Family and fans of the artist accused the authors of “Leaving Netlandia” in demonstrating a one-sided position.
On March 3 and 4, HBO released two parts of a four-hour documentary film by British director Dan Reed “Leaving Neverland”. The tape tells the story of two men who said that the musician had corrupted them for several years. The tape premiered at the Sundance Festival on January 24th.
Since 1993, Michael Jackson has denied sexual abuse of children. His relatives denied the new charges, called the film an attack on the musician and sued HBO. Radio BBC refused to broadcast the artist’s songs. After the premiere of the tape, Jackson’s fans on Twitter criticized the picture and called the men liars. But some responded to what they saw with disgust and anxiety.
The heroes of the documentary “Leaving Netlandia” are 40-year-old James Safechuck and 36-year-old choreographer Wade Robson. The first met Jackson at the age of 10, and the other at 7. Men described in detail meetings with a star on his Netlandia ranch in California, where they were systematically sexually abused. Their parents talked about how they did not notice what was happening with the children.
In “Leaving Netlandia” are archived records of telephone conversations Jackson with children and their families. The tape also tells about the influence of the singer on the lives of families and the consequences that men had to face in adult life. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, the film director stated that neither Robson nor Seyfchak received any monetary compensation for participating in the filming.
Children and parents attracted fame Jackson
Wade Robson was a fan of Michael Jackson and at the age of 5 won a dance contest. In 1989, when he was 7, the boy met with his idol and spoke at his concert. Soon, the mother, along with her son and daughter, moved to Los Angeles from Australia, since Jackson promised to make Wade a star.
When Wade’s family first arrived at the Netlandia ranch, Jackson suggested the boy spend the night in his bedroom. At night, Robson heard the cry of his idol: “I am so sad that you leave me. I do not want to be alone. I do not want you to leave. ” The next morning, the boy wanted to stay in “Netlandia” while his relatives travel around America. He lived with Michael for five days, and his grandmother thought that the artist would teach his grandson to dance.
James Seyfchak met with Jackson on the Pepsi commercial in 1988 when he was 10 years old. Soon the musician took an interview with him, presented a jacket from the video “Thriller” and invited to tour as a dancer. James’s mother told me that she met celebrities, flew first class, and drove in limousines. She was amazed at the luxurious life.
At first, the mother did not allow her son to remain in Michael’s room, but James implored her. Soon, according to Seifchak, he spent every night in the musician’s hotel room. Her mother recalled that as the tour went on, she was given numbers farther from the room where her son spent the night with Jackson.
Everyone wanted to meet Michael or spend time with him. He was already incredibly famous. And suddenly he pays attention to you.
Indications about the corruption of children in the “Netlandii”
California’s Noland Ranch is Jackson’s estate with an arcade, amusement park, exotic animals, train station and private cinema. Men who stayed there as a child speak of a playground as an ideal place to stay away from their parents. The Robson and Seifchak families were offered rooms in the guest house, which was located away from the main mansion where the boys lived.
James told about the places on the ranch where Jackson allegedly corrupted him – in the bedroom closet behind several doors, in the office of a private cinema, in a house with musician’s memorabilia, in the attic, in the castle, in a room above the station. The artist also installed a system of bells around the house, which informed him about the approach of adults.
Leaving Neverland is the Fyre festival of documentaries. You have a big name backing it, blue check marks endorsing it, social media spreading it & an entitled con man steering it. And just like the Fyre festival, it relies heavily on the public’s gullibility to buy into lies.
— Taj Jackson (@tajjackson3) 26 February 2019
On February 22, the Jackson family sued HBO. They claimed that the film violated the 1992 contract about the broadcast conditions of the Jackson concert from the “Dangerous” tour. Then the tour was canceled , but the contract remained in force. Relatives of the musician made a claim for $ 100 million and asked not to put it in an unfavorable light. Channel refused to carry the premiere tape.
On March 3, the Jackson family uploaded a concert from Bucharest to YouTube. The Deadline suggested that in this way they are trying to divert attention from the HBO project. Jackson’s official Twitter announced the broadcast of the concert from Wembley, scheduled for March 4, but it never took place.
