Amy Sedaris celebrated Michael Jackson on his birthday this week — but some aren’t happy about her giving him a shout-out … proving he’s still divisive, even today.
The actress threw up a major bday tribute to the late entertainer Tuesday, which marked what would’ve been his 65th birthday if he was still alive. She attached a bunch of MJ clips, showing off his talent and iconic cultural moments in showbiz … including music videos.
She wrote, “On what would’ve been his 65th birthday, let’s all groove to some of the timeless music that @michaeljackson made.” Amy also added the hashtag #heavenlybirthday.
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Clearly, she’s a fan of the guy — at least on the professional front — and felt it was appropriate to honor him 14 years after his death … but many of her followers were pissed.
There’s a handful of naysayers who don’t approve of Amy giving Mike the spotlight … and, yes, it all has to do with his controversial history of being accused of sexually abusing minors — something MJ denied throughout his life, and for which he was famously acquitted.
Still, that doesn’t mean people are over it … and they let Amy know in her comments. One person wrote, “Let’s not glorify him anymore.” Another chimed in, saying … “We still out here celebrating pedophiles, smh.” Even Bravo’s Andy Cohen commented, writing … “Oops!”
Now, Amy doesn’t appear to have responded to any of these folks … but the fact a good amount of people are responding this way is a testament to an unspoken rule among A-listers in Hollywood — don’t talk about Michael, and just leave it to the normies. FWIW, Mike has many, many defenders online … but not very many who are notable public figures.
Fact is, high-visibility stars tend not to address the topic one way, or another these days — and it seems obvious why … there are still countless individuals who believe all his accusers.
Seeing how Amy is bucking that trend and giving him love regardless is interesting … she seems able to separate the art from the artist — that, or she believes he’s innocent, period.
The abuse allegations persist in 2023 … namely, through the claims of Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who are pushing lawsuits through the CA court system.
Thanks to an appeals court, they’ll now have their allegations heard anew by a judge … this after both suits were initially tossed. Wade and James are going after MJ’s companies … claiming they had a duty to protect them as kids.