Recorded tapes also see the star discussing his love life
Michael Jackson labelled Adolf Hitler a “genius orator” and a “showman” during a taped conversation with a Rabbi, it has been revealed.
In a talk with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, which he says was recorded with Jackson‘s consent, the singer also said he believed he could rid the German leader of evil.
“Hitler was a genius orator. To make that many people turn and change and hate, he had to be a showman and he was,” Jackson said. When asked if he had spent an hour with Hitler he would have been able to change him, The Sun reports Jackson as replying: “Absolutely. I know I could.”
Boteach recorded over 30 hours of conversations with Jackson, and is publishing a series of them in the US today (September 25) under the title ‘The Michael Jackson Tapes: A Tragic Icon Reveals His Soul In Intimate Conversation’.
Speaking yesterday, Boteach said Jackson‘s Hitler declaration was “hopeless naivety”.
Elsewhere in the tapes, the self-styled king of pop spoke of being too shy to ask Princess Diana out on a date, and revealed that he believed Madonna was in love with him.
Jackson also allegedly revealed that he had argued with his former wife Lisa Marie-Presley after he said he wanted to visit the child killers of two-year-old Liverpool boy James Bulger in jail. Bulger was murdered in 1993.
“She had fight with me one time when two little boys in [Liverpool] killed this other kid and I was going to visit them ’cause the Queen gave them adult sentencing of life,” Jackson reportedly said.
Boteach states that Jackson was keen for the recordings to be made public. “He desperately wanted these conversations to be published,” he said.