The explosive allegations of Michael Jackson’s sexual abuse, aired in the confronting documentary Finding Neverland, have shocked and appalled many. The documentary has inspired outpourings of support for the victims, as well as a few reactionary pockets of society who continue to defend the deceased pop star.
But for those who are just exhausted, having spent the last few weeks defending allegations of child sexual abuse against Cardinal George Pell, there’s not much energy left to defend Jackson.
Bryce Strandinson (24), a right-leaning seventh-year Arts student who can be found in Facebook comments screaming ‘presumption of innocence! trial by media!’ at anyone who criticises Pell, has informed The Obiter that he’s happy to let this one go.
‘Yeah, to be honest, I just haven’t got it in me to go round two. Besides, Jackson was a creepy, weird, eccentric pop star who had a documented history of strange behaviour around children. Unlike George, whose face just screams trustworthy.’
We wondered whether Bryce’s defence of Pell, and non-defence of Jackson, was grounded in his religious faith, but that idea was quickly quashed.
‘Oh, I was born an Anglican and haven’t been to church since I was four. I just couldn’t tolerate the left-wing media, preaching from their high horse, saying things like ‘he was convicted by a jury,’ and ‘appeals often don’t succeed.’ Couldn’t cop it.’
‘If there’s one thing I hate more than a rapist, it’s cocky lefties.’
On the other end of the age spectrum, 71-year-old Enoggera resident, Gladys Parsons, has indicated that her willingness to believe the Jackson abuse stems from her faith in the format.
‘I’d probably believe in George’s guilt if it was a compelling, four-hour documentary, but sadly he was merely convicted in a court of law.’
‘Until Channel 10 runs Finding Vaticanland twenty years from now, I’ll never be able to believe it.’
Hopefully bugger-all more to come.