An HBO documentary aired on March 3 that involved a subject that is of interest to many people. The documentary, ‘Leaving Neverland’ is about Michael Jackson and it does not show him in a favorable light.
Although Leaving Neverland may be new to the scene, information about the documentary has been slowly leaking to the public over the course of a number of weeks.
Because of the information contained in the documentary, some radio stations around the world have decided they would no longer be playing Michael Jackson’s music.
In Canada, there were three radio stations that decided to pull the plug on songs such as ‘Billie Jean’, ‘Thriller’, and ‘Beat It’. Of course, those are only a sampling of the many Michael Jackson hits that will no longer be playing.
Christine Dicaire is the spokeswoman for Cogeco and she said that the decision to stop playing the music was based on requests from listeners.
A radio station owned by MediaWorks in New Zealand has also made a similar decision. They will no longer be playing Michael Jackson on the airwaves.
MediaWorks Group director, Leon Wratt had the following to say about the decision: “We aren’t deciding whether Michael Jackson is guilty of paedophilia, we’re just making sure our radio stations are going to play the music people want to hear.”
He added the following in an interview: “You’ve got 500 songs on a playlist and you have to make the decisions which 500 are the ones people will want to listen to.”
In the documentary, the claim is made that Jackson actually married one of the boys who accused him of abuse.
When James Safechuck was only 10 years old, he was married in a ceremony in the singer’s bedroom to Jackson, who was 30 years old at the time. He even said that he still has the jewelry from the ceremony.
Safechuck says: “I was really into jewellery at that time and he would reward me with jewellery for doing sexual acts to him.
“He would say that I need to sell him some so I could earn the gift.”
Safechuck is now the father of two children and he said that shortly after their relationship began, Jackson decided it was time to take things to the next level.
He says: “So we were like this married couple. I say ‘married’ because we had this mock wedding ceremony.
“We did this in his bedroom and we filled out some vows, like we would be bonded forever. It felt good. And the ring is nice – it has a row of diamonds, the wedding ring.”
They had met on the set of a Pepsi commercial in 1987 just a year prior to their ‘marriage’. Safechuck claims he was being abused but he still feels guilt.