Paul McCartney is the latest musical icon to talk openly about Michael Jackson.
Specifically, of course, Paul McCartney is the latest musical icon to talk openly about the strong likelyhood that Michael Jackson was almost a serial child molestor.
Such accusations against Jackson are not new.
But they've been brought to the forefront of late and emphasized in the most personal and heinous of ways by the documentary Leaving Neverland.
It aired on HBO last month and centered on James Safechuck and Wade Robson, two men who claim the superstar abused them while they were young boys during the 1980s and 1990s.
The film includes interviews with its subjects, along with harrowing details of their alleged ordeal and relationship with Jackson.
It appears to have convinced many previous doubters that Jackson truly was guilty of these awful crimes and misdeeds.
McCartney, the legendary former member of The Beatles, hasn't defended Jackson in his first comments since the movie aired.
But he has expressed legitimate shock over what the documentary depicts and concludes.
"I think it’s sad,” McCartney told Radio Futuro in Chile, where he has been performing.
"Obviously Michael was a great singer, a great artist and a great dancer. For years we’ve loved that. Nobody knew about the other side that’s shown in that movie," the artist added.
That's not really true, of course.
Jackson was taken to court (and acquitted) in 2005 on similar charges of molestation, whilc (reliable) talk about these kinds of actions following the singer around until his death in June of 2009.
"When I knew him he was a really nice guy. I didn’t know about the dark side," McCartney continues in this interview, adding:
"It makes it very difficult to look back on the memories which were good memories, to think, oh boy, there was other stuff going on."
Jackson covered McCartney’s song "Girlfriend" on his "Off the Wall" album in 1979. The pair also recorded "The Girl Is Mine" together, along with "Say Say Say."
They were pretty close many decades ago, which is why it's so hard for McCartney to accept the probable truth about Jackson.
“For me, I’m okay to just stay with the personal memories I had of him. The other side is the other side. I don’t know about that," McCartney said, concluding:
"I can understand why people are very disappointed in him and angry that he had the dark side."
The other music Hall of Famers who have spoken out about Jackson have stuck their foot far deeper into their mouths than McCartney does here.
In a truly stunning and nauseating statement, Barbara Streisand recently said of The King of Pop:
"His sexual needs were his sexual needs, coming from whatever childhood he has or whatever DNA he has. You can say ‘molested', but those children, as you heard say [the grown-up Robson and Safechuck], they were thrilled to be there."
She even added: "They both married and they both have children, so it didn't kill them."
Ummm... so we guess the well-orchestrated molestation was okay then, Babs?
The singer/actress eventually apologized for these wildly tone deaf remarks, saying on Instagram:
I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings. I didn't mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way.
Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives.
I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.
Diana Ross, however, is apparently standing by her words.
The Supremes singer referred to Jackson a "magnificent incredible force" and asked his accusers to "stop in the name of love" in an impassioned, disgusting Tweet last week.
"This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many other."
Ross concluded the messages by quoting one of The Supremes most famous hits, writing: "STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE."
She was famously quite tight with Jackson, which is why we'd like to amend this conclusion and address Ross as follows:
STOP BEING TERRIBLE AND INSENSITIVE AND TOTALLY BLIND TO WHAT JACKSONW WAS IN THE NAME OF FRIENDSHIP.