Tuesday, September 06, 2005


Sniffing another way to try and win his way back into our hearts, Michael Jackson has rushed out a statement :

"I believe in my heart that the music community will come together as one and rally to the aid of thousands of innocent victims," he said in a statement Monday. "There is a tremendous need for relief dollars right now and through this effort each one of us can play an immediate role in helping comfort so many people."

Oh... no, silly us. That was his statement on September 17th, 2001 when he announced his plans to record a charity single for those caught up in the attacks on the World Trade Centre, in order to raise fifty million dollars. And, sure, he might have been attempting to boost his profile and improve his public profile by grandstanding on the deaths of thousands, but if it raised fifty million, you can't complain, can you?

Except the single, What More Can I Give, never even got as far as a demo, and not a cent was raised.

Now, here we are - another tragedy, Jackson poking his potato-cake face into the cameras, trying to turn a couple of positive column inches out the deaths of thousands. This is what he actually said this time round:

Jackson will record the single, "From the Bottom of My Heart," within two weeks, and he plans to enlist other entertainers for the project, spokeswoman Raymone Bain said.

"It pains me to watch the human suffering taking place in the Gulf region of my country," Jackson, 47, said in a written statement. "My heart and prayers go out to every individual who has had to endure the pain and suffering caused by this tragedy."

He added: "I will be reaching out to others within the music industry to join me in helping bring relief and hope to these resilient people who have lost everything."

Michael Jackson announcing his plans