BBC Radio 2 has apparently quietly dropped Michael Jackson‘s song catalog from airing on the station ahead of the premiere of the two-part documentary Leaving Neverland, which starts airing on HBO tonight and on Channel 4 in the UK on Wednesday. Leaving Neverland, in case you don’t already know, shows the sad and fucked up account of the abuse that MJ allegedly afflicted upon James Safechuck and Wade Robson when they were children. That documentary has caused BBC radio to ban all things recorded by the singularly sparkling gloved one.
BBC Radio 2, who is working on their own Michael Jackson documentary hasn’t played a solo MJ song since last Saturday. Gary Glitter was also scrubbed from BBC radio after he was jailed in 2015 for statutory rape and attempted rape. The BBC is not exactly puffing up its chest and owning this decision to drop MJ, but they are kind of inferring to it with this initial statement given to The Sunday Times.
“We consider each piece of music on its own merits and decisions what we play on different network are always made with relevant audiences and context in mind.”
That statement seems to clearly indicate that BBC is firmly saying “Hell No” to MJ and giving him the Gary Glitter cold shoulder. However, with the Jackson Estate threatening to sue people around every corner over Leaving Neverland, and millions of frenzied fans refusing to believe the accounts of abuse, it seems BBC is trying to be covert about their probable boycott. A different spokesperson, I’m guessing, came straight out and said there isn’t a ban, which is completely counter to the above statement. via The Daily Mail.
A spokesman for the corporation said: ‘It is not true that Michael Jackson has been dropped off the Radio 2 playlist – which is new releases – as he hasn’t been featured on it.
‘We don’t ban songs or artists and Michael Jackson, like any other artist could, be played on BBC Radio – as we have said, we consider each piece of music on its merits and decisions on what we play on different networks are always made with relevant audiences and context in mind.’
What the fuck, BBC? Are you in or out? Well, if they’re out and are really done with Michael Jackson songs, I just want to point out that we still have Janet “Ms. Jackson If You’re Nasty” Jackson, whom to my knowledge hasn’t been accused of doing truly evil things to another living person except allow Justin Timberlake to continue to walk the streets after he threw her under the bus after their NFL half-time show. We will always have Janet.