Radio stations pull Michael Jackson's songs off air across the globe after 'Leaving Neverland's child abuse claims
Broadcasters have been forced to take action amid a lot of pressure from listeners who have watched the documentary which has completely destroyed MJ's legacy
Many radio stations across the globe have decided to pull out all their Michael Jackson's songs off the air after the child sexual abuse allegations made in HBO's documentary titled 'Leaving Neverland' surfaced with survivors of the alleged abuse speaking up and sharing their stories.
The late pop icon has been accused of sexual assault in the documentary which claims that Michael would groom children for his pleasure. The allegations and claims also state that Michael had even carried out a fake wedding ceremony with a 10-year-old boy. Broadcasters have been forced to take action amid a lot of pressure from listeners who have watched the documentary which has completely destroyed MJ's legacy.
In New Zealand, two radio stations which broadcast to more than half of the population have removed his music from their playlist. RNZ shared that their decision is "a reflection of our audiences and their preferences." NZME director Dean Buchanan shared, "Playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them." Many Canadian radio stations have also followed suit.
A media company Cogeco had stripped all his songs from their playlists from all of its 23 Quebec stations which also include three of its major Montreal broadcasters CKOI, Rythme, and The Beat. Amsterdam-based Dutch stations such as NHRadio and Norway's NRK have also removed all of Jackson's songs.
As reported by The Times, BBC very quietly dropped his music from its Radio 2 playlists, even though a spokesperson claimed that there was no outright "ban" on his music.
All this backlash comes after the release of HBO's documentary 'Leaving Neverland' which was made by British filmmaker Dan Reed. The documentary contains the interviews of two former childhood fans of MJ who have claimed that the singer sexually assaulted and abused them when they were kids. They claimed that the abuse would take place in his Nevada mansion called Neverland.
The documentary looks at the claims made by Wade Robson who says the MJ began abusing him from the time he was seven and James Safechuck who says the singer's abuse began when he was around 10. Both Michael's alleged victims are currently in their 30s. 'Leaving Neverland' left all its viewers stumped given all the graphic abuse claims including an incident when Michael gave a young boy some jewelry in exchange for sex acts. As reported by The Sun, LA Times Hollywood writer Amy Kaufman said, "Incredibly emotional reaction from the audience after #LeavingNeverland."