By Lori Bredemeyer, Copy Editor
Talk about a bad case of dŽj‡ vu.
Michael Jackson was charged with multiple counts of child molestation, just like 10 years ago.
And just like 10 years ago, a 13-year-old boy has accused Jackson of molesting him while at his Neverland ranch.
Just like 10 years ago, Jackson said he would never hurt a child and that he loves all children.
Just like 10 years ago, we hear that Jackson admitted to sleeping in the same bed or bedroom as the kids he invites to Neverland.
Why didn’t he learn?
Of course Jackson remains innocent until proven guilty. But this situation already happened in 1993 when he was charged with child molestation and settled out of court. He should have stopped his questionable behavior then, when he still had a bit of credibility left.
The world knows Jackson as notorious for being weird, which is evidenced by his ever-mutating nose, facial structure and skin color. But his behavior towards children-including his own-is disturbing.
When his second child, Paris, was born, he took her to Neverland right after the umbilical cord was cut, wrapping her in a blanket before she had even been cleaned.
Obviously, Jackson’s perceptions of socially acceptable behavior have been distorted, and his dependability with a child’s well-being is debatable.
Jackson should have known better. Unfortunately, he seems to be stuck in what turned out to be his best years: childhood.
Jackson needs to realize that he cannot live in a dream world any more; he has to mature, try to make wise choices, and take responsibility for his decisions.
With any luck, this situation won’t turn out to be like 10 years ago.