Radio Stations and DJ’s Worldwide Ban Michael Jackson’s Music After HBO’s Documentary “Leaving Neverland”

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Radio stations in New Zealand and Canada have dropped  from their playlists, following new accusations of abuse by the late pop star in the documentary “Leaving Neverland.”

Keep on reading Nexter.org to know more.

What happened

Source: HBO

In the two-part film, which began airing on HBO on Sunday, Wade Robson and James Safechuck accuse the singer of sexually abusing them over a period of several years when they were children. Jackson’s estate has pushed back against the film, calling it a “public lynching,” and is suing HBO.

While some fans have taken to the singer’s defense on social media, others have expressed support for his alleged victims, and have discussed feeling uncomfortable about listening to Jackson’s music in the wake of the allegations.

Radio-ban in New Zealand

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In New Zealand, multiple major radio stations have pulled Jackson’s music from their airwaves, including commercial broadcaster MediaWorks.

isn’t currently on any MediaWorks Radio stations’ playlists,” Leon Wratt, the company’s director for radio, said in a statement. “This is a reflection of our audiences and their preferences — it is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music people want to hear.”

Rival broadcaster NZME also will not be playing the late pop star’s music.

Canada

A spokesman for Radio NZ, a publicly-funded broadcaster, said it would only play Jackson if it was “part of a news story or to provide color around a commentary piece.”

In Canada, three major Montreal-based radio stations have also stopped playing Jackson’s music, according to Canadian news outlet CBC. Other stations in Canada are reported to be monitoring the situation.

The decision will also apply to Cogeco Media stations in smaller markets in Quebec. The company operates 23 radio stations.

Hollywood Michelle Pesce

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Source: amaniexperience

Michelle Pesce is one of the top DJs in Hollywood, founder of artist booking agency Nona.

“At the beginning of the year, I made the decision to no longer play songs by  during my DJ sets. I choose to believe that, in the wake of the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” you cannot separate the art from the artist when it comes to using your public platform”, she said.


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Radio Stations and DJ's Worldwide Ban Michael Jackson's Music After HBO's Documentary "Leaving Neverland"
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