Paris Jackson, daughter of Michael Jackson, clapped back at everybody who shamed her for not publicly defending her late father following sexual molestation allegations against him. Finally addressing the issue nearly two weeks after the release of the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland', Paris firmly asserted that it is in no way her role to defend Michael.
Earlier this month, HBO aired the documentary titled 'Leaving Neverland' which details allegations of sexual abuse committed by the late King of Pop. The film stirred controversy, drawing mixed reactions from the public. The late singer's family criticised the film, while, many fans and supporters of Jackson staged protests against the broadcast of the documentary. However, Paris remained quiet and did not voice her opinion regarding the documentary.
Breaking her silence, Paris, on Friday, tweeted, "There's nothing I can say that hasn't already been said in regards to defence. Taj is doing a perfect job on his own. And I support him. But that's not my role. I'm just tryna get everyone to chill out and go with the flow, be mellow and think about the bigger picture. That's me." "I actually haven't made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life. you guys are reaching a bit. At least this wasn't a disgusting and attacking article though," Paris wrote in a now-deleted tweet.
Following the broadcast of the documentary on HBO, many popular brands like Starbucks and Louis Vuitton are trying to distance themselves from Michael Jackson. "Starbucks Why are you still playing Michael Jackson in your stores?" a fan asked the famous coffee shop chain on Twitter recently. "Thank you for making us aware. We can confirm there are currently no Michael Jacksonsongs on official Starbucks Spotify Playlists. Would you mind sharing the store location so we can follow-up?" the brand replied in a tweet.
Starbucks isn't the only brand that has stopped playing Jackson's songs. Several radio stations in Canada and New Zealand have also banned the late singer's music from their playlists in the wake of the recent allegations made in the documentary. Following the release of the documentary, the producers of 'The Simpsons' also removed an iconic 1991 episode featuring Jackson's voice from all the official online streams and TV feeds. Meanwhile National Football Museum, located in Manchester, England, removed a statue of Jackson following the allegations against him. It was removed as a part of "ongoing plans" to "better represent" football's stories, according to the BBC as cited by E! News.
'Leaving Neverland' tells the story of two men Wade Robson and James Safechuck. Both of the men say that they met Jackson as children when the singer was at the height of his fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They allege that Jackson sexually abused them, causing them trauma lasting into their adulthood. Jackson's estate has criticised the film, previously calling it "tabloid character assassination."