Fake Story Outrage!

With Blanket
Has The Media Conspiracy Against Michael Now Expanded To Include His Kids As Well?

This has not been an easy week for anyone who cares about Michael Jackson and, by extension, his children. In addition to the sleazy autopsy show that aired on UK’s Channel 5, the UK press also published a fake story about Michael’s youngest child Blanket.

The story, which appeared to have originated with the Daily Star, claimed that Blanket Jackson had produced a “disturbing” animated video titled “Kill Them All” about a young boy who avenges his father’s murder. This story proved to be completely false, as the video in question is actually part of a series by two brothers names Nyarko who just happen to have the first names Prince and Michael-hence, the use of the moniker Prince Michael II in the credits.

But let’s back up. True, it didn’t take vigilant fans long to crack this mystery. But even before we were aware that the story was complete baloney, something just seemed very fishy and “off” about this piece. What is even more “disturbing” (since they love that word so much) is what this latest shameful tabloid scandal reveals about the true nature of the media and its ongoing conspiracy against Michael Jackson and his family.

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I hesitated on re-printing the contents of the original article, since the story has now been deleted from most (though by no means all) media outlets who ran it. However, I have to assume that at least a few readers may be unaware of this story and how it was subsequently handled. In order to understand the context of what I am addressing, it may be necessary to re-print it, but only to let readers know just how outrageous this story was to begin with, and also, subsequently how poorly it has been handled since all of these publications have learned they screwed up and slandered an 11-year-old kid. There are times when simple deletion may be good enough, but not once a story has already been put out, consumed by the masses, and copied and pasted around the world. And not when its subject is a minor child who has now been wrongfully labeled as “disturbed” and mentally unstable. I don’t know where anyone gets the idea that something like that can just be swept under a rug. Nothing less than a full apology and formal retraction should be accepted.

But again, I’m jumping ahead. Let’s look at what The Daily Star printed last Sunday:

Horror show vendetta of Michael Jackson’s son ‘Blanket’ revealed in terrifying cartoon 

MICHAEL Jackson’s youngest son yesterday launched a “disturbing” cartoon series about a young boy avenging the murder of his father. 

By Mike Parker/Published 5th January 2014 

Blanket Jackson seems to still want someone to pay for his father’s death. 

Long-haired Prince Michael II, who is 12 next month, is named as writer and creator of the five sketches Kill Them All. 

But experts have described the four-minute films by the youngster, nicknamed Blanket, as “deeply disturbing.” 

The storyline is billed as “a silent stick-man action animation about a nameless boy who witnesses his father’s murder and, 12 years later, begins a one-man crusade to kill the people responsible.” 

In 2011, Dr Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter for administering a fatal dose of the powerful anaesthetic propofol to Jackson. 

Last night a source close to the family claimed matriarch Katherine Jackson, 83, had been “unaware” of the macabre project and had “no idea” who paid the £10,000 for it to be produced and uploaded online. 

“This has caught her completely off guard,” our source said. “She’s very shaken by the theme. This is a side of Blanket she never suspected was there.” 

“He clearly harbours the ­belief that someone should be made to pay for his father’s demise” 

Carl Nelsen, psychiatrist 
New York-based psychiatrist Carl Nelsen said: “Given the unique and well-known circumstances of Michael ­Jackson’s death, his son’s revenge theme in his cartoon series should be a cause for concern. 

“He clearly harbours the ­belief that someone should be made to pay for his father’s demise, even though Dr Conrad Murray has served his jail time. 

“I would say this young man might benefit from therapy – or more therapy if he has already undergone some.” 

So far Blanket has avoided the publicity surrounding sister Paris, 15, and brother Prince Michael, 16. 

Immediatly, the story spread like proverbial wildfire. It was picked up by Radar Online (doesn’t surprise me that Dylan Howard and The Australian Posse of which he’s a part of should play a hand), The Daily Mail, The Examiner, Yahoo, and many other outlets. It was even posted on some fan sites by shocked and upset fans who, at first, simply weren’t sure what to believe-or what to make of the story.

