I don't remember this being posted before, but the other day I came across Pete Burns's book in the library and his perspective on MJ is quite interesting. So I've just typed it up to share with you and spark a little discussion:
I couldn't follow his trial in 2005 because I was in Italy, so we saw the re-enactment on Court TV. I'd got the book Michael Jackson Was My Lover by Jordi Chandler, years before, and a legal book by somebody who had gone to live in the Dominican Republic because he'd done so much investigation. I found the Chandler book shocking, horrifying, and I saw the Bashir documentary and I just knew they were making a character to suit what they perceived a pedophile looked like. I had also just read extensively about Marie Antoinette and I just thought it really was 'Let's storm the Bastille and pull him from his tower and behead him and root through his belongings.' I thought it was absolutely horrifying but also riveting as well. What did he feel like every day? He could have gone to jail for life. How must he feel now? It must be awful for him. But I think the public know he's innocent - it's just the corporate people who think, 'Right... out!'
The people who think he got away with it - they're just the people with the loudest voices, the ******s. He's non-sexual. The case fell to pieces, and therefore he is innocent. Do the public think that pedophiles have noses like thorns on a rose bud, and wear over-dyed wigs and white foundation? Is that what a pedophile looks like? I beg to differ. They come in many shapes and sizes and many different guises.
Michael Jackson's plastic surgery, it's a work of art. All the photos you've seen of his nose falling off are just Photoshopped. They're not mishaps. That, to me, is some kind of art statement that he's making. The top half of his face is very feminised and the lower half has been over-masculinised - it's like a jigsaw of genders and I wish he could explain that articulately. He's without sex or gender, Michael Jackson, and there are times when I think he is perfectly stunningly beautiful. I think his make-up artist needs shooting, because they just make it all look worse.
I think he just doesn't want anyone close to him. I think he's very self-conscious and trying to guard his image so, consequently, people who are highly inept are keeping him out of reality and I don't think he knows what to do.
I think that the media were putting his plastic surgery and his lifestyle on trial; the kid was nothing to do with it. Suddenly, the public, like ****ing harpies, could possibly get a tour around his house and see him without the make-up and the wig. They wanted to storm Neverland - 'Off with his head! Oh, did you abuse the kid? Oh, sorry, we forgot...' Had he been Tupac Shakur and surrounded by women with cannonball boobs in a Jacuzzi and Mai-Tai cocktails with umbrellas in them, they'd have thought it was great. But, because Jackson is surrounded by jack-in-the-boxes and Andy Pandy dolls, people found that really creepy.