After a long time of hypothesis about Michael Jackson’s alleged misdeeds, the documentary Leaving Neverland added much more gas to the fireplace. However, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West made it clear the place they stand on the problem. Their Christmas current to their daughter, North, made headlines not just for its staggering value, however for the historical past behind it. Many involved followers questioned if it was a good suggestion to offer their daughter one in every of Jackson’s iconic belongings, however the West household firmly planted their flag within the “MJ is OK” camp.
Kanye’s feedback on the MJ controversy
A yr in the past, West made headlines for defending Jackson as extra information about Leaving Neverland got here out. During his Sunday Service live performance, West mentioned: “They’re just going to pull up full documentaries on ’em, and then they’re going to come with the Michael documentary. But we can enjoy their music all we want… If we’re gonna tear down artists, let’s go ahead and take da Vinci out the Louvre. Let’s take down all the art.” To head off the next controversy, Kardashian took to Twitter explaining that West was speaking about his personal experiences and what he had seen with “cancel culture.”
The Michael Jackson references throughout Kanye’s profession
Since his first album in 2004, West made his appreciation of the King of Pop clear. Three of his first hits (“Gold Digger,” “Through the Wire,” and “Slow Jamz”) all point out some side of MJ’s life (wealth, pores and skin shade, Pepsi industrial catastrophe). Even Jay-Z’s well-known “Ball So Hard” verse on their Watch the Throne collaboration references Jackson (together with another well-known Michaels), it’s exhausting to think about West didn’t have enter on that.
2020 isn’t the yr to relitigate Michael Jackson’s tabloid-filled life; he handed away very younger, and even his greatest critic has to confess that Thriller nonetheless slaps. That mentioned, celebrities taking public stands in his favor deserve some quantity of criticism, particularly when it follows a damning documentary. Kardashian and West may have averted this current bout of criticism by not publicizing their buy of MJ memorabilia, however they determined to go on the report and the world is responding accordingly.
How different celebrities keep in mind the King of Pop
Perhaps it’s West’s nostril for criticism, or maybe the world is simply now responding after fifteen years of pro-MJ content material from him. Plenty of different high-profile Jackson followers have loved his music and memorabilia with a tiny fraction of the controversy. Lady Gaga bought 55 items of MJ’s closet again in 2012 with out a lot as a raised eyebrow. There’s a distinction between buying objects at public sale and a full-on endorsement, however it’s attention-grabbing Gaga didn’t see any mainstream media backlash — probably as a result of her buy was previous to the discharge of Leaving Neverland. Kardashian and West have spent lots of time within the press so maybe they’re used to inviting controversy.
The premiere of Leaving Neverland pressured dozens of celebrities to rethink their opinion on Jackson. While nearly everybody said their assist for the victims, a few of Jackson’s earlier supporters adjusted their place. Corey Feldman said “I don’t want to be perceived as I’m here to defend Michael Jackson, because I can no longer do that. I can not in good consciousness defend anyone who’s being accused of such horrendous crimes.” The allegations towards Jackson have been current in popular culture for many years and Leaving Neverland pushed them to a different stage, however the West household is doubling down on their assist and it’s clear they’re elevating the subsequent technology to affix them.