Even before the story was revealed as complete bs, the sinister agenda behind it was plenty enough to be upset about. Almost every tabloid that ran the story accompanied it with an unsmiling photo of Blanket (none too hard to find since the kid tends to look very solemn in most photos) and it was obvious that this ploy was intended to underline the idea of Blanket as a sinister and mentally troubled child. Or as I put it in one comment, the idea was to make Blanket look like “The Bad Seed” incarnate. Coming as it did on the heels of older sister’s Paris breakdown, I honestly believe these rags felt it would be easy to sell the idea of “Michael Jackson’s Mentally Unhinged Kids”. Okay, so maybe no one put it quite that way but it couldn’t have been more obvious; more in-your face that this was the idea they were selling.

An Expression On A Child's Face Can Change In A Millisecond. But The Tabloids Purposely Use Misleading Pics Like This One. In Truth, Blanket Hates Paparazzi Attention-And His Most Defiant Stares Are Usually Reserved For Them!
An Expression On A Child’s Face Can Change In A Millisecond. But The Tabloids Purposely Use Misleading Pics Like This One. In Truth, Blanket Hates Paparazzi Attention-And His Most Defiant Stares Are Usually Reserved For Them!

To add further insult to injury, they went so far as to quote a psychiatrist commenting on Blanket’s mental state! And here is where it gets bizarre. They are going to such lengths-even to the point of bringing in a “child psychologist” to comment upon Blanket’t mental condition-without an IOTA of proof that Blanket was even behind the cartoon! And that isn’t speculation. We know now that they never had such proof, when it was so obvious that Blanket was never behind any such video; when the Nyarko brothers themselves have released a press statement stating that this was their production and that Blanket Jackson had no part in it, and when just a bit of basic fact checking on their part would have revealed all of this quick enough.

Stories like this latest-even if fake-highlight a disturbing trend on the media's part to portray Michael's children as emotionally unstable. or as victims of an emotionally unstable environment.
Stories like this latest-even if fake-highlight a disturbing trend on the media’s part to portray Michael’s children as emotionally unstable. or as victims of an emotionally unstable environment.

But again, let’s reel this back just a bit. Even before I found out it was a completely bogus story, there were some things that struck me as odd about the media’s reaction to it-or at least the reaction they were trying to so hard to sell to the public.

The first revelation for me was that I watched the video and…well, call me desensitized if you want, but nothing about it seemed particularly shocking or disturbing to me-even if a kid had been behind it. Especially given the content of most kids’ video games these days, or the films they typically watch. Many astute viewers picked up on the similarities to “Kill Bill,” the Quentin Tarantino flick in which Uma Thurman’s character returns to seek revenge against those who had tried to kill her. To be honest, my first thought was that if Blanket had indeed produced this, then he must be one heck of a brilliant, creative kid. We’ve all seen his cam videos that were leaked awhile back, and he certainly seemed like a very imaginative kid.

But…even if we gave him that, it was pretty obvious that this video is not the work of an 11-year-old kid. While crude in its way, it is still much more sophisticated than anything an 11-year-old child, even a very brilliant one, would be capable of producing. Frankly, nothing about this story was adding up.

Secondly, nowhere in the video is the name Michael Jackson-or, for that matter, any specific names associated with Michael Jackson-ever mentioned. So even if, let’s say, these writers genuinely believed this video was made by Blanket, on what were they basing the automatic assumption that the storyline was supposed to be about a plan to avenge his own father’s death? Couldn’t it have just as easily been a case of a kid with a vivid imagination who has seen one too many action-adventure movies?

Nothing About This Video Remotely Hinted That Its Storyline Had Anything To Do With Michael Jackson Or His Death...Yet That Didn't Stop Sleazy Tabloids From Running With This Story
Nothing About This Video Remotely Hinted That Its Storyline Had Anything To Do With Michael Jackson Or His Death…Yet That Didn’t Stop Sleazy Tabloids From Running With This Story

What I’m saying here is that even before being made aware that this was a fake story, there were a lot of problems with the way the story was being handled. It was already a case of a hasty assumption, and again, this was even before the press release from Morphline Productions. So clearly, there was a conspiracy afoot. These tabloids knew they had no proof that Blanket was behind the video. But what’s more-even with the coincidence and circumstantial evidence of the name “Prince Michael II” appearing in the credits-they had no direct proof or correlation that this was a story about avenging the murder of Michael Jackson. Someone simply decided to draw that conclusion, obviously because it would be sensationalistic and would generate headlines. It is bad enough that they obviously didn’t bother fact checking to make sure that there wasn’t a possibility of someone other than Michael Jackson’s son being behind this-like maybe-duh!-  someone else who just happened to share the same name. Oh, no, that’s bad enough, but then add to that the fact that they couldn’t even be bothered to find out if their false assumption was correct (because to do so would have ruined a great headline). No, it was much easier just to run with it and truth be damned.

