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Just days after Barbra Streisand defended Michael Jackson and his “sexual needs,” Diana Ross is getting in on the action.

In a tweet, Ross implies that either Jackson was innocent … or worse, that he’s guilty but his music makes up for the ruined lives.

It’s not going over well on Twitter.

Diana Ross in Black
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Hey Siri, what’s the worst possible way to find out that the legendary Diana Ross is on Twitter?

“This is what’s on my heart this morning,” Diana Ross’ ill-advised tweet begins.

She writes: “I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.”

Bizarrely, the tweet ends in all caps.

Ross writes: “STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE.”

We wish that we were making this up, but we are not. See for yourself.

Diana Ross tweet about MJ yikes

The 74-year-old music legend did not engage with any fans or followers.

She was barraged with both support and condemnation for the tweet.

Though she did not take the position that Michael Jackson is necessarily innocent of the molestation accusations … she said enough.

A tweet like hers could be interpreted to mean that she believes he did nothing wrong.

It could also be a way of expressing that Michael Jackson did terrible things, but she doesn’t care because he was inspirational.

Some could even take it to mean that alleged child molestation was justified because his music brought joy to so many people.

Diana Ross Performs at Einstein Healthcare's 150th Anniversary
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Obviously, Diana Ross’ tweet is neither the first nor the worst that we’ve heard on this topic from a music legend.

In a recent, disastrous interview, Barbra Streisand said that she believes the Michael Jackson accusations.

But she also made it sound like she didn’t really care.

She affirmed that she “Absolutely” believed that he had molested multiple young men, starting when they were children.

“His sexual needs were his sexual needs,” she said. “Coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has.”

She made matters worse, suggesting that the children weren’t victims at all.

“You can say ‘molested,’ but those children, as you heard say, they were thrilled to be there,” Streisand accused.

She then added: “They both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them.”

That is … an absolutely abominable thing to say.

“I feel bad for the children,” Streisand said, then ruining it by saying: “I feel bad for him.”

“Why would Michael need these little children dressed like him and in the shoes and the dancing and the hats?” she asked.

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For obvious reasons, Barbra Streisand received tremendous backlash over her remarks.

Wisely, she chose to walk back her words, even though it was frankly too late.

“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims,” she said.

“I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way,” she insisted.

“Like all survivors of sexual assault,” Streisand noted. “They will have to carry this for the rest of their lives.”

“I feel deep remorse,” she concluded. “And I hope that James (Safechuck) and Wade (Robson) know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”

Michael Jackson Announces Plans For Summer Residence at O2 Arena in London
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Obviously, giving a child a candy bar, a dream vacation, or even a career boost does not in any way permit or mitigate molestation.

And we hope that it is also clear that just because someone has managed to remain function despite trauma does not mean that what happened was not that bad.

As for Diana Ross’ statement, she at least avoided dismissing or maligning Jackson’s accusers.

But her words of “support,” vague though they may be, still send a clear and harmful signal.

it suggests that if you make good music as an entertainer, people will love you no matter what. That should not be the case.