Forget mute R.Kelly, now it is mute Michael Jackson as radio stations in Canada and New Zealand drop the late singer’s music.
Following the premiere of two-part HBO documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’, certain radio stations have taken Michael Jackson’s music out of their rotations.
CNN reports that stations in Canada and New Zealand have removed the superstar from their playlists. New Zealand broadcaster MediaWorks has removed his catalog from several of its stations.
“Michael Jackson isn’t currently on any MediaWorks Radio stations’ playlists,” Leon Wratt, the company’s director for radio, said in a statement. “This is a reflection of our audiences and their preferences it is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music people want to hear.”
Rival broadcaster NZME has also banned the ‘Thriller’ singer’s music. “NZME station playlists change from week to week, and right now, Michael Jackson does not feature on them,” said Dean Buchanan, NZME’s Entertainment Director.
Three Montreal-based stations have also banned Jackson’s music, while other Canadian stations are “monitoring the situation.”
As previously reported by The Sauce, the victims recently spoke out after the documentary aired on HBO this month. Wade Robson, 36, said that the internationally acclaimed pop singer had sexually abused him from the age of seven and tried to rape him when he was 14. The other victim James Safechuck, 40, said Jackson had sexually abused him “from the age of 10 until around 14”. Meanwhile, Jackson’s family say there’s “not one piece of evidence” to prove the claims.