Following the controversial premier of HBO’s Finding Neverland, a documentary that alleges Michael Jackson as a child molester, the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has removed a pair of items belonging to the King of Pop from the display, citing that it is no longer “appropriate to be [displayed].”
The removed items include Jackson’s iconic gloves and fedoras, purchased at auction in 2017, as well as an autographed Michael Jackson poster that remained to be on display in the museum until this month, when curators at the museum decided to remove the items in the wake of the allegations against Jackson in the HBO’s Finding Neverland.
“When we put together exhibitions, we look at the objects and their association with high-profile people. Obviously, we want to put stories in front of our visitors (showing) people of high character,” the museum’s director of collections Chris Carron said in an interview.
“When you learn new stories, or you look at something historical in a different way, then sometimes we re-evaluate whether that’s appropriate to be (on display).”
According to a Rolling Stone feature on Michael Jackson, he “visited the museum in 1990, around the same time he befriended an Indianapolis teenager named Ryan White who was diagnosed with HIV following a blood transfusion. When White died that year, Jackson attended the funeral.”
FINDING NEVERLAND AND THE ALLEGED SEXUAL ABUSE
The decision of the museum to remove Jackson’s memorabilia on display follows the controversial premiere of Finding Neverland, and interview docu-series featuring the alleged victims of Jackson’s molestation. The first part of the docu-movie revolves around Wade Robson and James Safechuck who claimed to have been systematically and sexually abused by the late famous pop star. The two said that they met Michael Jackson when they were child dancers, and he groomed them with particular measures so nobody would know the sexual abuse.
“He would run drills with me where, you’d be in the hotel room, and he would pretend like somebody was coming in, and you had to get dressed as fast as possible without making noise,” Safechuck said. “So not getting caught was a big, like, just kind of fundamental. It was very much a secret, and he would tell me that if anybody found out, his life would be over and my life would be over.”
“He was one of the kindest, most gentle, loving, caring people I knew. He helped me … tremendously. He helped me with my career. He helped me with my creativity, with all of those sorts of things. And he also sexually abused me. For seven years,” Robson stated.
Safechuck and Robson both allege that Jackson’s sexual abuse spanned several years, up until they were teenagers. Safechuck also said he felt Jackson separated him from his family. “At the same time the sexual relationship is growing, he’s working on pushing you away from your parents,” Safechuck said. “Or pushing you away from everybody else, and … and it feels more like … like it’s just you and him.”
The documentary also accused the clandestine relationship between Jackson and Brett Barnes as well as with Macaulay Culkin – who both denied the allegations and have publicly defended the late King of Pop from any wrongdoings. The accusation was later denied by Barnes.
BACKLASH AGAINST MJ
While the backlash against Jackson was not as strong as that against R.Kelly and Bill Cosby, who are also facing allegations of sexual abuse, there has been some fallout from the docu-series: The Simpsons pulled an episode that was supposed to feature a character voiced by Jackson from syndication in light of the allegations thrown against the famous pop singer by Robson and Safechuck.
“It feels clearly the only choice to make,” the animated show’s longtime producer James L. Brooks said. “The documentary gave evidence of monstrous behavior.”
JACKSON’S ESTATE FILED A LAWSUIT TO STOP THE PREMIERE OF LEAVING NEVERLAND
Before the movie was aired by HBO, Jackson’s estate attempted to halt the premiere of Finding Neverland by filing a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the producers and HBO. Michael Jackson’s estate filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO on late February over plans to air a documentary that accuses the late singer of sexually abusing two young boys.
The 53-page lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that HBO was violating “non-disparagement” agreement by airing “Leaving Neverland,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year.
“Michael Jackson is innocent. Period,” the suit says. “In 2005, Michael Jackson was subjected to a trial — where rules of evidence and law were applied before a neutral judge and jury and where both sides were heard –, and he was exonerated by a sophisticated jury.”
“Ten years after his passing, there are still those out to profit from his enormous worldwide success and take advantage of his eccentricities,” it adds.
According to the lawsuit, HBO signed non-disparagement provisions that prevent the streaming service from harming Jackson’s reputation, to air a concert in Bucharest from Jackson’s “Dangerous” world tour in 1992.
“In violation of both basic norms of documentary journalism and the explicit terms of the agreement, HBO has disparaged Jackson’s legacy by airing a one-sided hit piece against Jackson based exclusively on the false accounts of two proven, serial perjurers,” the suit states.
The suit requests the court to compel HBO to take part in a non-confidential arbitration that could cost the company $100 million if found liable.
The King of Pop, who died on June 25, 2009, after being administered with an overdose of propofol, has been surrounded by allegations of sexual assault and child sex abuse during his entire career.
