That’s what the Anti-Defamation League is suggesting, at least. It is demanding an apology from Michael Jackson after a answerphone message apparently left by Michael Jackson described Jews as "leeches."
On Tuesday, Good Morning America aired a portion of an answerphone
message that Michael Jackson (CDs) left for his former adviser Dieter Wiesner
in 2003. A transcript of the message reads:
“They suck them like leeches… They start
out the most popular person in the world, make a lot of money, big
house, cars and everything and end up penniless. It’s a conspiracy. The
Jews do it on purpose.”
message was released with around a dozen others by Howard King, the
attorney of Wiesner and another of Jackson’s former advisers who are
suing the singer for millions of dollars. The tapes were released to
stop Michael Jackson from appearing sympathetic in court, King has said.
Michael Jackson’s apparent anti-Jew sentiment has angered the
Anti-Defamation League, who have demanded that Jackson apologise
immediately. Abraham Foxman, director of the League, has said:
“Michael Jackson has an anti-Semitic streak and
hasn’t learnt from his past mistakes. It seems every time he has a problem in
his life, he blames it on Jews.”
isn’t the first time that Michael Jackson has angered Jewish groups.
His 1995 song They Don’t Care About Us caused a storm by featuring the
line "Jew me sue me, everybody do me. Kick me, kike me." And in 2003 it was reported that Michael Jackson paid $150,000 to put a voodoo death curse on 23 of his enemies including Steven Spielberg and David Geffen – both Jews.
unclear if Jackson will apologise to Jews and the Anti-Defamation
League, or if he’ll strengthen his resolve by slipping a line into his Hurricane Katrina single about Adrock from the Beastie Boys being not that good since Ill Communication.
[story by Stuart Heritage]