vile MJ Fan Comments
Jackson fan comments from a post about Wade Robson, who has accused Michael Jackson of molestation.

For the second part there is a two pronged process, which surprised me. The first prong is the mobilization of the troops – which occurs as soon as a negative story is published. On Michael Jackson blogs and websites, as well as the Twitter and Facebook timelines of influential Jackson fan community members, there will be a brief outline of the article, a statement of outrage, and a call to arms. Fans are directed to invade the comments section of the article with missives such as those discussed earlier – the lies and money retorts – to shout down the haters posting in the comments. Not only that, they also direct complaints to the editors of the site or publication in question, the executives of the media company that posted the story and any organizations such as the Media Council responsible for the reporters or media company. To make things helpful, the Jackson fan community organizers even supply a handy list of email contacts so that fans can contact the offenders against Jackson’s memory directly.

Click to enlarge - from http://michaelsguardian.blogspot.com.au/2010/08/martin-bashir-hired-at-msnbc-advertiser.html
Dear MSNBC (click to enlarge) – from http://michaelsguardian.blogspot.com.au/2010/08/martin-bashir-hired-at-msnbc-advertiser.html

The second prong is the immediate publication of blog posts or web pages discrediting the source of the story, the reporter who wrote the story, and the media company who published the story. If there is no information available which will help with the process to discredit, some minor fact is embellished, taken out of context or worse, something terrible is invented in order to make the attack.

This behavior puzzled me greatly – after all, we are talking about a dead pop star – until I did some research into cults. It was interesting to compare the Jackson fan base to what has has been written about cults, and the startling similarities. At the end, you will agree Jackson’s fan base is more than a harmless fan club.

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ne of the hallmarks of cults is the infallibility of the the figurehead or leader. Their words, whether written or spoken, are considered gospel, and anybody who disagrees with them either does not understand or is trying to undermine the group or leader. Let’s look for a moment at what Janja and Tobias Lalich say about cult leaders (in bold).

Cult leaders have an outstanding ability to charm and win over followers. They beguile and seduce. They enter a room and garner all the attention. They command the utmost respect and obedience.

Every Michael Jackson fan I spoke to emphasized Jackson’s charisma, how all eyes went to him as soon as he entered a room (or indeed, appeared on stage). Fans spoke of Jackson as if they loved him – not just some kind of distant, oh I love him kind of thing, but an intense I would do anything for him, he deserves all of me kind of love. (Yes, it was creepy to hear that). They respect Jackson totally, and find it somewhat weird or crazy that everybody doesn’t feel the same way.

These are “individuals whose narcissism is so extreme and grandiose that they exist in a kind of splendid isolation in which the creation of the grandiose self takes precedence over legal, moral or interpersonal commitments.”

It’s well known that Jackson cared naught for societal mores or morals when he spent the night alone with children, evaded debts, broke contracts and disconnected from his family. Fans themselves will admit that Jackson continued sharing his bed with young boys, even when it had nearly ruined his reputation and cost him over twenty five million dollars, because he saw nothing wrong with the practice. Jackson’s narcissism was evident in the paintings, statues and photos of himself that were a prominent feature of his home – many pieces depicted him as royalty, some showed him being knighted, or wearing a crown. Yet fan doublespeak insists Jackson was a humble man.

Paranoia may be evident in simple or elaborate delusions of persecution. Highly suspicious, they may feel conspired against, spied upon or cheated, or maligned by a person, group, or governmental agency.

Jackson’s paranoia against the press and law enforcement was legend, displayed clearly on his songs such as D.S. and Tabloid Junkie and in his disdain for the media in general. In a recorded telephone conversation presented to the court Jackson also railed against Jewish people over them supposedly controlling his career (far from the truth), and was generally hostile to anybody who criticized him (especially staff who spoke the truth to him). He contended that people didn’t understand him. Of course what he meant when he said he was misunderstood was that people disagreed with his point of view, which in his mind was an attack – leading to the next point:

Any real or suspected unfavorable reaction may be interpreted as a deliberate attack upon them or the group.

Applying especially to Jackson. Jackson did not take criticism well, rejecting it outright or maligning the person criticizing him, as fans continue to do in his name to this day.

Fans discussing someone who made a video about Jackson
Fans discussing someone who made a video about Jackson

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‘m starting to see a pattern. This is kind of strange – could I be seeing a Cult of Michael Jackson? I need to dig further. After more research, I discover questioning, doubt, and dissent are discouraged in cults. That makes sense to me. Many of our questions on some of the fan forums were deleted within minutes of posting. Some Jackson forums are explicit in their censorship, banning all mention of particular topics on their boards (the DNA of his children, the molestation allegations,  certain people’s names). A large group of fan blogs merely reference one independent source and each other to build stories, rather than several independent sources. One fan lieutenant suggests fans only read approved fan sites, rather than established media, so that they aren’t exposed to lies. Anyone who suggests Jackson was not infallible is harassed and ostracized – even those who personally knew Jackson and spent a considerable amount of time with him. It is quite clear that there is a story and that story must be stuck to at all costs.

