Free As A Bird
- Mar 22, 2009
I think calling it a "media campaign" is a bit dramatic. He was hurt so he talked about it. I don't think he was implying he was cheated out of it, just that he didn't expect Michael to actually go through with buying it himself, due to the conflict of interest from their friendship. Since their association publicly continued for a while I guess he still wanted to be friends, or at least acquaintances, even if their relationship was damaged.ScreenOrigami;4288983 said:I think this has mostly been addressed in the thread before. Let me try to sum it up. Paul has been peddling his version of events to the media all through the years, knowing full well how much weight the public would give it, simply due to who he was. He kept implying that he was cheated out of the catalogue, while in the same sentence joking about how MJ told him he’s gonna buy the songs. Essentially navigating around the fact that he was notified about MJ’s intentions by turning it into a funny story about how he didn’t take it seriously. That’s what he continuously told the media from the late 80’s onward.
He’s on tape saying: “We don’t have that great a relationship, to put it that way.”
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So, yes, he’s on record saying that he was miffed about the whole situation – but can be seen in photos with MJ that were clearly not taken on occasions where they accidentally bumped into each other, notably at one of his own concerts in 1989 where MJ showed up backstage, and on the set of Black or White in 1991. Now, I assume neither Paul’s backstage area nor MJ’s film set had a revolving door where anyone could just walk in to quickly say hello, especially not someone who you’re not on good terms with. Seeing them hanging out, while Paul was on a media campaign that seriously harmed MJ’s reputation particularly in the UK to me seemed worth pointing out. Thus, my comment.