People Still Fan Over Michael Jackson — Do You Care to Know Why?

Veritas Culture
4 min readFeb 16

THE DIRECTOR OF Leaving Neverland, the 2019 documentary that accused Michael Jackson of child sexual abuse, has penned an op-ed slamming plans to make an authorized biopic about the King of Pop.

Writing in the Guardian, filmmaker Dan Reed said that the movie “will glorify a man who raped children.”

Yep. There are people who will see the release of the Jackson movie as a slap in the face to sexual assault survivors.

And there are people who will see the movie. Just as they are streaming his music. And watching the Broadway and Vegas shows about his life and music.

Pause. There. Are. People. Who. Still. Fan. For. Michael. Jackson.

What does that truth mean to you? Does it hurt your soul? Does it make you happy because either you question his guilt, or you think it’s important to separate the art from the artist? Are you indifferent about it?

I asked these questions to a fellow culture and diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEI&B) practitioner who expressly and bluntly replied, “I won’t support the pervert, and I don’t care about why others do. I block him and his legacy out of my mind”.


I then asked the question to another DEI&B practitioner — someone I have co-facilitated with, and she replied, “I care in as much as I care about understanding where people are coming from. Am I personally vested in the success or not of MJ? No. But I’m curious about how others see it because that helps me understand the culture better”.

So right there, we have two different views. Not views about Michael Jackson and his legacy or his guilt or innocence. Views about the truth of his continuing popularity; allegations and ‘Leaving Neverland’ residue aside.

Societally speaking, a lot of people are in the not opposing is supporting camp. For example, to some people, not opposing Michael Jackson in every earthly way is the same as supporting what he did. “Don’t stream his music, boycott any shows that are produced in his honor, or you are part of the problem!“; is what they would say.

People in this camp have similar concerns about people supporting Dave Chappelle and…

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