September 29, 2009

New books (even paper dolls) will mirror Michael Jackson

Posted: 02:18 AM ET
By Deirdre Donahue, USA TODAY
Note: Rabbi Scmuley Boteach is scheduled to appear on Larry King Live Tuesday, 9pm.
michael_jackson_performingThe King of Pop lives on in the hearts of publishers who are releasing a batch of new Michael Jackson books this fall.

Just out with a 400,000 first printing: The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach (Vanguard Press, $25.95). Boteach hosts the TLC show Shalom in the Home.

The New Jersey rabbi met Jackson in March 1999 through entertainer Uri Geller. The book is an annotated collection of Boteach's 30 hours of taped interviews with Jackson conducted from August 2000 to April 2001.

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Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 29th, 2009 2:21 am ET

Well, I posted this article, verbatim, on the Jermaine blog Monday morning.

LKL needs to pay me for my services. 🙂


Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 2:23 am ET

@Nicole - that is you, always ahead of the curve.


Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 29th, 2009 2:25 am ET

Lori - I aim to innovate, never duplicate.

Now, that should be an interesting interview.


lex   September 29th, 2009 2:27 am ET

no disrespect 2 u larry but y is this shucmely due gonna be on ur show

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 29th, 2009 2:28 am ET

Hi Lex!


lex   September 29th, 2009 2:29 am ET


Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 29th, 2009 2:34 am ET

LARRY - I wish that you would interview Michael's other brothers.

I adore Jermaine (he's a cutie), but it would also be nice to hear from Tito, Marlon, Jackie and Randy. That is, if they would oblige your request.

Maybe for a future show? Pretty please?


Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 29th, 2009 2:36 am ET

How have you been, Lex? I haven't blogged with you in awhile.


lex   September 29th, 2009 2:38 am ET

i've been sick nicole how u've been tho

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 2:38 am ET

@Larry – I second Nicole's suggestion, I would really like to hear from all the Jackson brothers, especially Tito.


Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 29th, 2009 2:41 am ET

Lex - I was also ill recently, but I'm better now, thank God.

How are you feeling?


Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 2:43 am ET

Hi Lex– gosh it sounds like everyone has been ill recently.


lex   September 29th, 2009 2:44 am ET

thank god its not the flu but i still hav a cough

lex   September 29th, 2009 2:45 am ET

hey lori

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 29th, 2009 3:02 am ET

Lex - Just continue drinking plenty of fluids, preferably water or Gatorade (for electrolytes). Stay hydrated.

For the cough, try honey and lemon juice. It's soothing.


lex   September 29th, 2009 3:08 am ET

thanx nicole...i jus wish dat wen ppl get sick thy stay home and dont spread thr cold around

Victoria J   September 29th, 2009 3:09 am ET

Can't sleep tonight...and decided to check the blog. I wish I hadn't of b/c this sickens me that this vulture will be featured on LKL. I can only pray that Larry will probe this fellow and ask the tough questions regarding friendship and respect for someone who cannot answer for himself now. I cannot see Michael wanting these tapes released 9 years later without some kind of editiorial approval.

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 3:10 am ET

hi everyone how are you today?
had a lot to cach up

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 3:11 am ET

nicole i mssed you ,are you better now?

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 29th, 2009 3:11 am ET

Lex - I know! This young lady sneezed in church Sunday, and didn't even cover her mouth. That's why I don't hug or shake hands. Not catching those nasty germs.


jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 3:13 am ET

lori i dont understand why Gene is not showing up anymore

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 29th, 2009 3:13 am ET

Hi jacqueline - yes, I'm better. Thanks for asking. 🙂

Hi Victoria.


lex   September 29th, 2009 3:15 am ET

i agree nicole im not touchin anyone thrs some nasty ppl in this world

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 3:17 am ET

here in hooland the tickets wet trough the roof pathe the cimemas
who show the movie say this is never ever happend befor not whit harry snotter and the lord of the rings in 24 ours it sells11.500 tickets online

Nicole S. -- North Carolina   September 29th, 2009 3:17 am ET

LOL Lex - there sure are!

