Diana Ross And Barbra Streisand Speak Out In Support Of Michael Jackson
Diana Ross and Barbra Streisand have been criticised for speaking out in support of Michael Jackson.
The legendary singers have both shared their thoughts about the legacy of Jackson amid the fallout from Leaving Neverland -- the documentary that shared the stories of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege they were sexually abused by Jackson as minors.
Streisand noted that she "absolutely" believed the accusers during an interview with The Times of London but that the alleged abuse "didn't kill them".
“[Jackson’s] sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has,” Streisand added.
"You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
As news of the interview spread online, many Twitter users announced that it was time to 'cancel' Streisand for her thoughts on childhood sexual abuse.
Amid the Twitter backlash against Streisand, Diana Ross then jumped online to defend Jackson, referencing her 1965 Supremes hit.
"This is what's on my heart this morning," she announced to her followers. "I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is a magnificent incredible force to me and to many others," she said of her long-time friend, whom she met at Motown when Jackson was just nine.
"STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE," the 74-year-old singer wrote.
Ross has not yet faced as much heat online for her comment as Streisand, who has now walked back her comments in an official statement.
“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 statement from Streisand reads.
"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," she concluded.
Streisand then added an additional comment on Twitter, writing that she "didn't mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way".
"I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth," she added.
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