Over the weekend, HBO released their Michael Jackson documentary, Finding Neverland. The doc goes into detail about the sexual abuse allegations that have been surrounding Jackson since well before he passed away in 2009.
His family has since sued HBO for over $100 million, saying that the alleged victims in the doc had financial gain to lie, calling it "an outrageous and pathetic attempt to exploit and cash in on Michael Jackson."
While all of this is happening, radio stations in both Canada and New Zealand have begun taking Michael Jackson off the air. RNZ, a state owned radio station in New Zealand, said that they used "editorial judgement" when deciding to pull him off air. Competitor NZME also pulled him off, saying that "playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them," according to director Dean Buchanan.
Other major broadcastorsOther broadcasters have also made the decision to pull Jackson according to The Guardian. This includes Cogeco, a New Zealand company in charge of 23 smaller stations. Christine Dicaire, spokesperson for the company, says the decision comes after listener reactions to the doc.
Multiple other large broadcasters, including BBC, have said that Jackson has NOT been banned from their stations saying that "we consider each piece of music on its merits and decisions on what we play on different networks are always made with relevant audiences and context in mind," with another rep adding that "Michael Jackson was just played on one of our stations today," in a report by Variety.
What do you think? Should Jackson's music be pulled, or should we wait for more information?
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