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Michael Jackson: Who is he- really The Video

Voices Education Project is a global humanitarian organization and pedagogical institute. It’s a global village, really. And it’s about story– changing the world one story at a time. The newest education packet at Voices is a curriculum for middle schools, high schools and colleges that addresses “Words and Violence.”

Words can be used to heal or to harm. The “Words and Violence” education packet examines everything from bullying to tabloid journalism to illustrate how words can harm people and features a new entry about the “Talking Circle.” Talking Circle is a Native American tradition that makes talking and telling your story safe and comfortable.

There is also a new film at Voices called “The Man Behind the Myth” that tells the real “story” about Michael Jackson. It is now a permanent part of the curriculum under “In Depth Articles.”

You can see both new entries featured front page at Voices Education Project:

So what was all that fuss about Michael Jackson, anyway?

The definition of “conspiracy” is when two or more parties enter in a secret plan or agreement to engage in an illegal, harmful, subversive, or harmful act. That definition certainly presumes premeditation and a commitment to cause harm while being conscious of the harm or outcome of such an act.

 “Mass psychogenic illness” occurs when there is an epidemic involving collective obsessional behavior. A form of this mass hysteria behavior is “Mass Sociogenic Illness, defined as “the rapid spread of illness signs and symptoms affecting members of a cohesive group, originating from a nervous system disturbance involving excitation, loss or alteration of function, whereby physical complaints that are exhibited unconsciously have no corresponding organic causation.

Mass Psychogenic Illness is distinct from other collective delusions, also included under the blanket terms of mass hysteria, in that Mass Psychogenic Illness causes symptoms of disease, though there is no organic cause.

A “fugue” is a dreamlike state of altered consciousness that may last for some period of time. The individual in a “fugue” state can forget and lose touch with reality.

Mass hysteria has been documented through history and there are both ancient and modern examples.

Salem Witch Trials:  The Salem Witch Trials of the 1600s defines American character by a collective seizure of Puritan colonists in the New World with a hysterical belief of Satanism having a hold in their midst. A few pre-teen girls began to have “visions,” and were “seized by the Devil,” who tortured them via people they didn’t like. These people were then “tried,” tortured, and, usually, burned at the stake.

 Medieval, Papal and Spanish Inquisitions:  The inquisitions were established to combat heresy and to promote Catholicism. The methods used to coerce believers and gain converts included torture and imprisonment. The inquisitions became violent and those whom the tribunals condemned were sentenced to death, usually by burning. 

Lynchings:   The Reconstruction after the Civil War in the United States gave former slaves their freedom and the rights of human beings or desegregation. That policy was not embraced by the South and for about 100 years, any black person in the South accused (not convicted of any crime) of looking at a white woman, whistling at a white woman, touching a white woman, talking back to a white person, refusing to step into the gutter when a white person passed on the sidewalk, or in some way upsetting whites, they could be hauled from their house or jail cell by a mob, tortured and mutilated—often the genitalia, and then hung, and sometimes burned. All governments – state or federal – and their agencies (law enforcement) simply ignored this. Organized terrorists like the Klu Klux Klan flourished during the post war years.

McCarthyism and the Red Scare:  A truly wild and modern form of manufactured political hysteria was the rise of an alcoholic Senator named Joseph McCarthy after the end of World War II. McCarthy and his accusations, never verified, that the U.S. government had been thoroughly infiltrated by Communists, led to rampant paranoia and fascism. Thousands of people – teachers, public workers, or anyone targeted– lost their jobs because they either wouldn’t sign “loyalty oaths,” or because they wouldn’t “inform” on their friends and neighbors and point to them as “communists.” It was one of the darker periods of American politics.

Satanic Day Care Scandals of the 1980s:  In similar fashion to the American witch trials, some day care providers in the U. S. during the eighties, were accused of abusing children in satanic rituals. Their accusers were children who had been coached by traveling “experts” to “remember” satanic child abuse by day care centers. No cross-examination of the children was allowed; most of them weren’t even present in the courtrooms. A national moral panic, fueled by trash books like “Michelle Remembers” and dozens of unbalanced fundamentalist parents ensued. Trials were held and the most famous of these, the McMartin School case found the defendants  exonerated but only after many years had passed and after the most expensive criminal trial in US history concluded. Almost all of the people accused were acquitted, and successfully sued their accusers for millions of dollars in damages and settlements. But the newspapers and TV networks reported the whole story with straight faces, in the same “he said – she said” fashion they report any modern accusation. 

