Cotton On Pulls Michael Jackson Apparel Amid Ongoing Film Backlash
Michael Jackson garments have been removed from the website of popular clothing retailer Cotton On, as the 'Leaving Neverland' fallout continues.
Update: A spokesperson has confirmed to 10 daily that Michael Jackson products are no longer available from Cotton On stores globally.
The film was broadcast this month in the US and Australia, bringing disturbing allegations about Jackson back into the public eye.
Leaving Neverland features interviews with Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who both allege the pop singer sexually assaulted them as minors.
Now it seems clothing brand Cotton On may be reconsidering its decision to sell '80s and '90s-era Michael Jackson branded t-shirts, tops and jackets, as global backlash against the singer begins to grow.
Earlier on Wednesday, Cotton On Australia was still selling at least two MJ-themed items of clothing on its website -- a long sleeved crew fleece featuring the album artwork for the singer's 1991 album, Dangerous, and a white denim jacket featuring photos from a "Beat It" promo shoot.
10 daily confirmed on Wednesday with one Sydney-based Cotton On store that the long sleeved top was also still available in-store, and contacted Cotton On's head office for comment.
Just hours later, however, the jacket had disappeared from the brand's website, with the URL -- which previously linked to the item -- showing an error message.
Cotton On did not return requests for comment. It is unclear if the item will also be removed from their bricks-and-mortar stores, or if the online cull was specifically due to Leaving Neverland backlash.
Cotton On's New Zealand website also seems to have pulled Jackson-themed clothing from sale following the airing of Leaving Neverland.
The New Zealand Herald reported that clothing items featuring Jackson were no longer on sale in the retailer's physical stores.
The Jackson garments appear to be part of a t-shirt collection sold by Cotton On that includes tees featuring musicians including Salt-n-Pepa, Snoop Dogg, Blondie and The Ramones.
Streetwear brand Culture Kings is still selling a number of Michael Jackson branded clothes, including a Bad world tour vintage t-shirt and a 'King Of Pop' tee.
The pieces are marketed as "official Michael Jackson artwork" that is "exclusive to Culture Kings".
"Featuring some of the most iconic MJ images the world has ever seen, this capsule will have you going down memory lane," the site explains.
Leaving Neverland has also prompted radio and TV stations to reconsider their association with the singer's extensive back catalogue in light of the harrowing allegations.
Stations in Australia (including the NOVA Entertainment Group), Canada and The Netherlands have pulled Jackson's music from regular rotation.
And this week it was announced that a 1991 episode of The Simpsons that featured the singer's voice would be removed from circulation -- a decision that was made by the show's executive producer, James L. Brooks.
“It feels clearly the only choice to make,” Brooks told the Wall Street Journal.
10 daily reached out to Cotton On and Culture Kings for comment.
Main Image: Cotton On.