Leaving Neverland, the controversial documentary which alleges that Michael Jackson abused two pre-teen boys for years, will be coming to DSTV this weekend
The four-hour long feature tells the story of two men, now in their 30s, who were introduced to Michael Jackson at the ages of 10 and 7 respectively. According to James Safechuck and Wade Robson, the King of Pop abused them physically and sexually for years and now, more than two decades later, they are ready to tell their story.
The documentary has been one of the most talked-about films of 2019 so far after it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in February.
The contents of Leaving Neverland threaten to change the music industry forever and now South Africans will be able to enter one of the most contentious sagas in global entertainment.
Leaving Neverland will be airing on M-Net in two parts; Part 1 airs on Friday 15 March at 21h00 CAT while Part 2 will air 24-hours later on the 16th of March:
— M-Net (@MNet) March 13, 2019
M-Net’s head of publicity, Lani Lombard explained why it was important for Multichoice to make the effort to bring this much-talked-about documentary to South African audiences:
“Bringing Leaving Neverland to Southern African screens is a testament to the fact that M-Net brings the most compelling content to the continent as quickly as possible. Please note, however, that the documentary is not suitable for younger viewers as it contains strong language, discussions of self-harm and graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse.”
Michael Jackson’s legacy is on the verge of tatters following the release of this documentary
Despite the fact that the late singer is hailed as one of, if not the single greatest performing artist of all time, it has become impossible to ignore the weight of the allegations against him.
Jackson’s career was littered with a number of abuse accusations and in every single instance, his alleged victims were younger boys. The most notable example came when the Thriller hitmaker was acquitted for the assault of a 13-year-old boy during a world-famous trial in 2005.
The reaction to the documentary has been incredibly strong. Reports claim that radio stations in Canada, New Zealand and Australia have distanced themselves from the late singer and removed his music from the airwaves while the hashtag #MuteMichaelJackson has grown in prominence since the doccie premiered on American television last.
Many have drawn parallels between the accusations against Michael Jackson and those that have been levelled at other recently “cancelled” celebrities such as R. Kelly and Bill Cosby
Trevor Noah mentioned both Michael Jackson and R. Kelly in a recent episode of The Daily Show, claiming that their impending mutings would make life difficult for wedding DJs.
Will you be watching Leaving Neverland on M-Net this weekend?