Whether you’re privy to the latest binging content or not, you’ve probably heard about HBO’s controversial documentary on pop icon Michael Jackson. Made by Dan Reed, ‘Leaving Neverland’ is a film that features James Safechuck and Wade Robson recounting the years of alleged sexual abuse they have suffered as children under the King of Pop.
Hidden in plain sight
Among all the graphic details of Jackson’s encounters with then young Safechuck and Robson, one of the most horrifying bit would be his portrayal of someone who has never experienced a normal childhood as a veil for the public eye.
The show showed some of the footages to be on Neverland Valley Ranch, which is popularly known to be the superstar’s home in Santa Barbara County. It resembles an amusement park that seems to be straight out of every kid’s dream — but with hidden bedrooms and secret alarms to conceal the disturbing deeds happening on the estate.
Art and its moral needle
Sadly, the recent years haven’t been short of shocking renderings of abuse much like this explosive full-length documentary — and the longstanding talks on separating the art from the artists have awakened yet again.
If the allegations were true, Jackson’s royalty status — due to his art — has facilitated the patterns of abuse he made onto young Safechuck and Robson. It has certainly made its way in terms of him getting in contact with the kids and bypassing the walls of their parents.
Some would stick by the fact that the American entertainer has been cleared of child molestation allegations from his 2005 trial (and they wouldn’t be wrong because that has actually happened), and some would believe in the stars of ‘Neverland’ because of the harrowing stories the film has shared to the world.
Either way, Jackson’s tainted legacy has rendered itself solid. Because of Safechuck and Robson’s testimonies, we are given more to consider and more to think about.
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