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Portrait of a Human Being by Kelley-Michelle Portrait of a Human Being by Kelley-Michelle
In December 1993, Michael released a video statement from Neverland Ranch in response to his first battle against allegations of child molestation. In the video, he detailed information on how horribly he'd been treated through a body search which he was not allowed to refuse.

(Video is here: [link])

I was eight years old when this statement was released, and I remember watching it on TV. I didn't really understand what was going on, but I knew Michael was completely humiliated and it was upsetting for me to see.

While probably a majority of viewers felt some kind of satisfaction over his pain, or were simply mocking his looks alone and calling him a "freak" or "weirdo," I sat at home and just saw a broken man. A human being subjected to humiliating treatment.

Please do not start a debate in comments over anything related to the backstory of this image. If any crap starts, I'll disable the ability to reply.

Edit: I moved the watermark a bit so it's not right across his face :)
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Morinen Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Hi Kelley,

would you consider providing a small version of this picture without for a watermark for an article about Michael's rehab period on web-site

We will credit you as the author and the preview picture will link to your Deviantart, as it now does.


Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Sure, no problem! I *should* still have a non-watermarked version available. What size do you need?
Morinen Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014
Awesome, thanks! Something like 250x300 would be good.

You can email it to me at 

Thank you! <3
teken-lovers Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
waauuuuw beautiful!
Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you <3
Becky-GirlDDD Featured By Owner May 29, 2011
wow! Depicts MJ so well in this sad pic, he looks so depressed here, u'v captured his emation here so well!
Poor MJ, luv him:)

februarymoon Featured By Owner May 13, 2011
Wonderful. :) (And hey, I remember you from Shamone_MJ!)
Kelley-Michelle Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh, hey there! I remember you too!
Symmylynn Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You captured his eyes perfectly :heart: I wasn't even born when these allegations first came out and thought he was guilty on the second allegations (because my dad and friends said so, I didn't understand), but not anymore :)
Maulicat Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
Wow, those eyes jump off the page! Great work. I always feel for Michael when I see photos of him during this tv announcement he did. I remember seeing it back in the early 90s. I was about 14 years old, and Michael was my world. I never believed he was guilty. Like you, I didn't fully understand it either, all I knew was that it was sad, and Michael was hurting. God bless him, may he rest in peace.
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