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fter another hour with Annette, I feel exhausted, and to be honest my brain feels like it has been attacked with a sledgehammer. In order to drive home her many (many!) points she has gotten very close to me, and it seems as if my aura is heavily damaged – if I believed in auras that is. As it is, I have felt her breath heavily on my face as she tried to close the deal of convincing me of the massive conspiracy against Jackson, which is just sitting and waiting to be disseminated so that his reputation can be exonerated. The media won’t tell the truth because they can’t make money off it. I hope you can help us publicize the truth and finally vindicate Michael, Annette implores me. I tell her I will try try and do my best (while I try to unremember her mild halitosis), and as I put the car in reverse to leave, she grabs my arm through the car window, and pleads Michael was such a good man, he could never be guilty of those things they say he was.

I want to believe her. I really do. I really, really do. I’m just having a hard time believing a man of great power and resources, like Jackson, couldn’t have stopped something like this in it’s tracks if it weren’t true. I have to consider that Jackson had the same lawyer as Tom Cruise, Bert Fields, who sued and won against any media company that even hinted Cruise had homosexual tendencies. Jackson could have killed all this very, very quickly.

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I’m now on my way south to see Robin, who Annette has suggested I visit in my quest to understand what I was now beginning to believe to be The Cult Of Michael Jackson.

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hen you ask most fans why they are fans, it is rarely just about the music. All of them say they love his music, but there is always something more. He was the best entertainer. Maybe he was such a humanitarian, or he was such a kind person. Sometimes he saved my life. Most say they love him. What about the allegations? I ask. Every fan insists he was innocent. It’s strange to hear those words from a group of people who believe either that the United States court system is infallible (he was found Not Guilty!), or that there is no concrete proof that Jackson ever did anything (a sure telltale sign of those who have been exposed to too many CSI shows on television, and believe that if there is no DNA or other forensic evidence then a crime never happened). Some even insist there is evidence that proves Michael Jackson is innocent! Unless it is closed circuit footage of Jackson exhibiting exemplary behavior while sharing a bed with a succession of prepubescent boys, quite frankly that is bullshit and nobody with an ounce of intelligence is going to buy that.

MJ fan wishing death on two of Michael Jackson's accusers and a journalist who writes about Jackson
MJ fan wishing death on two of Michael Jackson’s accusers and a journalist who writes about Jackson

Who should we believe? Those who stand to make a lot of money if they can successfully bury Jackson’s misdemeanors, or those who are simply speaking the truth but have nothing to gain? Like members of other cults, the dedicated fans can’t even see they are being used to make money.

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 travel all the way to Georgia to meet Robin. She lives alone in a small house, with surprisingly little Michael Jackson memorabilia in her living room. She appears quiet and intelligent and has quite an expansive knowledge about Jackson. After reading her blog and talking to her in person though, it doesn’t take long to find out that she is also a believer of the conspiracy against Michael Jackson. As she explains this vast conspiracy to me she becomes more and more animated, making strange staccato hand movements to emphasize this point or that while her eyes start shining brightly as she explains all the connections between those behind the plan to bring Jackson down and the actions that they took. It is very convoluted, so I needed to refer to my notes and recording of the conversation later in order to accurately bring this conspiracy to you. The conspiracy had three plans of attack – firstly to unfairly paint Michael Jackson as a pedophile using young boys to lie about Jackson molesting them, (with disgruntled former employees and associates and the boys’ parents contributing), so that Jackson could be held up by pedophiles as a positive public face for child molesters; secondly to steal Michael Jackson’s fortune, or to hobble his attempts to earn money; and lastly for the media to make money using Michael Jackson’s name in invented stories.

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t starts with Jackson suffering a horrific childhood, being forced to sing, dance, practice and perform, day in and day out, receiving regular beatings from his father if he didn’t toe the line. He missed out on all the normal childhood activities such as ball games, playing with friends and, because of his mother’s religion, even birthdays and Christmas.

When he became an adult, he wanted to recapture his childhood, so he started befriending young boys. There was no sexual interest on Jackson’s part, he just wanted to play games, eat candy and have fun. To further his quest he purchased Neverland and filled it with amusement rides, arcade games, an Indian teepee village, a water park and all manner of things to keep his young guests happy. He had two kinds of visitors, hundreds if not thousands of underprivileged children who were bussed in for fun days at Neverland, and families he would invite to spend days or even weeks at his home. The former he had very little contact with, the latter he enjoyed many intimate moments with. Usually the children in the families that visited his home asked if they could sleep with Jackson and the parents usually acquiesced while Jackson reluctantly agreed.

Then one day, a Chilean journalist, who was a secret member of the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA), Victor Guiterrez, heard about Jackson’s sleepovers with children and decided he would capitalize on the situation. He heard that a young boy, Jordan Chandler – then Michael Jackson’s favorite – spent a lot of time alone with Jackson. Guiterrez approached the boy’s father and they formulated a story that would further Guiterrez’s aims of making pedophilia while making the father rich. The father, using information from Guiterrez,  would teach Jordan to lie about Jackson abusing him, and they would sue Jackson for child abuse.

