Following the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland that rocked the Michael Jackson legacy, several radio stations in Canada have stopped playing his music. The four-hour documentary seems to provide irrefutable evidence of The King of Pop’s paedophilic tendencies.
While some will make the argument that he is no longer with us and therefore not able to defend himself, others just flat-out refuse to believe. It seems that in our Trumpian times facts and truth have taken a back seat to shouting and ranting.
However I wonder if banning his music is the way to go. Are his songs any less enjoyable? The beat, the lyrics, the rhythm are still the same. If Jackson were still alive I could understand a boycott that would hit him in the wallet, but he isn’t.
What if the paedophile was not a performer, an entertainer, but a cancer researcher who – sadly hypothetically – discovered a sure-fire cure for cancer? Would we stop using his science and go back to people dying of cancer? Of course not. What the doctor, or Jackson, did is repugnant, but we can’t paint the situation with such a large brush.