The enduring legacy of Michael Jackson is comprised by both his musical ingenuity, as well as the mounting scepticism that he was a deeply disturbed and abusive man. Earlier in the year, we saw Wade Robson and James Safechuck breathe new life into the enduring case of MJ; the Leaving Neverland documentary revealing new evidence and testimony that Jackson had allegedly sexually abused two young children for a number of years.
In response to HBO’s airing of the docuseries, the Michael Jackson estate promptly lodged a lawsuit against the US network (on the basis that the film breaches a 27 year old agreement). Rather than following the normal processes in open court, the estate demanded the case be put before the American Arbitration Association. This motion has since been denied.
HBO gained a win over the Michael Jackson estate (which has been increasingly criticised for wanting to project their own publicity campaign against Leaving Neverland). Whilst the case seems to be growing perpetually more complicated, people are taking to Twitter to express at what point they called ‘bullshit’ over Leaving Neverland.
#1 Lies To Suit A False Narrative
#IKnewLeavingNeverlandWasBS when JS said Michael cut ties with him when he reached puberty but Michael actually hired him on the set of the HIStory trailer when JS was 17 pic.twitter.com/PAoSfvNoBY
— Louise (@lmcoo) May 29, 2019
#2 The Leaving Neverland Soundtrack
#IKnewLeavingNeverlandWasBS – and complete BS – when I learned that an original motion picture soundtrack was released with very disturbing and suggestive song titles. This is not ok. Nuh-uh. pic.twitter.com/LcvOJaauHY
— monkeybsnsss (@monkeybsnsss) May 29, 2019
#3 Wade Robson’s Initial Admission
#IKnewLeavingNeverlandWasBS because Robson ADMITTED that he is NOT a victim, in his blog. (”Those of US who are outside the aforementioned situations- the truly victimised”.) When this was pointed out, he changed his blog. pic.twitter.com/azhy7dOlbh
— Impavidus1 (@impavidus1) May 30, 2019
#4 Evidence Out Of Context
#IKnewLeavingNeverlandWasBS when they tried to use the sweet letters Michael Jackson wrote, as evidence of grooming. When in fact he used to write letters like that to everyone he cared about, including his fans. pic.twitter.com/ZYB1X73Znn
— LiveNTruth (@LiveNTruth1) May 29, 2019
#5 Manufacturing Of Stories
#IKnewLeavingNeverlandWasBS when Robson and Safechuck manufactured stories implicating MJ commercial entities so their case would ‘match’ institutional abuse claims that produce large financial compensation. The film was advertised on their lawyers’ webpage before their appeal. pic.twitter.com/ZOP08Us9ch
— Impavidus1 (@impavidus1) May 29, 2019
Sources: IMDb, @impavidus1, @LiveNTruth1, @monkeybsnsss, @lmcoo.