Backlash begins over 'Leaving Neverland' Jackson abuse documentary

Some radio stations in Canada and the Netherlands stopped enjoying Michael Jackson’s music and followers bombarded Oprah Winfrey with hateful messages after the printed of a documentary about alleged baby abuse by the late singer.

“Leaving Neverland,” through which two grownup males say they had been befriended by Jackson and had been abused by him from the ages of seven and 10 within the early 1990s, was met with a combination of horror and disbelief after a two-part airing on U.S. cable channel HBO on Sunday and Monday.

Winfrey, herself a sexual assault survivor, carried out her personal follow-up interview with accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck in a particular that was broadcast on Monday night time in entrance of an viewers of assault victims.

Winfrey was conscious of the assaults they could face.

“All of the anger – you guys are going to get it,” she stated in the course of the interview. “You’re going to get it. I’m going to get it. We’re all going to get it.” Robson informed Winfrey he had already obtained demise threats.

Jackson’s household has referred to as the documentary and information protection of the accusations in it a “public lynching” and stated he was “100 p.c harmless.”

His property has referred to as the documentary a “rehash of dated and discredited allegations,” and filed a lawsuit in opposition to HBO in February, saying it breached a 1992 settlement that the cable channel wouldn’t disparage Jackson.

The “Thriller” singer, who died in June 2009, was acquitted at a 2005 trial in California on fees of molesting a distinct 13-year-old boy at his Neverland ranch in California. In 1994, he settled a sexual abuse lawsuit regarding one other 13 year-old boy.

“Leaving Neverland,” which options detailed interviews with Robson, Safechuck and their moms and wives, will likely be proven in Britain and in different nations later this month.

Dutch station NH radio stated it might cease enjoying Jackson’s music for a number of weeks.

“I don’t suppose individuals can hearken to the songs the identical approach anymore. They’re presupposed to make you cheerful, make you sing and dance,” NH radio editor Arjan Snijders stated in a Tuesday broadcast.

Canada’s Cogeco Media, which owns a number of radio stations in Montreal, stated it had quickly pulled Jackson’s songs from airplay due to the documentary.

“We’re attentive to the feedback of our listeners, and the documentary launched on Sunday night created reactions,” Cogeco Media spokeswoman Christine Dicaire stated in a press release. “We favor to watch the state of affairs by eradicating the songs from our stations, in the interim.”

Streaming music companies Spotify and Apple Music and radio community iHeartRadio didn’t reply to requests for touch upon their coverage relating to Jackson following the documentary.

Jackson’s followers worldwide rallied around the singer utilizing the Twitter hashtag #MJInnocent. A few of them raised funds to pay for posters on London buses with the slogan “Details Don’t Lie. Folks do. MJInnocent.”

“So many in media, inc @Oprah, blindly taking #LeavingNeverland at face worth, shaping a story tired of info, proof, credibility,” Jackson’s brother Jermaine wrote on Twitter.

“jermaine – come on,” replied actress Rosie O’Donnell, saying she believed the accusers.