He had an unhealthy obsession with girls too. Who brags about being boyfriend to an underage Tatum O'Neal? Who gets obsessed with an underage girl like Brooke Shields (if his family is to be believed)? No one questioned if he messed with girls because for them "that proves that Michael's not gay". It wasn't about pedophilia, it was about his sexuality. That's what they defend, they were more worried about him possibly being gay then him being into little boys; heck they don't even deny he got awfully close to these children, just "oh he's not gay, leave him alone." <_< Michael's obsession with children has nothing to do with his sexuality at all but that's what the ignoramuses in his life would like to claim.