Michael Jackson: to listen or not to listen?
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Over the last few years, more and more public figures are being held to account for their actions. It is harder for them to hide behind the veil of untouchability in an age where information is more accessible than ever. From Jimmy Savile to Harvey Weinstein, it’s becoming clear that no amount of money or fame can prevent the exposure of unsavoury conduct, from sexual harassment through to outright criminality behind closed doors. The latest celebrity to come under scrutiny is Michael Jackson, the allegations of abuse against whom have been a topic of discussion ever since Leaving Neverland aired in early March.
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The debate over the extent of culpability for the singer's unethical behaviour continues and one of the major questions asked in the wake of the Channel 4 two-parter is: "Can we still listen to Michael Jackson's music?" ‘Bad’, ‘Billie Jean’ and ‘Smooth Criminal’ - these are only a fraction of the iconic tracks from the so-called King of Pop still well-known almost a decade after his death. They’ve been played at countless school discos, wedding receptions and pre-drinks all over the world, but despite the uncertainty surrounding the full extent of claims made by Wade and James, it is still difficult to know whether the art created by an alleged paedophile can be enjoyed and supported. Jackson vs. the case of Weinstein
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