Good night, everyone. 🙂

I have stayed on much longer tonight than I'd planned. Another long day ahead. Keep the faith!


jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 3:18 am ET

sorry holland

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 3:20 am ET

that will show that michael is\was really loved
[is this is for you mj]

lex   September 29th, 2009 3:20 am ET

nite nicole

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 3:21 am ET

sweet dreams nicole

Lori - Justice For Michael   September 29th, 2009 3:25 am ET

Everyone wishes Gene would come back to the bloggy.


meylingl   September 29th, 2009 3:28 am ET

@Larry: I agree with Nicole. True fans want to hear about true people on Michael's life, not people like this Rabbi who seems to be more concern about public attention and perhaps the money! I must say the title of his book is the most disturbing and worst I could ever image, "A Tragic Icon"??? come on! and this guy was his friend?? If I have some private tapes of Michael, and I was his real friend, I would keep them with me as a treasure. Why give them to the press??? If I already know they will mix all the content up?? I just don't get it.

Justice for Michael!!! I love you Forever!

lex   September 29th, 2009 3:28 am ET

yea lori we want gene 2 come bac

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 3:28 am ET

is there any news about dr death or the others

Lynn-IL   September 29th, 2009 3:41 am ET

I have spent the night working and listening to Michael and darn it if he doesn't just get better and better each time I listen to his music! I keep discovering hidden gems in his music that I never heard before. . .even though I have heard his songs hundreds of times=) That is the genius in his work for sure!!! Tonight it was "scream" . . . so many layers, such a work of art!!

Victoria J   September 29th, 2009 3:44 am ET

The more I read (read the USA Today article) about Boteach's take on Michael, I am just makes me want to vomit. He is right there in the category of how Michael felt about his father for me. I am so fearful that b/c he hides behind the Bible that people will think he is credible. I know the "fans know," but ... well, you know how I feel. I really cannot imagine what Michael went through with friends like these. The absolute horror of not being able to trust anyone with your personal feelings..such loneliness is unbearable. Perhaps Larry will suggest that it is people like Boteach that drove Michael's to escape with the pain killers, to isolate is difficult to change (see the Rabbi's comment about Michael lacking the will to change for his own good),Rabbi Boteach, when people present themselves to you as a friend and confidant and then you act like this using the very person that trusted you with their very soul. This Boteach is so full of himself...lots of words...he does like to hear himself talk...I suggest he read the book of Proverbs (which the Jewish faith believes in) and see what God says about friendship. "A friend loves at all times" (where were you when Michael needed your support?) "...there is a friend that sticks closer than a brother" (where is your loyalty?) "Do not forsake your friend." Please Rabbi do not call your relationship with Michael...friend.

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 3:50 am ET

victoria you are wright i read the article too it makes me sick
that those so caled friends called themselfs good friends of michael
good friends dont do that they keep the privat con fersations to themselfs

Victoria J   September 29th, 2009 3:52 am ET

Sorry for the rant above. You can really understand all those "anger" songs Michael wrote for the HIStory album when you see these blood suckers. One more Rabbi.... " a fool finds no pleasure in understanding , but delights in airing his own opinions." I don't want to be a fool, but even when I try to understand these people, their actions defy any reasonableness in understanding what good is really coming from this?

akshara   September 29th, 2009 3:56 am ET

i got my tickets for the 29th!!
was really a Herculean task! hehe

lex   September 29th, 2009 3:56 am ET

ur rite victoria and wat drives me evn crazier is the fact dat these tape were "recorded with michael knowin" 9 freaking years ago...has shucemly evn seen michael in 9 years wat makes him think dat he should release thm now he's not a friend of michael's hes jus tryin 2 promote himself as an author

Lynn-IL   September 29th, 2009 3:58 am ET

Victoria J- No need to apologize for the "rant." You are absolutely right in all that you say. There is no need for any so-called close friend to divulge this type of information to the public. I do not believe that this is what Michael would have wanted. The Rabbi seemed to have been removed from his inner circle so there goes credibility and gives a motive for slander. It also doesn't hurt that he has a t.v. show to promote. . . ABSOLUTELY SICKENING!!!!!

Victoria J   September 29th, 2009 4:05 am ET

I am encouraged by the poll on Larry's home site that 67% say these tapes should not be released...I hope the number goes higher and that Larry will address that with the Rabbi. Just cannot forget those haunting words from "Childhood" .... "before you judge me, try hard to love me, look within your heart and then ask..." Rabbi, a friend does not put their friend in a public forum and judge them...this is not love. I am surprised you do not know this being a man of God.

lex   September 29th, 2009 4:10 am ET

did u guys see at the end of dateline wen shucmely said im mad at mj 4 his death he said "u stupid stupid man" hes not a friend of michael...mj's lookin down from heaven and is probably very hurt and betrayed by all these so-called friends of his

Lynn-IL   September 29th, 2009 4:16 am ET

I do look forward to Larry's interview because he does not mince his words and he has a way of continuing a probing line of questioning to get to the bottom of what his guest is saying. I think he will bring up the ethical inconsistencies in what the rabbi is doing. On a side note- all the the spiritual leaders I know practice ethics along the line of dr/patient confidentiality. They do not divulge private information from those with whom they counsel. There is no clear consent from Michael to the Rabbi so it can be safely assumed that he did not want this information out in the public. I hope Larry can get into that with him; ask him why he is betraying professional ethics under any circumstances.

