Various radio stations all around the world have removed Michael Jackson’s songs after the controversial child abuse claims came out in a new documentary.
‘Leaving Neverland’ Documentary Throws Light on Michael Jackson’s Child Abuse Cases
Michael Jackson faces allegations that he used to groom young children, even carrying out a fake wedding ceremony with a 10-year old in HBO’s Finding Neverland documentary. This has led to Michael Jackson’s songs being pulled out from radio stations in Canada and New Zealand.
Radio Stations Remove Michael Jackson’s Songs
This is when all broadcasters are moving to act in-between all this pressure from the listeners who have seen the documentary that has torn apart Michael Jackson’s grand legacy. Two radio stations that broadcast to over half of the country have removed the music now.
State-owned RNZ said that their decision reflects the audiences and their preferences.
And as stated by NZME director Dean Buchanan, “Playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them.”
Canadian radio stations have also followed the suit. Media co. Cogeco also removed his songs from the playlists of all 23 Quebec stations, including three major Montreal broadcasters The Beat, Rhythme and CKOI.
NHRadio and NRK in Netherlands and Norway have also removed Michael Jackson’s music. As reported by Times, BBC have also subtly dropped his tunes from Radio 2 playlists, although a source revealed that there isn’t any ban on the music.
Interviews with alleged victims Wade Robson and James Safechuck
All of this has sparked out of the controversy created via a two-part film, made by British filmmaker Dan Reed that contains interviews with two childhood fans of Michael Jackson. These children claimed that they were abused by him when they were younger in his massive Neverland mansion.
The documentary also shows abuse claims by Wade Robson, a choreographer who claims that Jackson abused him when he was merely seven. Another named James Safechuck, a former child actor also stated that the Thrill Star Michael Jackson began molesting him when was just ten.
Branded as a horror film, the four-hour film accounts from two of Jackson’s victims who are now in their early 30s. Leaving Neverland has left many fans shocked with the abuse claims made by the alleged victims. This even includes an incident where Michael Jackson gave boy jewellery in exchange for sexual acts.
Leaving Neverland: Reviews and Audience Reactions
Amy Kaufman of LA Times Hollywood says, “Incredibly emotional reaction from the audience after #LeavingNeverland.”
“One audience member says he was molested as a child and that Robson and Safechuck “are going to do a lot more f***ing good in the world than Michael f***ing Jackson.”
Jackson passed away in 2009 due to a drug overdose. He strongly denied all these allegations in the past. Even his family has so far denounced the documentary, calling it a “tabloid character assassination”.