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Michael Jackson’s Music Being Banned From Radio Stations After Leaving Neverland Allegations

March 6, 2019 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Michael Jackson’s music is disappearing from radio stations after HBO’s new documentary detailed the latest molestation allegations against him. Uproxx reports that radio stations in Canada and New Zealand have decided to stop playing Jackson’s music due to the backlash against the late singer over claims that he sexually abused Wade Robson and James Safechuck.

In Canada, the bans come from three radio stations in Montreal. A spokeswoman for the owner of CKOI, Rythme and The Beat confirmed to News 1130 that they pulled Jackson’s music from air as of Monday morning, saying, “We are attentive to listeners’ comments, and last night’s documentary created reactions.” Meanwhile, the the two largest radio networks in New Zealand, which the New York Times says owns most of the commercial stations in the country, are no longer playing Jackson’s music either. Media Works content director Leon White said in an interview, “We aren’t deciding whether Michael Jackson is guilty of pedophilia or not. We’re just merely trying to make sure that our radio stations are going to play the music that people want to hear.”

Meanwhile, the BBC has come out and denied to Variety that Jackson’s music has been “quietly dropped” from BBC2, noting that Jackson’s music was played today and stating, “The BBC does not ban artists. 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.” The spokeswoman noted that BBC2’s playlists are focused on new artists and that Jackson’s music doesn’t qualify for that reason.

The move is similar — albeit on the distributor side and not the artist side — to the wave of artists including Lady Gaga and others who pulled their collaborations with R. Kelly following the backlash against him over sex abuse allegations in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly.