When it comes to challenging Michael Jackson’s legacy, no one’s safe from his fans. Not even Oprah!
Oprah Winfrey is one of the people who’s been covering the “Leaving Neverland” controversy, along with her longtime friend, Gayle King. However, unlike King, who provided a platform for Jackson’s family to denounce the already-debunked allegations, Winfrey sat down with the controversial accusers. In fact, in an after-show special, “After Neverland,” she interviewed the two men who claimed to be sexual assault victims of the late pop star. But, even before the show aired, Winfrey was already catching much heat from MJ fans, who scoffed at the thought.
Though the controversial sit down with Wade Robson and James Safechuck didn’t necessarily paint Oprah as someone who believed their accusations, the idea of even entertaining the controversial topic is what had many up in arms.
From hopes of “karma coming back full force” to calling the talk show host “disgusting,” supporters of the Jackson dynasty had been letting her have it on social media. Many even accused her of only interviewing the controversial accusers for ratings and money. While others had gone as far as exposing Winfrey for helping Harvey Weinstein “hide” his sexual assault accusations, even though she denied knowing anything about it when the news first broke.
But now, after the premiere of the after show, the backlash has increased with a new #MuteOprah, calling for a boycott of all things Winfrey. One tweeter acknowledged, “Monique been warning us about Oprah for awhile now…It was up to us to listen #MuteOprah.” Another expressed, “Never been more disappointed in Oprah than I am right now #MuteOprah.” Some have even announced plans the cancel both their HBO and OWN network subscriptions.
The most interesting factor that fans remind is that Oprah, Michael and the Jackson clan actually had a personal relationship throughout his career. So far, the estate nor family members have spoken out about the program. But with all the energy Michael’s fans have been putting in, it looks like they don’t have to.
I think the biggest question we all have is, “What was the point, Oprah?”