A lot of news and social media hearsay has accompanied HBO’s documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’. which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The documentary narrates the alleged two sexual abuse stories of two men, James ‘jimmy’ Safechuck and Wade Robson by the king of pop when they were still children.
Some chose not to believe the allegations about Jackson, while others condemned the star’s actions and cut all their ties with him.
Jackson’s music sales were heavily affected by the documentary, from march 3 to 5 the star’s album sales dipped by 39% combined with songs the sales had a drop of 8000 according to Billboard.Also radio stations in Canada and New Zealand begun removing Jackson’s songs from their daily programs.Even the 1991 episode from The Simpsons called “Stark Raving Dad” in which MJ was featured was removed from rotation this week.
There was however reactions in favor of Jackson aiming to discredit the doc, An #Innocent MJ ad was launched in London buses also this week.
Jackson’s estate released a concert video “live in Bucharest” in an attempt to distract potential viewers, also after a threatening which didn’t seem to take effect on HBO the estate sued HBO for airing the doc.
For many hours the doc’s IMDB page was also hacked with details supporting MJ’s innocence in an attempt to discredit the film.