Ah, but the story doesn’t end there. As I said, it didn’t take long for the true identities of those behind Morphline Productions to be known. And, even more bizarrely, it took a little known outlet called Mosh News to do one simple task that none of the bigwig publications could be bothered to do-that is, to actually contact Morphline Productions. They were also the first to report that it was a false story.

Blanket Jackson’s name was used by the Daily Star in a story talking about a YouTube series called “Kill Them All”, and according to a source directly within the company behind the YouTube channel, Jackson “has nothing to do with the series.”

In a story by the Daily Star, the tabloid used the headline, “Horror show vendetta of Michael Jackson’s son ‘Blanket’ revealed in terrifying cartoon” — they also claim a source close to the family told of Katherine Jackson’s concern and being “unaware” that Blanket was venturing down a path of getting “pay-back for his fathers death” which is what the Daily Star keep going over. In a small snippet below an image of Blanket the publication stated, “Blanket Jackson seems to still want someone to pay for his father’s death”

We spoke to someone behind the “Kill Them All” series and they have made it clear that Blanket Jackson has no affiliation with the company. The closest the company have with the Jackon’s is the names of the two brothers behind the project, Prince and Michael. They told us, “We used to use the name Prince Michael II as pseudonym  but after we registered our show on IMDB and found out there was  some one else called Prince Michael II we changed it to Prinse Micheal II”

http://www.moshnews.co.uk/exclusive-blanket-jackson-has-nothing-to-do-with-the-new-youtube-series-81765/

And from the get-go, Michael and Prince Nyarko were adamant that Blanket had nothing to do with the video series and that the whole thing was a case of a terrible misunderstanding.

Here is a link to their Twitter account, where they discuss the issue with fans:

https://twitter.com/ktashow

And here is the press release that they sent out to the media:

PRESS RELEASE FROM MORPHLINE PRODUCTIONS
Monday, 06 January 2014 7:28 AM

“Prince Michael aka Blanket Jackson II has and has never had any connections with the KTAshow.

We, Morphline Pictures want to categorically state and deny the rumour spread by the Daily mail and other tabloids that Prince Michael Jackson II (“PMJ II”) has had or continues to have any connection with our show. PMJ II is an innocent 11 year old whom these tabloids are smearing with this false rumour.

“Kill Them All” is an animated series produced by Morphline Pictures and written by brothers “Prince” and “Michael” who used to work under the pseudonym “Prince Michael II” which is not connected to and has never been connected to PMJ II.

We, Morphline Pictures would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the Jackson Family especially Prince Michael for any harm this may have caused.”

Morphline Pictures

Some have questioned the intent of the Nyarko brothers and their role in all of this. Could it have all been a publicity stunt? Did they intentionally use the name of Michael’s son and the tragic circumstances of Blanket’s father’s death to promote their KTA show? They have denied such accusations vehemently and without further proof, we should probably at least extend them the benefit of the doubt. From what I am gathering, it looks as though they have been very generous and cooperative with fans in setting the record straight. Some have asked how could they not know that Michael’s son is named Prince Michael II? That’s a good question but we have to remember that very few people other than Michael’s diehard fans are even aware that Blanket is only the child’s nickname. So it’s certainly possible that they didn’t know (although I did find it interesting that the name of their production company also sounds a lot like “Morphine.” Coincidence?).

