Louis Vuitton pulls all Michael Jackson-themed pieces from collection, children's museum removes singer's items
The Children's Museum of Indianapolis which is located just two hours away from the Jackson family hometown of Gary, Indiana has decided to remove some of Michael Jackson's items from display after HBO's documentary 'Leaving Neverland' reignited allegations of child sexual abuse against the late musician.
One of the late pop legend's iconic gloves and fedoras which was purchased at a 2017 auction and an autographed poster of MJ were on display at the museum up until this month. According to the Indianapolis Star, museum curators took the decision to remove the items after the documentary 'Leaving Neverland' aired on March 3 and 4.
Indianapolis Children's Museum removes Michael Jackson items ... Chris Carron, the museum's director of collections, says it wants items on display to tell stories of "people of high character." https://t.co/sSiLXgeVSr #nwindiana pic.twitter.com/ZaqJlX06CE— nwi.com (@nwi) March 16, 2019
The museum's director of collections, Chris Carron, shared, "When we put together exhibitions, we look at the objects and their association with high-profile people. Obviously, we want to put stories in front of our visitors (showing) people of high character. When you learn new stories or you look at something historical in a different way, then sometimes we re-evaluate whether that’s appropriate to be (on display)."
Jackson himself had visited the museum in 1990 around the time he had become friends with an Indianapolis teenager called Ryan White who had been diagnosed with HIV post a blood transfusion. When Ryan passed away that year, Michael Jackson attended the teenager's funeral.
Since the release of 'Leaving Neverland', Jackson's legacy has taken a massive hit, with many disassociating from the singer and his work. The popular TV show 'The Simpsons' pulled out an episode featuring Jackson from syndication after James Safechuck and Wade Robson's allegations against him in the documentary.
The show's producer James L. Brooks shared, "It feels clearly the only choice to make. The documentary gave evidence of monstrous behavior."
French Fashion House Louis Vuitton has also decided to pull down some Michael Jackson themed items from its 2019 summer menswear collection after the release of 'Leaving Neverland'. The collection had premiered in January at the Paris Fashion Week and was due to hit stores in June.
However, a Louis Vuitton spokeswoman revealed that the Michael Jackson items were no longer up for sale. LV shared that at the time of the event, they were unaware of the sexual abuse allegations in 'Leaving Neverland'.
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Louis Vuitton menswear designer Virgil Abloh shared in a statement, "I am aware that in light of this documentary, the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights."