While R. Kelly is already facing his share of backlash after the release of "Surviving R. Kelly", another singer and icon Micheal Jackson's legacy also seems to be facing a different light after the release of "Leaving Neverland".
Does stardom blind people to the reality of the person? A lot of implicit questions have come about - whether the name and the fame of incredibly talented celebrity should take the attention away from the right and wrong the person is doing?
Such questions are making more and more sense now that two major stars R. Kelly and Michael Jackson have come under heavy fire for their past cases of abuse, which also involves minors.
While R. Kelly is already facing his share of backlash and legal actions after the release of "Surviving R. Kelly", another major singer and icon Micheal Jackson's legacy also seems to be facing a different light after the release of "Leaving Neverland".
According to TMZ, D.L Hughley shared his views on Monday, when he was in NYC, and said that people allowed Jackson to do what is being alleged in the documentary.
In a special that aired Monday night, Oprah Winfrey interviewed the Michael Jackson accusers from “Leaving Neverland” in front of an audience mostly made up of survivors of abuse https://t.co/CwYkkzz1fR— The New York Times (@nytimes) 5 March 2019
D.L. added that we as a society need to take a hard look at stars who enjoy larger than life stardom. Given the fact that people tend to feel very differently towards incredibly talented celebrities- in turn, letting them get away with a lot of things, and often in plain sight.
According to CNN, a lot of the supporters felt compelled to defend their favorite stars - men like Michael Jackson and R.Kelly, who have been accused of sexual misconduct - and their response has been as explosive as the allegations that the stars had denied.
For example, the kind of response that Oprah Winfrey met with ahead of the interview with Michael Jackson's accusers from "Leaving Neverland". According to TMZ, ahead of Oprah's interview with accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck - which aired on Monday night on HBO after Part 2 of "Leaving Neverland." - the content had really set off a lot of passionate followers of Michael Jackson. The interview alone was enough to trigger a lot of hate on the internet.
One user posted, "If karma is real after @Oprah is laid to rest, which I hope is many years from now, ppl will come out of the woodwork to lie on, betray and besmirch her name the way it is being done to Michael Jackson. And ppl she once let into her inner circle will lead the way."
Oprah: "These two men did not feel abused until later on in life.— Mike Gibbs 🏳️🌈 (@Mikeggibbs) 5 March 2019
As a child, you do not have the language to explain what is happening to you because you've been seduced and trapped."#LeavingNeverland#AfterNeverland pic.twitter.com/sJcAHS5tTp
Meanwhile, D.L. thinks that if people are thinking of giving Jackson a free pass, then they are blinded by his talent. He says no matter what side you're on, MJ's behavior with young boys was disturbing and wouldn't have been tolerated if he was Joe Schmoe ... with no talent or wealth.
Also, with regards to the hate that Oprah was getting from the fans, D.L said that her background more than qualifies her to do what she's doing ... and the haters weighing in don't know what they're talking about.
Moreover, amid the widespread resistance for seeing Michael Jackson's legacy be damaged by the allegations, people might have missed on an important line of question that Oprah had raised for the accusers.
Nelly’s girlfriend on Instagram.Looks like #Oprah is getting a lot of backlash for parading 2 fake liars in front of real abuse victims.This isn’t going to end well for Oprah @HBO & the paid media. Public now rightfully asking questions #LeavingNeverland #FactsDontLiePeopleDo pic.twitter.com/JLmSVXq82q— Prakash Patel (@ashpatel2010) 3 March 2019
According to TMZ, there's another clip Oprah released that actually asks a hard question of both Wade and James -- why did they keep associating with Michael if he had, in fact, abused them? On its face, the question shows Oprah's objectivity - something that is not being focused on the rabid fans.
LEAVING NEVERLAND: Did it change your mind? pic.twitter.com/Ridt1CChRE— 96fm Opinion Line (@OpinionLine96) 7 March 2019
According to CNN, the Jacksons have condemned "Leaving Neverland," a documentary about allegations that Michael Jackson sexually abused children. His family has called the film a "public lynching" and his accusers "admitted liars," in reference to sworn statements made by the film's subjects, James Safechuck and Wade Robson, that Jackson did not molest them.
Director Ava DuVernay found herself being flamed on Twitter Sunday after sharing an article about "Leaving Neverland."
"Michael Jackson super fans are really going hard in my comments for simply sharing an article by a cultural critic who shared his opinion on the doc. This is one of the kindler, gentler comments," DuVernay wrote, along with a re-tweet reading, "Sellouts like you don't deserve our respect you can kindly go to the trash with Oprah. #MuteAva."
Michael Jackson super fans are really going hard in my comments for simply sharing an article by a cultural critic who shared his opinion on the doc. This is one of the kindler, gentler comments. I mean, Annie, are you okay? ‘Cause this is a lot. 🥺 https://t.co/GWQIIPiyKa— Ava DuVernay (@ava) 4 March 2019
It only again leaves us with one questions, do we let talented celebs get away with things? Even when they are wrong?