Now that the world has had a look at the Leaving Neverland documentary, Michael Jackson and his music are under increasing scrutiny. Some organizations feel that they can no longer be associated with the man.
- Cogeco-owned radio stations in Quebec have taken a stand, saying that they will no longer play Jackson’s music.
- Norwegian national radio has announced a Michael Jackson boycott.
- RNZ, the government-owned network in New Zealand has “applied editorial judgment,” and pulled MJ’s music.
- Mediaworks, a private New Zealand group, has done the same.
- Smooth FM, an Australian radio network has pulled all of Jackson’s songs.
- Spotify and Apple Music? No changes.
- The National Football Museum in Manchester, England, has removed a Michael Jackson statue. The story is that this has nothing to do with Leaving Neverland but because it made no sense having it there in the first place.
- Meanwhile, there’s a US$250 million deal between the Jackson estate and Sony Music. Could it be in trouble?
But not everyone is on board. Mark Kingswell wrote an op-ed in The Globe and Mail arguing against a boycott of anything to do with Michael Jackson. Here’s an excerpt.
“For many decades, we have been confronted by artists whose views and actions seem to undermine their best achievements, and there are even websites devoted to rating their
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And then there are all the women who surrounded Jackson when he was alive. They have some things to say.