The documentary film 'Leaving Neverland' claims that the Bille Jean singer sexually assaulted two young boys, creating public outrage.
Ever since Leaving Neverland premiered, controversy has found its way up to Michael Jackson once again and surrounded the late singer. The documentary film directed and produced by British filmmaker Dan Reed claims that Michael Jackson sexually abused two young children, namely, Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck. The documentary which first premiered at the Sundance Film Festival created major outrage among the public and Michael Jackson received so much hate that the Jackson Estate issued a statement urging Sundance to withdraw the movie but in vain.
Released on 25th January, the two-part documentary has already managed to piss so many people off that they called for a ban on Michael Jackson and his songs and the radios had no choice but to listen to the general public. According to The Sun, radios across the WORLD have pulled out Michael Jackson's songs from their playlists and collections not only because of the public demand but also due to the powerful claims made in the documentary.
Michael Jackson, the kind of pop, who has sold more than 350 million records worldwide and is one of the top three best selling artists of all time, was first accused of sexual misconduct in 1993. Jordan Chandler, a 13-year-old boy, claimed that Michael sexually molested him but Jackson denied the claims and moved the civil issue out and settled it without facing criminal charges. In 2005, Jackson was once again accused of child sexual abuse.
Finding Neverland claims that the pop sensation groomed young children while molesting them. He also once carried out a fake wedding with a 10-year-old boy. The star already was a center of controversy when he was alive and this posthumous issue has only angered people. However, the two men who have accused Michael in the documentary previously denied being molested by Jackson which raises certain eyebrows.
Amidst the allegations and claims, people have requested radio stations to keep from playing Jackson's songs and ban him. Several stations across the world have already banned Michael from their station, including radio stations in New Zealand and Canada. Two major radio stations in New Zealand have stepped up and totally banned MJ saying they keep their audience's preference in mind. State-owned RNZ said their decision is “a reflection of our audiences and their preferences”.
I am so impressed by the courage of James Safechuk and Wade Robson. #LeavingNeverland It breaks my heart to see how they are struggling with what happened to them.— Rayanne Rodier (@RayanneRodier) March 6, 2019
NZME director Dean Buchanan said, “Playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them.” Radio channels across Canada have also followed up and decided to not play Jackson's hits until things get sorted. Media company Cogeco has removed Michael from all 23 of its Quebec stations, including three major Montreal broadcasters CKOI, Rythme, and The Beat.
After watching #LeavingNeverland, we have banned Michael Jackson from our radio stations. This is out of respect for not only his victims, but all victims of sexual abuse.— Fix Radio (@FixRadioUK) March 6, 2019
Amsterdam-based Dutch radio station NHRadio, Norway's NRK and even the BBC has banned the Moonwalker. A spokesperson of BBC, however, has denied a 'ban' on Michael as such. In the documentary, Wade Robson, a choreographer claims that Jackson started abusing him when he was seven, and James Safechuck, a former child actor, claims that he became Michael's victim at age 10. The documentary has left people absolutely horrified in disbelief.
Michael Jackson has been banned by three major Montreal radio stations following the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland. https://t.co/rsXeqSGfkm— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 5, 2019
Jackson's family is criticizing the documentary strongly and says that the documentary is nothing but an attempt to ruin Michael's image. "The two accusers testified under oath that these events never occurred. They have provided no independent evidence and absolutely no proof in support of their accusations," they issued a statement. But, Reed, the director of the film, believes "anyone who watches this film will see and feel the emotional toll on the men and their families." Michael Jackson passed away in 2009 due to a drug overdose.