The fallout from the Michael Jackson Leaving Neverland documentary continues…
In the inflammatory HBO doc, the late singer is accused of sexually abusing former child stars Wade Robson and James Safechuck when they were children.
Director Don Reed has described the four-hour film as a “study of the psychology of child sexual abuse, told through two ordinary families who were groomed for 20 years by a paedophile masquerading as a trusted friend.”
But not everyone has been so quick to jump on the burn MJ bandwagon.
On Friday, Jackson’s longtime friend and occasional collaborator Diana Ross tweeted, “This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE.”
This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.
STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) March 23, 2019
The tweet received nearly 25K likes, 8K retweets, 3K responses, and a whoooole lot of backlash.
You’re aff yer heed. He’s a paedophile who should have been imprisoned a long time before he died. Would you have been tweeting this if he’d been a plumber…oh sorry you’d have had no idea who he was then would you?
— James Dornan SNP (@glasgowcathcart) March 23, 2019
Oh look, #DianaRoss is trash too. Good to know. Celebrities keep showing their ass. Let me say this one more time: MICHAEL JACKSON WAS AN ABUSIVE PEDOPHILE. If u defend or deny his actions cause you were his friend/a fan, you are complicit in the sexual abuse of children.
— Joshua Hunter Nix (@TheJoshuaHunter) March 23, 2019
he was also a magnificent and incredible child pumper
— Dom Joly (@domjoly) March 24, 2019
I’ve always loved & respected you. You realize a person can simultaneously B 2 things at once? He can have been the person you knew&loved & a dangerous, abusing, pedophile too? They hide in plain sight. Fact:people of your generation protect abusers=why we are where we are?
— Emily Filmore (@EmilyFilmore) March 23, 2019
I was a big MJ fan. Totally disgusted by him now. The documentary is a tell all of who he really was!!!
— Adrianne (@Adriann69053190) March 25, 2019
You dusty old bitch, GTFOH
— @Katherinelee (@hannahlee64) March 25, 2019
But it didn’t stop there…
Oof, girl. Not a good look.
— anthony (@anthonysthots) March 23, 2019
In other words “he didn’t hurt ME so I don’t care what he did to anyone else.” Gross.
— BMcThomas (@barbaramcthomas) March 23, 2019
EXCEPT he was a pedophile and his so-called generosity was called, “grooming.”
Paris functions pretty well, but not his two boys. I could well be wrong, but I’m concerned they were victims as well. If not by Jackson, perhaps whomever molested Jackson when he was young.
— Terri ? #Eco #NoHate #Resist #AlwaysBeKind #Vegan (@EcoSystemGarden) March 23, 2019
Is Diana Ross drinking the Jesus Juice? She’s been shoved into the trash heap along with Babs. They knew. They have lost momentum with younger fans. Next up, apology tour.
— Elizabeth M. Ward (@ElizabethMWard3) March 24, 2019
No Diana, just no. Just because you knew and liked someone doesn’t mean they’re innocent. You saw him with those boys and never thought it was strange for an adult to not have friends his age? One of the boys was 7 when the grooming and abuse started! What’s wrong with you?
— Vote Dem for the Planet (@Brasilmagic) March 23, 2019
What a fucking bitch!
— StefaniaBeauty (@JacksonZone58) March 24, 2019
Ross’ relationship with MJ goes back all the way to the 1960s. Over the course of their 40-year friendship, they recorded and performed several songs together and grew to consider one another like family.
Jackson named Ross the secondary caregiver to his three children. And in his autobiography “Moonwalk,” he called her, “my mother, my lover and my sister all rolled into one.”
But not everyone is so quick to throw Ross under the bus for sticking up her old friend. Many have come to her defense:
Diana Ross knew Michael Jackson closely for 40 YEARS. She trusted him with her children and they adore him. He named her as a possible guardian for his children in his will. She has EVERY RIGHT to defend the man she knew now that
he cannot defend himself.
THANK YOU @DianaRoss. pic.twitter.com/dzBr6Lzgxn
— MJJLegion ? (@MJJLegion) March 24, 2019
What you’re not going to do is drag Diana Ross.
— FERRARI SHEPPARD (@stopbeingfamous) March 23, 2019
So let me get this straight, if any member of Michael Jackson’s family or closest friends (i.e., Diana Ross) speak out in SUPPORT of him, they’re in denial and showing blind loyalty, but the media and people who’ve NEVER met him are spot-on when they label him a pedophile? ?
— Elgin Charles (@ElginCharles) March 24, 2019
You fake woke clowns can just sit ALL THE WAY DOWN. Don’t dare come for the Queen @DianaRoss for telling the TRUTH about her baby Michael Jackson. She knew this man before he was a man. A lot of you are nothing but a bunch of uneducated ignorant BULLIES. #FactsDontLiePeopleDo
— Nicole’s View (@BLKLiberation84) March 23, 2019
Imagine knowing someone since they were like 5yrs old until they passed away at 50 & being told youre wrong about your thoughts & feelings about them & all because they say so. Exactly what theyre doing to Diana Ross right now.
— Dwight (@DaWhite_Man) March 23, 2019
What is happening to Diana Ross right now is precisely why more celebs have not spoken out in defense of Michael. They don’t want to be attacked or have their own reputations put in jeopardy. It’s a sad state of affairs that we’ve come to this.
— Raven Woods (@emailraven) March 23, 2019
— Damo (@djbaby2009) March 24, 2019
Diana Ross has known Michael for more years than you’ve been alive. Y’all can just fuck off.
— vic (@jongshot) March 23, 2019
People who’ve never met Michael are somehow more qualified to speak on his life than Diana Ross. Apparently they’re experts.
I have to laugh.
— Awesome, Wow ? (@IndigoFro) March 23, 2019
Who are you to talk to DIANA ROSS, one of the greatest soul icons of all time, about someone she knew for 40 years, like you know better? To tell her to shut up? Astounding level of disrespect.
— Casey Rain (aka S-Endz) (@CaseyRain) March 24, 2019