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HBO’s Michael Jackson Documentary 'Leaving Neverland' Deserves Our Attention

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    The column in this OP is a couple weeks old, but I think provides a good overview of the documentary, how it provides the story of two childhood accusers of Jackson, Wade Robson and James...

    The column in this OP is a couple weeks old, but I think provides a good overview of the documentary, how it provides the story of two childhood accusers of Jackson, Wade Robson and James Safechuck who are now adults.

    We follow Robson and Safechuck — telling their respective stories with occasional corroboration from family members, who attest to how their home lives were affected and in some ways destroyed by Jackson’s attentions, and with bits of footage of Jackson, off pop-star duty, engaging with the children and their families — from youthful exploitation to painful, ravaged adulthoods. It’s hard not to walk away from “Leaving Neverland” convinced, once and for all, to put an indefinite hold on playing “P.Y.T.” at parties, to rerank Jackson in the canon and quietly slip him out of the Spotify rotation. The film sticks in a way no previous allegation had managed to; it becomes a longform attack on his legacy as it does the job it sets out to do, telling the frank and finally open stories of two men touched by trauma.

    There have been a few more recent developments this week as well:

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