Lynn-IL   September 29th, 2009 4:19 am ET

Also the rabbi's questions are leading. I believe he was trying to bait Michael from the beginning to get interesting material for public consumption ie. books, t.v. He could have begun this relationship with the sole purpose of advancing his own career. And then there is the possibility of creative editing. . .

jacqueline\nl   September 29th, 2009 4:40 am ET

new blog its all about the book and tapes

Maureen (UK)   September 29th, 2009 6:10 am ET

I'm not buying you're crap book but I hope Londell McMillan does & sues you for it !

Brigida, Italy   September 29th, 2009 6:18 am ET

I have mixed feelings about that. I could not hear or see the other appearances of this rabbi but hopefully Larry ask the "right" questions.
Only hope that will be so. Even if I have to wait 'til 3am to see it and also hoping it will be aired then and not tomorrow at 11am when I'm out to work... CNN Hongkong is a little bit strange with airing and I lost some show about Michael (and others) this way.

Ok, out to work, leaving you with a big hug and read you in the evening!

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:24 am ET

Hey everyone – Lucy Vodden, the woman who inspired the Beatles classic ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,’ died last Tuesday at the AGE OF 46. Vodden, a childhood friend of Julian Lennon, passed away after losing a fight with the autoimmune disease LUPUS, according to an announcement made Monday by the St. Thomas’ Lupus Trust Charity.

Michael had to deal with a serious disease and the media judged him without facts, just like Shmuley.

I will no longer call this man Rabbi – he does not deserve the title.

chris   September 29th, 2009 6:38 am ET

I'm buying the Aphrodite Jones' book "Conspiracy" and "Moonwalk". Since MJ had impeccable taste in fashion, the paper doll book might be worthwhile, too.

mariau   September 29th, 2009 7:08 am ET

The Rabbi is promoting his new book.. what else we could expect.. He wants money!!!!!
Money is the only matters to these Opportunist.. He wanted to play and fool people that Michael was not innocent during his first child molestation case.. He wanted to reveal MJ's dark secrets..very uncommon to some Rabbi..
Schmuley has degrading his own religion, revealing a confession is one way of dehumenizing a soul.
He should be better than that!!!! if Schmuley acts to be rightheous Rabbi..
Even this is positive or negative, He should not reveal the tape..
The Rabbi needs fame and money to tarnish his lavish lifestyle.. He is a celebrity not a spiritual Rabbi..
The world is sickening.. because there's lot people selling someone's story...


mariau   September 29th, 2009 7:13 am ET

My Response to Rabbi Shmuley Boteach
by Richard Dawkins
Huffington Post

Dear Shmuley,

I did not say you think like Hitler, or hold the same opinions as Hitler, or do terrible things to people like Hitler. Obviously and most emphatically you don't. I said you shriek like Hitler. That is the only point of resemblance, and it is true. You shriek and yell and rant like Hitler. Not all the time, of course. You also tell very good jokes, and tell them brilliantly. You deservedly get lots of laughs, as a good comedian should. But throughout your speeches you periodically rise to climaxes of shrieking rant, and that is just like Hitler. Incidentally, Dinesh D'Souza yells and shrieks in just the same way. I suppose it impresses some people, although it is hard to believe.

Anybody who has something sensible or worthwhile to say should be able to say it calmly and soberly, relying on the words themselves to convey his meaning, without resorting to yelling. Hitler had nothing but nonsense to say. He spoke nonsense about race, nonsense about history, nonsense about Jews. If one speaks nonsense in a calm and sober voice nobody listens, so Hitler yelled his nonsense at the top of his voice and, unfortunately, people listened - stupid, ignorant people. You have sensible things to say about sex and love, and you have no need to yell when you are talking sense. Unfortunately, when you turn to the subject of evolution, you don't know what you are talking about, so you yell and shriek to make up for it. Maybe yelling and shrieking works with an ignorant audience. It apparently worked for Hitler, but that is not a happy precedent. You should know better. Go and read some books about evolution, learn something about biology, and you'll then find that you can talk about it in a calm and civilised voice. You'll find that you won't need to yell and shriek like a madman, and you'll be all the more persuasive for it.

