Controversial ‘Michael Jackson Innocent’ Adverts Appear On London Buses

Joshua RogersJoshua Rogers in Entertainment, Film, Music, News, UK
Published 08.03.19

Watching the Michael Jackson documentary with my two housemates was just about the most unpleasant and uncomfortable viewing experience I’ve ever had.

Some of that was due to the fact that Joe kept talking over it but for the most part the shock and disbelief at what we were hearing from alleged victims Wade Robson and James Safechuck made for a grim atmosphere.

In case you don’t know, these are the two men who claim MJ abused them when they were younger after he befriended them.

The documentary goes into graphic detail about the alleged accusations and for many people it was difficult to stomach.

However, many people have staunchly defended Michael, finding Leaving Neverland to be almost entirely untrue while pointing out how unfair it is that he isn’t here to defend himself.

And now, adverts have appeared on London buses protesting his innocence, showing Michael’s face covered by a box saying “Innocent” as well as slogans “Facts don’t lie. People Do.”

A statement on the crowdsourced campaign page states:

 “In relation to the London buses – they are iconic and instantly recognisable across the world. Having our messages captured this way offers the public an opportunity to take pictures and share on social media, promoting the genuine belief that there is a huge group in society that believe and know he is INNOCENT”

As well as this, fans recently gathered outside the Channel 4 headquarters to protest the singer’s innocence, congregating at the broadcaster’s base in Horseferry Road, London, while displaying banners with Jackson’s face covered by the word “innocent”.

Following the airing of the documentary, focus turned to Michael’s family to shed light on the situation.

One of his three children, 20-year-old Paris Jackson, has spoken out to offer her opinion on the documentary, taking to Twitter to respond to a tweet which stated, “Paris Jackson believes her father, Michael, is innocent.”

“I actually haven’t made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life,” Jackson responded in a tweet that has since been deleted. “You guys are reaching a bit. At least this wasn’t a disgusting and attacking article though.”

She then further blamed the news media for its coverage.

“If everyone [stopped reacting so strongly] towards articles, they’d stop making lies and start writing actual news,” wrote Jackson.

The documentary has definitely proven divisive, with people on both side’s of the fence when it comes to Michael’s innocence.

However, with the news that The Simpsons is pulling their classic episode featuring MJ, and radio stations are banning his music, the damage has already been done.

I have a feeling it’s not going to stop his biggest fans from continuing to love and play his music.

Images via Twitter/HBO