Jackson was acquitted on 2005 from a sexual assault charge, and he also paid a $15 million court settlement in 1994 over allegations involving another child. /apr
Elephants, Lions Kill Poacher In Kruger National Park, South Africa
Animal poaching has been going on for decades anywhere in the world. If you’re not aware of the team “poaching,” it is the act of killing animals illegally especially those animals that are of great value and are close to extinction. This act has been considered by many as a hobby and credit themselves for hunting their big ones, and it’s hugely concerning.
Animal poachers receive rewards from particular organizations that support the activity. These animals are being exploited for fame, business, money, and pleasure. These are also under the illegal animal and wildlife trade care of the underground black markets.
Although unaccepted by law, people continue to do it without knowing the risk they are putting themselves and the environment. There are places where animal poaching often occurs like the forests and wildlife territories. And, animals like elephants and rhinos are the most common targets for poaching, specifically for their horns that are believed to possess medicinal use even though science proved that their horns do not contain any therapeutic substance. Other reptiles also face the same danger; there are birds traded as “exotic pets,” all for profit.
The massive scale on animal poaching has been affecting species’ diversity worldwide. Millions are being put to death yearly and poses a significant threat to their kind.
The Kruger National Park in Africa is one of the world’s largest game reserves. As South Africa’s National Park, it is a protected area for animal and wildlife. However, it is every poachers’ popular area for illegal work. Kruger National Park sustains many animal species and diversity. People can visit the park for leisure and experience (legally). But, somehow, some people love to cross the line.
This week, poachers at the Kruger National Park was attacked by elephants and then later killed by the lions of the park according to park officials. The dead man’s remains were found at the Crocodile Bridge area near the Crocodile river which is known to have a high concentration of rhinos and lions. According to a statement released by the search-and-rescue team, they were only able to recover the man’s skull and pair of pants—these are the only evidence that the lions left for them.
The other four poachers survived the attack and were arrested by the authorities that same day and will have to appear in court. They are also in custody until Friday with pending bail. The authorities did not release their identity to the public.
Animal poaching in Kruger National Park has been going on for years now, although, there has been a decline on rhino poaching over the last year, people still choose to do their illegal works in the area. There are already several poachers that were arrested by the Anti-Animal Poaching Unit, but as members of the underground black market, these people are strong-willed however uneducated by its effects on humanity.
Some organizations serve to protect animal wildlife with the help of the government. And according to them, ‘half of ALL’ poaching that happens around the world happen in Kruger National Park. Imagine if people allow this to happen just for today’s pleasure and experiment there will be no more left for future generations. As of now, animals are entering the gates of extinctions, and we will all someday lose them all. We might just only get a view of these animals on papers and pictures in a few years if this cruelty does not stop.
If people continue to believe that animals contain the “healing powers” and market profit, this underground black markets will still have the chance to keep their work. Every second of the day, in every part of the world, animals are being killed for food and adding animal poaching to the list makes no difference at all.
These animals are important. We need them to survive as much as we also need to sustain our days on earth. We hope each person becomes aware of these things to help our wildlife and environment.
Lori Loughlin May Spend 2 Years In Jail After College Admission Scheme
Two long years in prison, that’s what Lori Loughlin and husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are looking at after the crackdown on the alleged most massive college admission scheme in the country.
Reportedly, Loughlin, famous with her role in Full House between 1988 and 1995, paid a total of $500,000 for William Rick Singer’s services to get her two daughters—Isabella, 20, and Olivia, 19—to get admitted in the University of Southern California.
Singer, the head honcho of the scheme, bribed a USC coach to get both Olivia Jade and Isabella into the USC Crew Team. However, both of Loughlin’s daughters never participated in crew, competitively or otherwise.
They were passed off as competitive rowers and was even reported that one of Loughlin’s daughters were made to pose to be photoshopped as a competitive rower.
TMZ reports that both students were “average” students and were only pushed to enter USC to please their parents. Moreover, People magazine reported that YouTube star Olivia Jade Giannulli apparently knew about her parents’ scheme to buy her way into USC but went along with it because she trusted them.
But after the news broke, Entertainment Tonight reports that Olivia Jade was mad she even had to go to the school in the first place: A source said Olivia is “really angry with her parents because she told them she did not want to go to college and she was pushed.”
Her sister Isabella, meanwhile, was more sad to leave. Bella “was far more invested in college and would love to have completed USC,” ET‘s source said.
Furthermore, Olivia Jade was also involved in an online controversy regarding one of her YouTube videos where she rants about not being serious about college, saying “I don’t care about [it]” and only wants to go see university games and experience college parties.
