Neverland Chronicle

Gary Whittaker

Michael Jackson is one of the most recognized persons on the planet today. Even though he has not had a hit album in over a decade, Michael has continued to find his way into the media one way or another. From his rumoured problems with plastic surgery, to his association with monkeys, everyone has heard about how strange a character Michael has become. Aside from the black community that have continued to support him, despite his so-called skin condition and aversion to direct sunlight, most of the media has made "Jacko" a target of vicious headlines and articles.

Today, lawyers must pick a jury of 12 from a pool of 250 potential candidates after the judge said that they had screened enough of the 750 total people that were asked to the courtroom. Of that amount, about 450 people were screened prior to the judge decided that 1 and 1/2 days were enough.

To pick the 12, one must realize that it is humanly impossible not to already be predisposed to believe these charges against Michael Jackson. One must also realize that the motivation to lie in order to capitalize on subsequent book and interview deals would be enormous. Mainstream media were flooded with accusations of child molestation on the part of Michael Jackson for well over a decade. In recent history, both Bashirs unauthorized account of Michaels actions, and the subsequent side stories that have been carried as a result, every person in America has either watched, or been spoken to concerning his alleged conduct. Most recently, there was a leak to the Internet about what the "questionable material" was reported to be found in the Neverland estate. The article suggested that the material was in fact nude images of young boys, as well as magazine articles and DVDs featuring more nude images. Michael has responded to saying that this was false, and wants to be given his day in court to prove the truth.

I for one am waiting for this to happen. Sooner rather than later. I have been a big MJ fan for 18 years. I used to imitate his moves and dances in a comedic fashion for my younger sister, and have purchased every album I could, including his anthologies. I loved the fact that he broke away from convential behaviour and did what he wanted to do. If he truly were white, he would have been considered as eccentric. Being a pedophile however, is way to serious a charge to ignore. This is a man that placed himself in a major position of influence over children. If the evidence truly shows him guilty, I will be the first to lead the charge for castration. That being said, until Michael has a chance to defend himself, we should support him, or at least not condemn him. Michael has done a lot, not just for the black community, but also for children of all nationality. He has given hope and love to sick and dying children, and must be afforded the opportunity to rebut the accusations once and for all.

Lets be honest, the jury will decide his fate in the court of law. However, the information that comes out of this trial and made available to the public will hold him accountable to another jury: Public Opinion. Especially after O.J, I do not believe that the American court system will allow for a repeat of another high-profile case to go against public opinion. Too much is at stake. America is at war to protect freedom and democracy, or so they so. The recent election shows that America is truly at war in order to push what they perceive are Christian values. If there is any chance that Michael is innocent, despite what the public will believe to be evidence to the contrary, you can bet what you want on some kind of interference, either for the verdict, or a subsequent secondary charge with a guarantee of jail time.

Bottom line, Michael Jackson will be up against an opportunistic jury, the mainstream media, and a sceptical public. I wish him the best of luck.

About The Author

Gary Whittaker is the editor of T.E.N Magazine, a social and sports commentary webzine with balls! Check out more articles at

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