The father was successful, in spite of the accusations being carefully crafted lies, and the family received over twenty million dollars. Jackson’s insurance company paid the claim because they didn’t want to fight the case. Jackson had no control over the outcome.

Guiterrez then approached more parents of other boys to try to get them to attempt the same scam on Michael Jackson. He was successful with a maid who had worked at Neverland, and whose son spent time alone with Jackson. She approached Jackson’s lawyers, said her son had been fondled, and Jackson paid her two million dollars not to go forward with a civil suit.

Jackson’s current accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck Junior, also have a secret cabal of pedophiles backing them, teaching them what to say to make their abuse claims more believable. Not only that, Robson and Safechuck’s attorneys are working closely with the media so that particular websites and publications can profit from clicks on their pages or sales of their newspapers or magazines by planting stories about Jackson.

Secondly, Michael Jackson was constantly surrounded by leeches and shady characters who tried to involve themselves in his life so that they could take money that was rightfully his. Jackson was naive and trusting, a babe in the woods who didn’t realize people were trying to steal from him, and he trusted all those who crossed his path.

Lastly, the media. They specifically target Jackson, and no other celebrity, with false stories and gross invasions of privacy so that they might profit from using his name. Robin gave me several subjects – the bias against Jackson during the 2005 trial, their reporting regarding his friendships with young boys, and his drug abuse – and many examples of negative stories about Jackson from tabloids. Some of them were indeed very biased and inaccurate.

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 few weeks later I email Robin with what I wrote above, asking if that is an accurate representation of what she told me. In a lengthy reply she agreed that it was, but also asked me to include that several items were planted at Neverland by them so  it would look like Jackson enjoyed looking at the bodies of naked boys. Them who? I replied. The people who wanted to take Michael Jackson down of course. He was the real victim in all of this.

Yes, you read that correctly. A powerful figure in the entertainment industry, with virtually unlimited financial resources and the best security, attorneys and advisers that money could buy, was one-upped by a dentist, a poor Chilean reporter, and a maid who could barely speak English.

You aren’t the only one, I was stunned too.

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aturally there are a few more holes in this story. Michael Jackson’s brothers suffered equally, yet never felt the need to share their bed with young boys. You also need to ask yourself, did Jackson really miss out? In a book by his childhood friend, Jackson appears to have led a carefree and fun time, at least up until the age of eleven when his family moved away from Gary Indiana. After that, even Jackson himself has spoken how awesome it was to see his heroes – such as James Brown – up close and performing, and traveling the world experiencing many magic moments. Jackson seemed to be so impressed with his boyhood experiences that he replicated them for his young friends decades later, taking boys such as Brett Barnes and Frank Cascio on tour with him. The truth is that the lost childhood excuse was just that, an excuse to make his behavior with young boys seem plausible – and only appeared once he was taken to task for that behavior.

As for the media’s role in supposedly attacking Michael Jackson, one major news publisher I spoke to summed up what many other journalists told me –  It’s ridiculous. No matter how many positive stories we have about Michael Jackson, no matter how careful we are to be balanced, as soon as we post a story which reflects negatively on him we receive a torrent of abuse. Our reporters personally, and our publication generally, receive all kinds of threats, are accused of being a tabloid and being unreliable, and the most laughable accusation of all, that we are profiting from Jackson’s name. The honest truth is that stories about Jackson aren’t that popular – people are more interested in current artists – so we receive very few clicks on these stories. They are only there to add to the breadth of our publication.

In all honesty, any objective analysis of contemporary, and even past, news reports about Jackson present a mixed bag – much like his life. There are stories lauding his achievements and stories decrying his failures in equal volumes – and in both cases there are fabricated stories and real stories. Stories from reputable news sources are fair and balanced overall, stories from less reputable publications less so. Sure, if you want to look at salacious news sources there are some terrible stories about Michael Jackson – but if you form your whole view based on those publications, chances are you believe Saddam Hussein owned WMDs, and that the Twin Towers attack was an inside job too. You are welcome to your opinions.

Why would the media wish to attack Michael Jackson specifically? There aren’t many concrete answers from the Cult. Various forms of jealousy and racism is often proffered as reasons, but the evidence just doesn’t support those theories. More likely is that Jackson was a celebrity, and was dragged into that cesspool of low class tabloid reporting for that reason alone. Every other celebrity was, so why would Jackson be exempt? Once again the Cult imagines that Jackson is somehow special or should be excluded from the same treatment as every other celebrity. It borders on irrational, and shows that for many Jackson fans, Michael should be held up as a deity.

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The final hole is the accusation that Jackson would be held up as some kind of poster boy for pedophilia. Once again, the implied deification continues. Are fans so deluded to think that while proven charges of pedophilia surely destroy every celebrity and non-celebrity in their path would, as soon as they reached Jackson, suddenly turn into some kind of recommendation or endorsement just because it’s Michael Jackson? Whilst most can see the breathtaking arrogance in that stance, Jackson fans continue to push the idea as some kind of motive to show Michael Jackson was a pedophile. More on the pedophilia thing later.

