Here is the thing I really have to ask. What IS up with Matt Fiddes? He is obviously a man with a vendetta-and a vicious one. But what’s even more disgusting is that The Sun-for whatever reasons of their own-continue to give this con artist a platform. While it’s no secret that the press has continued to smear Michael Jackson’s name even after death, this latest series of “interviews” from Fiddes really scrapes the bottom of the barrel when it comes to libeling the dead, without even benefit of the most rudimentary fact checking. It says a lot when even The National Enquirer-hardly a paragon of virtuous journalism-refuses to publish a story because the facts don’t check out:
In fact, reading his latest vituperative outpouring, it seems he’s gotten so caught up in getting things “off his chest” that he’s completely forgotten that somewhere in all of this, it was supposed to be all about Blanket. Well, no, it was never about Blanket. It’s always been about Matt Fiddes. He also seems to be so caught up in his vendetta that he’s forgotten it is possible for most of his stories to be checked out. You see, there is something that became obvious to me after reading this second interview, which I won’t bother linking to because it’s garbage and The Sun does not deserve more hits and profit off of slandering a dead man. In fact, I suspected this after reading the first article. The giveaway was when he mentioned the “needle marks” that Michael, according to him, tried to pass off as spider bites. Well, here is the problem with that story. Anyone who knows much about Michael knows that this was a popular tabloid story and rumor that started in 2002 when a series of “shocking” photos were released after he had failed to appear in court (this was during the breach of contract case for a series of millenium concerts) and then later appeared on cruthes, claiming he had suffered a spider bite. The story got a lot of press, of course, as stories about Michael always did. And, as usual, the media were jumping to their own conclusions, aided by associates like Marc Schaffel who were also only too willing to sell out:
In his book My Friend Michael, Frank Cascio said that the wound was indeed caused by a needle injection that was ripped out, but guess what! It was from a vitamin infusion, and the “accident” occurred when Michael tried to get up from bed and fell. I don’t believe Frank was just whitewashing the incident, since obviously, he didn’t whitewash other incidents he relates in the book. Therefore, I am more inclined to believe his version is credible. Perhaps Michael was embarrassed about the real cause of the wound; perhaps wisely, he knew he could not just say to the press, “Oh, by the way, yes, this happened because, you see, I did have a needle injected, but it was only for vitamins…” This was Michael Jackson. Who would have believed it? Maybe in his mind, the spider bite story was more palatable.
Anyway, that is neither really here nor there for my purpose at the moment (perhaps another blog for another time). My reason for bringing it up now is because, while Fiddes mentions this incident, he offers absolutely no insight into it; no details beyond the information that is known from those tabloid stories and published accounts. You would think someone who was with Michael and supposedly such a good friendwould have more insight and more details to offer than just what any person reading those 2002 stories could come up with. (Oh, but that’s right; none of Michael’s real friends had even heard of this guy until a couple of years ago!).
But this is an amazingly consistent pattern with everything Matt Fiddes has claimed in his Sun interviews. These are all, without exception, combinations of various tabloid stories-none of which offer any additional depth or insight from the original hit pieces. In fact, in most cases, his details and timelines are so far off as to be laughable. But one thing becomes apparent very quickly: Matt Fiddes, whose one claim to fame with Michael Jackson was holding his umbrella in 2001 during Michael’s speech at Oxford, knows no more about Michael Jackson than you or me. His “education” has come from the same sources as many of us-i.e, the tabloids. Actually, I am doing most fans a disservice, since we actually do far more research than either Fiddes or The Sun.
His latest interview is nothing but rehashes of old tabloid stories that were stale ten years ago. And now, having read both pieces, I’ve come to the conclusion that my initial hunch was correct. While piggybacking off the fact that he had a brief association with Michael and the Jackson family, he is simply peddling combinations of every tabloid story about Michael he has ever read, trusting that the gullible won’t remember these stories and that he will be able to convince them that he is revealing “shocking” new info.
And even the stuff he seems to think is supposed to somehow vindicate Michael is hardly even newsworthy, nor especially revelatory. And in fact, some of it is downright laughable.
For example, this:
And the chart-topper desperately tried to BED Pamela Anderson months before his death — after becoming obsessed with her fake breasts and plastic surgery
But this was a 2008 tabloid story (which Fiddes admits in the article)-long after Fiddes was out of Michael’s life. Not only that, but it’s a story that has been common knowledge FOR YEARS.
In fact, the rumors that Pam was dating Michael were so prevalent that Pamela herself had to confront them in this interview with Ellen:
Now let’s have a look at a typical Matt Fiddes statement that is supposed to be sooooooo shocking and revealing about Michael Jackson:
Matt said that in the last years of his life Jacko had a bizarre sexual fantasy involving Pamela Anderson.
Okay, first of all, tell me what redblooded man out there HASN’T had a sexual fantasy about Pamela Anderson, bizarre or otherwise!
“He became absolutely besotted with her after seeing her boobs and all the rest on Baywatch. He used to say she was like a ‘work of art’ and an ‘angel sculpture sent from heaven’.”
I about sprayed my computer screen, I was laughing so hard at this one! So are we supposed to be shocked that Michael, like a thousand other men, would be “besotted” watching Pamela’s boobs on Baywatch?
The superstar also had a “huge stash” of porn in his wardrobes at Neverland.
Again, this is hardly news, as this information pretty much became common knowledge after the 2003 raid on Neverland and the trial in 2005. No one past 2003 would have had to have had access to Michael’s private quarters at Neverland to know this. In fact, all they have to do is google. This is the most comprehensive list I’ve found:
My whole point is that there is nothing revealed in Fiddes’ interview that hasn’t already, at some point, been written about, discussed, and in some cases, thoroughly dissescted in the press. Simply put, Fiddes’ “stories” are not original facts at all, but rather, information he has simply read through the years like the rest of us and has cobbled together to make a patchwork quilt hit piece.
Another obvious lie is his story about Michael’s snake, Madonna:
Dipping back into the dirty water for a second, this is what Matt Fiddes said about Michael, Madonna, and a certain snake:
But the tormented star DESPISED Madonna. Matt said: “Michael hated Madge so much because he saw her as his direct competition. He once stopped off to buy a boa constrictor snake when I was with him in London. He said, ‘I’m naming this after Madonna because she’s poison’.”
Again, this is not exactly a bombshell since it’s pretty much known that Michael and Madonna had a weird love-hate on-again, off-again thing with each other for years. However, I don’t think it stemmed so much from jealousy as whatever went down privately between them during those first few dates they had:
“I think she (Madonna) likes shock value and she knows how to push buttons on people. I think she was sincerely in love with me and I was not in love with her. She did a lot of crazy things. I knew we had nothing in common.-Michael Jackson to Schmuley Boteach.
Newsday, April 18, 1991Are Madonna and Michael Jackson up to the kissing stage yet? As unbelievable as it may seem, we hear Madonna has confided (OK, blabbed) that she and Jackson “suck face,” but that’s as far as their relationship goes.
Matt said: “Michael hated Madge so much because he saw her as his direct competition. He once stopped off to buy a boa constrictor snake when I was with him in London. He said, ‘I’m naming this after Madonna because she’s poison’.”