Michael Jackson is regarded as one of the most influential cultural figures of the 20th century. However, Michael was accused of sexually abusing children around 28 years ago, and it created a massive wave in the media. With that being said, according to Leaving Neverland director Dan Reed, the upcoming biopic ‘Michael’ will glorify a man who sexually abused children.

Dan Reed claimed that the upcoming biopic will “glorify a man who raped children” in an op-ed that was just published in The Observer, The Guardian’s Sunday edition. Reed criticized Lionsgate for deciding to release the Antoine Fuqua-directed biopic, which will star Jackson’s nephew Jaafar Jackson. He also criticized the “gentle raising of eyebrows” by media outlets that covered the biopic.

“The total absence of outrage accompanying the announcement tells us that Jackson’s seduction is still a living force, operating from beyond the grave.”

Although some people continue to dispute the accusations made against Jackson, according to Reed, it is “completely uncontested” that “Jackson spent innumerable nights alone in bed with young boys.” “How will you represent the moment when Jackson, a grown man in his 30s, takes a child by the hand and leads him into that bedroom?” he asks the filmmakers.


“How will you depict what happens next? By sidestepping the question of Jackson’s predilection for sleeping with young boys, you are broadcasting a message to millions of survivors of child sexual abuse. That message is: if a pedophile is rich and popular enough, society will forgive him.”

After airing on HBO in 2019, Reed’s Leaving Neverland was nominated for a Creative Arts Emmy for Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special. James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who claim Jackson repeatedly sexually molested them in the 1990s, are interviewed in-depth for the documentary.

Jackson was cleared of all charges in a 2005 child molestation trial after Robson convinced the jury of Jackson’s innocence. However, according to Reed’s op-ed, Robson “now admits that he lied in court to protect his mentor and abuser.” Keep an eye on Thirsty For News to get the latest updates regarding the ongoing story.

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