The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis is making their move amid controversy over HBO’s ”Leaving Neverland.”
The museum once held a staple portion dedicated to the King Pop. Now, after the controversial documentary and Oprah’s interview with his alleged sexual assault victims, the facility has decided to change directions.
The Power of Children Exhibit Spokeswoman Leslie Olsen explained in a statement, “In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called ‘Leaving Neverland,’ which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully.”
Worldly artifacts like Michael’s fedora, white gloves, and a signed poster have been removed from exhibits. The hat and gloves were won in an auction and placed in the American Pop exhibit. While the autographed poster could have been gawked over in The Power of Children exhibit.
Though those items will be gone, visitors will still get to view photos of the late artist in The Ryan White exhibit, an area held special for a young boy diagnosed with HIV and died before he got the chance to graduate. His mother helped style the sacred section based on a replica of Ryan’s bedroom. Decorations in his room included a signed photo of White and Jackson, who often spent time with him and his family as he was not allowed back to school. Because it is in remembrance of the high schooler’s short-lived life, those pictures will remain out of respect.