Barbara Streisand has some strong opinions about Michael Jackson and his relationship with children, and they could be super controversial.
During an interview with Evening Standard, Streisand made sure to emphasize that she “absolutely” believes the accusations Wade Robson and James Safechuck brought forth against Michael Jackson in Leaving Neverland. She added, “That was too painful.”
Despite being convinced of Jackson’s guilt, Streisand had a surprising amount of sympathy for Jackson, saying, “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 [Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”
She continued by saying that she had a “combination of feelings” about the whole situation. She added, “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?”
Since the interview came out, Leaving Neverland‘s director Dan Reed has taken to Twitter to express his frustration with Streisand’s comments. He wrote, ‘It didn’t kill them’ @BarbraStreisand did you really say that?! #LeavingNerverland.”
One person took to social media to write, “It’s with great honor that I can happily report that Barbara Streisand is officially canceled”.
Another wrote, “How to Piss Away A Career in One Interview: The Barbara Streisand Story.”
Yet another one wrote, “Didn’t expect the most shocking thing I’d hear all day to come from Barbara Streisand, but here we are.”
Several radio stations and fashion brands have distanced themselves from Jackson’s songs and fashion since the allegations first surfaced.