Michael Jackson's Alleged Victims Describe the 'Fantasy' of Neverland in HBO Documentary Trailer

The trailer for the already highly controversial documentary on the Michael Jackson abuse allegations is here, featuring the seductive charm of Jackson’s Neverland Ranch.

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The two-part documentary Leaving Neverland reportedly takes a very streamlined approach to covering the testimonies of two of Jackson’s alleged victims, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who say they were groomed and molested as children. “He told me that if they ever found out what we were doing, he and I would go to jail for the rest of our lives,” Robson says in the trailer. Critics who reviewed the documentary at its Sundance premiere called it “more disturbing than you can imagine.” The Jackson family has called it a “public lynching.”

Leaving Neverland premieres March 3 and 4 on HBO.

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

DISCUSSION

tyrannylannister
tyrannylannister

I really have not been able to deal with the idea of Michael Jackson being an actual child molester, even though deep down, we all know it’s probably true. It’s the same reason that I’ve been so nervous that someone will come out and say something horrible about Mr. Rogers—I have too many wonderful childhood memories to be able to now associate those memories with something so vile and horrendous. Luckily, nothing has come out about Mr. Rogers (praise Jeebus), but the Michael Jackson stories have been sewn into his legacy for a long time. When he was acquitted, while the doubt still lingered (because sleeping with kids is NOT fucking normal no matter what), it gave us all permission to breathe and pretend and continue to like him and his incredible music. But fuck. I don’t know how I will do that after this doc, but it’s important for these victims to be heard. They deserve to tell their stories. And I hope more are brave enough to come forward too. Le sigh.