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Joe Jackson Suffers Stroke On 87th Birthday

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Joe Jackson, the father of Janet and Michael Jackson (among other Jackson kids), apparently had a pretty shitty 87th birthday this weekend in Brazil when his festivities were cut short by a stroke that’s landed him in hospital without his eyesight, at least temporarily.

From TMZ:

Joe Jackson has reportedly suffered a stroke that left him at the very least temporarily blind.

Jackson family sources confirm to TMZ, Joe was admitted to the Albert Einstein Hospital in São Paulo after reportedly waking up Sunday feeling dizzy, with no vision.

Joe, who has diabetes, was in the city for his 87th birthday party that was being thrown for him.

These pics were taken hours before the reported stroke.

Family sources tell TMZ, doctors are running tests and they’re trying to decide whether to fly Joe back to the U.S. for further treatment.

I don’t really have many feelings about this one since Joe is a terrible human being, but I certainly don’t wish ill on anyone, terrible person or not, so I do hope he makes a swift recovery for his family’s sake.

Earlier in the day, Janet posted a birthday message to Joe via her Twitter page, as you do. Doesn’t anyone buy Hallmark cards or pick up the phone anymore?


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Michael Jackson’s Estate Still Raking In Money 6 Years After His Death

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It’s crazy to think that it’s been six years since Michael Jackson died – where does the time go? But we’re not here to reminisce, we’re here to talk about the fact that even though Jackson passed away and therefore hasn’t actually got a current career full of tours and new albums and other money-making schemes, his estate has still pulled in over $2 billion in revenue over the past six years. Whaaaaat?

Sources familiar with the financials tell TMZ, the estate has grossed nearly $2 billion since MJ’s death. The money comes from the movies “This is It,” the Cirque show “Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour,” 50 million albums sold and various other ventures.

After expenses, that $2 bil gets whittled down to around $800 million — which is a very good return.

But the $800 mil gets significantly cut by taxes … we’re told to around $450 mil.

MJ’s debts at the time of his death were around $500 million, so just on those 2 numbers the estate approaches being in the black.

But there are other ventures, like Sony, where the estate generates a lot of cash.

As for Michael’s kids, there’s a trust where millions gets distributed as they get older.

Our sources familiar with the financials tell TMZ … if the estate were completely liquidated today, each kid would get around $100 million.

Not a bad bounce back from the edge of bankruptcy.

We all know his kids are going to be set for life, and good for them to not ever have to struggle. They don’t seem to be too bratty or out of control, so I’m not totally against it.  Crazy to see how desperate companies are to continue making money off a dead man, though, isn’t it?

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Michael Jackson prank called Russell Crowe for 3 years

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The last we heard from Russell Crowe, he was telling women in Hollywood to act their ages and not their shoe sizes. Thankfully, his most recent anecdote is far less offensive and actually kind of hilarious. In a new interview with The Guardian, Russell revealed that he was the victim of endless prank phonecalls from the late Michael Jackson… for three long years!

“For two or three fucking years,” he says. “I never met him, never shook his hand, but he found out the name I stayed in hotels under, so it didn’t matter where I was, he’d ring up do this kind of thing, like you did when you were 10, you know. ‘Is Mr Wall there? Is Mrs Wall there? Are there any Walls there? Then what’s holding the roof up? Ha ha.’ You’re supposed to grow out of doing that, right?”

And that’s literally is. There’s no context to this story, it’s never discussed again… it just is what it is. If it wasn’t Michael Jackson we were talking about here, I’d probably call bullshit, but as it stands, I think this is a totally true and pretty hilarious story. Good ole MJ – ever the prankster! “LOL”

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Michael Jackson threatened his maids with “doo-doo snowballs”

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I said it the other day and I’ll say it again: can Michael Jackson not just rest in peace? In addition to the seemingly endless allegations of sexual molestation popping up against him, now his former maids are hard up for cash and selling their “stories” about Michael’s alleged filth and lack of hygiene to the New York Post, of all God-forsaken papers.

According to the former maids, Michael used to piss on the floor, track animal shit in the house and was basically just a disgusting human being.