So we know that sometimes the  why of how people treat other people borders on some kind of mental illness; it’s a collective insanity  that spreads like an illness and makes everyone sick by exposure or association. It’s a state that is separate from reality—a fugue, perhaps; or a dissociation from the elements that make one human. It’s a repression of that which acknowledges another human as a human or “family” but instead confers upon them the distinction of “other.” “Otherizing” real flesh and blood people can justify everything from torture to death by ritual or war.

It’s possible that all the ways in which people “otherized” their fellow humans in the past influenced how this one figure in the twentieth century culture was disassociated from his fellow humans to become something else. The tabloids who constantly conjured reasons to separate him out and effectively dehumanize him making it easier to vilify, make fun of, joke about, and demonize a man who did nothing wrong.

In fact, while they demonized this man and conscripted others into having nothing but contempt for him, he was—the whole time—loving humanity. He sang about saving the world through collective action, healing the world by caring for its hungry, sick and dying population. He wrote the eco-anthem for the twentieth century in Earthsong—an epic musical piece that lamented our treatment of the planets and its inhabitants.

In his lyrics, he took on the social issues of gang violence, war, poverty, ecology, hunger, the shadow self, corruption and more. While Michael Jackson produced music for the world, he sang intimately for and to his fans whom he called “his legacy.” He couched a message of humanitarianism and unity in all his work as well as contemporary cultural themes.

He raised a generation that marked its milestones with Jackson songs and eras. He mesmerized the world with his song and dance and his expansive magnetism. And as he reeled them in (his audiences,) he built a future world based on the values he taught through his music.

As his repertoire, reputation and contribution to music and social concerns grew, he attracted jealousy and envy and more than a little Schaudenfreude—from those who were just waiting for crack in his persona, anything that could be his downfall. After all, nobody can be that good, that admirable, that genius, right? Visionaries are rarely recognized in their own time. Many of them are outcasts of their contemporaries and their culture.

Anybody with that kind of magnetism, fame and money must be in league with the devil, don’t you think? So the sexiness he displayed and the deliberate and direct references to anatomy in a hypocritical society based on psedo-puritanical values  is evil isn’t it?  

Besides, he was raised a Jehovah Witness and they are considered a strange kind of cult by some. So he either must have made a deal with the devil or practices some kind of witchcraft that will corrupt the youth. Whatever is going on with him, it isn’t mainstream and therefore has no place in society, right?

And a black man has no business being so popular in a predominantly white culture. Doesn’t he know his place? He’s hanging around white women and the white teenage girls are fainting at the sight of him and that is definitely unacceptable! Just because it isn’t legal to lynch someone in the modern world doesn’t mean you can’t teach someone a lesson. Just mimic lynching. He’ll get the message. That’s the way it’s done isn’t it?

Who does this guy think he is fraternizing with the enemy? Doesn’t he realize we are at war with the Commies? We don’t talk with them; we don’t acknowledge them as human and we certainly don’t dance with them. The only way we dance with an enemy is to shoot them or hang them from a tree. This Michael Jackson character is going around the world calling everybody our friends and condemning war. He must be some kind of Commie himself, correct?

And the guy is strange; he speaks in this soft squeaky voice and says stupid things like “I love you” to his audiences and that’s just weird! He looks like a girl for god’s sake, he talks like one and wears makeup, eyelashes and lipstick. That’s just freaky. He doesn’t bed the women throwing themselves at him and he likes to hang out with children so—he must be gay. Any real man wouldn’t behave that way, right? A real man would drink beer, bed women and belch. And on top of all that, he’s a vegetarian. What kind of man doesn’t eat meat? Doesn’t go deer hunting? Doesn’t hang out in beer joints and clubs with loose women.

And so what if the guy never had a childhood? It’s creepy to hang out with children all the time. Everybody should be alert because there are those stories of people who prey on children and use them for sex. Since he is seen with children all the time, and he has that place he calls Neverland, and he hangs out with kids, there must be something wrong—something dark going on. The women are falling all over him and he could have any one he wanted. He could have a new sex toy and babe hanging on his arm every week but instead the guy hangs out with children and says he prefers them. There has to be something wrong with the whole manhood issue. He must be gay and he prefers hanging out with children. Well add all that up and you get…

Something they call by nasty names who is considered subhuman. You get lots of ammunition and lots of copy for tabloids who exploit famous people and paste them on the front page and tell their “Secrets” or condemn them only for…. profit. You get someone who others call a “bad guy.” You get someone you can love to hate because you are not him. Or you get someone you just love to hate for reasons you hide from yourself.

