MJ's nephew slams 'Leaving Neverland' and starts raising money for a new documentary series
Taj Jackson defends his uncle Michael Jackson from the allegations made by the "one-sided" documentary, "Leaving Neverland." He says the film's "actors" gave "Oscar winning performances."
Michael Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson launched a series of tweets slamming the recently released documentary, “Leaving Neverland” for its “one-sided hit job.”
The time has come to tell the true side of his story. Join me on my journey to unmask the truth about Michael Jackson. Not the truth certain media is selling you, but the truth as it actually happened. #proveninnocent #truthrunsmarathons #justiceforMJhttps://t.co/KV7a7jfmFc— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) January 21, 2019
HIS TWITTER TIRADE
Taj took to Twitter this weekend after the four-hour documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday. The film is solely based on allegations of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, both of whom claim they were sexually abused by Michael when they were young.
Remember, we have the truth and facts on our side, and we are going to hit them back HARD.— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) January 28, 2019
Don’t mistake my family’s silence for inactivity. That’s all I can say for now...https://t.co/KV7a7jfmFc
Among Taj's slew of tweets, one slammed Wade and Safechuck for their “acting” in the film. He wrote,
“After years of coaching and studying for these roles, I’m sure Wade (self proclaimed “Master of Deception”) and Jimmy both gave Oscar winning performances today. Media, please do a 10 minute google search before you condemn an innocent man who is no longer here to defend himself.”
After years of coaching and studying for these roles, I’m sure Wade (self proclaimed “Master of Deception”) and Jimmy both gave Oscar winning performances today. Media, please do a 10 minute google search before you condemn an innocent man who is no longer here to defend himself.— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) January 25, 2019
Later, he criticized the “one-sided” film’s lack of credible sources and accused its producers of merely cashing in.
“My family and I have known Wade and his family since he came to America. Don’t tell me a 4 hour one sided hit job that you watched is more reputable than people who actually knew him and saw his interactions. This is all about money and the desperate need to be relevant again.”
My family and I have known Wade and his family since he came to America. Don’t tell me a 4 hour one sided hit job that you watched is more reputable than people who actually knew him and saw his interactions. This is all about money and the desperate need to be relevant again.— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) January 26, 2019
HIS PLANS TO REDEEM HIS UNCLE'S NAME
Tired of the misconceptions about his uncle that has hounded him throughout his life and after his death, Taj created a GoFundMe page in order to raise funds for a documentary that would clear Michael’s name. On the page’s description, he says,
“We have to defend Michael Jackson’s name and legacy from vicious and calculated lies. We can no longer sit back and wait for the ‘right thing’ to be reported or for someone else to step in and champion our cause. This is on us – fans, friends and family.”
“In an effort to settle this injustice – and to create a historic tome that will be a resource for anyone interested and willing to learn THE TRUTH about Michael Jackson’s indisputable innocence– I’m creating a documentary series that explodes the myths once and for all.”
Exactly. The deceased can not be defamed. Which is why I expected journalists to at least do some homework. Also the deceased can not defend themselves. Therefore anything can be said about them and not be challenged. Open field day for lies. https://t.co/lYLA1PEBNl— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) January 26, 2019
MICHAEL'S ESTATE'S REACTION TO "LEAVING NEVERLAND"
Apart from Taj, Michael’s estate also lashed out on the documentary calling it a “tabloid character assassination” of the pop star in a statement released to People. It further explains,
“The film takes uncorroborated allegations that supposedly happened 20 years ago and treats them as fact. These claims were the basis of lawsuits filed by these two admitted liars which were ultimately by a judge.”
Michael Jackson Estate Addresses Controversial ‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary https://t.co/m4Dbbe2Yyz— Variety (@Variety) January 26, 2019
The statement also shed light on the fact that the two accusers in the film “testified under oath that these events never occurred.” Moreover, the film’s director was admitted that the film was based solely on the testimonies of the two, without leaving room for interviews of other people who were more significantly involved in Michael’s life.
“By choosing not to include any of these independent voices who might challenge the narrative that he was determined to sell, the director neglected fact checking so he could craft a narrative so blatantly one-sided that viewers never get anything close to a balanced portrait.”
After seeing #LeavingNeverland, you’ll never listen to Michael Jackson the same way again. In fact, you may never listen to Michael Jackson again at all. @davidehrlich reviews: https://t.co/Ti1UK0eDBT #Sundance pic.twitter.com/3kvqNQTpcJ— IndieWire (@IndieWire) January 26, 2019
MICHAEL'S CHILDREN'S NON-REACTION AND PARIS' BATTLE WITH MENTAL HEALTH
Michael’s three children have not responded to the film. His only daughter, Paris, reportedly checked into a facility recently to attend to her mental health. The 20-year-old had been battling depression and anxiety over the years. At one point, in 2013, she attempted to kill herself.
Paris is a staunch defender of her father, often speaking out to preserve his honor. It won’t be surprising if she lashes out on the film too once she emerges from the treatment facility.