Skip to comments."Living with Michael Jackson" [MJ on sleeping with children: It's very charming. It's very sweet]
Posted on 06/26/2009 7:03:14 AM PDT by ETL
"Living with Michael Jackson"
Excerpts from the programme transcript (from ITV.com)
On Jackson's habit of sharing his bedroom with children:
Martin Bashir: "When you are talking about children we met Gavin - and it was a great privilege to meet Gavin because he's had a lot of suffering in his life - when Gavin was there he talked about the fact that he shares your bedroom?"
Bashir: "Can you understand why people would worry about that?"
Jackson: "Because they are ignorant."
Bashir: "But is it really appropriate for a 44-year-old man to share a bedroom with a child that is not related to him at all?"
Jackson: "That's a beautiful thing."
Bashir: "That's not a worrying thing?"
Jackson: "Why should that be worrying, what's the criminal...who's Jack the Ripper in the room? There's some guy trying to heal a healing child ... I'm in a sleeping bag on the floor. "I gave him the bed because he has a brother named Star, so him and Star took the bed and I went along on the sleeping bag."
Bashir: "Did you ever sleep in the bed with them?"
Jackson: "No. But I have slept in a bed with many children. "I slept in a bed with all of them when Macauley Culkin was little: Kieran Culkin would sleep on this side, Macauley Culkin was on this side, his sisters in there...we all would just jam in the bed, you know. "We would wake up like dawn and go in the hot air balloon, you know, we had the footage. I have all that footage."
Bashir: "But is that right Michael?"
Jackson: "It's very right. It's very loving, that's what the world needs now, more love more heart."
Bashir: "The world needs a man who's 44 who's sleeping in a bed with children?"
Jackson: "No, you're making it - no, no you're making it all wrong ..."
Bashir: "Well, tell me, help me ..."
Jackson: "Because what's wrong with sharing a love? You don't sleep with your kids? Or some other kid who needs love who didn't have a good childhood?"
Bashir: "No, no I don't. I would never dream ..."
Jackson: "That's because you've never been where I've been mentally ..."
Bashir: "What do you think people would say if I said well - 'I've invited some of my daughter's friends round or my son's friends round and they are going to sleep in a bed with me tonight'?
Jackson: "That's fine!"
Bashir: "What do you think their parents would say?"
Jackson: "If they're wacky they would say 'You can't', but if you're close family, like your family, and you know them well and ..."
Bashir: "But Michael, I wouldn't like my children to sleep in anybody else's bed."
Jackson: "Well, I wouldn't mind if I knew the person well. I am very close to Barry Gibb - Paris and Prince can stay with him anytime; my children sleep with other people all the time.
Bashir: "And you're happy with that?"
Jackson: "Fine with it. They're honest, they are sweet people. They are not Jack the Ripper."
Speaking to Gavin:
Bashir: "What is it, Gavin, about Michael that makes him connect so well with children? What is it?"
Gavin: "Because he's really a child at heart. He acts just like a child, he knows how a child is, he knows what a child thinks". "See, because I think that you don't necessarily have to be a child just because society says that 18 and up you have to be an adult. Doesn't really matter. You're an adult when you want to be one."
Bashir: "When you stay here, do you stay in the house? Does Michael let you enjoy the whole premises?"
Gavin: "There was one night, I asked him if I could stay in his bedroom. He let me stay in the bedroom." "And I was like, 'Michael you can sleep in the bed', and he was like 'No, no, you sleep on the bed', and I was like 'No, no, no, you sleep on the bed', and then he said 'Look, if you love me, you'll sleep in the bed'. I was like 'Oh mannnn?" so I finally slept on the bed." "But it was fun that night."
Jackson: "I slept on the floor. [to Gavin] Was it a sleeping bag?"
Gavin: "You packed the whole mess of blankets on the floor."
Bashir: "But Michael, you're a 44-year-old man now, what do you get out of this?"
Gavin: "He ain't 44, he's 4!"
Jackson: "Yeah, I'm 4. I love, I feel, I think what they get from me, I get from them. I've said it many times, my greatest inspiration comes from kids. Every song I write, every dance I do, all the poetry I write, is all inspired from the level of innocence." "That consciousness of purity. And children have that. I see God in the face of children. And man, I just love being around that all the time."
Bashir: "But when people hear that children from other families have come and they've stayed in your house, they've stayed in your bedroom ..?"
Jackson: "Very few."
Bashir: "Well, you know, but some have, and they say, is that really appropriate for a man - for a grown man - to be doing that? How do you respond to that?"
Jackson: "I feel sorry for them because that's judging someone who just wants to really help people." "Why can't you share your bed? The most loving thing to do, is to share your bed with someone."
Bashir: "You really think that?"
Jackson: "Yahhh. Of course."
