One day after Barbra Streisand was essentially canceled on social media for saying Michael Jackson’s accusers were “thrilled” to be in his company, Diana Ross is joining the fray.
Amid fallout from the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, the Reach Out and Touch singer took to Twitter Saturday to defend her late friend and co-star in the 1978 movie The Wiz.
“This is what’s on my heart this morning,” Ross began her post.
“I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is a magnificent incredible force to me and to many others. STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE,” she added, referring to the title of The Supremes track “Stop! In the Name of Love.”
This is what’s on my heart this morning. I believe and trust that Michael Jackson was and is A magnificent incredible force to me and to many others.
STOP IN THE NAME OF LOVE
— Ms. Ross (@DianaRoss) March 23, 2019
Ross’ remarks came after Streisand sparked outrage with her comments about Jackson’s accusers in a Friday interview published by The Times UK.
Streisand said the King of Pop’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, “were thrilled to be there” and that the alleged abuse didn’t “kill them.”
Leaving Neverland debuted earlier this month on HBO. The two-part documentary centered on abuse claims by Robson and Safechuck, now adults, who alleged Jackson began sexually molesting them when they were seven and ten years old.
After facing intense criticism for downplaying the men’s allegations, Streisand posted an apology on Instagram.
“I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about Michael Jackson and his victims, because the words as printed do not reflect my true feelings,” she said in a Saturday post.
“I didn’t mean to dismiss the trauma these boys experienced in any way,” she continued. “Like all survivors of sexual assault, they will have to carry this for the rest of their lives. I feel deep remorse and I hope that James and Wade know that I truly respect and admire them for speaking their truth.”
Jackson’s estate has repeatedly criticized Leaving Neverland. The estate also filed a $100 million dollar lawsuit against HBO, saying the documentary breached a previous agreement by the cable channel not to disparage the Thriller singer.