Due to the fact that this topic gets me so angry, I promised that I wouldn't post on it again. I lied. I can't help it with all of the crap we are being handed in the media regarding Michael Jackson. There are a few posts here about it (how can any of us here look away really?) The thing that got me, besides the throngs of supporters stating their opinion on his innocence, was that he had them all back to Neverland for a fun-filled afternoon!
So, after reading a post today on the subject, I thought I'd take a look online to see if I could find something about how this is wrong to do to the victim, etc. In the first three pages of a Google search, I did not find ONE article, website, forum - ANYTHING - stating that what Michael, the courts, and the media are doing is wrong and revictimizing the child. I found lots of things supporting him:
"I Believe in Michael Jackson"
"Is Michael Jackson Guilty?"
"The Conspiracy Against Michael Jackson?"
"Was Michael Jackson Framed?"
Doesn't it stand to reason that if it was a conspiracy, he would have been in prison already? Doesn't it make more sense that he is a very powerful person with lots of money who is using his status to thwart the system... now for the second time?
My first (rational) thought (as opposed to the angry rage I feel) is that a lot of these supporters are in denial. They've actually done studies where women on a jury for a rape trial are more likely to not believe the woman than male jurors BECAUSE THEY SEE THEMSELVES AND THEIR VULNERABILITY IN THE WOMAN AND DON'T WANT TO ADMIT THAT RAPE COULD HAPPEN TO THEM. So they refuse to believe the victim. Is that what is happening on a societal level? I saw it happen up here in Boston with all of the fucking parishioners glorifying these priests and villifying the victims out of their own denial. Is society as a whole so threatened to admit that child sexual abuse happens that they go out of their way to dismiss it altogether? Or is it that sexual abuse and exploitation of children is so common that they are all having a reaction similar to the rape trial situation I described... if they admit it happened to this boy, then they'll have to admit that it happened or could happen to themselves or their own children? Or is it just our morbid fascination with celebrity scandal?
The thing that gets me is this country outraged over consensual sex between Clinton and Lewinsky, but won't give a fucking 14 year old boy with a terminal illness the benefit of the doubt?
ARGGGGHHHHH! Sorry for the rant all. Rage on.
"Even though I know/I donít want to know/Yeah I guess I know/I just hate how it sounds"