Just a piece of friendly advice

All good wishes

mariau   September 29th, 2009 7:27 am ET

We should examine the thoughts of a Rabbi Schmuley Boteach.. then we will know what his greatest intention to publish his book..



Raychil   September 29th, 2009 7:37 am ET

No real rabbi would do what this guy is doing. This is his revenge for Michael dropping him. EVIL MAN.

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 7:44 am ET

go to Larry’s main page to vote if the conversations should have been released:

cnn dot com/CNN/Programs/

and vote under:
Should Michael Jackson’s taped conversations be made public?

Also on the same page – email your questions to Larry to ask Schmuley tongith. it is near the top left of the page under the title
Rabbi Schmuley Boteach
I already emailed my questions.

Remember everyone – buy the positive and boycott the negative – enact change – vote with your wallets!

mariau   September 29th, 2009 7:51 am ET

September 25th, 2009 10:19 am ET

Tzvee’s Talmudic
Shmuley Boteach Exploits the Death of Michael Jackson to Make Some Money on a Book

When measurement instruments are calibrated to seek out the lowest depths of all, they will be able to measure the crass materialist action of this rabbi.

The Jewish Week lobs some soft pitches at this story and once again, Gary Rosenblatt clueless, misses the point of the story. As he says,

The rabbi planned to publish the book, at Jackson’s request, but then shelved the idea after Jackson was arrested in 2003 on charges of child molestation.

After Jackson died suddenly in June, Rabbi Boteach decided to go ahead with the book, titled “Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul in Intimate Conversation,” to be published by Vanguard next week.

Yikes. How much do you stand to make on the book, Shmuley? would be a good question to raise.

How did a bad idea in 2003 become a good idea in 2009? Indeed, no such inquiry from the pseudo journal, The Jewish Week.

Has this rabbi no shame? Clearly not. He is a celebrity.

Amy   September 29th, 2009 9:16 am ET

I voted. It's now 71% fre "No"

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 9:25 am ET

......" the king of Pop lives on in the hearts of publishers" !!!???, is this some kind of joke or what ???

I would like to ask the reporter who wtote the above article, Dierdre Donahue, whether he truely believe as he said, that ....."The King of Pop lives on in the hearts of publishers who are releasing a batch of new Michael Jackson books this fall."

These publishers to me don't look like they have any consideration whatsoever towards MJ, whether whilst he was still alive or even now. What they seem to be interested in is to make money.........OPPORTUNISTS is a better word that you Donahue should have used regarding all those publishers.

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 9:26 am ET

...sorry, typo error WROTE NOT WTOTE

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 9:26 am ET

Hey Coco

Samantha - South Africa   September 29th, 2009 9:29 am ET


Most of the books that have been published up to this point have all attacked Michael in some way or the other,in fact publishing companies refuse to publish anything Pro-Jackson!Can you imagine that?????

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 9:45 am ET

Hi there Samantha......howz Josie ??? 🙂 🙂

Yyyuup !!! they are just doing the right thing to avoid being pulled into that mess. They know if they entertain such things, they will find themselves one way or the other going down the drain one day. Its business for them you know !!!!.......... and to leave such crap to go through their mainstream would be like digging a grave for their businesses.

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 10:08 am ET

I think they need to get rid of that word Tragic...... from Michael and put that Tragic to the Media.... The Tragic life of the Media... They couldn't stand that Michael was more Successful and people listen , watched. follow Michael... an Icon.. you Media couldn't stand it and that your only way to get a audience is to start rumors about Michael... You are failures......... and you can NEVER turn us against Michael....
Media your life is Tragic....
Feeding of the success of others...

denise   September 29th, 2009 10:17 am ET

Mariau - thanks for the link, i voted 😉 good idea to send questions focusing on the Rabbi.

Good day Brigida, Maureen (UK), MaryRM, Samantha, maryU, cocovelvet, lex and everyone here,
Add another book to your boycott list.

Cocovelvet   September 29th, 2009 10:29 am ET

Hello Denise, 🙂

........absolutely, another piece of junk called a book just added to my countless others on the blacklist.