Neverland’s manicured lawns and fairy-tale facade masked a house of horrors and madness, five of Michael Jackson’s maids revealed to The Post.

“Michael sometimes ran around where the animals were, and he’d track .?.?. poop throughout the house and think nothing of it,” Maid No.?1 recalled. “Then, if you said something, he’d threaten to make doo-doo snowballs and throw it at you.”

When Oprah Winfrey visited the Los Olivos, Calif., ranch for an interview in 1993, it was pristine. Floors were waxed, walls scrubbed and windows power-washed.

It was after she, guest Elizabeth Taylor and TV crews left the next morning that the real Jacko appeared.

“He literally peed on the floor of the entryway, right where you saw Oprah walk in. It was surreal. He just stood there, unzipped his trousers and watered the floor,” Maid No. 2 said.

I dunno, I just can’t see it. He threatened to make “doo-doo snowballs”? I mean… LOL and all, but WHAT?

The maids also claimed that his bedroom reeked and that he hated them changing his bedding so they’d have to sneak in there to do it. They also said that he was a “depraved drug addict” who always babbled unintelligently and used to piss himself regularly.

Maid No. 2 said only Jacko’s main closet, which held his trademark black tuxedo pants, loafers and sequined jackets was kept immaculate.

The most scurrilous item Jacko held onto?

“I’d say there were two,” recalled Maid No. 2, who worked at Neverland from 1994 to 1996. “A soiled baby’s diaper, and a pair of Fruit of the Loom that was obviously worn by someone who was either a teen or an early-age adult.”

He also kept a dart board in the foyer of his bedroom with pictures of DreamWorks founders Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg — who he believed had stolen his idea for the studio and even its boy-on-the-moon logo.

“Any of the children he played with who hit the bull’s-eye would get extra ice cream or anything else they wanted,” said Maid No. 3, who worked from 1996 to 1999. “He hated those guys with a passion. He was surprisingly very anti-Semitic. He’d lead some of the kids in chants: ‘Kill the bastards,’ and ‘Kill the bloodsuckers.’?”

I just… don’t have words for this. There are some sick people out there, yes, but I feel like it’s the maids here that were the real sickos.

Do you think any of this is true, or just more people trying to exploit a dead man?

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Michael Jackson is being accused of sex abuse even while in his grave

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Michael Jackson was the focus of a lot of controversy during his lifetime, the most famous (and awful, if true) of which were the multiple sex abuse charges for molestations he allegedly committed against underage boys. While many of the witnesses and defendants were found to be unreliable or flip-flopped on their stories, the sheer volume of “victims” was enough to cast doubts in the mind of much of the public, and it unfortunately tarnished what was an incredible musical legacy.

Of course, Jackson has been dead now for several years, so it seemed that all of the uproar would have faded away… but of course it hasn’t. In fact, there are now new charges against Jackson by now-36-year-old James Safechuck, who claims he was molested by Jackson when he was 10-years-old during the filming of a Pepsi commercial in which they both appeared.

From People:

After multiple visits to Jackson’s home (some of which were chaperoned by his parents) and several all-expense-paid cross-country trips, Safechuck joined the pop star on his “Bad” tour, which is when he alleges the first incident of sexual abuse occurred.

Though specifics of the abuse claims are redacted in the papers, Safechuck says it first happened at the Hotel de Crillon during the Paris portion of Jackson’s tour.

The papers allege Jackson gave Safechuck jewelry as a “reward” for sexual favors and taught him code words so others wouldn’t learn about their sexual activities.

Of course, the Jackson family has denied this and gave a statement to E! News on Wednesday, refuting the claims.

“Mr. Safechuck’s request to file a late claim against the Jackson Estate so he can recover money from Michael’s beneficiary will hopefully be rejected,” says the statement. “This is a person that made his claim five years after Michael died, more than 20 years after the incidents supposedly happened and has given sworn testimony that Michael never did anything inappropriate to him.”

But uh, back to Safechuck and his fuckery:

Claiming he was the first to stay at Jackson’s famed Neverland Ranch after it was built, Safechuck states in the papers that the pop star “installed chimes in the hallway to his bedroom” so he could be warned of people approaching and had a “secret closet” in his bedroom where he engaged in sexual activities with Safechuck.

