I haven't had a chance to post in a while, but popped on here to read through the threads and saw this one.
I was just wondering what your opinions are of Michael after seeing the shows created to give us a little glimps into his world.
Personally I was always of the mind that he was a freak, and had major issues. After watching the documentary as well as the special on 20/20 last night I came away with a different outlook. I think he definitely has issues, thats apparent. But I found myself smiling as I saw him interacting with the kids visiting Neverland, and tearing up when he was brought to tears by his ever compassionate interviewer
Granted, Michael has made many judgement errors that we are made more than aware of via the media- but IMHO a child molester and 'freak', he's not. I saw a very lonely man, who appears to be caught in a perpetually childlike mentality. His sense of innocence and love for children struck a real chord in me. And when the interviewer kept coming back to the scandal of his 'sleepovers' to which he commented that Its about love for the children and the world needs more love like that, and that when we think of sharing a bed we automatically associate thaty with sex, which is wrong. As a parent who had her kids sleeping in her bed for the first two years of their lives , I can completely relate to what he was trying to convey. Theres nothing more comforting than that feeling of having your kids cuddled up with you in bed. Now I know they weren't his biological kids, but I sincerely think hes trying to gain that feeling of love and comfort (which he obviously missed out on in childhood) through these kids.
Another thing I thought of was that he seems like a very fragile person emotionally, and it would only make sense that he feels more at ease around kids than adults. When was the last time a little child was malicious or back stabbing to you?
I know I've been very long winded with this, but this is something that I have been talking with people a fair bit about in the last few days and I'd love to hear your opinions...