The Michael Jackson Allegations: Separating The Art From The Artist

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Leaving Neverland, the first half of which aired on Channel 4 last night, could never be mistaken for a music documentary.

Major radio stations in Quebec have pulled Michael Jackson's music from the airwaves following a disturbing documentary reviving pedophilia accusations against the late performer. Tiny Record Shop in Toronto has taken a public stand, refusing to stock any of Jackson's records.

Cogeco spokeswoman Christine Dicaire says the action is a response to listener reactions to the documentary.

In Perth, a Christian radio station also confirmed it had stopped playing Jackson's music.

"NZME station playlists change from week to week and right now Michael Jackson does not feature on them", NZME entertainment director Dean Buchanan told the New Zealand Herald, which is owned by NZME.

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Meantime three major Montreal radio stations are taking a stand as a result of the child molestation allegations made against the singer.

According to CNN, stations in New Zealand and Canada have dropped Michael's hits from their playlists. It details the abuse allegations of two men who had previously denied Jackson molested them and actually supported him to authorities.

There had been persistent rumours about abuse throughout his life, but no allegations were ever substantiated.

The 53-page complaint, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims HBO was violating a "non-disparagement" agreement by airing the documentary. The essential question is this: What do we do about Jackson's music moving forward?

But it is far from clear that listeners on digital platforms are abandoning the singer in the same way, and "The Essential Michael Jackson" is still the 65th most downloaded album in Australia.

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