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"Shaking. Wow.": Social Media Users Are Mortified By Michael Jackson's Documentary 'Leaving Neverland'

Date January 31, 2019 10:57

A new documentary on Michael Jackson's lifeLeaving Neverland, is causing a wave of shocked reactions on the internet.

"Shaking. Wow.": Social Media Users Are Mortified By Michael Jackson's Documentary 'Leaving Neverland'Getty Images / Ideal Image

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Was Michael Jackson a victim or a predator?

The documentary is based on the accounts of Jackson's former protégés Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who claim the singer engaged in inappropriate behaviors with them as children.

"Shaking. Wow.": Social Media Users Are Mortified By Michael Jackson's Documentary 'Leaving Neverland'Getty Images / Ideal Image

It was first revealed in early January that the 4-hour documentary would be screened at the Sundance Film Festival.

Stories of former protégés

Leaving Neverland premiered at the festival and has caused a lot of outrage online.

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People who have seen it are calling it 'graphic' in their reactions on Twitter. The comments are heavily critical of the late King of Pop.

One of the alleged victims, Robson, told the crowd at Sundance about his response to critics:

I don't feel like there's anything I need to say to them except that I understand that it's really hard for them to believe. We can only accept and understand something when we're ready, maybe we'll never be ready, maybe we will. That's their journey.

Reaction from the Jacksons

But the decision by Sundance to air the film has been slammed by a number of people. The Jackson family is especially fighting back, insisting this is a cheap character assassination move that dishonors MJ's memory. They are calling the documentary out for being one-sided.

The singer's nephew Taj Jackson has also urged his followers on Twitter to boycott Sundance. The film will air on HBO and Channel 4.

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