Part 3: Am I the Beast You Visualized?

Willa:  Hello everyone. Part 3 of the series has just been published! This essay takes a deep dive into the allegations against Michael Jackson, from the Chandler allegations in 1993 through the Leaving Neverland documentary in 2019. It also places these allegations within a historical context. For decades, false allegations of sexual assault and abuse have been used to silence some of America’s most successful and outspoken black men, and this essay places Jackson squarely within that tradition. Here’s a link to Part 3.

Again, much of this information will be familiar to long-time readers. In fact, many of you know a lot more about this than I do. Thank you sincerely for sharing your ideas and knowledge so generously! I have tried to research this essay as thoroughly and carefully as I could. However, if anything I have written is incorrect, please let me know.

I hope you all are staying healthy and happy.


About Dancing with the Elephant contributors

Joie Collins is a founding member of the Michael Jackson Fan Club (MJFC). She has written extensively for MJFC, helping to create the original website back in 1999 and overseeing both the News and History sections of the website. Over the years she conducted numerous interviews on behalf of MJFC and also directed correspondence for the club. She also had the great fortune to be a guest at Neverland. She has been a Michael Jackson fan since she was three years old. Lisha McDuff is a classically trained professional musician who for 30 years made her living as a flutist, performing in orchestras and for major theatrical touring productions. Her passion for popular musicology led her to temporarily leave the orchestra pit and in June 2013 she received a Master’s degree in Popular Music Studies from the University of Liverpool. She’s continuing her studies at McMaster University, where she is working on a major research project about Michael Jackson, with Susan Fast as her director. Willa Stillwater is the author of M Poetica: Michael Jackson's Art of Connection and Defiance and "Rereading Michael Jackson," an article that summarizes some of the central ideas of M Poetica. She has a Ph.D. in English literature, and her doctoral research focused on the ways in which cultural narratives (such as racism) are made real for us by being "written" on our bodies. She sees this concept as an important element of Michael Jackson's work, part of what he called social conditioning. She has been a Michael Jackson fan since she was nine years old.

Posted on August 22, 2020, in Michael Jackson and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thanks so much for continuing to produce quality work. This is so helpful – concise and yet detailed. Great job!!

  2. Maddalena Allodi

    Dear Willa hi ,
    Thanks for your precious and steady research work . The way you express concepts and describe events is outstanding.
    Medium is a really a good means to let more people know the insightful analysis of Michael Jackson ‘s work of art and its influence all the world over you have been working on with great competence and passion for a long time.
    Your description of American society and history is outstanding and really mandatory to be known especially during this difficult time.
    Best regards, maddalena
    Let’s heal the world!!

    • Hi Maddalena. Thank you so much for the kind words! I hope you are staying healthy, happy, and strong during this unusual time.

  3. Nina Fonoroff

    Hey all! Apparently there’s going to be an original cast recording of “MJ: The Musical,” to be released on July 15. I look forward to it, and I just wish there’d be a video of the show as well. Here’s the news about the record:

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