Leaving Neverland debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to shocking reviews but on March 3, 2019, the documentary premiered on HBO. The two-part series will air its conclusion on March 4, 2019, followed by a special interview hosted by Oprah Winfrey with Wade Robson, James “Jimmy” Safechuck, and the documentary’s director Dan Reed. It’s fitting that Oprah Winfrey will follow the documentary with the special After Neverland as she made history by frequently exploring the allegations against Michael Jackson.
There was a time when Oprah Winfrey was the loudest voice for Michael Jackson’s accusers.
Michael Jackson was never convicted of sexually abusing children and his estate has vowed to sue HBO for the documentary Leaving Neverland due to the insinuations that Michael Jackson was a pedophile who sexually groomed children and swayed their parents into giving him free rein over their children.
What comes across as most disturbing in Leaving Neverland; however, is Michael Jackson’s own words and actions. When shown in the timeframe presented in the documentary, it highlights Michael Jackson’s unusual behavior of bonding with prepubescent children.
The documentary does prove; however, beyond the shadow-of-a-doubt, that Michael Jackson regularly had a special friend, a young child boy whom he would keep by his side when traveling and on tours.
Just this action has struck a nerve with the public and has millions on social media networks such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, calling Michael Jackson a pedophile.
— freddielm (@freddielm) March 4, 2019
While fans are vigilantly defending the King of Pop online; following the HBO premiere of Leaving Neverland, there are others who are adamantly calling Michael Jackson a pedophile and are doing so on the official Michael Jackson Twitter account.
Both Wade Robson and James “Jimmy” Safechuck defended Michael Jackson in the past, giving plenty of room for MJ’s supporters to criticize the men and the documentary.
They say that Michael Jackson groomed and used manipulative tactics to ensure they defended him.
Statistics show that male victims of childhood sexual abuse don’t speak out about it until they are in their forties. It certainly isn’t common for young boys, teens, or even men in their 20s who are dealing with the aftermath and psychological effects of sexual abuse to speak out openly without counseling, therapy, or years of processing what they have been through.
Did you watch the first part of Leaving Neverland? Are you going to watch Oprah Winfrey’s special with Wade Robson and James “Jimmy” Safechuck? Do you think Michael Jackson was a pedophile?