Today’s a very, very special day for Michael Jackson…
On this day in 1984, Michael Jackson’s personal manager holds a press conference in West Hollywood (ahem) to refute widespread rumors that his client is gay. The press are warned that Jackson henceforth sue any periodical publishing “new fantasies” about his sex life, and are also handed a printed statement in which the gloved one shrieks “NO! I’ve never taken hormones to maintain my high voice. NO! I’ve never had my cheekbones altered in any way. NO! I’ve never had cosmetic surgery on my eves. YES! One day in the future I plan to get married and have a family. Any statements to the contrary are simply untrue. We all know that kids are very impressionable and therefore susceptible to such stories. I’m certain that some have already been hurt by this terrible slander. In addition to their admiration, I would like to keep their respect.” Jackson’s publicist Norman Winter notes “If little girls want to grow up and marry Michael, now they know they’ve got a chance.”
They sure did….