Regardless, one thing that is for sure is that what happened this week just may well rank as a new all-time low for the tabloid press. They displayed an all too trigger quick desire to portray Michael’s eleven-year-old son as a mentally disturbed individual, and as I commented on social media earlier this week, this seems symptomatic of a much bigger problem with how the media in general has been treating Michael’s kids. When it became apparent that Michael had been a great father and that his kids, via their public appearances, had come across as “surprisingly normal and well adjusted” (those adjectives the press always liked to use) it seemed from that point forward there was a desperate search for any chink-any sign that all may not be well. When Paris attempted suicide, it was a foregone conclusion that the media would stop at nothing to expose what some may have smugly perceived as the dysfunction of Michael’s children.

Paris's Recent Issues Should Serve As A Reminder To The Media The Precarious Situation And Vulnerability of Michael's Children-But Instead, They Only Look For Any Excuse To Further Exploit Them
Paris’s Recent Issues Should Serve As A Reminder To The Media The Precarious Situation And Vulnerability of Michael’s Children-But Instead, They Only Look For Any Excuse To Further Exploit Them

It is a double-edged sword because, on the one hand, these kids do have a lot of public sympathy (at the very least, lip service public sympathy). Few would dispute that they’ve certainly endured enough trauma in their lives. Yet, while feigning sympathy, the media is always ever ready to exploit their tragedy.

Then, of course, comes the ever convenient excuse to bash the “dysfunction” of the Jackson family-yet another excuse to highlight what a poor choice of guardian Katherine is. I suspect that may have been at least part of the reason for the story. They were banking on the idea that even if the story was built on the flimsiest evidence, it would generate controversy and hits by stirring up the usual anti-Jackson sentiments.

However, this highlights another important reason why the publication of this story ranks as despicable and unethical journalism. Michael Jackson’s children are vulnerable. Between the stun gun incident in 2010, the “Grannygate” episode of 2012 which resulted in Katherine’s loss of sole guardianship, and Paris’s suicide attempt, they are under the ever watchful eye of Child Protective Services. Anyone who has ever had to live under that yoke knows that it is hell. Did anyone think-while publishing this fake story to get hits-of the repercussions it could have for Blanket’s life? Or that it might bring more unnecessary intrusiveness and trauma into his life?

That a media conspiracy existed against Michael isn’t just fan paranoia. It is all too real, and the actual evidence of it continues to pile up. Consider, for example, this recent piece in which Charles Thomson illustrated exactly how the UK press conspired to create the phony myth that Michael was booed at the 2006 World Music Awards:

http://charlesthomsonjournalist.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-truth-about-michael-jacksons-uk.html

The UK press, for whatever reason, has been and remains an especially guilty party to this conspiracy. What we saw this week was little more than another play on the same old spin-only this time they got caught.

But instead of doing the ethical thing, which would be to admit their f*&%-up and offer an official retraction, the biggest players in this fiasco have taken the coward’s way out by simply tucking tail and deleting the story. Yes, that’s the way. Let’s just pretend this whole bit of embarrassing unpleasantry never happened.

Meanwhile, the story still remains up on several of the sites who simply cut and pasted the initial story, thus continuing to perpetuate this lie to any readers who will not be savvy enough to research it any further.

Here are some addresses and contacts that have been shared with me on social media, and which I will gladly share here.

To register a complaint against the UK tabloids:

http://vallieegirl67.com/2014/01/08/how-to-file-a-complaint-against-uk-tabloids/

To contact those outlets still carrying the story:

http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1rvgcgn

In closing, I’ll just add some final words about Blanket. I read a lot of what is said about him-by fans, by haters, and everything in between. It bothers me that the false picture keeps being painted of a morose and sullen youngster. “Blanket is so quiet, so shy,” people say. “He never seems to smile. He never looks happy.” I even see the cruel speculations as to whether he is, in fact, “normal.” People ask, Is he slow? Is there something emotionally wrong with him?

blanket smilingHogwash. I have seen Blanket interacting with his siblings, his family, and the fans. He laughs. He loves to joke and pull pranks. He has a contagious smile and giggle that lights up the sphere-just like his dad. From what I have observed, he can be a bit stubborn when he doesn’t want to do something. He is very much his own kid. But in that regard, again, not any different from his famous dad.

He is shy, yes. But I suspect only with strangers. I’ve seen a lot of kids like him, and he is not at all unusual in that regard. He is a normal kid who, like his siblings, just happened to be born into extraordinary circumstances. And who, let’s not forget, has endured a terrible tragedy. No doubt, that trauma has left its mark on him. But he is coping and adjusting as well as can be expected for any child.