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f the Cult of Jackson members can really entertain that there was a conspiracy to destroy Michael, and they were being honest, they should equally consider that there was a conspiracy of silence that surrounded him. It’s no secret that journalists investigating Jackson over the years were threatened. One journalist had a dead fish with a threatening note attached to her smashed windscreen after starting research on a story about Jackson. Another received threatening emails after writing an unfavorable story about Jackson.

Today attacks on social media are rampant against any reporter who dares write an unflattering story on Michael Jackson. These attacks come from frightening fans, some of whom even threaten death. They are reported and removed from social media, only to pop up again under a different guise to threaten again. As one journalist said You can’t talk sense to Jackson fans. I used to try but it didn’t work – now I just block and report them straight away. Sometimes this just makes them even madder, and they up their threats, so I have to contact law enforcement. One was local so they were dealt with by the police, but most of them get away with it. I’m expecting one of these rabids to show up at my door one day – but I’ll be ready for them. I hate saying it like that, but I’ve had enough.

The effect of this harassment is clear – journalists are becoming reluctant to write honest stories and articles about Michael Jackson, not necessarily out of fear but because they are becoming weary from the torrents of abuse directed at them by fans. Those journalists that do continue, in spite of the vitriol directed at them, deserve to be lauded.

Don't criticize Jackson or his fans, they will find you.
Don’t criticize Jackson or his fans, they will find you.

This vile harassment isn’t just limited to journalists, it is directed at anyone who speaks negatively (in fans’ eyes) about Jackson or his followers. Forum contributors, opinion writers and blog owners are constantly berated and belittled by an army of Jackson fans, where it gets to the point that very few people are willing to give an opposing view of Jackson. Bombarded with fan site links, ridiculed for their opinions, and having their motives constantly questioned takes it’s toll to the point that these people just give up. Fans take the view that this is a game of winners and losers, so if they achieve their goal of subduing a critic of Jackson, they have won. Rather, they have contributed to silencing a differing point of view on Jackson by foul means – and when we once again look at one of the hallmarks of cults we see: The group teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify whatever means it deems necessary. This may result in members’ participating in behaviors or activities they would have considered reprehensible or unethical before joining the group. It’s quite obvious that fans would not normally attack someone for having a different opinion over anything but Jackson, so we can add that to our evidence of there being a Michael Jackson cult.

MJ fan tweet
MJ fan tweet

Worse still is the hysterical hatred directed at Jackson’s six accusers. Death threats, stalking, invasions of privacy, and constant attacks over social media are the weapons of choice for Jackson fans. They are relentless, yet Jackson fans show how disingenuous they are when they ask, without any hint of irony, why don’t more accusers come forward? It’s quite clear that Jackson fans are attempting to silence anybody who doesn’t share their view that Jackson was some kind of god, who could never do anything wrong, through harassment.

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ne of the enduring themes from talking to the strident Jackson defenders, and even casual fans, was their emphasis on the motives of the prosecution witnesses in Jackson’s 2005 molestation trial, which also implied similar motives for those involved in Jackson’s other 2 payouts in 1993 and 1994. It was, up to a point, interesting that they had minutely studied the testimony and actions of the prosecution witnesses that had appeared. What surprised me was their lack of scrutiny of the defense witnesses. In almost every case, these were people who were either employed by Jackson, were friends of Jackson, had gained financially from Jackson, or had a heightened sense of loyalty towards Jackson because he had helped them significantly in some way. If one wants to attribute negative attributes to witnesses because of their connections, in all fairness it should be applied equally to all witnesses for their connections. Naturally witnesses for the defense had a personal stake in keeping the status quo – where Jackson was a free man, found not guilty, and could continue contributing to their well being. This point was never addressed on any of the fan sites I visited. Needless to say, forum posts or blog comments raising the issue were quickly deleted.

It does show that there is evidence of a conspiracy of silence related to Jackson that could be further explored. There may be a later article on that – the theory is merely presented here to once again show that the Cult Of Michael Jackson discourages questioning, doubt and dissent.

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nother thing is certain too – like many other cults, the Cult of Michael Jackson has a polarized us versus them mentality. Jackson fans have their own name for anyone who questions Jackson in any way – they are an MJ Hater. It’s not hard to become an MJ Hater – merely question any aspect of Jackson’s behavior (such as sharing his bed with prepubescent boys) and that’s it, you are in the club. In fact, I expect to be a fully paid up member merely through the publication of this article.

On the other hand, if you praise Jackson profusely, admire and respect him totally, and speak good things about him often enough, you become a member of the opposite extreme – the MJ Fam (short for Michael Jackson Family). Once you are an member, you are recognized as a Soldier for MJ and you’ll be granted exclusive access to hidden forums, password sealed websites and protected Twitter accounts of the Jackson fan elite.

Someone who has been there, just to see if they could, said It’s not very exciting. You get to see even crazier theories about MJ, and if you question any of it you are thrown out, as I was. I didn’t last long!

As we have seen, being a part of MJ Fam also means being ready to attack those who question Jackson in forums, comments, and on social media. At all costs, the haters must be kept at bay. A common tactic in cults, it is called demonizing the other, where those who disagree with the group’s goals and ideology are made to look somehow evil, they are somehow different, immoral, inhuman.

