'We showed support for Michael, so he'll know we're all there for him.'

First Person

November 30, 2003|By Interview by Larry Bingham

Carol March, a 44-year-old mother of two who provides day care out of her home near Dundalk, has been a fan of singer Michael Jackson for 30 years. She still is -- despite new allegations that the pop star molested a boy. A week ago, March traveled to a rally in New York, outside the Virgin Records Megastore in Union Square, to support Jackson. She described the experience for The Sun:

We all had candles and we all had our posters and signs and things. We had a CD player and we played Michael's music -- some of the oldest hits and some of the newest ones and his newest single, and of course 'D.S.' from HIStory, which was written about the district attorney. It's not him but everybody knows that's who Michael meant.

"And we were singing along with the songs and of course we were chanting 'Mike is innocent!' and lots of people came up and asked us questions: Why were we doing this? And: Why did we think Michael was innocent?

"I told them that I have never seen any evidence to show Michael did anything wrong and that the same was true in the past with the first allegations, and I talked about how they should watch the news and be unbiased. Some people were interested and said, yeah, they would be more careful in what they were reading, rather than assume things, and, of course, some people just thought we were crazy.

"I have always admired the way he gives to people. He's always been so generous in everything he's done, and he's always doing things to help children and people in need, and that inspired me. That and his music and being a fan for so long. That coupled with not seeing any evidence in this case made me want to stand up for something I see as being done wrong.

"We had a crowd standing there watching. Two fans were dressed as Michael and they were dancing and doing his moves, so that of course was interesting to watch and helped draw people to us. We had anywhere between 30 and 40 people -- not all at one time -- and some people from the crowd joined us.

"We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish. We got people's attention, and we hope we got people to look for the facts rather than just base things on assumption, and we showed support for Michael, so he'll know we're all there for him."

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