On the other hand, regarding the topic about their current standing with USC, Us Weekly reported that: “USC has placed holds on the accounts of students who may be associated with the alleged admissions scheme,” the college said. “This prevents the students from registering for classes (until they have agreed to participate in the review of their case), withdrawing from the university, or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review. Among many factors, investigators could consider in reviewing each case are any developments in the criminal cases, including plea deals by parents. Following these case-by-case reviews, we will take the proper action related to each student’s status, up to revoking admission or expulsion.“
Either way, both students have not been attending school either they don’t want to, don’t need to, or prevented from, may affect their current standing.
TMZ reported that the girls fear “vicious bullying” if they were still seen around campus.
Lesser Prison Time
Two years may not seem enough after how Loughlin and Giannulli participated in a scheme that tilted the scales of justice towards their agendas, but there is a way for both of them to get reduced sentence.
Earlier this month, Desperate Housewives star, Felicity Huffman was reported to have accepted a guilty plea deal for her role in the college admission scheme, which allowed her only to face a possible four-month prison sentence.
However, Loughlin and Giannulli may still face more; which is the right thing in my opinion. Unlike the couple, Huffman only participated in minimally compared to them.
She paid a relatively low $15,000 to Singer to bribe proctors and let other people take her older daughter’s SAT exam to get a higher average. Also, Huffman was quick to accept a plea deal.
TMZ reported that about a dozen parents implicated by the scandal had been offered plea deals for a reduced sentence and with all of which requiring to serve prison time. The length of time varies, according to the amount they paid in bribes and whether they accept responsibility.
As of the moment, a reported 12 parents accepted the guilty plea deal.
After accepting the plea deal, Huffman said a lengthy emotional statement, “This transgression toward (my daughter) and the public I will carry for the rest of my life.” She adds, “my desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
Prince Harry Says, Children Shouldn’t Be Allowed To Play ‘Fortnite’
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex and a member of the UK’s royal family, said that there is another activity which is more addictive than drugs and alcohol; and that’s the playing Fortnite.
The Duke has said that children shouldn’t be allowed to play Fortnite, during his visit to the West London branch of YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association). His comments become viral not just in London but globally, emphasizing the effects of social media and violence these video games have brought on children.
“Social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol,” quoted by Prince Harry who added that Fortnite is becoming a trend nowadays to children ages seven years old and above. And what is more problematic is the fact that parents don’t have the complete control on how to devise a plan that will constrict their kids from playing too much Fortnite.
The Duke even challenged the parents by asking “What is the benefit of having it in your household?” He said that parents, most importantly, should take an active role in encouraging their children to interact with the world outside the Internet. Playing outdoor games and personal interaction with other kids is the best part of growing up and completing the child’s juvenile memories.
But the Prince is seeing the decline of personal interaction since the invention of social media which usually created online games that lure children away from the real world.
Fortnite is an online video game developed by Epic Games and released in 2017 which is available in three distinct game mode versions. The games are very successful, and Fortnite Battle Royale becomes a resounding success, drawing in more than 125 million players in less than a year and earning millions of dollars per month.
Speaking about Fortnite, the game is created to the addict, which in the words of Prince Harry, “an addiction to keep you in front of a computer for as long as possible. It’s so irresponsible.”
The Duke’s concern is no different from other countries. In the US, Fortnite addiction has been a big problem as well, which links to the increasing number of teens dropping out of school and a considerable decline in interpersonal communication among children. This is the most dangerous case today which mirrors how these online games affect not just the academic performance of kids nowadays but also their social interaction.
Although Prince Harry does not mention whether the game will be banned or a time restriction is going to be implemented, the United Kingdom is still lucky. Unlike China, PUBG Mobile, another online game which dominates almost every country, has been banned for kids under 13 years old, while India, barred PUBG in some of its primary schools. The game has a similar effect with Fortnite which most studies claimed that both harm their studies.
In January 2019, PUBG Mobile on Android and iOS is one of the most popular games in India which landed its fate on a pot of bother with the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association. The student body has asked the Jammu and Kashmir Governor to ban the game immediately due to its adverse effects on children’s examination results. The game is deemed to be very addictive the issue heightened when these youngsters spent 24 hours on the mobile phones playing the game and doing nothing.
Both games have been a cultural phenomenon which draws a lot of attention since the day it was launched. Although Fortnite came first, PUBG also made its way to stardom, creating millions of players in different countries. Prince Harry is a powerful force in awakening the negative impacts of these games to children, and although gaming companies have an explaining to do for not set restrictions on its mobile games, the responsibility does not only rely upon them.
Parents, among others, are in charge of giving disciplines to their kids. Playing mobile game has its advantages as well. One benefit people see that this game may provide its ability to offer an excellent recreational avenue for kids but with limitation and proper restriction. Also, good parenting does not only stop in giving them their basic needs, but social development in its more profound sense is needed for the holistic development of a child. The Government, school, and teachers will only give guidance, but the responsibility lies in the hands of effective parentage.
Photo: Arlington National Cemetery
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