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“We’ve Had Enough” – An appeal to the fan community to take a stand against slanderous tabloids.

1077179_10201476195683828_222768310_oPart of my role within Michael’s Dream Foundation is to keep abreast of news related to Michael Jackson. This is something I do on a daily basis; with the aim of sharing interesting articles about him, particularly if they talk about his humanitarian work and his legacy.

Unfortunately; part of that territory are the countless tabloid articles I uncover throughout my research all of which I don’t share. In the 27 years of being a Michael Jackson fan; I have never once shared a tabloid article about him and I certainly don’t intend to do so now. Instead; I will echo what Michael himself used to say – I don’t read them. The fact that it’s written doesn’t necessarily make it “truth.” Truth is; I don’t give these articles any more scrutiny than they deserve. Instead, I ignore them and refuse to draw attention to them. Why would I want to give attention to an article that is clearly littered with ridiculous lies about a man I have followed and researched for many, many years?

But today; I came across an article I could not ignore. I know only too well that Radar Online take great pleasure in posting negative things about Michael; and are like a dog at a bone when it comes to the subject of the child molestation trial in 2005. The fact that Michael was acquitted of ALL charges by a UNANIMOUS verdict seems to go over their heads. Of course they are going to ignore all the concrete facts in the pursuit of increasing and maintaining their readership. Today however; they went too far..

In a disgusting article entitled “ Paedo Proof? Never before seen – Cop Reports Expose Michael Jackson’s Sick Secrets,” they go so far as to say Michael was a “manipulative drug and sex crazed predator.” Throughout the article; they make references to documents which show “filthy photos and videos of men, women, boys and girls in perverted positions” and “  drugs to treat sex addiction, with multiple prescriptions written by a variety of physicians for people close to the star.” The article goes on to say that Michael even used “sexy photos of his own nephews in their underwear to excite young boys.” And according to them “an investigator told Radar” that “the documents expose Jackson as a manipulate sex-and-drug crazed predator who used blood, gore, sexually explicit images of animal sacrifice and perverse adult sex acts to bend children to his will.” Not satisfied with that; the “source” adds; “he also had disgusting and downright shocking images of child torture, adult and child nudity, female bondage and sadomasochism.”

I shall not continue with the offending article in verbatim. The whole thing is distressing, sickening and anger-inducing to the point where any fan would be able to feel their blood reach boiling point.

But as if to add insult to injury; the article then provides a link where you can see this so-called “evidence” for yourself. And why did I find on visiting it? Proof that Radar Online has greatly exaggerated this “evidence” with the aim of slandering Michael and distorting the truth. The pictures depicted on the link are not at all as they are being reported.

So why did this particular article bother me more than others I’ve seen? Indeed; only days before did Radar post an article about Michael’s “bizarre sexual behaviour”; allegedly after Bobby Brown claimed he saw Michael slap his sisters’ bottom when he was dating Janet Jackson. Do I see this as “bizarre sexual behaviour”?  No I do not. My brother used to do the same to me when we were growing up – and has done it in adulthood. It’s called “sibling ribbing.” Is my own brother therefore a sexual predator simply because he exhibited the exact same behaviour? No he isn’t. But then again; if I was to think along the same lines as the tabloid media – my brother is not an eccentric pop star, desperate to protect his privacy.

I digress.

The real reason for my intense anger at this article was the venom behind it. It is not simply a case of printing ridiculous lies about Michael. This article goes beyond that. It ventures into slander and defamation territory and beyond. I will even go so far as to say that it was less of a news item and more of a personal attack against Michael – and let’s remember that Michael is sadly not here to defend himself. Whoever wrote this article; their hatred and bitterness; to a point of a vendetta against Michael was immediately apparent. Reading between the lines (as I often do when I read any news story about Michael); you could see the toxic poison which dripped from every single typed word. This person knew exactly what they were doing and the timing of such an article speaks volumes. Five days before 25th June? Hardly a coincidence. I do not know who was behind it. That information was omitted from publishing…how convenient.

Oh and just for good measure; the article gives a thinly veiled suggestion that more accusations and civil lawsuits should be brought against Michael. “Anything for money” perhaps?

Why are these articles now cropping up almost 7 years after Michael left us? Because of the civil lawsuit happening in 2017. And if you think this one was bad; wait for the next one and the one after that. They will get worse especially from a site which is known for being very anti-Michael Jackson.

Now it would be so easy to read the offending article, get angry, feel sad for Michael and forget about it. Michael is no longer with us right? Surely it doesn’t matter anymore. WRONG! After reading said article; I took it upon myself to speak to a few fans about it and like me; they are sick, sick, sick of seeing these lies time and time again. And do you know what is more sickening? The fact that the perpetrators of these lies get away with it. Sure; you could contact Radar Online and ask them to retract but it will more than likely be a cold day in hell before they do that. If they are arrogant enough to post this rubbish; they aren’t going to apologize and admit they were out of order. Instead; they’re going to continue posting poison to harm Michael’s reputation, legacy and don’t forget; his children, because they are allowed that “freedom” to do so. How is that right?