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 10:33 am ET

What was so tragic in Michael's life???? I see Nothing.... Only what the Media is trying to make Tragic... wanting us to see his life as Tragic.... The one who put tragic in Michael's Life is MARTIN BASHSIR, .... GAVIN ARVIZO FAMILY..... and the EVAN CHANDLER FAMILY,.... LAPD,..... and TOM SNEDDON....MEDIA,..... TABLOIDS... You are the ONLY THORN in Michael Side,,,,Take away you guys and Michael live was Fine.....

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 10:53 am ET

Larry you better add 40 more Blogs.. cause after tonight... we going to need it....

Jessie from Auckland, NZ   September 29th, 2009 11:00 am ET

i don't like the sound of the paper dolls.

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 11:08 am ET

Wait …..on the Tapes….. Michael does say something about the Loser…….

mary u from ohio   September 29th, 2009 11:10 am ET

I wonder is there are anymore Tapes out there what Michael Felt about the Media....... We like to hear those!!!!!!!!!!...

denise   September 29th, 2009 11:28 am ET

Anne – Thanks for this article, now this is professional jourlism.

Anne September 29th, 2009 11:05 am ET

A nice article in November 2009 issue of Architectural Digest.

Photographer Harry Benson Flashes Back
Photographer Harry Benson’s first-person account of his visits with Michael Jackson at Neverland.
Text and Photography by Harry Benson
Published November 2009

Inside Michael Jackson’s Private KingdomI first met Michael on a hillside in Colorado in 1984. He was on the famous Victory Tour with his brothers.

Michael was the first to come running over to help when I slipped going up a steep muddy hill. I was fine, but a couple of lenses got covered in mud. That was the first time Michael took a liking to one of my brown Scottish tweed sports jackets, so I took it off and gave it to him. He seemed pleased by my gesture and immediately put it on, put both arms out and twirled around in the bright sunlight while I photographed him running and jumping. On stage that night he glittered in sequins. I flew back to New York with the photographs.

The momentum of the Victory Tour kept building, so I joined Michael in Philadelphia for more photos. The same thing happened again. This time it was a gray Harris tweed jacket. I saw him looking closely at the colors in the tweed. They seemed to fascinate him, so again I gave him my jacket. Sometime later I was amused to see a news clip of Michael actually wearing the jacket, running into a limo, mobbed by fans.

In 1985 I photographed Michael at the “We Are the World” all-night recording session in Los Angeles, conceived to raise money for the starving children of Africa. Quincy Jones posted a sign that said, “Leave your egos at the door,” and the 45 stars who participated did just that. The artist known as Prince kept telephoning to say he was thinking of coming. Quincy told him to hurry, as they had begun working. I overheard Michael say, “Prince will never come while I am here.” When Prince called again, Quincy told him not to bother; it was all over.

On first encounter, Michael seemed shy. He spoke in the very soft, high-pitched voice recognizable to the world, but, oddly enough, after about 10 minutes his tone deepened, although he still spoke very softly. I find that many powerful people, heads of state and such, speak very softly. They don’t have to shout to get your attention. Try to hear what they say the first time—they don’t like to repeat. Michael was like that. An hour later, when we met again, it was like starting over—again, the high-pitched, quiet voice, which morphed into something deeper after about 10 minutes.

When I saw Michael in 1995, again my tweed jacket was coveted, so again I gave it to him. He put it on for the photographs with new bride Lisa Marie Presley.

In 1997 I visited Neverland to photograph Michael with his firstborn, Prince Michael. While he was feeding Prince, the baby’s face became covered with food. Michael joked, “Oh, it’s Linda Blair time,” referring to the actress in the film The Exorcist. The baby was happy and laughing. Later, we took Prince upstairs to his room, where Michael gave him a bottle and held him until he went to sleep, singing little songs to him, something about Daddy’s baby. Michael told me Prince had inspired him to write more music than he had written at any other time in his life.

The following day Michael took me into the rehearsal studio where he had refined the moonwalk. He told me he often brought Prince there to watch him practice in front of the mirrored wall and said they would dance together someday. I was convinced that was going to be the next act. Prince sat playing with a microphone and watching his father’s every move. Michael told me the moonwalk was very easy to do. “Just do this, Harry, and pull your foot back.” Needless to say, I wasn’t stupid enough to try.

Standing outside his bedroom was a wax figure of a queen’s Household Cavalry guard. The bedroom itself was dark and quite plain, in tones of beige and brown, and, to be honest, a bit depressing. Adjacent to the bed was a huge, red, thronelike chair ornately trimmed in gilt. Above the mahogany four-poster was a painting of a blond Jesus.

