Episode 069 – C Q&A

Jamon and Q have gone AWOL and left yours truly alone at mission control. Yep, that’s right, I’ve been let loose, unsupervised, for only the second time in the show’s history. So firstly, and most importantly, discerning listeners can rest assured that this week’s show is a remix-free zone. Collect your P45s and go peddle your blib-blobs and doof-doof-doofs elsewhere, cretinous vandals of the MJ sphere; Charles is in charge and believe me, your services have never been less required than they are today.

The remixes are out on their ear and so is any pretence at balance. There’ll be no benefits of the doubt for Sony and the Estate this week; no polite swerving of awkward topics and no filter. Strap yourselves in for two hours of unfiltered truth as I answer listeners’ questions about everything from the AEG wrongful death trial to the darkest days of Michael’s career to the politics of the MJ fan community.

We received more than 40 questions. I answered as many as I could but by the end of the recording, as you’ll hear, my voice was getting raggedy and it was time for bed. If your question didn’t get answered, perhaps I’ll answer it in my next Q&A – assuming Jamon and Q ever allow me near the mic again without a chaperone.

NB. I did answer two questions from @whogrl on Instagram, but a recording error meant they had to be cut from the show. Sorry @whogrl. That’s What You Get For Being mad enough to let me record solo, Jamon & Q.

The questions answered were as follows:

From Lachlan Bradbury on Facebook:

  • You’ve mentioned in the past your dissatisfaction with Invincible. Why do you think it’s one of Jackson’s weaker works, and what do you believe would have made it a stronger album?
  • Do you believe that the affiliation between Michael Jackson, his catalogue, his ‘vault’, etc, and Sony will ever come to an end, given the current state of Jackson’s Estate? What do you think would lead to Sony and the Estate parting ways?

From Debbii Longshaw on Facebook:

  • Do you believe that the media’s attitude to Michael is really softening over the years?
  • What is your honest belief in regards to Michael’s death?
  • What are your thoughts in regards to John Branca and that will, along with the undervaluing of Michael’s Estate and the whole IRS thing?

From Carley Swan on Facebook:

  • If MJ was still here with us and you had a chance to ask him a question, what would it be?

From Andrew Sly on Facebook:

  • What is your favourite MJ book, author and why?
  • What are your top five Michael tunes and why did you choose them?

From Q (The MJCast co-host):

  • What is a perfect day for Charles Thomson?

From  G-o Meter on Facebook:

  • What impression did you get when you first saw MJ appear at the conference to announce This Is It? When I first saw it I thought this is not MJ, this is an impersonator. And in my view, this was the first time his ‘I love you’ sounded dishonest.
  • Why do you think Conrad Murray still walks this earth unharmed?

From Ryan Michaels on Facebook:

  • On a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being horrible and 10 being magnificent, would you give the performance of Blood on the Dance Floor, where Michael lays down on the stage, a 9 or a 10?

From @michaeljosephmusic on Instagram:

  • Charles, don’t you think it’s better to look at everything Michael did (at least as an artist) positively?

From L Josefin (@LiJosefin on Twitter):

  • What do you think are some of the most cringe-worthy decisions Michael made in his later years?

From Elaine Holloway (@lovemj829 on Twitter):

  • Do you think MJ’s mother had a case against AEG? If so, why didn’t she win against them?
  • Do you think he was murdered by Sony? If not, who?

From Bruce Aguilar (@yensid98 on Twitter):

  • What’s your least favourite MJ song from each of his solo albums?

From Jamon (The MJCast co-host):

  • Talk to us about what you do for a living. What have you been most proud of in your line of work as an investigative journalist?

From Bongani (@Bongani_md on Twitter):

  • What would you say to folks who are of the view that you come across too harsh on Mike at times?

From J.D. (@MixingHistory on Twitter):

  • How did you get involved with Q and Jamon?

From Azmat Mahmood (@azmatmahmood98 on Twitter):

  • Would MJ have ascended to the top if he had never worked with Quincy Jones?
  • Which songs would you have wanted MJ to perform live on his tours that he never did?

From Liam (@wceliam on Twitter):

  • If MJ survived, how would This Is It have played out and the years after for MJ, in your opinion?
  • At what point did you realise that the Estate are fucking trash?

From Bella (@bellapopov on Twitter):

  • How did you react when MJ passed away? I don’t think you’ve shared your June 25, 2009, story.
  • Why do you think there is so much wilful delusion and denial in the MJ fan community? How can we combat this?

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Episodio 016 – Especial Día de la Vindicación

El 13 de Junio de 2005, en Santa María, California, Michael Jackson fue absuelto de forma contundente de los 14 cargos que se le imputaban, los cuales iban desde conspiración, abuso (4), intento de abuso, y administración de alcohol para cometer abuso (8) contra un menor. El acusador, Gavin Arvizo, era uno de los tantos niños con cáncer a los que Michael ayudó a lo largo de los años, y que vivió junto a su familia en Neverland durante una temporada. El escándalo se desató a principios de 2003 cuando Arvizo apareció en el documental “Living With Michael Jackson”. Fue entonces que el fiscal de Distrito, Tom Sneddon, contactó a la familia Arvizo para comenzar la indagatoria. Sneddon era el mismo fiscal que desde 1993 había querido llevar a juicio a Michael Jackson, ya fuera con la primer acusación de abuso a un menor, o cualquiera que acudiera a su oficina con el mínimo indicio para tales alegatos.

