This April, the world would have witnessed an episode of Urban Myths that was to feature actor Joseph Fiennes (who is White) playing as Michael Jackson (who — despite whatever joke you put forth — was not White). The episode was supposed to focus on Jackson fleeing New York with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando during the September 11th attacks (a long-standing rumour).
Now, it’s been revealed that the show was pulled following complaint from the Jackson family…here are social media-based examples:
@TheMJCast i'm so incredibly offended by it, as i'm sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit.
Sky — the broadcaster where the episode was to be aired — has released a statement regarding the decision to keep White Mike off-air:
We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a half hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family. We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offence. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.
Back when this was all revealed, the actor who playing MJ, Joseph Fiennes, tried to defend the role, saying that — despite being “as shocked as you may be” — Michael’s “pigmentation issue” meant that “he was probably closer to my colour than his original colour.”
The so-called rivalry between late legends Michael Jackson and Prince are etched in history, and newly-revealed recordings of Jackson show just how real that rivalry was.
The Mirror (whom one should take with a grain of salt, anyway) confirms what was said by the King of Pop on tapes recorded three decades ago for his Moonwalker autobiography, and he had much to say about the Purple Rain creator:
I don’t like to be compared to Prince at all. I have proven myself since I was real little. It’s not fair. He feels like I’m his opponent. I hope he changes because boy, he’s gonna get hurt. He’s the type that might commit suicide or something.
He was so rude, one of rudest people I have ever met. Prince is very competitive. He has been very mean and nasty to my family.
If it’s true, it’s not all that surprising — Prince’s reputation for how he deals with fans and (some) peers definitely precede him.
You can read more Michael Jackson quotes (including some aimed at his family) over at The Mirror.
Michael Jackson’s estate has responded to recent reports claiming that police uncovered a massive child porn collection (amongst other things) during a 2003 raid. Simply put, they’re not having any of it.
Read their statement in full, which was to Digital Spy:
Seven years ago this coming Saturday, the world lost an amazing artist and humanitarian devoted to helping children in need in all corners of the world.
Michael Jackson’s fans, including the Executors of his estate, prefer to remember the wonderful gifts Michael left behind instead of having to once again see his good name dragged through the mud by tabloid trash.
Everything in these reports, including what the County of Santa Barbara calls ‘content that appears to be obtained off the Internet or through unknown sources’ is false, no doubt timed to the anniversary of Michael’s passing.
Those who continue to shamelessly exploit Michael via sleazy internet ‘click bait’ ignore that he was acquitted by a jury in 2005 on every one of the 14 salacious charges brought against him in a failed witch hunt.
Michael remains just as innocent of these smears in death as he was in life even though he isn’t here to defend himself. Enough is enough.
Jackson’s nephew Taj (son of Jackson 5 member Tito) also took to Twitter to express his feelings about the reports:
Not only is there absolutely no truth to this story whatsoever, but I'm truly sick of this crap. #getalife and stop living off ours.
Remember when is was revealed that Bill Cosby did admit to crimes he’s currently facing today? We’re now feeling pretty heavy in regards to late star Michael Jackson, as reports have unearthed (to the public) proof of an extensive porn collection (found back during a 2003 raid), which featured both clothed and nude images of men and boys. In addition, police also found porn that delved into animal torture, S&M and gore, alongside various drugs used to treat sex addiction…and all of these materials were in place to “desensitise children” that stayed at Neverland Ranch.
The search was conducted as part of the continuing child sex abuse investigation against the Gloved One and turned up everything from Jackson’s twisted porn collection — which included filthy photos and videos of men, women, boys and girls in perverted positions — to drugs to treat sex addiction, with multiple prescriptions written by a variety of physicians for people close to the star.
One private investigator with direct knowledge of the raids said: “The detectives’ report cites Michael even used sexy photos of his own nephews, who were in the band 3T, in their underwear to excite young boys.”
The smoking gun of the century? Or more slander that the public can’t prove?
Following Sony’s purchase of much of Michael Jackson’s publishing, a London law firm has stepped up to claim that the late Pop star owes them $200,000 (about £140,000).
