Earlier this week, Barbra Streisand raised eyebrows with comments to the Times of London regarding Michael Jackson and the new documentary Leaving Neverland, which details allegations of sexual abuse of children by the late King of Pop.
Streisand has now released a statement clarifying the comments.
“To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone. The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children. It’s clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy.”
La Streisand added on her Instagram:
“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings. I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way.”
In the Times of London interview, after being asked her thoughts on the documentary, the EGOT-winner said:
“It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shows and the dancing and the hats?”
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs,” she added. “Coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.”
“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard them say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuk], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
BARBRA WHAT ARE YOU DOING https://t.co/1Zy797kred
— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) March 23, 2019
Oh this is a very very very bad take Barbara. https://t.co/GENvZclsf7
— Molly Jong-Fast (@MollyJongFast) March 23, 2019
It is with the heaviest of hearts that I cancel Barbra Streisand. https://t.co/h5mmHhKZN4
— Alan Henry (@AlanHenry) March 23, 2019