Barbara Streisand clarified her comments on Michael Jackson after backlash over her saying his actions did not “kill” accusers Robson and Safechuck.
While speaking about the allegations against Jackson made in Leaving Neverland, Streisand said she blamed the parents of the boys and added that the abuse “didn’t kill them”. This infuriated the internet as people said the 76-year-old actress was making light of a very serious situation and suggested the children were not “molested” because they were “thrilled to be there”.
She also said, ”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 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. It’s a combination of feelings. I feel bad for the children. I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him. Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?”
Streisand has now clarified her comments, saying that she thinks the allegations were “painful to hear”. But that she still blamed the parents of the children for being “seduced by fame and fantasy.”
She told Variety, ”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.”
Michael Jackson’s estate has consistently denied all the allegations against him.
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