It isn’t right and it never will be. Seven painful years have passed and even now; the media are still dissecting and mutilating Michael’s good name for profit. If they haven’t stopped after seven years; they aren’t going to stop any time soon. Let’s remember that Michael was and is the most famous person on the planet. His memory will live on for generations to come. And unless we act NOW and do something; so will the defamatory behaviour of the media.

Never has it been more important than now to unite and bring the AdLLaw Initiative to fruition. Should that initiative be passed as a law; then Michael’s reputation and legacy can no longer be tarnished by tabloid vultures. And those who attempt to break the law will be held to account for their actions. Wouldn’t it be a wonderful day when tabloids are no longer allowed to defame the names and reputations of those who are deceased and can’t protect themselves? Act NOW and that day can happen a lot sooner. But for it to happen; it takes more than one person to see it through right to the very end.

Michael spoke often about unity and the importance of uniting together; in order to make a change. He is quite right. There is strength in numbers. One or two can’t make a difference. But one or two million can. We his fans; are known as his “Soldiers of love.” He referred to us as “his soldiers”. He stood in solidarity with his fans and protected them at all costs. “Don’t hurt my fans,” was his message because he loved us equally as much as we love him. Surely if he can stand shoulder to shoulder with us; then we can afford him that same solidarity? This is a time when he need us the most and the coming civil suit will reinforce that over and over. He begged for his day in court; he had it and he won. Yet that is not enough for some. Hatred against Michael and the fact that he was totally vindicated; is still being fueled by the media and their poisonous articles. Would Michael have stood for it? Hell no! So why are we going to stand for it?

The time has come to stand up for Michael and do all we can to protect his reputation. Stoke that fire in your bellies and think about the pictures of Michael during the 2005 trial. Think about that heart-break you went through when you saw that awful sadness in his eyes. Think about that joy you experienced when Michael was cleared. Both Michael and his fans went through all that together. But unless we take a stand against the media; it will have all been for nothing. No other celebrity has been attacked so cruelly by the media; than Michael Jackson. He lived it throughout his life and it made his life a misery. The coverage of the 2005 trial was dubbed “trial by media”. It should have been dubbed “tried, convicted and hanged” by the media and next year; we will see it all over again. It was awful enough the first time.  But the difference is; Michael was able to speak out and defend himself from these stories. This time he isn’t. And that’s why it falls to US to do something TOGETHER.

There is no “I” in “us”. And you can’t spell “unite” without putting “you” n “I” together.

Kerry Ward, MDF Admin

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Reasons Cadeflaw did not post on the “Prince Jackson” Articles

Fox News Article

Saturday, February 23, 2013

After Diana Falzone, FoxNews.com contributor, wrote an article concerning Prince Jackson’s appearances on Entertainment Tonight, I received an inquiry from a justice advocate as to whether Cadeflaw was going to post a response. After researching the article myself, I thought it was not an unreasonable question, yet I was vexed in my spirit about the article and whether I should post on behalf of Cadeflaw.

MJ looking out on the river with hat on and glasses in hand

DarkChild the fan may have jumped at the chance. DarkChild is a fan moniker so who would care, no one will know who I’m representing. DarkChild could easily be anyone. I had to think on this one long and hard. Of course I did read the article, but since I didn’t have a great feeling about it I decided to sleep on it.

Why was I so vexed about posting? And why the photo of Michael if this is about his son, Prince?  Actually I included the photo as a reminder of what my real assignment is. Secondly, I asked myself what would Michael do and what would he want his supporters to do? If truth be told, I could have answered that before I went to bed. The answer was simple; do nothing. More importantly, he’d want me to think it over carefully and be led, spiritually.

I got up this morning and not only did I have one reason to not post but I had ten reasons and they all made sense. When we make decisions in haste and without proper guidance we make foolish mistakes. I have many trophies and tee shirts I’ve won for following the crowd, in haste,  instead of following my own learned wisdom; that is, wisdom from God. How many fans and nonfans don’t know about the term “Jacko” given to Michael Jackson by haters and fans? I added fans because it has been written and reported that the term was originally supposed to be a term of endearment, although I don’t know that for sure. Another source for this “Jacko” idiom, and I quote an online UK news source “The Telegraph”: “Michael Jackson’s often wildly eccentric behaviour earned him the nickname “Wacko Jacko” in the tabloid press.” Source  Well, that is the opinion of “The Telegraph” but Michael didn’t like it and he said so here:   “Michael Jackson – ‘Don’t Call Me Wacko Jacko’

Cadeflaws Call to Arms photoWe have kept our hands to the plow going on four years now. We’ve fought and fought about the use of the term “Jacko” and some media sources along with many questionable others who continue to use it with every opportunity possible. Many will continue to use it just to make us angry; many will use it because that’s how they really feel and online news sources will use it to get hits to their sites. The same reason CBS hired young Prince Jackson, for ratings. We can not stop people from exercising what they call their “First Amendment Right” or from free speech. They can say, write and publish whatever they choose. What we have to do, as a team, is get a legislator to push the Anti-Defamation Legacy Law and get it passed.

