Barbra Streisand Apologizes for Harsh Remarks to Michael Jackson's Alleged Sexual Abuse Victims
Barbra Streisand released an apologetic statement regarding her comments about Michael Jacksons sexual abuse. The 72-year-old singer talked about a parents role in this given situation.
Barbra Streisand recently released a statement addressing the issue that rose when she commented on Michael Jacksons molestation allegations. In an Instagram post, the singer said,
“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. Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”
Streisand also clarified in a 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 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.”
The statements were released due to Streisand’s previous comments on the alleged abuse Wade Robson and James Safechuck disclosed on the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland.” The comments were made back in July, before her concert at London’s Hyde Park. She described Jackson as “very sweet, very childlike” to the Times. She added,
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs, 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 Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
The 76-year-old singer may have used the wrong words to comment on a sensitive topic, hence the controversy that sparked. However, she was able to handle the situation well through clarifications, and a sincere apology.
The controversy started when the HBO documentary included a statement where two men revealed that the late “King of Pop” sexually abused them as children. This caused diverse reactions from Jacksons fans, some doubting their once music icon.