By dehumanizing others, an entire group can be viewed as less than human, as lacking any moral standards, as having no conscience. We see this demonizing, directed at various groups, constantly in the media, and it is common in wars and territorial or political disputes to make the other side appear subhuman – but until now it’s never happened on such a large scale over the reputation of a deceased celebrity. However, demonizing of those who question Jackson seems the only way that Jackson fans seem, in their minds, to take the higher moral ground. They are, after all, defending a man who slept with young boys, so the best defense against attacks on this doubtful morality is to make it seem that those opposed to them are even morally lower. Thus the nasty attacks and attribution of questionable motives on others. This is how the pedophile conspiracy was posited.

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or those who say they are vehemently opposed to pedophiles, there is heavy irony displayed when cult members are attempting to defend Michael Jackson. The terms used could be out of a pedophile defense guidebook:

  • Why can’t adults and children be friends?
  • If the child says it’s OK, why can’t they share an adult’s bed?
  • Just because an adult and a child slept together doesn’t mean the child was molested.
  • If the child says nothing happened, even after they’ve grown up, that means nothing happened.
  • It’s not against the law to take a child to bed.
  • It’s OK because there was no sexual interest.
  • If someone was abused they would never have any praise for their abuser.
  • You have a dirty mind if you believe anything untoward about a man sharing his bed with unrelated children.

To any objective outsider, Jackson fans are giving succor to those who wish to harm our children, making it clear that Jackson’s behavior is to be condoned. There are others that will engage in identical behavior and go on to molest children yet use these same defenses, if not to a court of law then to parents or other concerned people, and point out that they are just like Michael Jackson and it’s all innocent, so it is perfectly acceptable. 

This is the greatest danger if the Cult of Michael Jackson were allowed to flourish -giving a veneer of credence and acceptability to behavior that will lead to child molestation. We can’t allow that for our children, the most vulnerable members of our society.

While people like Annette, Robin and their cohorts may in turn seem comical, pathetic, desperate or just plain silly, they are in actual fact promoting inappropriate adult to child relationships.

Your point of action is clear. Don’t allow Jackson fans to discourage you from speaking out about child safety issues, and ignore their attacks. If it were someone other than Michael Jackson, they would be aghast at his behavior. Remind them of that.

 

*Names have been changed in this article

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  • Chelsea Young

    leave michae;l alone you ugly moron

    • papasmurf

      Please wake up .

    • Salem

      Grow up, you fan of immorality and apologist for pedophila!!

  • ShawntayUStay

    If there is a cult of Michael Jackson, then Tom Mesereau must be the cult’s high priest, preaching to the floon congregation quotable dogma such as “Why work when you can sue Michael Jackson?” and “[The child erotica books] were just two of BILLIONS of books found amongst his vast library” (even though these books were found separated from his “vast library” in a locked file cabinet in his closet). Jackson’s HIStory album is their holy book, where He has given them all the necessary information to go about explaining his behavior:

    -Why did he sleep with young boys compulsively? Listen to “Childhood”.
    -What about all the strange stories of his interest in young boys over the years from former employees to even the parents of these young boys? It’s all fake, don’t be a “Tabloid Junkie”!
    -Why are former special friends coming forward with abuse claims? “Money”.
    -Didn’t the district attorney and law enforcement, with all their years of experience, think the victims were credible? Nope, it was a set up, just play “D.S.”
    The lyrics are literally quoted at sinners (ie realists) as if they were biblical verses.

    Just like many other religions, the MJ cult is a closed belief system where the followers explain events in Jackson’s life using nothing but his own words and his own interpretation, without once considering that the answer to explain these event may involve outside evidence that challenges the core beliefs of the cult. http://issuepedia.org/Closed_belief_system

    • PsychicJane

      So how much were Wade and Safechuck paid or was it dismissed? Its not listed anymore.

      • mjfacts

        Sorry, no idea what you are talking about.

    • JessicaSideways

      Yeah, I’ve had this bullshit quoted to me before… and to be honest, at that time I didn’t know it was lyrics from MJ’s songs. I just thought they tripped on a staircase and landed on their head.

  • Salem

    I just read this article in its entirety. Great work! You are right, they are a dangerous cult. I must confess I am very interested to hear if Annette and Robin had any follow-ups or response if they have read this article? I can’t imagine they would be pleased, Annette in particular. lol

  • KarenL1

    Absolutely fascinating. Thank you for this! As someone who has engaged in the futile and frustrating exercise of trying to argue logically with MJ fanatics on the Internet, I always knew they were loony-tunes, but it never occurred to me they were some kind of organized cult. But it makes total sense. They exhibit all the irrational, slavish worship and devotion of cultists. Michael Jackson is their RELIGION.

    I can totally see these nuts murdering for MJ if he had asked them to (Charles Manson) or killing themselves en masse (Jim Jones). Can you imagine if a Manson or a Jim Jones had had the Internet, social media, and other modern technology at their disposal back in their day? Instead of recruiting mere dozens or hundreds of followers, they could have recruited hundreds of thousands or millions. Scary!

