There has always been an air of “don’t ask, don’t tell” surrounding Michael Jackson and the numerous allegations against him. As one of the biggest — if not the biggest — pop stars of all time, a source of inspiration and encouragement to millions around the world, Jackson was always afforded a level of forgiveness most of today’s celebrities can only dream of, a level much aided by his much-lauded privacy.
But new reports shed some light on allegations that have long curdled in the shadows. According to recently released police reports, Jackson had amassed a trove of “animal torture, S&M, and gore” at his Neverland Ranch. This had all been collected during a police raid in 2003, during which officers found photos and videos of children and adults in “perverted positions,” as well as “drugs to treat sex addiction, with multiple prescriptions written by a variety of physicians for people close to the star.”
A private investigator reported Jackson also had “sexy” shots of his nephews in their underwear. The photos were allegedly used to arouse the children Jackson hosted at Neverland Ranch. One source also said that Jackson kept “sexually explicit images of animal sacrifice…[and] shocking images of child torture.”
Ultimately, Jackson was charged with child molestation in 2003, and then acquitted in 2005. In the wake of this, he paid over $200 million to 20 people in exchange for their silence. That money has largely kept not only them silent, but kept global public quiet about something universally understood to be terrible, yet largely undiscussed. That all becomes much more difficult to do in the light of new reports. Nobody’s asking, but that doesn’t stop people from telling.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
United gets their cheap on, fake news, and Trump hired who?
Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.