Years following a litany of accusations against the “Thriller” singer created a damning image of the musical icon, the demonstrators at today’s showing attempt to shed light on the better side of the 13-time Grammy Award winner. “I’m here to stand up for him,” said Brenda Jenkyns, a fan of his who made the trek to Park City, Utah, from her home in Calgary, Canada. “It’s important that people look at the facts, because the truth isn’t black and white.”
The four-hour-long documentary by Dan Reed, paints a very different picture of the legendary singer as a man who used his celebrity to sexually abuse and exploit children. The movie includes interviews with two of his alleged victims.
Another protestor pointed toward the chances that prior accusers used the past to settle their grievances against The King of Pop: “This film is not about giving a voice to a victim,” said Catherine Van Tighem, a fan who traveled from Alberta, Canada. “The people that are featured in this film have already had their day in court and they have been legally denied … if Michael were alive today, this film would be considered defamation.” Both women held signs which can be seen below.
The sparsely attended protest was anti-climactic, given the Park City police who increased staff in anticipation of a larger group of proactive Jackson’s fans.