Radio stations are blacklisting Michael Jackson’s music in wake of ‘Leaving Neverland’

Radio stations are blacklisting Michael Jackson’s music in wake of ‘Leaving Neverland’

Radio stations are blacklisting Michael Jackson’s music in wake of ‘Leaving Neverland’

We know that radio stations in Quebec have stopped playing Jackson's songs in light of Wade Robson and James Safechuck's confessions of alleged childhood abuse at the hands of the late singer, and a record store in Toronto will no longer sell his albums.

Michael Jackson faces allegations that he used to groom young children, even carrying out a fake wedding ceremony with a 10-year old in HBO's Finding Neverland documentary.

The spokeswoman added that BBC Radio 2's playlist focuses on new artists and as a result music from Michael Jackson does not fit this.

"In light of what is happening at the moment, SmoothFM is not now playing any Michael Jackson songs", a statement by one radio station read.

6IX program director Brad Pottinger said: "We are still happy to play Michael Jackson".

Jackson's estate has condemned the documentary, according to the report, and have filed a lawsuit against HBO.

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Among the biggest, a Care2 petition demanding Mandalay Bay to cancel its Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show. The newspaper claimed that the last time a solo Jackson song was aired on the station was on February 23.

Both countries cite the removal of Jackson's music as a response to listeners' reactions to the documentary. Another named James Safechuck, a former child actor also stated that the Thrill Star Michael Jackson began molesting him when was just ten.

Part one of the film drew 1.3m, according to United States measurement body Nielsen, making it the third most-watched doc in the last 10 years for the channel, behind Alex Gibney's Scientology film Going Clear and the Prison of Belief (1.7m) and Carrie Fisher doc Bright Lights (1.6m). "We consider each piece of music on its merits and decisions on what we play on different networks are always made with relevant audiences and context in mind".

You can watch Leaving Neverland Part two as it airs on Channel 4 or you can stream it live on Channel 4's on-demand service, All 4.

The Jackson family has accused Robson and Safechuck of lying and being motivated by money. Allegations of sexual abuse shadowed Jackson throughout much of his adult life, and he was acquitted on child molestation charges in 2005.

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