Now, we get to the rational reasoning for not posting:

  1. Prince Jackson is NOT deceased. Cadeflaw’s goal is to protect and preserve the legacies of the deceased.
  2. Prince Jackson chose to enter into an agreement with CBS. The sixteen-year-old Jackson has just been hired by “Entertainment Tonight” as an on-air correspondent. He made a choice. Key word here is “Hired”. Source
  3. Prince and Paris Jackson, I’m convinced, have been advised by some relatives to stay children and away from the media as much as it is feasible. However, I think they will do whatever is pleasing to them. We’ve all had to learn that with decisions come consequences, some consequences extremely unfavorable.
  4. Prince and Paris Jackson should NOT follow the guidance of their father’s fans. FANS are not familiar with the inner workings of the family. The Jackson’s are a family unit.
  5. If we play with fire we are bound to get burned. A relationship with the wrong media outlets can be the beginning of a fire that will burn out of control. Prince Jackson is mature enough to be acquainted with this. I would wager he has been schooled well.
  6. By now the older children and perhaps “Blanket” have some knowledge of how their father was treated by the media.
  7. The Anti-Defamation Legacy Law Advocates have to keep some distance from sources who may be considered to be a bit too challenging or by what some deem to be, “fanatical”.
  8. Cadeflaw’s approach to this concern is a global one and especially to law makers. Attacking the media or people who don’t like Michael, his children or his family will not get our purpose accomplished. We need that law as a means for the family members of Michael and other deceased persons to bring reasonable complaints in opposition to those who defame and slander their deceased family members. Perhaps, with the law, the families can prevent some of this thoughtlessness.
  9. It’s very difficult to go out on a limb for people who have made up their minds to do what they yearn for.  Apparently, the Jackson family has made a decision to support young Prince with this endeavor. Who are we to interfere in that? It is my opinion that young Prince Jackson is not STUPID.
  10. It is the desire of the Cadeflaw Group that legislators take this initiative serious. CADefLaw’s name posted on every article, of which we estimate to be negative, printed or published about Michael, Whitney, Trayvon or Lance Corporal Snyder may dub the members to be seriously psychologically challenged or prejudice; and that is not the message we wish to convey.

Note: Entertainment Tonight is a daily tabloid television entertainment television news show that is syndicated by CBS Television Distribution throughout the United StatesCanada(on Global) and in many countries around the world. Source

Can we take our eyes off of whom we don’t like or who is not doing as we say and come together for the betterment of the legacy of those we say we love and still have great respect for? The Jackson children don’t need us to fight their battles. I’m sure there are plenty Jackson’s to get that job done. What we can do, together, is support the great humanitarian causes we have in the community. You don’t have to like me to know that this law is a good thing and it will impede some of the things we know to be incredibly iniquitous.

I am positive that this will not be well received, with some, in the Michael Jackson fan community, but it is necessary. The Cadeflaw Group will continue to support those persons or groups who are positive influences and who are in fact striving to make a difference, and at the same time promoting peace. Too many supporters have left the community because of the unrest. There seem to be an excess of bullying in the Michael Jackson community. The Michael Jackson who inspired this initiative is one who promoted TRUE “Peace” and “Unity”, not STRIFE. Together, we can accomplish many wonderful things if we would just “Come Together”. Together, we have and can accomplish much but apart we will accomplish nothing that will last.

Can we do it? Yes, we can. I wish young Prince Jackson the best in whatever direction he choose to travel. I believe he will be given the tools he need to endure whatever may come. This law will be for him and his siblings. They will be the ones to make the real difference. Together, let’s make this LAW a reality. 

WISDOM IS dependent upon knowledge. Where there is complete ignorance there can be no wisdom, no knowledge of the right thing to do. Man’s knowledge is comparatively limited and so his wisdom must be small, unless he can connect his mind with knowledge greater than his own and draw from it, by inspiration, the wisdom that his own limitations deny him.

Only God knows all truth; therefore only God can have Real wisdom or know the right thing to do at all times, and man can receive wisdom from God. Wisdom is obtained by reading the mind of God. – Wallace D. Wattles, “The Science of Being Great”

MJ Brookins, CAD

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in Advocacy, Defaming Articles

 

Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Betty Ford’s Funeral

By Garret Ellison

Religion News Service

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (RNS)

The anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church has announced plans to picket this week’s funeral services for former first lady Betty Ford in California and Michigan.

The website of the Topeka, Kansas-based church said the fringe group will demonstrate at Ford’s funerals because she divorced her first husband William Warren prior to marrying the late president Gerald R. Ford.

Click on link for more of article

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/11/westboro-baptist-betty-ford_n_894988.html

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2011 in Defaming Articles