Press release: Msnbc & other tv networks rewarding a criminal
On June 25, 2009, Michael Jackson’s life was taken.
The world lost a great artist and one of its brightest, humanitarian lights. A family lost a loved one, someone cherished to them in ways our own family members are special and precious to each of us.
Since Michael’s death, many have used and exploited his name for their own gain and benefit. Would we expect anything less from the man convicted of causing his death?
The same man who refused to testify in the trial, when a family and the jury were desperate for answers, pre-meditatively found the time to secure a media 'fly on the wall' deal for himself, in which now, presumably, full recollection of the events that took a relatively healthy father of three from his family, will now be generously explained. Murray did so while skirting the law and finalizing payment so it was insured he would be paid no matter the verdict.
It is known that plans for this ‘documentary’ were made some two years ago and completed during Murray's own trial. A sane observer would have to ask: Was this the reason Murray felt the need to illicitly tape his patient, the one patient he was hired to care for? Will this audio and other trial related artifacts appear in this film?
The facts speak for themselves. In hindsight, we can now all see the clever game the defense team and their guilty client - Conrad Murray - played on the court, the American people and the justice system. While the defense team was telling the jury this was not a reality TV program, behind the scenes a ‘tell-all' deal for big bucks and face-time was being inked.
So much for the tears.
But of course we have known all along that Murray’s so-called relationship with Michael Jackson was based solely on Murray's greed. After this painful trial, a guilty verdict was heard around the world - a small measure of justice, but justice nonetheless. We all felt a brief sense of vindication, knowing that the man responsible for Michael Jackson’s death was finally being held accountable.
Only hours later, we would learn that Murray and MSNBC, part of the NBC Universal company, planned to air this ‘documentary’. This “reality show”, which will undoubtedly seek to negate the important statement the guilty verdict made, and will attempt to tell the world that “poor Conrad Murray” only mistakenly changed the course of four lives one morning in June 2009.
We are outraged that MSNBC, NBC or any other media outlet would even consider airing this ‘documentary’. Why, how, can this be justified for any other reason but money? The very idea of this ‘documentary’ doesn't just reward a crime, it diminishes the loss of a life, it diminishes NBC Universal, its shareholders and viewers - it diminishes all of us.
This verdict isn't even a week old and sentencing is still to be finalized. Yet Murray -- who had nothing to say in court when it really mattered -- now wants to talk without the challenge of a cross-examination by DDA Walgren. The only thing that has changed since the trial is the price.
A man is dead, three children will never see their father again, but to “poor Conrad Murray”, MSNBC and Zodiac Rights -- the timing couldn't be better.
Michael Jackson fans have had enough. Ridicule us if you must, call us names, tell us we only think of Michael as an 'idol' -- but we are not the ones selling his memory, objectifying him and making money off him.
We are boycotting MSNBC, NBC and will mount a protest to any media outlet that chooses to air this film. In the last 24 hours, we have reached out to MSNBC, NBC and some of their biggest advertisers, Pillsbury, Netflix, Comcast and others, to escalate this boycott. We call on all MSNBC and NBC sponsors to pull out their ads. 40 million fans worldwide refuse to endorse what amounts to nothing more than the shameless, contemptible exploitation of a human being -- by the very hand that killed him.
Michael Jackson deserves better. His children deserve better and we, as a country, deserve better than this proposed obscenity.
Because crime shouldn't pay.
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