The new highly controversial Michael Jackson documentary entitled Leaving Neverland has just released its first trailer. After it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, backlash has circulated the documentary.
Jackson died back in 2009, 10 years ago, and fans of the pop star have retaliated to the news of the documentary, insisting that it is disrespectful to a man that can no longer defend himself.
Many arguments for and against the documentary airing are in place, including threats to Channel 4 and HBO where it can be viewed on its release.
In the midst of the Me Too movement, its almost an impossibility to comment against accusations, but we must take into account all factors. If and when the documentary airs, it will undoubtedly lack evidence in favour of Michael, due to the nature of the show favouring the boys that were supposedly molested.
Director Dan Reed told Variety: “This is not a movie about Michael Jackson. This is not a movie about Michael Jackson abusing little boys. It’s a movie about two families and how two families came to terms with what their sons revealed to them many years after Jackson died.”
With documentaries being made about Michael Jackson’s allegations previously, this is nothing new. But it could be something we need to hear, whether it’s true or not. The most important thing to do when watching this is to understand all of the facts, first, and even then, we have no way of knowing the truth. Only Michael and the boys know that.
The documentary Leaving Neverland will air on March 6 and 7 on Channel 4, UK.