The recent Sundance screening of Dan Reed’s inflammatory film, Leaving Neverland, has, without a doubt, rocked the Michael Jackson community. Despite being based on the easily discredited stories of Wade Robson and Jimmy Safechuck, and lacking any sort of real investigation, balanced interviews, or responsible journalism, this film has reignited the media’s firestorm against Jackson’s legacy, even as Michael is not here to defend himself.
In this special roundtable episode, The MJCast brings together a panel of experts and those who have seen the film and are taking action against it. Q and Jamon lead the discussion, and are joined by Taj Jackson (member of 3T and son of Tito Jackson, who is currently raising funds to produce his own docu-series), Charles Thomson (The MJCast’s Legal Correspondent and award-winning investigative journalist who has exposed a range of actual child abusers and cover-ups for The Yellow Advertiser in the UK), Marcos Cabotá (a film director who has seen the film and was one of its earlier critics) and Samar Habib (of the Michael Jackson Academia Project, who has been a leading figure in the online movement against the film).
The panellists discuss Reed’s film, the Sundance Q&A session, and the media reaction, as well as developments coming together to counter the film, such as Taj’s docu-series, which can be supported on GoFundMe. Taj also speaks to his own experiences of actually spending time with Michael at Neverland. The group offers talking points for anyone struggling with how to respond to people who say that Michael Jackson was an abuser, as well as coping strategies and words of encouragement.
Now, more than ever, it is the time to come together as fans, to support each other, and to remind the media and general public of the truth. The MJCast hopes that this episode provides resources, strength, and a sense of community during this challenging moment.
- Q (Host of The MJCast)
- Jamon Bull (Host of The MJCast)
- Charles Thomson (Award-winning investigative journalist and Legal Correspondent for The MJCast)
- Taj Jackson (Member of 3T, son of Tito Jackson and nephew to Michael Jackson)
- Marcos Cabotá (Film director best known for his Star Wars documentary, I Am Your Father)
- Samar Habib (Michael Jackson Academia Project)
- Leaving Neverland
- The reality of Robson’s relationship with the Jackson family, and why he turned on them.
- The effects on the Jackson family.
- Taj’s memories of spending time at Neverland with Michael, and what it was like being there during the 2005 trial.
- Taj’s GoFundMe campaign and his vision for the docu-series.
- How fans can combat this onslaught, and how this compares to 1993 and 2003-2005.
- Fan Comebacks 101 – Robson.
- Fan Comebacks 101 – General Allegations.
- Tips on coping, finding community, and supporting balanced opinions.
- Taj Jackson’s GoFundMe campaign
- Marcos Cabotá’s documentary I Am Your Father on iTunes and Netflix
- The MJCast: Episode 094 – Harrison Funk Special
- Jermaine Jackson’s appearance on Good Morning Britain
- Michael Jackson and Wade Robson: The Real Story
- Joseph Vogel’s Forbes article What You Should Know About the New Michael Jackson Documentary
- RazörFist’s The Michael Jackson Rebuttal (Part 1) and Defaming the Dead: The Michael Jackson Rebuttal (Part 2)
- Macaulay Culkin’s appearance on the Inside of You podcast
- Taj Jackson’s interview around Leaving Neverland on Sunrise
- Mary Fischer’s GQ article Was Michael Jackson Framed?
- FBI files pertaining to their ten-year investigation into Michael Jackson
- The MJCast – Episode 058: Vindication Day Special (Pirates in Neverland: The Michael Jackson Allegations)