    If any physical harm comes to a reporter or accuser’s family, these fans will have blood on their hands. These people should not have access to the Internet. God help me if I ever idolize a celebrity this delusionally.

    I also loved the detailed description of the fan in the North Dakota trailer. I picture all these people about 300 lbs., sitting at their computers ankle-deep in cat sh*t, collecting their Disability and Welfare checks, because lord knows they can’t be gainfully employed, they have colossal amounts of time to devote to their campaign of terror. It’s no use telling them to get a life, because this IS their life, their only, sad little life. Amazing. A book could, and should, be written about their pathological behavior.

    • JessicaSideways

      I’ve mentioned the idea of MJ fandom being a religion but the more I read about him and his self-aggrandizing, paranoid, vindictive attitude, he seems a lot like L. Ron Hubbard.

  • RIP Tom Sneddon

    ‘I can’t truly vouche for Michael’s character. No one can do that but Michael. I have worked with him closely since he was 17 years old. I have never personally seen him do any of the things that he is accused of. Have you?

    I have been told things that would curl your hair about Michael. I have not seen any of those things. Have you?

    By-the-way, when I was asked to come forward for Michael, I couldn’t do it! Not with any good conscience.’ ”

    posted 05-28-2005 06:56 AM
    http://www.musicplayer.com/ubb/ultimatebb.php?/ubb/get_topic/f/1/t/024844/p/1.html
    ———–

    It’s bad enough he had doubts of MJ’s innocence, but what gets to me is that he decided to say these things on a public forum. The forum itself is a haven for musicians or producers or writers like himself, so you know these were said to MJ’s colleagues & potential colleagues. He says he never witnessed anything but like Gene Simmons, felt compelled to blab about a so-called trusted person who supposedly knew such things about MJ. I often wonder who thi trusted colleague was? Was it Quincy?”
    (END OF POST)

    The same thing was discussed in the comments part of the discussion on this site:

    https://michaeljacksonvindication2.wordpress.com/2013/12/22/questions-about-michael-jacksons-trials/#comment-7688

    Since Bruce’s original website is gone (or at least not easily found – once something is posted on the internet it never really completely deletes), even these apparent quotes of his words can’t be proven to be from him. But it is quite true that of the people Michael told his lawyer were true friends, Swedien was among the ones who refused to testify. We can only imagine how Michael must have felt when he heard of the ones who turned their back on him.

    Written about comments Bruce Swedian made on his website.

  • divapromo

    This article is great!!!!! This cult mindset is something someone should do research on and really write a book about. It is really interesting and is the description of many celebrities fans. I wonder if a psychologist has looked into this deeper. Great job!

  • yaso

    I understand every word you wrote because i’ve been there (being MJ fan). it’s like you turn off your common sense ..i’m Glad i’m out of this and took my blinder off

  • Out For Justice

    Scary people. I was 10 when Thriller was released, fell onto the MJ bandwagon.
    But by the time Bad was released I was over MJ completely. Been poring over this site like crazy, absolutely fascinated. Hard to believe that people will still defend him, even after all the evidence that’s been amassed. The type of porn he was into was creepy, abusive stuff.
    Tried to listen to Human Nature again recently. Couldn’t do it. Settled for the TOTO demo instead, wishing they’d never given it to MJ.

  • Melissa

    I never was a fan in the true sense – It’s true there was a time I hated when someone called him a pedo but unlike most fans, I didn’t care he was called gay, that he bleached his skin, that he had a lot of surgeries or his kids aren’t biologically his. This other rumors aren’t nothing compared with being called a criminal. But I never acted like a mad fan even when he as called a pedo.

    I just knew how mad they can be when MJ died. Death threats, emailing tabloids…Even fans are divided among themselves.
    I can understand the way MJ fans are desperate. Let’s say Jon Bon Jovi would be a target from this rumor today. I know I would be devastated, maybe I would deny it.
    Sometimes when I read this thing about him I say to myself “See, you’re upset when Jon is called a cheater and a man whore. Just think how would you feel if you’re a MJ fan!” Besides he himself admitted he is no saint.
    LOL sorry for the rambling 🙂

  • Holly Keefer

    I didn’t have time to read the article in it’s entirety but I do get the idea and I can say that sadly, I’ve been there and it was with Michael Jackson(along with the internet). I’d turn my back on everything I loved and cared about. It was torture. Something inside me(probably an evil force) kept me going. I literally worshiped MJ like he was Jesus. In fact, some fans even called him that(“Michael Jackson is the 2nd coming of Christ” I’ve read it several times on G+).. No joke. In the G+ community, I had an account. Uplifting his name for about 3 years. Never saw the light of day and not only lost my mind but lost my will to live. Liberally at the edge of suicide and thought about that every day. It was devastating for me to be so incredibly obsessed and I’d defend him to no end. I couldn’t understand why i loved him so much. My excuses where “oh he’s a humanitarian who donated over 350 million to charity” “he’s sexy and incredibly talented”. I’d spend hours editing lovely photos and posting his beautiful face on Google plus and I’d devote hours of research and writing poetry about him as if he was God himself. He literally was my life. I literally wanted to meet him in heaven and Marry him. Very sick indeed. But I opened my eyes to what I had become. I lost 2, almost 3 years of my life to Michael Jackson. I was completly infatuated with him. Burned dinners, missed time with hubby and family. I was a lot like those fans above, only I never really said swear words BUT THAT STILL DOES NOT ERASE THE FACT THAT IT WAS A CULT FOR ME AND EVERYDAY i AM SO GLAD THAT i GOT OUT. I missed SO much in those years and it breaks my heart. I had seen a psychiatrist that treated me for PTSD and Chronic Insomnia. It didn’t start with Michael Jackson(I had other things in my childhood that contributed to it) but MJ didn’t help either. I learned a lesson from all of this. Go out and live your life. Life is too short and there is way more important things than MJ. I love life now and for the most part, I am happy but back than I can say, I was not and I can tell you that what you write is so true. It really IS a cult! Fans really do make death threats. it’s horrible.Get out while you can and live your life! Is not your life more important than a man you never really met?

