It is Streisand's second clarification of her initial statement where she said the alleged abuse "didn't kill" Jackson's accusers, and they seemed "thrilled" to be with him.
UPDATE at 9:04am PT on March 24: Streisand is now fully apologizing after her initial comments were torn up online and a subsequent statement did little to slow the flames.
"I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims. 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."
UPDATE at 1:00pm PT on March 23: After getting slammed online for her comments, Streisand released a statement clarifying her remarks.
"To be crystal clear, there is no situation or circumstance where it is OK for the innocence of children to be taken advantage of by anyone. The stories these two young men shared were painful to hear, and I feel nothing but sympathy for them. The single most important role of being a parent is to protect their children. It's clear that the parents of the two young men were also victimized and seduced by fame and fantasy."
Original post below:
In an interview with The Times published Friday, the Grammy winner said she believes the sexual allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck, but also said the alleged abuse "didn't kill them" and they seemed "thrilled" to be with Jackson at the time.
"Oh, absolutely. That was too painful," Streisand said when asked if she believed the allegations. "He was very sweet, very childlike...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, they were thrilled to be there," she added. "They both married and they both have children, so it didn't kill them."
"I feel bad for the children," Streisand concluded. "I feel bad for him. I blame, I guess, the parents, who would allow their children to sleep with him."
People didn't take Streisand's comments lightly and started bashing the singer on social media, calling her remarks "sickening." In Twitter lingo, many people decided that Streisand has officially been "canceled."
"I am sick to my stomach," journalist Yashar Ali tweeted. "Barbra Streisand's comments on Michael Jackson's accusers are ... outrageous and perplexing to say the very least," another person added.
"Shame on you @BarbraStreisand for disrespecting the victims of child rape. Low class, dismissive and a shocking trivialisation," another critic tweeted. "To speak up for a child abuser... I expect it from the deranged MJ fans but not from you, who should know better."
Many pointed out how the article dropped just as it was also announced on Friday that Robert Muller had completed the Russia investigation.
"Barbara Streisand just 'hold my beer'd' the whole Mueller Report," actor Zach Braff tweeted. "All I'm going to say is the smart political move here for Trump is to ignore the Mueller report and tweet dunk on Barbara Streisand," another person tweeted.
Check out more reactions below:
Barbara Streisand just “hold my beer’d” the whole Mueller Report.— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) March 23, 2019
thoughts and prayers to barbara streisand fans during this time https://t.co/5wbsHnrUiF— diane alston (@dianelyssa) March 23, 2019
MUELLER: “I have completed my years-long report, the thing millions of you have been awaiting.”— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) March 23, 2019
AMERICANS: “We have spent years thinking about this day and nothing could possibly shift our focus from”
*barbra streisand kramers in*
STREISAND: “MICHAEL JACKSON DID NOTHING WRONG”
All I’m going to say is the smart political move here for Trump is to ignore the Mueller report and tweet dunk on Barbara Streisand.— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) March 23, 2019
Barbara Streisand's take on survivors of child sexual abuse: "It didn't kill them"— Dani Bostick (@danibostick) March 23, 2019
Survivors of sexual abuse have higher rates of suicide, eating disorders, drug addiction, repeat victimization later in life, etc.
Child sexual abuse literally does kill people. https://t.co/k6lyjjyjNB
Barbra Streisand's comments on Michael Jackson's accusers are ... outrageous and perplexing to say the very least. pic.twitter.com/eFSTZUu4bz— Alexander W. McCall (@awmccall) March 22, 2019
Here’s what Barbara Streisand said about Michael Jackson molesting KIDS:— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) March 23, 2019
“His sexual needs were his sexual needs"
“You can say molested but those children were thrilled to be there"
"It didn’t kill them"
She also blames pedophilia on DNA. Sickening. https://t.co/QvQUz5mZGa
It’s with great honor that I can happily report that Barbara Streisand is officially canceled. https://t.co/RCfKvzHAyR— Michael Miller (@mikemillerSBN) March 23, 2019
Barbara Streisand with the worst take ever given on any subject ever.— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) March 23, 2019
Barbara Streisand tells London paper:— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) March 23, 2019
-Michael Jackson accusers were ‘thrilled to be there’
-Jackson's ‘sexual needs were his sexual needs."
-the accusers "both married and they both have children, so it didn’t kill them."
Welp. She had a good run. https://t.co/y86g4LkDeD
Barbara Streisand going out of her way to be as awful as humanly possible about (checks notes) kids getting molested is unreal. https://t.co/8oRrwlAjVo— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) March 23, 2019
Relieved that I can put something concrete to my longtime vague dislike for Barbara Streisand https://t.co/z1x1b3VIWN— Dan O'Sullivan (@Bro_Pair) March 23, 2019
Wow, what a crazy news day......time to relax, take one last look at Twitter, and drink a big sip of herbal tea from my favorite Barbra Streisand mug- https://t.co/WrUHMBUxvc— Will Kellogg (@Will_Kellogg) March 23, 2019
Is this that “bad side” Barbara Streisand is afraid to be photographed from https://t.co/2N29PdJOzU— Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) March 23, 2019
"News that Mueller has submitted his report to Barr breaks the internet--"— Polly Sigh (@dcpoll) March 23, 2019
Barbra Streisand: Hold my beer. https://t.co/ssDQLWJQah
Has Barbara Streisand lost her fucking mind? https://t.co/KjRPO4RXZf— Aaron Vallely (@Vallmeister) March 23, 2019
Barbra Streisand, examining card on the lavish flowers that just arrived: “Who’s Lori Loughlin?” https://t.co/IXjmhhX2ii— Joe Keenan (@MrJoeKeenan) March 23, 2019
Shame on you @BarbraStreisand for disrespecting the victims of child rape. Low class, dismissive and a shocking trivialisation. To speak up for a child abuser... I expect it from the deranged MJ fans but not from you, who should know better. #LeavingNeverland #victimshamers https://t.co/e2yns2h77f— Anthony King (@anthonyking1) March 22, 2019
usually I try to be like “who cares what a celebrity thinks!!!” and then Barbra Streisand goes and tests my patience— Tyler Coates (@tylercoates) March 23, 2019
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