Wade Robson says muting Michael Jackson's music is 'not really his concern'
The four-hour documentary 'Leaving Neverland' has brought new stories of Michael Jackson to light, and reinvigorated the public conversation about the various allegations of child abuse levelled at the singer.
Extensive interviews with James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who both claim to have been sexually abused by Jackson when they were young boys, went into shocking detail about their experiences. Following this, one of the leading questions being raised is whether or not we can listen to the King of Pop's discography anymore.
For those that don't believe that Jackson committed a crime, this isn't an issue. For those that do, there are many different ideas floating around. Some say that they can separate the artist from his work, enjoying his songs without thinking of the things he may have done, while others don't want to support the Jackson estate at all.
Now, one of the alleged victims has weighed in on the debate. Wade Robson, a 36-year-old choreographer who spent time with Jackson from the ages of 5 to 14, has said that whether or not the public mute the singer is "note really his concern" but instead "everyone's personal journey".
In the TMZ interview, he said:
"If I have any hope, it's that we just question in general who it is that we're worshipping and why. It's beyond Michael.
"I don't have any moral authority to make a judgement for everyone else. I don't listen to his music because I have a personal experience with it. But that's everyone's individual choice."
In the same interview, he refused to respond to those who doubt his and Safechuck's claims, and revealed other survivors had reached out to him - but it wasn't his place to share their story.
"People are going to believe whatever they want to or whatever they're ready to believe," he said. "I have no say in that matter."
The director of the documentary, Dan Reed, has previously made his point of view on the matter clear.
In an interview with NME, he was asked whether he can still listen to Jackson's music, to which he said:
“Yes, I probably would. But that’s because I have a professional interest. Would I listen to his music as a punter? Most of the people who watch the film say they can’t bear to listen to his tracks any more. I have no axe to grind about that. If people can’t listen to him any more and feel repulsed, repelled, revolted, then so be it.
"Can people ever listen to his music again knowing that he is a prolific child rapist, as I believe he was? Jackson’s music has been part of people’s precious memories for so long that I certainly wouldn’t advocate shutting it down.”
While these two men behind the documentary don't want to make decisions for fans of Jackson's music, there are some radio stations which have chosen to stop playing it entirely.