What I picture when I think of Michael Jackson.
What Michael Jackson looked like at the time the accusations began.
As soon as I heard about Dylan Farrow’s open letter, I knew in my heart that Woody Allen committed acts of sexual depravity on her when she was just a little girl. It is something that did not shock me, even when I heard it many years ago. There might be a bit of selective choice-making when it comes to whether we think a celebrity is capable of such actions.
There was another man, many years ago, who was accused of such behavior. His name was Michael Jackson and I must say it was very difficult for me to say that I thought that he did it. It wasn’t something I wanted to believe because, like so many others, I grew up loving Michael Jackson. The problem with that type of thinking is that it discounted and even dismissed the feelings of the young people who said it did happen.
Why bring this up now? It is because it is important to understand human behaviors. If we really like someone, it is very difficult, if not impossible to agree that he or she could commit these acts. Why not have a problem with Michael Jackson the same as Woody Allen, considering neither one was ever convicted of the crimes. It was time for a little soul searching, and this is what I found.
It was easy to think of Woody Allen as someone who would hurt little children. Something about the way he looks or his overall demeanor would make some people run screaming in the opposite direction. The truth is Michael Jackson was not looking his best at the time the accusations started flying; however, the image of the young Michael always comes clearly to my mind. It is unfair to think that one man might do something and another not simply because of the way he looks.
This is how it should be. Children should always be believed first. It is very rare that children lie in such situations. It’s a fact that cannot be disputed. Although there are cases where children have lied, it is not the norm. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if a person is guilty simply by their appearance. There are many other factors involved.
So, what happens to those adults who are falsely accused? They face the accusations and they are eventually cleared of the charges. At least that is the hope. There is nothing that can be done to change the fact these false charges are sometimes filed. The children should always be listened to because it is far better to think something happened and be wrong than to be a person of inaction when something actually did happen.
There are still people coming forward in the case of Michael Jackson. As much as I don’t want to believe it, there are far too many cases that children (now adults) have said that it did happen. Although there is the possibility that he did not do it, just as in Woody Allen’s case, it makes no sense that these children still have the same story after all of these years have passed.
No matter which side you are on in deciding whether you thought Jackson or Allen committed these crimes, everyone should be on the side of the children. Children should be protected at all costs. Just think of the example you are setting for children who are victims of abuse. Instead of supporting the children, in many cases we accuse them of lying. If you were a victim and you saw how other children have been treated for telling, would you be likely to open up about it? Probably not. Let’s stop deciding if someone is guilty based on the way they look.