You get a jaded human history—a history that someone has now heaped upon the unsuspecting and undeserving. You get other people’s ego projections about a man they don’t even know and will never meet. You get someone to point fingers at and heap your shadow upon. You get someone you can call names. Especially when you don’t feel so good about yourself. You get the butt of all those late night jokes. You get a fallen star that helps you to not feel so bad about your own empty and boring life.

You get a compilation of what and who someone else thinks this man is. You get a character right out of someone’s mental world and imagination. You get an idea of who someone else has an idea of who another person is being. You get a mirror that reflects your own shadow nature back to you.

You get a hysterical public looking for an enemy. You get tabloid journalism and tabloid TV exploiting someone to make money off them. Sexy sells. Sensation sells. Mr. nice guy with a strict religious upbringing and a strong faith in god doesn’t sell newspapers. So you get hysteria from an out of control press that doesn’t bother to verify information or check facts. You get a media that is frightened to be left out of the next “breaking news” story. You have editors that pressure their reporters to scoop their competitors so the reporters make it up or stretch the truth or print a lie for their circulation or profits. You get a lot of cultural memes wrapped up into one story and heaped on one human being. You get a bunch of dark human history jumbled together. You get hysteria. You get an inaccurate meme You get media-gone-wild. You get imagination run amok. You get a caricature.

But you don’t get Michael Jackson.

Man Behind the Myth from Walking Moon Studios on Vimeo.


  1. Jeanann said . . .

    Ms. Kaufmann: Do you have any information on Walking Moon Studios such as a contact address, phone number, or email address? This video is one of the best I have ever seen. Thank you for any help you may be able to provide. Sincerely, Jeanann Leone

    Posted September 3, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Permalink
  2. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    I do, Jeanann but they prefer anonymity for now. You may go ahead and use it- it is public on Voices Education Project in the second edition of “Words and Violence” curriculum which is free to anyone who wants to use it. More about that later. ~B

    Posted September 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Permalink
  3. Martha Ames said . . .

    This video is beyond excellent. I see the creator prefers to be anonymous for the time being. I have distributed it widely on facebook already. It is such a well done mini movie, and I was so excited to see something of this caliber out there on Michael Jackson finally. I know you have been working on “Voices Education Project” for some time. Thank you for this wonderful project and please pass along my deep appreciation also to the creator of the video. Kudos to you both.

    Posted September 4, 2011 at 5:10 am | Permalink
  4. Marie-Claire Paul said . . .

    Thank you for a very imformative article… amazing how after all these years the racism that existed before the Civil War is still alive. I never related the problems that Michael had to that sort of abuse before but now it does seem quite likely. Hopefully it is dying out, with Michaels help at breaking down the colour barrier it does seem to be getting better, but poor Michael and what he had to suffer. Also, amazing video and whoever put it together, they are to be congratulated, it makes it easy for people to get a good overview of what happened to Michael through the years. Can’t believe that those journalists got away with what they were spouting, I hadn’t seen the clips from Nancy Grace before and found them to be disgusting… and the others of course. Thank you again.

    Posted September 4, 2011 at 6:08 am | Permalink
  5. Deborah Ffrench said . . .

    Tremendous realization of what was done. The journey of this will be interesting and worthwhile.

    Posted September 4, 2011 at 1:01 pm | Permalink
  6. Roberta Y said . . .

    Bravo…and thank you!

    Posted September 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Permalink
  7. Karen said . . .

    It is a beautifully well made video and really explains the truth about Michael and the media. Unfortunately though it is too late, it has already been uploaded to YouTube. I am sure that the one who did only had the best intentions. Somewhere there let her know to removed it. Whether she will or not remains to be seen.

    Posted September 4, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
  8. Mahe said . . .

    Amazing video showing the truth. The world needs to watch something like this. Ms. Kaufmann, please, could you ask to the person that made this video if we can subtitle in other languages and uploaded it again in Youtube or Vimeo? I tried to contact Walking Moon Studios through Vimeo for asking them, but I couldn`t. I’m Spanish and I’d like to subtitle for the Spanish people if they allow me. There’s a lot of people who don’t understand English and this video is worth to be understood for whole world. The TRUTH must be understood for the whole universe. I would be very grateful if you could ask them about the subtitles and tell me something. Thank you so much, Barbara. Mahe

    Posted September 4, 2011 at 11:38 pm | Permalink
  9. Jan said . . .

    Congratulations on the Second Edition! I am so pleased to hear that the Words and Violence curriculum is the most popular education packet. I am proud to have contributed a small part. I am also gratified to find this video created to make many of the same points. It is a wonderful addition. Please be sure to express our thanks to its creators.

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 2:59 am | Permalink
  10. meigadas said . . .