Like his siblings, he is making the best of those extraordinary circumstances and the tragedy of losing a parent, and is living his life.

I wish this could be the last time that I will say to the world, please let him alone and let him live it.

If only it were that easy.

ETA 1/12/14: Although I posted this article last night, I wanted to add one more thing. You know how sometimes you get these nagging thoughts that just won’t go away? Here is something to consider: Why does the media only seem to insist that Michael was murdered when it is convenient for them, in order to sell a good story, while they paradoxically spend the rest of the time trying to convince the public that Michael was responsible for his own death?

An interesting riddle, isn’t it?

 

 

31 thoughts on “Fake Story Outrage!”

  1. Couple of things. The Star also fabricated a comment by Mrs. Jackson…totally false…didn’t happen–not a conversation, no real source…just an addition to the ‘story’ to give it a sense of reality.
    Shake my head at that one and, again, question ANY and ALL un named ‘sources.’ Second thing: Seems to me that the person(s) most qualified to file a complaint would be the child’s guardian(s) or perhaps legal counsel. That may have been done quietly. I hope so.

    1. Yes, it is generally the responsibility of the family to file such complaints but the information is out there so I didn’t think it could hurt to include it. If enough people can make a stink about this, it may at least get someone’s attention.

      The “statement” from KJ that they fabricated was so generic that it could have applied to almost any situation. Since pleading ignorance is usually the automatic response that Katherine gives when anything comes up concerning the kids, it would be easy enough to just print such a statement and assume it would never be seriously challenged. I half suspect that someone could have possibly invented an entire, fictional scenario about Blanket that she may have innocently responded to. Or someone may have actually asked her about the video, and being caught off guard and taken by surprise with the question, she may have genuinely responded that she didn’t know anything about it.

      1. Yes I agree, Raven. Seems to me, though, that a formal objection from the appropriate party(s)is proper and necessary. After all, this involves a minor child who has no voice…yet. I also agree with you that what was visited on the father, is now targeting his children. Very sick.

  2. My first thought was like you said,it’s too advanced for him to create.Secondly,Even if he had created that,who would market it?Wouldn’t TJ and Katherine/The Estate be extra cautious with the media circus going around Paris.Well,it didn’t take all that long time to be proved BS as assumed.But here’s the deal see the chronology of the events;first Paris’ photographs from last summer are sold as photos from her “exclusive Hawaiian Holiday”.After it gets refuted there is this channel 5 documentary announcement with this arrogant description and admist all this surfaces this whatever you call it!Someone clearly has it out for those kids for sure.It’s not the regular trash.Sadly!We can’t do anything about it!Yes we get it down and get it refuted but their occurrence in itself is suffering enough for those children.

  3. Thank you for all the research and your ferocity at getting the details out.against these heartless money-grubbing vultures that lack such human decency as to slander an 11year old child. I truly would like to see some federal laws in place. That would pose some serious consequences and liabilities over media sensationalism.

  4. Raven please delete the last comment as it is redundant and this explanation. I kept getting that II was repeating the statement but it didn’t show up so I restated it I so apologize .

    1. Yes. My apologies for that. It is set so that all comments from first time commentors are held in que until approved, but it will also hold comments from anyone if it doesn’t recognize the IP. Which means, in effect, the comment is still “there” even if it doesn’t appear right away.

  5. They don’t have Michael anymore to fill their pockets with dirty money through their gossips and false news, but they have his children! Why not, hu? Everybody will read this bs! If 30% of the everybody believes it, great! They will never stop. Let’s wait for a minimum thing about Prince. It’s his turn now! I pray for them. They do need their Guardian Angels’ protection ! I don’t believe in ANYTHING that I read about MJ ‘s family. THANKS FOR YOUR POSTS, Raven! They are a reference for me.

