Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.I.Am is not here for the #MichaelJackson slander following the ‘Leaving Neverland’ controversy. The allegation backlash against the late singer has been so heavy, television and radio stations have swiftly pulled Jackson-related material from their programming. Will.I.Am isn’t buying the rhetoric.
He said in a British publication, “We live in a very, very, very, very hypocritical, double-standard, fake society. I can name a thousand other products that we still buy, still use, that are owned by folks that have done the most horrendous things to people, millions of them, and we don’t take their products from the market. You’re not talking about banning Bayer that made the chemicals to kill all the Jews.”
The rapper continued, “You’re not talking about real s**t and yet you want to flex on a song? Bayer is really responsible for chemicals that killed millions of people but they’re headache medicine now. Are you going to ridicule them for their past? Are there reparations that need to be done for that?” He added, “Imagine every country that ever had slaves, people said never travel to those countries because of what they’ve done in the past.”
“Are you not supposed to do anything with anyone who ever did anything ill in the past? England, Spain, Portugal. That’s not that long ago. Are there reparations for everyone who’s done something ill? I could name a thousand more ills that are worse but we’re going to pull songs,” he asked.
Will.I.Am then went on to say he believes the allegations are a part of a smear campaign and said there have been numerous smear campaigns in the past. He said, “If he did it, it’s sad and inhumane. If he didn’t, what’s happening is sad, and inhumane. And for somebody that knows him, you’re torn. You have the doc. Your heart wants to believe them but they’re on record lying so how am I supposed to trust that?”
Do you agree with Will.I.Am’s statements?