Michael was easy to work with and delighted in showing me his home. All the photos were done quickly. That’s the thing people forget—you have to work quickly so that your subject doesn’t become bored. When Michael asked what I wanted him to wear, I said, “Just be yourself. Wear what you feel comfortable in.”

One could see how Neverland could take Michael’s mind off all his worries and transport him from the reality of his stressful life. He had everything he wanted there. I got the impression that in no way was Michael a recluse. He read the papers and kept up with the news. Once he asked me what I thought of the Reagans, who were in the White House at the time. He was also curious to know what the Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was like, as Michael had seen my photograph of him. Michael made a point of knowing who was who, while all the time those sad eyes were searching, looking closely at me. Occasionally he would break into a laugh, but mostly he was just looking.

Although I wasn’t close to Michael, we were friendly and respectful of each other, and that’s really all you want, someone who allows you to do your job. I will miss him. We will all miss his immense talent.

akshara   September 29th, 2009 11:48 am ET

nice article..

Maria   September 29th, 2009 12:04 pm ET

Thanks, Denise, it was nice indeed!

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 12:26 pm ET

Shmuley Boteach,

you're just another parasite of society! get a life of your own!

the only books i'll buy is Aphrodite's, Michael's and Opus!


Marin-indonesia   September 29th, 2009 12:33 pm ET

Opportunist rabbi boteach... I'm not mad, I'm sad.

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 29th, 2009 12:34 pm ET

Dear LKL,

the only news i'm interested in is about positive things on Michael's (and there are plenty of them for you to give) and on someone's arrest on MJ's death.


Kris   September 29th, 2009 12:47 pm ET

It's a shame that almost everyone Michael surrounded himself with was not a fan nor a true friend....they only saw money and his larger than life status.Michael was very vulnerable, more so than your average celebrity. You dont hear about this kind of stuff on Brad Pitt,George Clooney, Julia Roberts,because they're grounded, have family that cares about them and theyre not addicts, like Michael. Michael was already in a very compromised emotional state that has been lingering since his child hood,,and with the people he surrounded himself with, the huge heart and extreme insecurities and demons that have haunted him, he was walking around, holding a sign that said "Please use me, please betray me, please hurt me., please help me destroy myself even more. " Well all of these people did. Good job Rabbi, Dr. Tohme Tohme, Dr. Klein, Dr. Murray and all of the other enablers-shame on you all.

sarah   September 29th, 2009 1:14 pm ET

Hi every1

all the people who brought weirdness in Michael life were apparently introduce by Uri Geller , Martin Bashir & now this Rabbi Shmuley disgusting that these so called friends do anything for money.....

lindafromnewyork   September 29th, 2009 1:14 pm ET

Paper Dolls–WTF?-I thought the estate was suppose to protect Michael's name and likeness–What the Hell is this?

Bella   September 29th, 2009 1:17 pm ET

Making money out of Michael again? No way I would spend any penny on such tabloid.

Anja   September 29th, 2009 1:42 pm ET

Michael Jackson has revealed his soul in so many interviews, by his songs, by the books he wrote himself. If you check youtube and other sides, you can watch him and listen to his words. Words, which he knew will be puplished.
Who knows the truth about this new documents. And Michael had his reasons to not published them during his lifetime. So what right do we have to act against his wish?
Let him rest in peace, I'm begging you.

VICKI   September 29th, 2009 2:13 pm ET

Well put, Kris, and this has been a contention of mine for a long, long time in regards to Michael. He did need help and that is not said in a mean or malicious way. It is so hurtful to know that others saw and was so close to the pain and turned their backs on the inevitable (as LMP put it) and then some of them have decided to further reduce his personhood with these malicious books, articles and interviews. Seems to me the enablers and the deserters are the weakest. My message is you did not help him then and now you are just adding fuel to the fire for these children of his to sort out the image of their father. STOP IT! We lost Michael and I am very saddened by that, but his children lost their Daddy. At least respect his children, who have told us he was the best father. Man, and it was helping children Michael was all about and you vultures cannot even get that right!

Allure   September 29th, 2009 2:33 pm ET

Hi girls 🙂
everyone's fine today?

Allure   September 29th, 2009 2:36 pm ET

TRAGIC icon?? Why tragic?? Can somebody please tell me what's tragic about MJ? The behavior press is tragic...........

Allure   September 29th, 2009 2:37 pm ET

oh I mean – the behavior of the press is tragic.......