    1. I half suspect they will leave Prince alone for the most part. I could be wrong (though I hope I am not). Although the paps will snap pictures of him when he’s out and about, the tabloid press in general doesn’t seem to have as much interest in him. I believe there is more media interest invested in Paris and Blanket, for various complex reasons. Paris is a girl, and very attractive. And she has proven to be a name that generates hits. Blanket also piques a lot of interest because he is the child who most resembles Michael physically, and because at least in some circles there is a whispered belief that he is Michael’s only true biological child. (I also can’t help but wonder if this may be what is driving some of the motivation to portray him as mentally disturbed-after all, they invested decades into trying to convince us that his father was “wacko”). Anyway, I don’t like to bring up the paternity issue but we all know it is out there, and how much the media loves to play up that angle. There was a story on Radar Online several months ago that actually claimed Blanket as Michael’s only biological child, and stated it as if it were fact. I can’t remember now which article it was, but I believe it came out during the AEG trial. Someone may know the article I am referring to. I don’t have time at the moment to look for it, but I do remember seeing it. (And then these people have the nerve to wonder why Paris was depressed enough to want to kill herself, with all of this garbage circulating? Wouldn’t it be enough to drive anyone to depression and suicide?).

      What I sense may be happening is that the tabloid media is on a deliberate campaign to tear Michael’s kids down before they can have any chance to be built up. They weren’t solely responsible for what happened to Paris (I am sure this was a combination of many factors coming to a head) but they certainly played a large role in it. Overnight, she went from being a promising up and coming young actress to being sold by the tabloids as “damaged goods.” Now, it seems, they would like to get their claws into Blanket as well before any promise he has can have an opportunity to flower.

    2. I half suspect they will leave Prince alone for the most part. I could be wrong (though I hope I am not). Although the paps will snap pictures of him when he’s out and about, the tabloid press in general doesn’t seem to have as much interest in him. I believe there is more media interest invested in Paris and Blanket, for various complex reasons. Or I guess what I am trying to say is that, for various reasons, they are more prone to be exploitation fodder. Paris is a girl, and very attractive. And she has proven to be a name that generates hits and traffic to websites. Also, she became a focal point for the media very early on because of her emotional speech at the memorial. Blanket also piques a lot of interest because he is the child who most resembles Michael physically, and because at least in some circles there is a whispered belief that he is Michael’s only true biological child. (I also can’t help but wonder if this may be what is driving some of the motivation to portray him as mentally disturbed-after all, they invested decades into trying to convince us that his father was “wacko”). Anyway, I don’t like to bring up the paternity issue but we all know it is out there, and how much the media loves to play up that angle. There was a story on Radar Online several months ago that actually claimed Blanket as Michael’s only biological child, and stated it as if it were fact. I can’t remember now which article it was, but I believe it came out during the AEG trial. Someone may know the article I am referring to. I don’t have time at the moment to look for it, but I do remember seeing it. (And then these people have the nerve to wonder why Paris was depressed enough to want to kill herself, with all of this garbage circulating? Wouldn’t it be enough to drive anyone to depression and suicide?).

      What I sense may be happening is that the tabloid media is on a deliberate campaign to tear Michael’s kids down before they can have any chance to be built up. They weren’t solely responsible for what happened to Paris (I am sure this was a combination of many factors coming to a head) but they certainly played a large role in it. Overnight, she went from being a promising up and coming young actress to being sold by the tabloids as “damaged goods.” Now, it seems, they would like to get their claws into Blanket as well before any promise he has can have an opportunity to flower.

      1. A building feeding frenzy of the very very worst kind. It’s as if certain sick elements of the media want to manufacture another fake “Wacko Jacko” type of caricature via Michael’s kids in order to invent a “new” tabloid revenue source. The very thought is absolutely horrible and should be concidered a form of unlawful bullying and stalking when it comes to children!! I remember last year Halle Barry and Jennifer Garner were involved in promoting anti-pap’s legislation inorder to protect young children such as those of celebrities from being the targets of tabloid photographers. I don’t know if that extended to comments/articles printed by such organizations. Michael’s kids certainly aren’t alone. I think we all have some familiarity with the kind of abuse that children such as young Suri Cruze have gotten from pap’s shouting inappropriate questions at her. I don’t know if any progress has been achieved with Barry/Garner’s efforts as of today but I hope there can be something done to protect all kids from such bullying even in light of First Amendment freedoms.

