After the HBO premiere of “Leaving Neverland,” which detailed years of abuse at the hands of Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey hosted a Q&A with the controversial accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck. Though Winfrey’s after-show served as an opportunity to hear the stories of the accusers and promote healing from the effects of child abuse, many found issue with the subject of the discussion – Michael Jackson.
In fact, in her own Youtube podcast, “Open Relationship,” Mo’Nique opened up about the documentary and Winfrey’s after-show, and expressed her frustration with the slander of a man, who has been proven innocent in a court of law and is no longer here to defend himself.
“Here’s a man that was found not guilty in the eyes of the law. And you wait for 10 years after this man was deceased, to now do an interview with people who said they lied,” she said, referencing Jackson’s acquittal on charges of molestation. “For me, it’s sad and disheartening. That man welcomed you in his home and you spoke of how beautiful, and all the love this man has shown children all over the world.”
“When we’re calling someone a molester and they’re no longer here…Michael Jackson is not here to defend himself, which is a major problem,” she continued. “[He was] found not guilty..then you come back and you allow these two men to get on your platform and tell this story, and that man cannot defend himself, who does that?”
“Was it right, or was it for ratings,” Mo’Nique asked.
The comedian has been very vocal about Winfrey, as of late. In fact, in 2017, Winfrey was one of the three people she accused of conspiring to blackball her after her “Best Supporting Actress” Oscar for “Precious.”
In the meantime, social media has been split over the Michael Jackson drama. While some refuse to believe the allegations, in light of Robson’s inconsistencies, others have been connecting Jackson’s case to R. Kelly’s because of the not guilty verdicts. However, in Kelly’s initial case, he was acquitted of child porn, not sexual abuse charges.