    This video should be translated to all languages, or subtitled at least! It´s so full of respect, objectivity ;is so analytical, educational and affordable to all English speakers, but needs to be shared with everyone. Great job, the truth is always welcome.

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 11:50 am | Permalink
  11. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Translation is permitted in subtitles not in Voiceover.

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Permalink
  12. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Mahe: Walking Moon Studios will permit subtitles as long as they don’t cover script on the screen- so if the script is on the bottom, the subtitles must be placed on top. If the script is at the top, subtitles go at the bottom. Voiceover substitution is NOT permitted in other languages. The video MUST be reproduced on Vimeo because it is too large for a regular youtube account. It may not be altered in any way- such as placing material at the beginning or end or splicing anything- it is to be shown in its full and original form. If the youtube account permits videos longer than 15 minutes, it may be uploaded but ONLY in its original form and with comments disabled. Your asking is very much appreciated. Please also send a link to the film after it is translated. Thanks.

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 6:14 pm | Permalink
  13. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Please ask her kindly to read the comments here. A hosted youtube version is being considered.

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink
  14. Mahe said . . .

    Ms. Kaufmann, thank you so much for your asnwer about the subtitles. Please, express my gratitude to Walking Moon Studios for this film. And also, my deepest gratitude for you for all your work. Keep Michaeling!

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Permalink
  15. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    You are very welcome. Please send a link to the finished product. And you keep shining!

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Permalink
  16. Karen said . . .

    Barbara, you’ll be glad to know that the video on YouTube has been either removed or made private. I checked back just now and see that is gone, so your wishes have been respected.

    I have been posting this video from both this website and the site of the original at many MJ Facebook fansites. I wish it could be shown on television but unfortunately the networks will probably not be interested because they do not want the truth to get out there to the public.

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Permalink
  17. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Thanks Karen. It’s important to keep the faith! It’s your turn! Kidding. Well, not really. Namaste`

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Permalink
  18. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Thanks Jan. I remember what hard work “The Caricature” was.

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Permalink
  19. Niamh said . . .

    Barbara, is it ok to post this on my blog? I just want as many people as possible to see it. Thanks.

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Permalink
  20. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Hi. Good to see you are still writing. Please do use it – and please attribute it. “Man Behind the Myth” was produced by Walking Moon Studios for inclusion in the Words and Violence” free Education Packet for middle schoom high school and college curricula at Voices Education Project: www. ~B

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Permalink
  21. Niamh said . . .

    Wonderful, thank you!

    Posted September 5, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink
  22. B. Kaufmann said . . .


    Posted September 5, 2011 at 11:37 pm | Permalink
  23. Catherine Vincent said . . .

    I am spreading this must see video far and wide as much as I can. Thank you.

    Posted September 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Permalink
  24. Nicole P-H said . . .

    Dear Barbara, After reading your article and watching this beautiful video, I am lost for words and can only say “thank You” to you and to the author of this video. God bless you both. Nicole

    Posted September 6, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Permalink
  25. karen said . . .

    Amazing video. Michael was the prime example of what a man should be and how a man should act. It would be wonderful to see this video instead of a commercial during the up coming trial of Conrad Murray. The Blessings this man gave to us will never be forgotten.

    Posted September 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink
  26. Joslyn said . . .

    Thank you so much for the gritty, blunt and honest way you wrote this article. Our minds must be linked through telepathy. Can’t wait to read the next one. ;D

    Posted September 7, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Permalink
  27. Dalia said . . .

    I need the video with subtitles in Spanish. There are many common people who have a right to know the truth and I want to contribute. Can anybody help me?

    Posted September 8, 2011 at 4:02 am | Permalink
  28. Jan said . . .

    Yes, it was difficult work because it is a difficult subject (to write about the virtual torture of another human being for such an extended period of time), but I am happy with the result and so grateful to have been part of something with such momentous potential for change. Thank you, Rev. B for all your efforts in getting this packet prepared, edited and posted to Voices Education Project! It was a labor of love on all of our parts!

    Posted September 9, 2011 at 2:23 am | Permalink
  29. LovinLollipops said . . .

    This is one of the most beautiful, honest, gentle and caring ways to describe and show who Michael really was – Thank you, Walking Moon Studios for showing the world, or I should say the rest of the world, outside of Michael’s fans, family & friends, as for we already know all of this, now the rest of our fellow humans of the world can mourn the loss of this beautiful man.