En agosto de 1993, la prensa mundial se hizo eco de las acusaciones por abuso sexual contra Michael Jackson de parte de Jordan Chandler. Este caso nunca llegó a instancias criminales sino que se mantuvo en el terreno de lo civil y, en el tribunal más peligroso, los medios de comunicación. En la época en que florecían las cadenas de televisión con noticias las 24 horas, y previo al juicio de O.J. Simpson, este caso era lo mejor que le podía pasar a la creciente industria del “info-entretenimiento”. La veracidad y las implicaciones de estas acusaciones eran lo que menos importaba, los medios tenían un indiciado a quien sentenciar en la corte de los hogares de todo el mundo. Meses más tarde y bajo el consejo de sus asesores, quienes se preocupaban más por que Michael siguiera produciendo dinero, se llegó a un acuerdo con los Chandler por una suma que se presume fue de alrededor de $20 millones de dólares. Los abogados argumentaron que con ese arreglo se evitarían problemas y un probable largo juicio cuyo veredicto final no podían garantizar. El daño estaba hecho y la caja de Pandora se había abierto. Ante la corte del público alrededor del mundo, un acuerdo extrajudicial era igual a admitir culpabilidad. Y así lo entendieron muchos.

El “día de la Vindicación” es la primer página del epílogo en la vida de Michael Jackson. Es una victoria que sabe a derrota, una que le valió un altísimo costo económico, físico y emocional. Marcó el comienzo del exilio y puso en marcha el reloj, uno que tristemente terminó por detenerse 4 años después. Michael Jackson ya no está para limpiar su nombre, uno que en un principio nunca debió haberse manchado, es ahora nuestro deber limpiar toda esa basura para que por fin obtenga la justicia que en vida le fue negada. El hombre era inocente, siempre lo fue.

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¿Fue Michael Jackson acusado falsamente?
Artículo de Mary A. Fischer. (Traducido por Marisa Ramírez)
Artículo completo para descargar en pdf
Link al tema en el Foro Michael Jackson’s HideOut

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Episode 058 – Vindication Day Special (Pirates in Neverland: The Michael Jackson Allegations)

As far back as he can remember, Ryan Michaels was a Michael Jackson fan. He was just five years old when the Dangerous album came out but vividly remembers watching the Black or White music video upon its release in America. In his teenage years he became an active member of the Michael Jackson internet fan community where, in his 20s, he got to know Charles Thomson.

After Michael’s death, Ryan withdrew somewhat from the fan community. Today he lives in Tokyo, where he works for several companies and, in his spare time, hosts the podcast Reason Bound. The show is all about logic and critical thought; what people believe, why they believe it and the importance of being able to recognise good and bad arguments. Each week he and a guest discuss these points in relation to a particular hot topic.

Charles’ life also now revolves around logic and critical thought. Since Michael’s death he has become an award-winning newspaper journalist, investigating issues and weighing evidence on a daily basis, in addition to regularly reporting on criminal trials.

A few months back, Ryan invited his old friend Charles onto Reason Bound. He appeared in episode seven, where they discussed the justice system and the importance of preserving the presumption of innocence. Given their history, the two of them naturally referred to the Michael Jackson trial several times during the show.

August 16, 2004 – MJ attends the pretrial hearings, escorted by LaToya and Janet.

After the recording was finished, Ryan felt there was a lot more to be said about the Michael Jackson case. He invited Charles back onto the show to do something neither of them had ever seen done before – to record a podcast where the two of them would discuss the child abuse allegations leveled at Michael Jackson during the latter half of his career – from their inception in 1993 through to his 2005 trial – within the context of Reason Bound’s usual parameters; looking at what people believe, why they believe it, and the importance of being able to recognise good and bad arguments. They would discuss the evidence in an unemotional way, testing the theories and arguments of bother Michael Jackson’s fans and his detractors.

June 13, 2005 – The Jackson Family leaves the court after the veredict.

Given Charles’ continuing work with The MJCast, Jamon and Q were given a sneak preview loved the show so much they decided they wanted to air it too. So for the second time in The MJCast’s history we are simulcasting with another show. We are proud to present, for our third annual Vindication Day Special, episode 10 of Reason Bound, titled ‘Pirates in Neverland: The Michael Jackson Allegations’.

The show goes live today on both The MJCast’s channel and Reason Bound’s. We thank Ryan for working with us on this episode and we encourage you to head over to iTunes and check out some more of his thought-provoking episodes.

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Episode 005 – Kerry Anderson Special

Episode 005 - Kerry Anderson Special YouTube ArtAs a surprise for listeners of The MJCast, we are releasing this special episode in addition to our fortnightly release schedule! Recently, we were lucky enough to secure an interview with Kerry Anderson, Michael Jackson’s Director of Security during one of the most tumultuous times of his life. Topics of discussion include Kerry’s upcoming book, his experiences in originally coming to work for Michael, life as an Executive Protection Specialist, protecting Michael during his mid 2000’s trial against child molestation allegations and spending time with MJ and his family in the Middle East.

The MJCast would also like to apologise for the nature of the audio in this interview. There were some technical difficulties during the recording process and in post production which has resulted in excessive background noise and also an echo on the vocal. Hopefully you will still be able to enjoy this fascinating interview with Kerry Anderson.

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