    • Dani Vanbuskirk-Beil

      Wow, Holly thank you for being so honest with your exp.
      I am a Jackson Fan, (and believe me I am not a fan of the person behind the music) There really are not many fans who do not think of Jackson like some sort of deity Sure did he capture some divine energy as an artist ok I will buy that, but the man was seriously messed up in the head, a chronic liar and drug abuser. (and emotional abuser of children, yes his own bought ones too) We have never even seen a hint at the real Michael ever The closest we ever got to that was his autopsy photo and the slurred recordings..

      This article is spot on, about the hive mind. You cannot discuss Michaels radical weight loss drug abuse, and self mutilation. (even when we have sworn statements that speak to the truth) the guy was an enigma and had so many parts to him good and bad, that people are doing a disservice to their own thought process and not letting him be the very messed up human being who could dance like magic sing like dove, but had the oddest behaviors and outlooks on life.
      I have had fans that I thought were mature thinking people scream and rant for saying the things I am typing here. I have to separate the art from the artist(MJ would be THE artist to do that with) thankfully my love for music does not extend beyond sound. I could care less what his fake kids do, or how much he gave to charity, or just how many boosted record sales he had..(its true, his legacy is massive, biggest in history) In the end, it is about music not his circus life that he helped to propagate.
      I never bought he was Peter Pan, he actually acted a lot different in his teens do you not think so? He was more adult at 15 then when he was 40.
      The thing about Jackson that too many fans do not see, is when he said something, you should not believe him if it came out of his mouth..Yep includes all the abuse, him feeling so lonely, on and on..It was a sympathy card thing..

      Something split his brain after he became mega famous and left his family home..I have read ex mangers say that Jacksons neverland had a very uneasy aura about it, and was always kept semi dark. He was a law unto himself for a long time..

      He needed help early on and he never got it..Spent his time blaming others for his choices and woes in life. He was been a spoiled little boy with millions (he never remembered being poor) who never took no for an answer. If he said jump you better salute and ask how high.

      Any way I know this was disjointed, getting off to bed, but I did want to thank you for this comment it was really good to read you got out of that hell..

      Thing is moderation in all things not 24/7 night and day.
      And in closing Michael died to me before 1990..He somehow hated himself, and self loathing created his a very false image, and it just got worse from then on out.
      BTW hate the term moonwalker, so childish worst parts of the internet for real. This is a hateful bunch as well, I bet these are the ones making death threats..nuts. MJ was a pop star he was not a lamb put for the slaughter for mankind…SMH

      Danielle

  • silverspirit

    It would seem the cult of MJ are dwindling down to nothing. Vindicate is dead. Elena (Helena) took all her accts and ran off. There is one still sticking around that spends every waking moment on every tabloid still screaming lies they were debunked on. They still insist the boys admitted they lied when the world knows that was a net hoax. They still insist MJ never paid..etc. They insist on people doing their research while they never have. LOL Need a good laugh? Just read them on the daily mail as they use an IP blocker & different names to attack & post ridiculous lies for their pedo God.

    • Dani Lee VanBuskirk

      Silver,
      I will have to disagree, as a fan myself (just not a type that thinks MJ was innocent in all things in life) the cults are very much still alive all over the net. I post of forums sometimes, make some comments about a live show MJ did, and maybe something I do not like about MJ. I get called all kinds of names for stating his voice was not the best or he looked tired ect. There are even fans that say these boys probably enjoyed the abuse and were lucky to have gotten so close to MJ as MJ was a total deity (and I am not lying that was said) Not to mention even saner types tell me how MJ saved them from killing themselves, which honestly has me a bit worried for them..They all sate it is not the music it is the wonderful man, who was innocent never did anything wrong loved women never did drugs was the bio father of his kids blah blah blah. So most in these cults go way beyond music and art. That is what I am a fan of the art not really the whole pretend MJ that was put out for fans. I do not know who the man really was so I do not have that level of connection with him. Point being the in too deep fans that prefer how wonderful an angel like he is becasue somehow they need this to get them out of bed each day, is very very much all around. One only needs to go around LSA, or MJJC and read for a very short time, and you will see the cults are pretty big and extreme.

