'Leaving Neverland' Prompting Fans To Mute Michael Jackson
The explosive documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ is set to air in Australia and the United States in just a few weeks.
Directed by Dan Reed, the film interviews two men who allege they were groomed and sexually abused by Michael Jackson at his Neverland ranch when they were minors.
Brisbane-born Wade Robson, and James Safechuck are now in their 30s and share their stories in the controversial film that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
The film has been compared to the Surviving R Kelly docu-series that included interviews with several women who alleged the RnB singer had sexually abused them.
The doco bolstered the #MuteRKelly hashtag on social media -- a protest movement aimed at getting the "Believe" singer's music off the airwaves and taken down from streaming services including Pandora and Tidal.
Now, with just weeks until Leaving Neverland airs on HBO in the United States -- and on 10 here in Australia -- questions are being raised about whether fans will reconsider their love of MJ's back catalogue.
Social media users have pointed out that there are often some "mental gymnastics" involved in overlooking the alleged abuse of beloved performers.
Neither singer has ever been convicted and both previously denied allegations made against them.
Robert Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims this week -- three of whom were allegedly underage. His bail has been set at $1 million USD and his arraignment is set for March 8.
Jackson faced court in 2005 over child molestation charges but was acquitted by a jury. The singer died in 2009, age 50.
While Kelly had a series of hits in the late '90s including "Remix To Ignition" and "I Believe I Can Fly" -- Michael Jackson's stature as The King of Pop leaves fans feeling a lot more conflicted about abuse allegations.
For more on this discussion, tune into The Sunday Project tonight at 6.30pm on 10 and WIN.
Leaving Neverland premieres Friday, March 8 at 9pm, and Saturday March 9, at 9:30pm On 10 and WIN Network.
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