Don’t miss the magic from the King of Pop himself! Immerse yourself in Michael Jackson. Live in Bucharest and Live at Wembley Stadium available for a limited time on Michael Jackson’s @youtube!
— Michael Jackson (@michaeljackson) 4 March 2019
In social networks, the documentary reacted ambiguously
Fans of the musician tweeted the hashtag #MJInnosent (Michael Jackson innocent) and argued for the innocence of the artist, called the victims liars, and the film – fiction.
The R.Kelly doc had the man’s victims, family, ex-wife, inner circle/employees, mental health professionals, journalists and the elderly hs music teacher…yet #LeavingNeverland has the two ALLEGED victims and their families pic.twitter.com/mhXkOXqjHc
— S.Marie (@MuteTheNoise) 4 March 2019
Wade Robson admitted in #MichaelJackson’s trial that he’d never been molested by Michael.
He changed his mind and sued his estate in 2013, 4 yrs after Jackson died. He lost.
Now we’re #LeavingNeverland with a one sided story because MJ can’t defend himself from the grave.
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) 4 March 2019
“Wade Robson confessed in court that Michael had not been molested before him. He changed his mind and sued his family in 2013, four years after Jackson died. He lose. Now we are leaving Netherlands with a one-sided story because Michael Jackson cannot protect himself from the grave. ”
michael jackson was investigated for 10+ years (phones tapped, computers tapped, etc) and they found absolutely NOTHING. ask yourself, would law enforcement allow a black man to get away with such heinous crimes? #LeavingNeverland #MJInnocent
— izzy🕊 (@peacelovemjj) 4 March 2019
“Michael Jackson was under investigation for more than 10 years (tapped phones, browsed computers), and they found nothing. Ask yourself if the dark-skinned policemen would let them hide from responsibility for such terrible crimes? ”
This flimsy piece of shit #LeavingNeverland documentary is so flimsy. HBO and everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves. Go get Roman Polanski or Woody Allen. You know, the guys that actually are pedos and still alive
— Mark (@MarkusTaffy) 4 March 2019
“This documentary piece of shit“ Leaving Netlandia ”is so inconclusive. HBO and everyone involved should be ashamed. Go grab Roman Polanski or Woody Allen. Well, you know, for the guys who are actually pedophiles and are still alive. ”
But some said they believed Robson and Seyfchak, and remembered the old Jackson trials.
After watching all 4 hours of #LeavingNeverland and looking back at both trials, it’s clear to me that Michael Jackson was a pedophile.
— Morgan J. Freeman (@mjfree) 4 March 2019
“After watching all four hours of“ Leaving Netlandia ”and remembering both vessels, it is obvious to me that Michael Jackson was a pedophile”
As a former child actress, I can’t help but watch this documentary and think about how wrong it is for children to be put in the position of performing for the soul purpose of pleasing adults. It’s such a slippery, dangerous, often abusive slope. #LeavingNeverland
— Amber Tamblyn (@ambertamblyn) 4 March 2019
“As a former actress, I cannot watch this documentary and not think about how wrong it is to force children to perform only to please adults. This is such a crooked, dangerous and often violent path. ”
— Travon Free (@Travon) 4 March 2019
“Michael Jackson’s fans in my replicas are hilarious. Your boyfriend is a nasty child molester. Humble your
Young children and adults don’t have special friendships….toss that idea out the window #LeavingNeverland
— Gretsy_ (@Gretsy8) 4 March 2019
“Small children and adults cannot be friends … Throw this idea out the window”
Michael Jackson fans are living in a state of delusion. Even if you don’t believe the stories of #LeavingNeverland it cannot be denied that MJ had grossly inappropriate relationships with children and their parents are equally to blame for allowing them to be in that situation
— Kena Flynn (@kenaflynn) 4 March 2019
“Fans of Michael Jackson live by illusion. Even if you do not believe in the stories from “Leaving Netlandia”, one cannot deny that Michael Jackson had an extremely indecent relationship with children. Their parents are just as guilty as to allow this
“Watching“ Leaving Netlandia ”turned out to be difficult and unpleasant. I do not know how you can doubt the accusations of the victims after this film. ”