Atkins Thomson Solicitors say that they “provided hundreds of hours of services to Jackson across nearly a dozen matters” from 2007 and 2009. They are suing the executors of the MJ estate — entertainment lawyer John Branca and music industry exec John McClain — for breach of contract, stemming from a December 2015 invoice.
It’s been reported that Sony will acquire Michael Jackson’s share of Sony/ATV publishing for a whopping $750 million (£526 million). Within that lies a catalogue of priceless records from The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Eminem, Taylor Swift and more — easily a smart purchase in the long run; this is also a great sale for the Jackson estate, given that Jackson’s debt was somewhere around $250 million.
Said Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai:
The entertainment businesses have long been a core part of Sony and are a key driver of our future growth. These businesses will continue to contribute to our success for years to come.
Outside of this, the Jackson estate will retain a 10% stake in EMI Music Publishing and 100% of MiJac Music (which contains Michael Jackson’s own discography, as well as related artists that he discovered). Previously, Sony shared half of the Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalogue with Jackson, an agreement that was made in 1995.
UPDATE: You can now check out a teaser clip from the forthcoming documentary above.
Spike Lee has apparently followed-up his polarising film Chi-Raq with a new documentary based on Michael Jackson’s journal from the start of his solo career at Motown to 1979’s Off The Wall, which is being reissued next month.
The documentary was created using footage and interviews with MJ during that time, interspersed with new commentary from MJ’s family and music peers. We’d expect Quincy Jones (who produced the classic record) to be involved in some capacity.
As far as the reissue, the “new” version of Off The Wall will also feature a 16-page booklet filled with essays and photos, among other things. Together with the Spike’s documentary, the full package will be releases 26th February (pre-order here).
If you can’t wait that long to see the film, head over to the Sundance film festival in Utah; it will premiere there 24th January.
Savage, this is. Apparently, someone named Tavis Smiley wrote a book titled Before You Judge Me: The Triumph And Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, which is pretty self-explanatory. Now, Warner Bros is turning said book into a television series that will give the viewer an inside look into MJ’s final 16 weeks; we won’t see anything until next June.
Today marks 6 years since Michael Jackson passed away — and to “celebrate”, it’s has revealed just how far in value MJ’s estate has progressed…
According to TMZ, Jackson’s fortune has grossed almost $2 billion in those 6 years, mainly from the film This Is It and the Cirque show Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, as well as 50 million albums sold and other other ventures through companies like Sony. While there are things to consider that would decrease the amount (expenses alone knock it down to $800 million, and almost half is gone via taxes), the report states that — if the fortune were liquidated today — each of MJ’s children would still get about $100 million.
Not bad for an estate that was dancing around bankruptcy prior to his death. Nonetheless, R.I.P. to the King of Pop.
While the rest of the world waits to hear Kendrick Lamar’s forthcoming follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city, one individual got a change to enjoy some new music from the Compton emcee — Prince Jackson, the 18-year-old son of Michael Jackson.
No clue on how this meet-up occurred, but no matter — Lamar’s next project is slated for this year, and those catching him on the festival circuit (like us) should have a fair opportunity at catching an earful of unreleased gold while he’s on stage.
The unfortunate truth with Michael Jackson’s famed Neverland Ranch is that it will eventually be sold off to a potential buyer, for whatever reason they choose. While a couple of the larger bidders plan to turn the estate into some kind of memorial (something in the veins of Elvis Presley’s Graceland), one potential owner plans to embar on the greatest example of irony ever by turning Jackson’s digs into a therapy centre for molested children.
Yes: according to a source, a local business has offered $40 million (£26 million) for the facility (valued at $75 million, or £49 million, by current owners Colony Capital) to “help children in a serene setting recover from the trauma of sex abuse”.
The plan is to have children come there for treatment, and they will also hire trained therapists who would help the victims through the use of equine-assisted therapy, which works to improve the kids’ self-esteem, and it helps them to become more outgoing.
Obviously, the big connection here is Michael Jackson’s lost (accused) history of child abuse, much of which was said to have happened at the former amusement park/zoo/movie theatre (and more).