- Many are revising their views on the legacy of pop entertainer Michael Jackson after the HBO’s release of the Leaving Neverlanddocumentary, where to men allege, in detail, that the king of pop molested them over several of their childhood years. Jackson was acquited of molestation charges in 2005 and later died in 2009. Radio stations across the world have pulled Jackon’s catalog from the air and music and memorabilia collectors have put their Jackson collectibles away. However, the AP spoke to two museums that plan to keep Jackson in their displays.
- The National Museum of African Music, which opens in Nashville in 2020, plans to include Jackson in their “One Nation Under A Groove” gallery. Jackson’s image is even in the renderings for the museum’s build designs. Reps say Jackson will “be defined by his music and importance to pop culture.” The museum’s CEO also said, “The importance of Michael Jackson’s music to the African American culture, and to the American soundtrack, is unrivaled.”
- Also, a Detroit museum will keep Jackson in their respective galleries. A rep for the Motown Museum said that “Michael Jackson’s musical contributions remain part of the Motown story.” The Jackson Five were first signed by Motown Records.
- Do you think that Jackson’s music or legacy should be scrubbed in light of the allegations made against him in the Leaving Neverlanddocumentary?