Stu,Hungary   September 29th, 2009 2:57 pm ET

Hi Allure!

sarah   September 29th, 2009 3:02 pm ET

hi Allure

Jan   September 29th, 2009 3:07 pm ET


Allure   September 29th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

Talking about books – does anybody know this one – I just wonder who the author is:
Michael Jackson 1958-2009 – Life of a Legend – Heatley Michael
Michael Jackson was one of those rare human beings who can truly be described as a legend. As with Elvis and John Lennon, everyone will remember where they were when they heard about the death of Michael Jackson. He was just fifty when he died, but had become a superstar by the time he was eleven, ensuring his music was part of the fabric of everyone's life. Though his days of greatest success were behind him, Jackson was standing on the threshold of what could well have been one of the biggest comebacks in showbiz history. It wasn't to be, but the music, sales figures and the number of current stars who queued to pay tribute to his influence underlined the fact that, for all his controversial personal quirks, Michael Jackson was indeed one of the greats. This picture-packed tribute, charts the life of a legend, from his earliest days as a hyperactive child protege fronting family group the Jackson Five, to the assured superstar looking out from the cover of Thriller, still the best-selling album of all time. It analyses the magical stage moves like the Moonwalk that made him a sensational live act, celebrates the intoxicating music that made him the King of Pop and follows his life right through to the comeback that was to be cruelly cut short before the curtain could rise. Michael Jackson 1958-2009: Life of a Legend tells the larger-than-life story of a unique character whose musical legacy will never die.

Allure   September 29th, 2009 3:43 pm ET

thanks for the link, very interesting pieces, especially the one about T.S........!!

Heather   September 29th, 2009 4:03 pm ET

Hi guys. I agree with all of you about all the negative crap that's been said about Michael and I waiting and praying that the day will come (and soon I hope) that someone who trully cares about Michael as much as his loyal fans will someday do some positive story, book, or interview about Michael. It has to happen eventually because someone has to realize that the legions of Michael Jackson fans are not go to purchase or buy into all the negative BS that's only being put out there so that some money hungry leeches can cash in on their hoped 15 minutes of fame. I also wanted to add my own piece of positive information. My husband and I just returned from a trip to Las Vegas. While we were there we drove to the last house Michael lived in when he was last in Las Vegas on Palamino Lane. The house itself looks incredibly sad because it is still empty & the grass around it is overgrown & dead & there a big chains on the gates. It's almost eerie seeing it like that knowing that at one time it was filled with the love and laughter of Michael and his children. Anyhow, the thing that touched me the most was about the momentoes etc. that was still outside the gates of his house, among the flowers, teddy bears, candles and all were quite a few hand written notes to Michael, and the thing that amazed me was that a lot of them were obviously written by children who hadn't been writing for long (the printing was very primary and young) & that made my heart swell to know that he meant something even to youngsters who weren't around long enough to remember him. It just goes to show that the popularity of all that he stood for is still reaching new generations so you know his music & memory will never, ever die. We also went to see a show at the Stratosphere Casino called "American Superstars" with numerous impersonators including of course, a Michael Jackson impersonator (the main reason why I wanted to go!). He was quite good (of course it made me sad knowing he wasn't the real Michael) and his dance steps gave you goose bumps it was so close to the real thing. But the part that really hit home was the fact that this guy not only impersonated the dress, dance and sound of Michael, he trully got what Michael was all about. During one of his songs he came down off the stage and onto the floor. Now there had to be at least 50 people sitting at tables of 8 and they covered all ages & both men & women, including lots of 20 something, pretty girls all dressed to the nines. This wonderful "Michael" went straight to a young lady (not too sure of her age) who has Downs Syndrome and took her by the hand and took her out to the middle of the floor with him and sang to her (sorry but I don't remember the song because of everything else that was happening, it totally slipped my mind) with his arm around her shoulders. This sweet young girl had both hands over her mouth in awe and just stared up at him adoringly the whole time. When he was done he gave her a kiss on her cheek, hugged her & told her he loved her. That girl went running back to her dad at there table, put her arms around him and cried. I tell you there wasn't a dry eye in the place. He trully got it!!!! What it meant to be Michael Jackson, he did just exactly what Michael would have done in that situation. It just made me bawl like a baby because it just reminded me for the millionth time what an amazing HUMAN BEING we ALL lost on June 25th and how the world is a sadder place because of it.

Luda   September 29th, 2009 4:37 pm ET

rabbi met Jackson in March 1999 through entertainer Uri Geller. ....