  6. This is absolutely horrendous. I just wish all those bloody awful tabloids could go the way of the News of the World, and be sued out of existance!!!!!! Talk about ‘free press’ – what about the rights of innocent people like Michael, and even yet innocent children like Blanket – it truly is despicable!!

  7. The media exploitation of the Jackson children began long ago, when credibility and air time were given to the likes of Arnold Klein, Mark Lester, Matt Fiddes, Susan Etok claiming to be their ‘real’ parents. The Today Show in particular was complicit, debunking Mark Lester in one appearance, then bringing him back with his rather wan blonde daughter, in a ludicrous attempt to claim some kind of overwhelming resemblance to Paris Jackson. This would never have been done to anyone else’s children. (I’m convinced that there is some higher-up at NBC News who, as my grandmother would put it, has a wild hair up his butt about Michael Jackson.)

    One mystery – are the filmmakers named Nyarko or Boakye? I’ve seen both names. Whoever they are, they must think we were all born yesterday if they persist in trying to sell their ‘innocent’ confusion narrative.

    1. I have seen both names used as well. I made the decision to identify them as Nyarko because that is the name used in their official press release. Since they identified their name as Nyarko in their press release, it made more sense to me to assume that is their name or at least the name they prefer to use.

  8. Raven said “the UK press, for whatever reason, has been and remains an especially guilty party to this conspiracy”. IMO, this is definitely the case, with the UK press believing itself jurisdictionally untouchable by Estate C&D letters and other legal actions. It seems to start in UK, then liberally copy/pasted onto US tabloids (ROL, NYP, etc). Then, rather than retracting the patently false story or offering an apology, the US sites merely remove the page, resulting in those pesky “404” errors. Unfortunately, though, the lie remains in the public consciousness.

    1. Exactly. With no formal retraction, the public isn’t going to know what to make of simply getting a 404 error. For all they know, that could simply mean that the site is malfunctioning.

  9. I’m waiting for some “clever psychologist” to tell us that Blanket’s “instability” is directly linked to being dangled over a balcony as a baby by his crazy father !!

    I’m appalled at the article.. and ironically this is real “child abuse”. Michael was so right in the way that he kept the press at arms length from his children when he was alive, although I’m waiting for some-one to tell us that his children were so sheltered that now they live in the real world they clearly cannot cope!!

    I wonder if all this peak in negativity (about both Michael and his children) isn’t simply pay-back for Michael’s ever-increasing popularity.. because at the end-of the day that is the real truth.

    1. “I’m waiting for some-one to tell us that his children were so sheltered that now they live in the real world they clearly cannot cope!!”

      That one has already been put out there. I’ve seen several articles, and heard many talk show discussions, where that very subject has been bandied about. The insinuation is that Michael sheltered the kids so much that now they are incapable of dealing with the real world. However you slice it, the media does the damage, then tries to figure all the ways they can point the finger back to Michael’s parenting.

      This is also another reason why I find this new trend of how Michael’s kids are being portrayed in the media so disturbing and appalling. They are always going to be looking for any excuse to say, “See, Michael wasn’t such a great father after all. Just look how his kids have all turned out-as ‘wacko’ as their dad!”

      Then, there is another side of this coin. There is the narrative in which they acknowledge that Michael probably did have a close relationship with his kids and tried to be a good dad, but the tragedy of his addictions and “issues” took him away from his kids all too soon, thus creating the trauma that has shattered their lives. There is some element of truth to that, I suppose, but either way, it is all designed to cast the net of blame back to the father-Michael.

      The saddest thing in all of this is that they are trying to use his kids to continue the “freak show” gravy train that they themselves created.

      1. Great post, Raven. What you wrote just says it all. So sad. The kids are considered ‘fair game’ for the predators in their money blood sport.

  10. “Michael was so right in the way that he kept the press at arms length from his children when he was alive, although I’m waiting for some-one to tell us that his children were so sheltered that now they live in the real world they clearly cannot cope!!”

