People is reporting that The Jackson Estate has decided to make a documentary of their own. Yes, the way that rappers these days will release a response to a diss track made against them, The Jackson Estate decided to release it’s own documentary in response to the Michael Jackson one which details alleged sexual abuse he committed against James Safechuck and Wade Robson when they were kids–Leaving Neverland. They’re also calling their response doc Neverland Firsthand, and not sure if you want to use the word “hand” when responding to child-touching allegations, but okay.
Neverland Firsthand: Investigating the Michael Jackson Documentary is half an hour of pure pro-Michael Jackson propaganda. Which is stupid because Leaving Neverland hit you with four hours, so like… step it up, Jackson Estate. Give us at least a full hour.
The film opens with the words: “Sexual violence is never to be taken lightly. This film was not made to degrade victims or devalue their statements.” And while I believe that first sentence, I also know they should have put an asterisks at the end of the second one like “*Except these two liars.” The film interviews several people in Michael’s orbit who gave statements about him which were all (un)shockingly positive.
Michael’s nephew, Taj Jackson, said that Michael was just so generous and kind that people like James and Wade could take advantage of him: “When you have a certain niceness, people take advantage of it.”
And Michael’s longtime technical director, Brad Sundberg, also had insight into time at the Neverland Ranch because he was there regularly so he’d know what was going on:
“Not in a million years did I ever see a child around Michael Jackson that looked like they had been distressed, hurt, abused… [Neverland] was such a peaceful, safe, fun place.”
But don’t worry. This isn’t just a full half hour of Michael’s friends and family telling you how nice of a person he was so that means he couldn’t have been a molester… it also includes some character assassination!
Brandi Jackson is Michael’s niece and she also dated Wade Robson for seven years, and in that time she learned a lot about him and it’s not at all positive. She claims that the only reason Wade went public with the sex abuse claims is because he thought it would be financially beneficial:
“He has always been a bit of an opportunist… He knows how to position himself into different situations that will benefit him in a financial way… He’s saying that he was in a relationship with my uncle, that they were in love, and that they were having a relationship, if you will. He’s saying that my uncle kept him from women, which is not true. We were just talking about how my uncle put us together. It would discredit the things that he’s trying to claim, and I find it fascinating that he thinks he’s able to just erase 10 years of his life.”
Wade’s attorney made a statement of their own, telling Billboard:
“Ms. Jackson was not with Wade and Michael Jackson when the sexual abuse occurred, and as such, she has nothing relevant to say about the topic.”
Who knows if this will affect that lawsuit the Jackson Estate has against HBO for airing the documentary, but at least this movie will make Aaron Carter happy. Meanwhile, Corey Feldman is wondering if he should buy his Michael Jackson merch back.
Here’s the pro-MJ documentary in all its YouTube glory: