Saturday, January 16, 2021
ADVT 
Hollywood

Michael Jackson Impersonator Defends King Of Pop

IANS, 15 Mar, 2019
  • Michael Jackson Impersonator Defends King Of Pop

Michael Firestone, who has gained popularity for impersonating Michael Jackson across the world with his live shows, has defended the late King of Pop against allegations of sexual abuse against him in controversial documentary "Leaving Neverland". He says money is a "great motivator" behind the claims.


Las Vegas-based Firestone believes MJ is innocent and it's wrong to discredit anyone's work until all claims are proven.


"My stance on the matter is that Michael Jackson is innocent. Money is a great motivator and that is what this is all about, so I am not surprised," Firestone told IANS in an email interview.


"Leaving Neverland", a four-hour long, two-part documentary is built around the testimony of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who have alleged that they were abused as children by Jackson.

A slew of radio stations around the world pulled out Jackson's songs after the claims. The makers of "The Simpsons" also pulled down from their archives their popular episode featuring Jackson's voice.


Firestone has termed this a wrong move.


"MJ is not even alive to defend himself. It is most definitely unfair to discredit anyone's work until all claims are proven," added Firestone, who is looking forward to paying MJ a musical tribute in India with "I AM KING: The Michael Jackson Experience".


After entertaining people across the world, "I AM KING - The Michael Jackson Experience" will be held in Bengaluru at St. John's on March 16-17, following a show in Mumbai. BookMyShow is bringing the concert to India.

Firestone met MJ in 2002 in Las Vegas. Did he come across as the person who would get involved in such acts?


"Never! MJ loved children, like all of us do, and did so much for young people all over the world," said Firestone, who has been portraying Jackson on stage since he was 12.


Recalling his meeting, he said: "We spoke then and a few weeks later he called and we talked for several hours on the phone. It was eye-opening and inspirational and of course, a dream come true to get such a phone call. He would call me a few weeks later and we spent several hours on the phone talking about everything - love, life, family, the stars, space and time travel."


The 40-year-old remembers Jackson as "very spiritual and caring about every single human on earth".


"He was one of the nicest, if not the nicest person I've ever met. I loved his music and performances. Then the more I heard about his charity and kindness the more I looked up to him. As a kid, it made an impact seeing someone write a million dollar check to children's hospitals."


How would he like to honour Jackson's memory?


"I have starred in various MJ tribute shows. However, 'I AM KING' is my show. I wrote it and I wrote it to flow in such a way that it brings you up. The show is named 'I AM KING' not because I think I am king... it is because Michael Jackson is king and I will continue bringing the magic and music of Michael Jackson to venues worldwide for as long as I possibly can. There will never be another MJ."


He plans to expand his MJ universe soon too.


"We are actually considering bringing a video crew onboard in the future to start on the documentary. I am writing a book about the business and my own experience."

MORE Hollywood ARTICLES

Gerard Butler Becomes Victim Of Real-Life Crime

Gerard Butler Becomes Victim Of Real-Life Crime

Actor Gerard Butler has been the victim of a real-life crime as his $11,000 airstream trailer was stolen from a parking lot ahead of a planned restoration project.

Gerard Butler Becomes Victim Of Real-Life Crime

Idris Elba To Replace Will Smith In 'Suicide Squad' Sequel

Actor Idris Elba is in talks to replace Will Smith in the "Suicide Squad" sequel.

Idris Elba To Replace Will Smith In 'Suicide Squad' Sequel

Miley Cyrus Confesses To Sharing First Kiss With Girl

Miley Cyrus Confesses To Sharing First Kiss With Girl

Singer-actress Miley Cyrus, who is married to actor Liam Hemsworth, says her first kiss was with a girl.

 

 

Miley Cyrus Confesses To Sharing First Kiss With Girl

Kendall, Kylie Jenner Excited To Have Handbag Line In India

Reality TV stars and models Kendall and Kylie Jenner are happy to have introduced their handbag line in India.

 

 

Kendall, Kylie Jenner Excited To Have Handbag Line In India

Paris Hilton Has No Time For Love

Paris Hilton Has No Time For Love

Socialite Paris Hilton says she does not have time for love right now as she is too busy to find a man and settle down.

Paris Hilton Has No Time For Love

Julia Roberts In Talks For Limited Series

Julia Roberts In Talks For Limited Series

Actress Julia Roberts is in talks for Amazon's limited series "Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win".

Julia Roberts In Talks For Limited Series