Michael Jackson Fans Protest ‘Leaving Neverland’ Broadcast in U.K.

Variety | 3/6/2019 | Stewart Clarke
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Michael Jackson fans gathered outside Channel 4’s London headquarters Wednesday to protest the broadcaster’s planned airing of “Leaving Neverland,” the controversial documentary about alleged sexual abuse by the late pop superstar.

Jackson’s supporters have called the documentary, by HBO and Channel 4, an unjustified smear on the singer’s reputation. Channel 4 issued a strongly worded defense of its decision to air the documentary in two parts, starting Wednesday evening. It said that showing “Leaving Neverland” was in the public interest and that viewers could reach their own conclusions.

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The protest was organized via the Michael Jackson’s Children United Worldwide – Hospital Fund group on Facebook. It called for people to attend a peaceful protest “to Boycott releasing of disgusting documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’ in UK TV.”

It added that this was the first of several planned protests. “The documentary will be released on Channel 4 early spring we would like to ask you to come and JOIN us on journey of series of protest prior UK release of the documentary to get it banned and shelved,” the group said.

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A banner reading “Facts Don’t Lie. People Do” was unfurled at the protest at Channel 4 headquarters. Reports said there were “dozens” of protesters. The Facebook group has 313 registered as having attended.

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