      • silverspirit

        Hi, “pretty big” you say? Not at all. It’s the same few fanatics who use other accts to agree with themselves. That is a fact. There are only a handful left who’s delusions don’t count for anything. They are till infesting every story with their junk that was debunked a trillion times over. Broken record bores that won’t stand up for their pedo God in public. Why is that?

        • Dani Lee VanBuskirk

          Silver,
          Sure some of it has died down, but really you think all these forums are the same accounts like sock accounts? ..I tend to stay far away from anyone that claims children enjoyed abused, but I also belong to one forum, that does not worship the man(and yes it gets just as much hate as MJ facts, but we talk about music as well) and many there do believe he may be guilty..You still do get the holy rollers that deny evidence staring them in the face..All over youtube though, reddit, ect there are tons of folks that will slander you for the dumbest thing..I hate to upset people for no reason so I do not keep engaging these types that wish death on me and my family simply because I have doubts or say I know for a fact MJ was not the bio dad, or he had drugs addictions for 25 years. Somebody though is making MJs estate money perhaps the more causal fan.

          There are Even sites that claims this one is some sort of Aussie conspiracy . or something with all kinds or strange viewpoints. I understand many of you may have been ex big time fans, or maybe even still like the music but hate the man.I have never had a thought about the man, he could convince the public he was a victim or anything he wanted..I do not care for the MJ or his personal life..Maybe I have not been around in this online fandom long enough to see the real nutters number shrinking, seems like they are growing to me…Perhaps you have been seeing it decrease as you are more aware.

          I do honestly think some of them do know certain truths and are very very bothered by them, so they come out with the most vile hatred towards me at times..I simply said Look guys I am a fan, but the aviso case had nothing to do with money they never got a dime or tried to..The responses were so aggressive it seems it hit a nerve somehow deep down..I wonder if that is the case. That that know they are defending what cannot be defended, so they lead with slanders and vile garbage mouths. No point to make just slander..very odd if they think that will convince anyone.
          Thanks for your comments silver:)

          • Lisa

            I am (kind of) one of those nutso fans. I know why I deny the facts to myself. It’s because I was quite young when MJ became a big part of my world.I grew to believe he was this fascinating human being and as an adult I heard the charges against him. My belief’s in him were so strong and solid by that time that it just shattered everything I knew to be good. To admit my hero was a “bad guy/” would be to change memories of what I saw as a child of him with Webster at the awards to something sick rather than something kind. I would have to admit I got rug burn skidding to the tv to watch a child molester rather than a kind loving man. How can I do that? It would mean rebuilding my own memories. Today I found the court transcripts on line. I wanted to look to defend him in a discussion but couldn’t look… I was afraid of what I would find… I know deep down, he did it. I wish I could change it and I know I can’t.

      • silverspirit

        Sorry, the cult of wacko jacko is gone. The only ones left use many accts to make it appear there are more. It’s been going on for yrs. No matter, these crazy fanatics don’t count much anyway.

  • Mélanie

    Hello ! Do you know Babarbara Kaufmann? She fiercely defends Michael Jackson for 7 years, who is she? Thank you for your information

    • silverspirit

      Hi, I love it that a person who refers herself to being a Reverend claims to not be a “fan” of MJ. Doubt God will be greeting her in heaven. She’s not defending MJ in any way shape of form. It’s pure fantasy that does not count in the real world.

      I found that blog highly disturbing as it is pure fantasy from a fanatic. MJ was in no way religious nor did he teach us anything except that he loved taking boys to his bed to molest, doing drugs, abusing animals, buying white babies and paying off his victims was ok because he was MJ. Let’s not forget his fake marriages. Had he not choked on propofol. He’d be in jail for doctor shopping, child abuse and and those pesky 19 aliases to fuel his sick drug addiction.

  • Mélanie
  • anon

    I read the article a couple weeks ago and I must say this is all true. God, you guys put the finger right in the wound. I used to be a MJ fan. A hardcore, totally commited fan. I swore to the heavens Michael Jackson was a pure figure, naked of any malice. In my mind, he was an attractive (!) man who was persecuted by an evil media- and even more evil DAs- just because he dared to be different. He was some sort of deity in my mind. Like a human touched by God who walked this Earth and only wanted to be a kid. I was an emotional wreck at the time, heavily depressed and that’s exactly when (and why) Jackson entered my life and held it strong. I saw nothing wrong with a man sharing his bed one-on-one with boys every single night or acting like an emotional retard. I loved him! But that would be fine if it was just me and half a dozen more. But it doesn’t end here. I was fully inside Michael-mania, went to every forum and knew the ins and outs of the Jackson fandom. What I saw was- even though I didn’t realize it at the time- scary. It wasn’t just me. Everybody- every single one of his fans- saw him the same way. It wasn’t fandom. It was a religion and Jackson was our God. It’s as if I was posessed and the other fans thought exactly like I did. We saw ourselves as witnesses of someone extraordinary, who could see what other couldn0t. We knew th truth: all the others were dead wrong. It truly is a cult. I left it almost a decade ago and got my life back. Coincidently, I left it as soons as my depression began fading away. See the connection?

    By the way, great site! =)