The King of Pop had decided against releasing the song, however, the record label chiefs had put it out in 2014 album.
For a lot of people, there would have been a close line of approaching nostalgia when Oprah Winfrey hosted a special about Michael Jackson -- given that she had interviewed the pop star in 1993 at his Neverland ranch (his first interview in 14 years at that time).
But the one that aired on US screens on 4th March, Monday -- following the release of HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland -- had a way different tone.
She interviewed James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who accused Jackson of sexually abusing them when they were boys, and the documentary’s British director, Dan Reed.
While America is having its bout of soul-searching, there is one more development reported by The Sun -- that Michael Jackson had written a graphic song about child sexual abuse.
The song, titled, "Do you know where your children are?", reportedly contains explicitly mentioned references of child molestation. Which is taking a sinister tone in the light of emerging abuse allegations against the King Of Pop.
The song’s lyrics read: “She wrote that she is tired of step daddy using her, saying that he’ll buy her things, while sexually abusing her."
“Now she’s on the move, she’s off to Hollywood, she says she wanna be a star, she heard the money’s good. She gets off from the train station, the man is waiting there, I’ll show you where the money is, girl just let down your hair.”
“How can you listen to R. Kelly and Michael Jackson? The same way I can sing the ‘National Anthem’.” @RealDLHughley breaks down the latest Hot Topics, and talks about his feud with Terry Crews. Watch now at https://t.co/uSTJD8g5Ij. pic.twitter.com/3ruYtIG2En— Wendy Williams (@WendyWilliams) 8 March 2019
The song was reportedly made a part of the album that was released in 2014, which featured Jackson's previously unreleased songs.
The lyrics of the song bear a direct relation with child sex abuse - which is something that the singer has been accused of by multiple men. It only adds to the horror that the fans might be feeling after watching "Leaving Neverland" - especially those who grew up with his music.
It comes as dozens of radio stations around the world have pulled Michael Jackson’s songs after explosive child sex abuse claims in a new Channel 4 documentary.
The Billie Jean singer faces claims that he groomed young children, even carrying out a fake wedding ceremony with a ten-year-old boy in the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland.
Watching old #MichaelJackson interviews, this caught my attention; Michael speaking of handing jewelry to children.— cleopatrakitty (@cleopatrakitty2) 7 March 2019
In light of the so-called "wedding ring", some whimsically-minded people could say it almost seems more than coincidental that I happened to watch this now. Hmm. pic.twitter.com/yFJLoiq5uf
Furthermore, as more and more people are watching the documentary, the pop icon's fans are claiming that it is ripping apart his already questionable legacy.
According to The Sun, in New Zealand, two radio stations that broadcast over half of the population have now removed Jackson’s music.
Sydney’s Nova Entertainment in Australia today became the latest radio group to announce they are taking the late ‘King of Pop’ off the air.
If you watched #LeavingNeverland and still believe Michael Jackson wasn't a paedophile - like celebrity fans including doting dad Peter Andre and showbiz cretin Roxanne Pallett - you now fit into the category of conspiracy theorist https://t.co/2k8aTTC1Jz pic.twitter.com/J3wAf9c79B— Dan Wootton (@danwootton) 8 March 2019
Although many viewers were left in no doubt that the subjects were telling the truth, it sparked a massive backlash among many die-hard Jackson fans.
According to Mirror, it led to protests outside Channel 4 last week as Jackson's loyal followers vented their fury over the decision to screen the movie.
According to The Guardian, the documentary has hurled America into a fresh bout of soul-searching over Jackson’s cultural legacy, his estate’s financial future and whether his music is too good to be muted.
More broadly, it is also the latest test for the nation’s attitude towards stars accused of sex crimes.
“For me, this moment transcends Michael Jackson,” said Winfrey, who has said she was sexually abused as a child.
“It is much bigger than any one person. This is a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption. It’s like a scourge on humanity and it’s happening right now.”
“It takes days to recover from this documentary,” the film-maker Judd Apatow said on Twitter. “Five minutes in, you will think to yourself, ‘Oh my God, every word they are saying is true.’”
While recent times have seen some major names like Bill Cosby and R. Kelly have been hurled into the public sphere for their respective cases of sexual assault and misconduct, no other figure has had more influence over American popular culture than Jackson, whose legacy is also worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
According to The Guardian, Jackson family members issued a statement calling Leaving Neverland a “public lynching” and a “tabloid character assassination” that revisits previously rejected claims.
Jackson was cleared of child molestation charges by a California jury in 2005. The Jackson estate is now suing HBO for $100m for allegedly violating a non-disparagement clause related to a contract the network signed in 1992.