The shell-shocking child sexual abuse and molestation allegations against late music icon Michael Jackson resurfaced in HBO’s Leaving Neverland documentary and polarized the internet into aggressive opposition.
Some viewers of the two-part documentary, which aired its first segment on Sunday (March 3) thus far, voiced support for the two accusers spotlighted in the film, 36-year-old Wade Robson and 40-year-old James Safechuck. In addition to digging up their own relics to poise the accusers’ allegations, those same supporters argued that the testimonies of sexual abuse testimonies should invariably outweigh that of a powerful and prized Hollywood star. On the other side of the fence are the protestors of the doc, who called out discrepancies and their personal disbelief with the accusers’ corroborations. One of their leading points comes from an account of Robson’s account where he explicitly details one of the alleged sexual encounters he claimed to have experienced early on in his relationship with Jackson.
As recalled in his statement from the film, the two were engaged in oral sex when Robson said Jackson grabbed his hands and placed them on top of his head. He describes Jackson’s hair as feeling like a “Brollo Pad,” a steel wool scouring pad used as a cleaning tool to fight tough dirt. Considering that his timeline of this specifically alleged encounter occurred around the ‘80s, some viewers immediately called bogus on his claims since MJ was sporting a texturized Jheri curl of sorts during this time. Others specifically recalled that he also was extremely avoidant of allowing people to touch his hair because of reported hair loss. Moreover, the surgery he underwent following the second-degree burns to his scalp from the pyrotechnic fire fiasco at his Pepsi concert gone horribly wrong kept him on-edge about anyone’s hands in his hair, they added.
But nothing stood out from the statement like the underlying racism many viewers also believe Robson’s statement implied:
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