Gavin: "You are taking the position that you use every single night that you sleep and you're sharing it with another ..."
Jackson: "You're saying you can have my bed if you want, sleep in it. I'll sleep on the floor. It's yours. Always give the best to the company, you know. Like to him. Because he was going to sleep on the floor and I said 'No, you sleep in the bed and I'll sleep on the floor.'"
Bashir: "But haven't you got a spare room or a spare house here where he could have stayed?"
Jackson: "No.. yes, we have guest units, but whenever kids come here they always want to stay with me, they never want to stay in the guest rooms." "And I have never invited them into my room, they always just wanna stay with me. They say, 'Can I stay with you tonight?', so I go 'If it's OK with your parents then yes you can'."
Bashir: "Were your parents happy that you were here with Michael?"
Gavin: "Yeah, well, my ma was very, very, very happy. And I know they're happy, because I'm happy."
Bashir: "Did they come with you?"
Gavin: "Most of the time I wasn't busy with my parents, I was mainly with Michael."
Bashir: "But they were happy that you were here?
Jackson: "I'm just very sensitive to their pain and I am very sensitive to the family, the human condition, you know. "On that subject, it means a lot to me and I want to help. Whatever I can to help that you know, it's like I said before and I'll say it a million times, I'm not afraid to say it." "If there were no children on this earth, if someone announced all kids were dead, I would jump off the balcony immediately, I'm done, I'm done."
On allegations of molesting 13-year-old Jordy Chandler, which Jackson has always denied, He paid the boy's parents 18 million to drop a civil case against him:
Bashir: "I suppose the problem for many people is what happened in 1993, or what didn't happen?"
Jackson: "What 'didn't happen'?"
Bashir: "Just cast your mind back, what was that like when you first heard the allegations that were being made against you?"
Jackson: "It was shocking and I'm not allowed to talk about this by way of law, so ..."
Bashir: "But how did you feel about what was being said? I'm not asking you to talk about what was said."
Jackson: "I was shocked because, um, God knows, in my heart how much I adore children."
Bashir: "Isn't that precisely the problem, that when you actually invite children into your bed you never know what is going to happen?"
Jackson: "When you say bed, you're thinking sexual, they make that sexual, it's not sexual." "We're going to sleep, I tuck them in and I put a little like, er, music on and when it's story time I read a book." "We go to sleep with the fireplace on. I give them hot milk, you know, we have cookies, it's very charming, it's very sweet, it's what the whole world should do."
Bashir: "The reason that has been given for why you didn't go to jail is because, because you reached a financial settlement with the family?"
Jackson: "Yeah, I didn't want to do a long drawn-out thing on TV like OJ, and all that stupid stuff, you know, it wouldn't look right. I said, look, get this over with. I want to go on with my life. This is ridiculous, I've had enough, go."
Living with Michael Jackson part 8:
Living with Michael Jackson part 9:
I remember seeing something like this...some kid was rolling all over Jackson...really weird.
He “sleeps with the fishes” now... LOL...
He was definitely nuts towards the end.
“I give them hot milk”. When I first heard that comment I Googled “date rape drugs milk” and found that according to DrinkSafe Technology of Stamford CT, milk acts as a masking agent.
I believe that people are responsible for their actions, no exception, but no one can tell me that his father beating him had nothing to do with his bizarre behavior.
Never heard of him.
Didn't some old bishop say"give me the boy until he is seven and I will control the man'?Many of our beliefs,right and wrong,are instilled at the early ages,which is why,among others,the government is so determined to get all children in mandatory preschool,kindegarten,etc.
It is difficult to break free of the chains forged in our childhood.
My secretary had all the details of this BS this morning, and I knew nothing of it until 10am!! My response to her was, I think that the country going to hell in a handbasket is a tad more important to me right now!
At least MJ’s death knocks Gov. Sanford out of the headlines.
He was innocent!!! he just liked playing games such as hide the pickle in the pants!! nothing wrong with that... Chuf Chuf..
I have to suspect that his ardent fans were envious, and would live his lifestyle if they could. The whole saga is disgusting.
Should all 10 year olds boys around the country be wearing their pants at half mast today?
This is all about favorably redefining MJs image to KING of POP. His estate is apx $500,000,000.00 in debt. It makes good business sense to exploit his royalties.
Screwed-up personalities like him have a huge impact on young people and so are an important part of why the country is where it is today.
It didn't happen overnight,there is an entire industry which spends its time catering to and promoting the public desire for celebrities to make their own sad lives meaningful.
It takes talent to build up 1/2 $ Billion in debt. WSJ sited that figure today. Like Trump, the higher they fly, the harder they fall. MJ had royalties, pledges, winks and nods. Go to Neverland..
The problem is really the damned fools that will pay to watch the crap, or allow their children to watch it.
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