During the four years that Safechuck claims the abuse took place, Jackson engaged in sexual acts with him “hundreds of times – on tour, at Plaintiff’s home, at DECEDENT’s apartment/condominium … at DECEDENT’s … Condominium … and at Neverland,” the papers say.

When Safechuck hit puberty at 12 years old, Jackson began “grooming him for separation [that] spanned several months” and focusing his attention on a younger boy named Brett, Safechuck claims. Eventually, Jackson stopped sexually abusing Safechuck but continued supporting him financially and put him in touch with industry people to guide his career, he adds.

There’s actually going to be a case (against whom, I’m not exactly sure, considering the defendant is not only not there, but uh… not alive?) in September surrounding these charges.

I’m not sure what to think, to be honest. I certainly don’t think it’s completely impossible that Michael Jackson was a child molester, but I also don’t 100% buy into it. On the one hand, I feel absolutely awful denying any potential victim’s experience, especially if the abuse is true. On the other hand, it’s an unfortunate fact that famous people are the victims of shit like this often because it’s easy money for awful human beings who see nothing wrong with ruining someone’s life and reputation by accusing them of unthinkable things.

What do you guys think?

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Michael Jackson’s kids get $8 million a year in allowance

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Michael Jackson‘s kids – Paris, Prince and Blanket – were never going to be short on cash. They were born rich and they’ll die rich… but just how rich? Well, just for reference, these underage children get upwards of $8 million per year as allowance. That’s so, so much money… but what do they spend it on?

From The New York Post (via Newser):

  • Prince has spent more than $50,000 on custom-made jewelry for three of his girlfriends, plus $40,000 on a new Ford pick-up truck. He wants to save enough money to buy back his father’s Neverland Ranch, currently in control of creditors with an asking price of $35 million.
  • Paris also likes to buy gifts for friends, including shoes and athletic gear. The annual cost for her to stay at a therapeutic boarding school, following last year’s suicide attempt, is also in the six figures.
  • Blanket likes to take his cousins to dinners at expensive restaurants; their nights out, which also include trips to the movies, typically come to about $500 plus tips. He also spends $200 an hour for karate lessons and a personal trainer.
  • The kids also take three vacations a year, totaling $350,000 including first-class airfare and security—in Hawaii, they stay in a $5,500-per-night suite; in Vegas, they sometimes rent the Bellagio’s penthouse suite, which can cost as much as $5,000 per night.

Oh man. Well, okay – now I’m severely depressed. Here’s what a source told the publication about the financial goings-on of the kids:

“These things that they’re doing they are mostly paying for themselves, with their own money. Look, they also get $15,000 to $20,000 every month just in walking-around money. No one else has that kind of dough around here,” one source said.

“This is why you have had so much of the fighting going on in the family. But the battles have calmed since their uncles have finally found consistent work and everyone has pretty much left [Katherine] alone about money.”

Still, family members believe the children are a lot more frugal than their father was with his.

“They’re not [as bad] as their father .?.?. They also seem to have more of a sense as to when they may be going overboard,” the source said.

Wait, so they get an extra $20,000 ON TOP of the $8 million allowance? WHAT? How is this a thing? The mind boggles… but I guess when money seems endless, you don’t really have to think of how you spend it.

Michael Jackson rolled over in his grave during the Billboard Music Awards

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The worst thing about being a celebrity is that when you’re alive, you can’t get any peace from the public and paparazzi and when you die, well, they still won’t give you any peace. Instead, they bring you back in hologram form like they did to Michael Jackson at the Billboard Music Awards last night (and Tupac at Coachella in 2012, lest we forget).

Michael “performed” a song called ‘Slave to the Rhythm’, from the new album that’s just coming out now… years after his death. Isn’t it great that record labels can make money off you even long after you’ve stopped breathing? Apparently it took six months to put the performance together and it was almost cancelled last minute due to a lawsuit, since a few tech companies said that the producers were using their technology to make the performance possible.

I dunno, I don’t find this to be “cool” or creative or anything. I think they should let dead performers be dead, enjoy their past work and move on. What did you guys think?

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