    I personally was moved to tears by this short film of MJ. It showed the true honest and caring person that he always displayed where ever “we” were graced and blessed with his presence. Michael will always be, JUST AS THIS SHORT FILM DISPLAYS, a good, humble, loving, peaceful, kind, thankful, human and a Man Of God! May our world onde day truly know the difference he made, makes and will always make for us, for today, for tomorrow and for always. Again Thank You Moon Walking Studios, You are a CLASS ACT. Bless You Always.

    Posted September 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Permalink
  30. Joslyn said . . .

    I watched the video last night and I had never gotten to see any of Michael’s humanitarian speeches before then. There is so much power and conviction in his words.

    Posted September 11, 2011 at 12:11 am | Permalink
  31. Joyce said . . .

    So wonderful to see that the “Words and Violence” curriculum at Voices Education Project continues to grow and is being used as an education tool by so many educators in so many schools . There is much needed information and valuable lessons contained within this project. I know it has been a labor of love for you and so many others. The new content and this incredible video are excellent additions to the curriculum. The video is so well done. I applaud “Walking Moon Studios” for their excellent work. It was both heartbreaking and inspiring to watch. Michael always remained such a kind and gentle being who possessed such amazing strength and courage in dealing with all of the ugliness and bullying that was directed at him for so many years. This video certainly brought on many emotions and tears for me. I wish those in the media that continue to perpetrate the cruel lies and deceptions about Michael would see this video and realize the hurt and injustice that they are causing. I will definitely continue to support this project both finacially at the Voices Website and through spreading the word about the “Words and Violence” curriculum and it’s invaluable use as a teaching tool. Thanks again Rev. Barbara for your never ending dedication.

    Posted September 12, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Permalink
  32. Kathleen Weisz said . . .


    Your amazing articles need to reach MSM and the tabloids, otherwise what is the point. TMZ has more hits in an hour than this website, because very few know about you. The upcoming trial gives me the shivers. Arnold Klein, will betray him. All those who claim to be his friends… will suddenly disappear. This video shoule be shown in a DOCUMENTARY. Can’t the Jackson family have a documentry made? This info must get out before it is too late. The outcome of the trial will determine Michael’s legacy. That is the sad truth!

    Posted September 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
  33. Mahe said . . .

    Dear Barbara,

    as I told you, I wanted to subtitle in spanish this video and finally here it is:

    Thank you so much for allowing me to spread the truth in my own language.

    Posted September 18, 2011 at 3:52 am | Permalink
  34. Mahe said . . .

    Dear Barbara, I posted here the link with the video ‘Man behind the myth’ subtitled in spanish, as I requested to do, but I’m not sure if you receive my comment. It’s amazing the response of the spanish people who don’t speak English, and now they can understand the whole documentary. They are sharing the video everywhere, very grateful for the work done by Walking Moon Studios. So grateful as I am.

    It has been very hard to transcribe, translate and subtitle the video because there have been so emotional moments that my heart cried and screamed at the same time. But I know that this pain is nothing compares to Michael’s pain during all his life due to the media and other people. So, that thought gave me strength to keep on working for him. He deserves all our effort and commitment. It’s the least we can do for him after all he gave us during 50 years (and still give us). The truth, THIS truth, hurts but must be known in the whole world because he’s not a caricature. He’s a man, an innocent man now in Heaven. All my love and grateful for you, dear Barbara, and keep Michaeling!

    Posted September 20, 2011 at 12:29 am | Permalink
  35. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    I did get your note Mahe. We are “processing things.” Wonderful job. ~B

    Posted September 20, 2011 at 2:27 am | Permalink
  36. KingMJinGreek said . . .

    Dear Barbara, I think this is one of the most amazing videos about Michael. At last, the truth needs to be told. Could I ask for permission to translate it in Greek and add subtitles? I have seen your post above about the makers’ wishes regarding subtitling and uploading to YouTube and I can assure you that I will follow these. Thanks so much in advance and just to say that we love your work, it is brilliant!

    Posted December 21, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Permalink
  37. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    Thanks for the kind words. You have permission if you go to and follow the directions there for uploading and translation. Send a copy when you have completed the film. ~Rev. B.

    Posted December 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
  38. B. Kaufmann said . . .

    This documentary was approved by Voices Education Project to add to the 2nd edition of “Words and Violence.” That was a surprising and bold decision. We had done a great deal of work about bullying for the “Words and Violence” project and as we know, Michael Jackson is the poster boy for bullying– bullied by media on a global stage. When the video was reviewed, Voices leadership said “We shouldn’t back away from this” and they added it to the project. That kind of courage makes me proud to be a writer and editor for Voices Compassionate Education and founder of “Words and Violence.” If you want to support Voices and the work, go to and make a donation.

    Posted September 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

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