    Yeah, I too am glad that MJ kept the press at a distance when it came to his children. I kind of wish in the early years after Michael died that his kids had worn their masks again, but it would’ve been pointless with the whole world seeing them (not for the first time mind you) unmasked on July 7, 2009. Katherine always said she didn’t like that they wore masks. Blanket and his siblings were raised right and he is very bright and has a good head on his shoulders; I only expect good things in his future. This is off topic but I saw an interview that Katherine did w/ 60 Min Australia on September 1, 2013. It was very touching and beautiful. It feels good back on here (I had stopped following MJ and his family back in August and only started back again last week)! Unfortunately I did believe the story about Blanket when it first came out. I’m just glad the record is set straight!

    KJ on 60 Min:

    1. Well, of course when the story first broke, no one knew quite what to believe. Yes, we can say “burn the tabloids, etc” but, like it or not, the tabloids are usually the first to break such stories. It’s just that most people don’t believe the stories until they are confirmed by legit news outlets (notice that this one never was!). When the tabloids first broke the news about Paris, I was thinking, “Here we go. For all we know, she could have simply fallen and broken an ankle.” But the story tragically did turn out to be true, even if albeit sensationalized by TMZ and their ilk. So we can’t always know. But as I said, something about this story just seemed very “off” from the get-go and from the moment I actually saw the video, I had a gut reaction that Blanket was not behind it…but even if he had been, so what? Like I said, nothing about it struck me as the product of a “disturbed” mind. We might as well say that Stephen King has a disturbed mind because of the kinds of stories he writes! Lol. But it just seemed so far beyond what any 11-year-old would be capable of, and I started to ask immediatly, “Have they even researched this to make sure Blanket was, in fact, behind it?”

      Something just told me this was phony baloney, and sure enough, it didn’t take long for my suspicions to be confirmed.

      Thanks for posting KJ’s interview btw.

  11. Raven, I know this may be inappropriate to post on this comment thread (and particularly on this day) but I just read this in the current issue of The Economist (magazine) and the similarity (at least for me)…it’s so sad, and breaks my heart. Remove if you wish.

    Family feuds; South Africa: A Great Man’s Unquiet Grave

    The Economist (Jan 11, 2014): 42.

    A row over Nelson Mandela’s will threatens to besmirch his memory.

    DURING their patriarch’s long illness, the progeny of Nelson Mandela fought bitterly with each other in what seemed like an attempt to show just how far apples can fall from a tree. With the contents of Mr. Mandela’s last will and testament due to be revealed soon, a renewed and ugly round of hostilities awaits.

    The feuds have disgusted many South Africans, as has the commercialization of the Mandela name by some of the former president’s children and grandchildren. There are Mandela-themed clothing lines, a trashy reality show on television and–among other things–a range of Mandela-branded wines.

    After a barrage of public criticism, Mandela’s daughters Makaziwe and Zenani dropped a court action to wrest control of a family trust with an estimated $2.4m in royalties from artworks featuring the Mandela handprint. But some other members of Mandela’s extensive family have insisted that they too have a right to capitalize on his name, exploited by so many others.

    Further complicating matters is the question of who is the family’s leader now. The answer could affect how money and property are divided. While elders of the Thembu, a subgroup of Mandela’s Xhosa people, say that a grandson, Mandla Mandela, is the rightful heir to the family leadership, the late president’s former wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, has given her backing to Makaziwe, the eldest surviving child and daughter of Evelyn, Nelson’s first wife, who divorced him. Mandela’s widow Graca Machel has for the most part stayed clear of these rows.

    Mandla and Makaziwe have been at the center of particularly bitter disputes in the past few years, most notably over the exhumation of bodies, including that of one of Mandela’s sons, from a family burial plot. More recently there been accusations of locks being changed and family members ejected from Mandela’s rural villa in the Eastern Cape and his house in Houghton, a prosperous suburb of Johannesburg where he died. One report described two of his daughters arguing–when he was still alive and in earshot–over who would inherit his furniture.

    It seems that Mandela presciently foresaw squabbling within his family, so put trusted friends, including George Bizos, a prominent human-rights lawyer, in charge of his trusts and made them executors of his will. Mr. Bizos, who has attempted to calm the family feuds, has described the will as “a sacred document”. But in a possible foreshadowing of more quarrels to come, Mandela’s daughters are said to have hinted that they could challenge the will by arguing that it was drafted when their father was losing his mental faculties.

    (Copyright 2014 The Economist Newspaper Ltd. All rights reserved.)

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