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David Gest: Michael Jackson 'Talked, Shook a Hand Like a Real Man'


David Gest runs to Brit tabloid The Sun with his story of the King of Pop:

“There is nobody who knew Michael like I did. He was so gifted, it’s hard for me to picture him gone. There is a whole side to him people never saw. For instance, people always think of him as talking in that high, soft voice, but he didn’t really speak like that — it was a facade. Still to this day I am not sure why he did it. The Michael I knew talked like a real man, acted like a real man and shook a hand like a real man.”

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  1. This David guy has a "real man" barometer?

    Posted by: Gil | Jun 30, 2009 11:07:01 AM

  2. Nice pirate mask.

    Posted by: crispy | Jun 30, 2009 11:11:25 AM

  3. Why does anyone care what this freakish attention whore thinks?

    Posted by: MikeMick | Jun 30, 2009 11:19:37 AM

  4. JESUS CHRIST! I almost jumped out of my skin at that visage. Isn't David Gest defining a "real man" sort of like Teddy Ruxpin defining a real bear?

    Posted by: Bobby | Jun 30, 2009 11:22:47 AM

  5. Agree with MikeMick. Since David claims he isn't gay, let's never see him disgrace Towleroad with his visage.

    Posted by: Marco | Jun 30, 2009 11:23:40 AM

  6. The Michael I met privately in 1988 spoke just the way he's seen in every interview and video. I have no idea what Gest is talking about. And he looks very, very odd here.

    Posted by: J. J. | Jun 30, 2009 11:24:31 AM

  7. Michael Jackson spoke with a high voice when he was a teenager and young adult.

    His voice's tone actually did deepen a bit later on, but he still spoke softly and still relatively high.

    watch this rare video of him around his teenage years: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoszPv5mwCs

    If it was an act, it was a lifelong act.

    Posted by: Wes | Jun 30, 2009 11:36:09 AM

  8. I assume by "very, very odd" you mean utterly horrifying and deformed?

    Posted by: Dan E | Jun 30, 2009 11:36:52 AM

  9. Any one else notice the disparity between the size of his head and Gest's tiny arms and hands?

    Posted by: ggreen | Jun 30, 2009 11:41:39 AM

  10. Didn't Gest say the same thing about Liza? We all know who was the man in that relationship!

    Posted by: Peter | Jun 30, 2009 11:45:22 AM

  11. Bitch, please!
    Ever hear of a first tenor?

    Posted by: Kevinvt | Jun 30, 2009 11:45:40 AM

  12. Clearly, Michael also gave David some makeup tips.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Jun 30, 2009 11:49:23 AM

  13. Puck the fly!
    Is she still alive?
    Wasn't she the one who wore sunglasses all the time while she was married to Liza?
    Under what stone was she hiding? - or - where do they find all these specialists?

    Posted by: M from Germany | Jun 30, 2009 11:54:24 AM

  14. I forgot one thing: God is she ugly...

    Posted by: M from Germany | Jun 30, 2009 11:56:43 AM

  15. Scary Scary Scary .... what a celebrity freak show that picture is.

    However ... I do think MJ played up the fem/lithing voice thing. Like he did everything .... to appear unhuman .... after all this a Narcissist ... hated himself and in response had to constantly prove himself different (unique / better) than everyone else.

    Posted by: Willie | Jun 30, 2009 11:58:24 AM

  16. I thought it appropriate this guys photo appears below the ad "Fruit2Day".
    Was that a comment?

    Posted by: Bob West | Jun 30, 2009 12:11:02 PM

  17. I'm sure David Gest is an authority on "real manhood". What a cretin!

    Posted by: mike | Jun 30, 2009 12:20:45 PM

  18. And why the Jane Russell ad alongside his autographed Michael stuff? Is Gest pointing out how much Michael looked like mid-50's Jane Russell?

    Posted by: Joe | Jun 30, 2009 12:24:18 PM

  19. Poor guy, he was talking to an impersonator and didn't even know it!

    Posted by: Otto | Jun 30, 2009 12:24:37 PM

  20. Yes, Gest is just the barometer I want by which to measure masculinity. Mmm-hmm.

    Sickening irony: the picture on the desk of Whitney Houston--another brilliant talent at a young age who burned out, descended into drug abuse and dysfunction, wasted her talents, and is now flailing around for a comeback. All we need now is Britney Spears to weigh in. (Who'da thunk back in the day that Madonna would be the model of stability and success 20+ years later?)

    Posted by: Dback | Jun 30, 2009 12:26:29 PM

  21. The Michael I knew talked like a real man, acted like a real man and shook a hand like a real man.
    This from the douche who sucked poor Liza's mouth like a fucking vacuum at their wedding. If ugly was a sin he'd be on his way to hell.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Jun 30, 2009 12:42:32 PM

  22. Sweet Jesus!

    Posted by: astounded | Jun 30, 2009 12:51:20 PM

  23. @crispy. That was hilarious.

    Posted by: Kugel | Jun 30, 2009 12:55:01 PM

  24. So, when he decided that Michael Jackson was manly, was that before or after he got beat up by Liza Minelli?

    Posted by: JJ | Jun 30, 2009 1:00:03 PM

  25. Hah! I was wondering the same thing about Jane Russell! So random...

    Posted by: Andy | Jun 30, 2009 1:26:03 PM

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