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.
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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 Robsonand 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.