Of course, they're all related...

sarah   September 29th, 2009 4:44 pm ET

hi GOLD pants pic .... 🙂

bette   September 29th, 2009 4:45 pm ET

Just finished reading Tarrobelli's book. Anyone read that one? If so, what did you think?   September 29th, 2009 4:55 pm ET

I`ll never believe it!

Luda   September 29th, 2009 5:05 pm ET

"Intimate Conversation"

If we make it public it's not intimate anymore....
just the title sounds dishonest....

Maria   September 29th, 2009 5:10 pm ET

Bette – what do you think about Taraborrelli's book? Is it worth buying and reading?

chris   September 29th, 2009 6:07 pm ET

Thanks Denise,
A wonderful article that humanizes MJ – and that is rare!

Barbara   September 29th, 2009 6:27 pm ET

I read the Taraborelli book. I thought it was good.

Heather   September 29th, 2009 6:29 pm ET

I read Taraborelli book as well and thought it was really good. Seemed to be one of the least biased ones out there so far.

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:45 pm ET

Here is the answer for the publishers' question – What does it take for someone to say, 'I've got to look at this book'?"

It must be truthful, not sensational, not lies about noses or dark secrets about a reclusive icon.... ad nauseum.

Michael's fans have been angry for years at the way the media abused him. They are now outraged that people would still try to make a dollar sensationalizing the life of a great man, yes great, both for music and for being who he was – who people could see – the caring, gentle, peace-loving man whose humanitarian efforts are outstanding, whose lyrics call us to make the world a better place, to heal a broken world, to care for the earth.

Write a book about his charitable works – that will sell. Write a book with his poetry – that will sell. Write a book that is positive. Write a book about all the awards he won for his humanitarian work, write about the hospital wards he opened, about the operations, medical expenses and funerals he paid for. These books will sell

Everyone knows his struggles and every fan knows who created the lies and who is continuing to lie. You can't control the minds of those who know you will even sell your soul to get a story sold.

MaryRM   September 29th, 2009 6:55 pm ET

I love the Benson article!

"Although I wasn’t close to Michael, we were friendly and respectful of each other, and that’s really all you want, someone who allows you to do your job."

I love it 🙂

Cecelia   September 29th, 2009 7:13 pm ET

Thanks for sharing your experience Heather. It's nice to know his love continues to touch the lives of others, even in death.

karen   September 29th, 2009 8:57 pm ET



mytake   September 29th, 2009 9:03 pm ET


First LKL...and it doesn't get any better!

This should not have been aired in the FIRST PLACE, now LKL gets his crack at the Rabbi and his crooked undiginified tapings of Michael's PRIVATE THOUGHTS.

These are atrocious and malignant attacks on Michael's memory. Is there NO MERCY for the most PRECIOUS ENTERTAINER of our lives?

Why can't this be stopped? Everybody is getting there hits in on the money bag of Michael's legacy. They are literally trying to tear it down with unnecessary reporting and bald-faced lies.

I will not BUY ANY BOOKS of this nature.

marguerite   September 29th, 2009 9:28 pm ET

I loved the Taraborrelli book. From what I understand he knew Michael and wrote about him often.

Anabela Guedes, from Portugal   September 30th, 2009 3:59 am ET

Good morning Ladies

it seems that now every "cat" and "dog" is publishing books about Michael.

why don't we collect the poems and beautiful thoughts of Michael's fans and give all the money to His estate and the charities He supported?

I bet it would be a best seller and Michael would be given another guiness award!

Love you all

Emmy Lalonde, Belgium.   September 30th, 2009 4:20 am ET

RABBi BOTEAC SCHUMLEY you a very very stupid man and go to HELL.
You're not in the rigth man on the right place to be a spirituel adviser for Michael Jackson during his lifetime, as you are not a real friend to Michael either as you intended to do is like a killer, killing Michael for the seconde time after his dead, on your attention to published that book, as not as a loyal friend at all as you are not worth being a very close to Michael's life. A friend or kind of a spirituel adviser won't do that CHANTAGE, moreover that Michael is not there anymore to defend himself and to give approval on your attention of making that book, morely to be published, with all the stories that you perhaps invented more. Michael like life very much and Michael would like to live forever, and what you said is unfair to say that Michael won't like to live OLD. Well I don't like some interview of Martin Bazir either but there in it a prove that Michael like to live FOREVER, on his living with Michael Jackson part5. SEE it. We stand by you MJ, we love you always very much and you'll live in our hearts always, forever. Once again, GO to HELL stupid RABBI, leave Michael rest in peace.

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