Written by: Asmaa Anwar
8 February 2021
Jackson was known as the King of Pop, and with four decades worth of smash-hit pop music, he made an incredibly positive impact on the world of music. Between 1979 and 1991, Jackson released hit after hit on each album, from Off the Wall to Dangerous, and was nothing short of a worldwide musical sensation.
But did people believe that Jackson was a child abuser?
During the later part of his career, Michael Jackson faced several allegations that he molested young boys.
The police investigated him in 1993. Another accusation led to a trial in 2005 that became a pop culture spectacle, complete with crowds of supporters waiting outside the courthouse.
Jackson was acquitted and died four years later while preparing for a string of concert dates he hoped would revive his career.
Michael Jackson denied allegations that he sexually abused children until his death in 2009. “Leaving Neverland,” a new documentary, has revived the conversation about the accusations.
On Jan. 25, “Leaving Neverland,” a two-part, four-hour film by Dan Reed, with Robson and Safechuck describing accusations of abuse in great detail, opened at the Sundance Film Festival. Before the screening, the festival director told the audience that health care providers were available to help anyone disturbed by the film.
The Jackson estate condemned the film as “yet another lurid production in an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson.” In a statement, the Jackson family called it “a public lynching” and added: “We are furious that the media, who without a shred of proof or single piece of physical evidence, chose to believe the word of two admitted liars over the word of hundreds of families and friends around the world who spent time with Michael, many at Neverland, and experienced his legendary kindness and global generosity.”
The estate also filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court for arbitration against HBO, saying that with “Leaving Neverland” the channel was in breach of a nondisparagement clause in a 1992 contract for a Jackson concert film. The estate said it was seeking damages that “could exceed $100 million.”
In this article I can’t judge if really Michael Jackson was a child abuser or not because there are also many childrens stayed with him several times and didn’t say such a terrible thing.
I also can believe that the press had a big hand to help in spreading this bad reputation on Michael. It is also likely that he was killed Using an overdose of provorin by injecting him through his attending physician, who was sentenced to four years in prison for manslaughter. Because he wanted to become a Muslim, based on the statements of his family, especially his older Muslim brother Jeremy.
I was born in 1996 and I did not attend and see many of his artistic works, but those days I watched many videos that talk about him on YouTube, and when I watch him I can feel, oh this man is unique in everything and no one yet who possesses artistic talent is like him. The audience level, as he achieved the largest sales rate in history, and his popularity reached the entire world. I am an Egyptian citizen, recently watched and listened to his songs.
I think that many others will do the same. Even in the personal qualities that Michael enjoyed, especially in the early nineties during this period, he talked about many ongoing issues in songs such as violence against citizens in the song “They Don’t Care About Us” and also his songs about land, humanity and childhood. I believe in this that everyone who has a talent should use it to spread the issues of his homeland, but also his world and humanity, and not limit that artistic talent only to vulgarity, even if it leads him to murder or imprisonment, because people always remember who talks about it.
But I want to end this article with a question that attracted me in the comments to one of Michael Jackson’s songs on YouTube: Why aren’t songs like Michael’s now made?
Is it because it has become outdated and people really don’t want it, or is there some people and government who don’t want Michael Jackson’s music to be present?
You can participate in the answer to this question.
You can also see this documentary of Michael Jackson with title loving Neverland.