If Great Britain is your coy friend when it comes to serving up the good gossip, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia are proving to be that loud bitch who starts every sentence with, “You didn’t hear it from me, but…”. The HBO documentary Leaving Neverland aired this week, and it details the sexual abuse allegations from Wade Robson and James Safechuck against Michael Jackson. BBC Radio 2 maybe/maybe didn’t ban Michael’s music as a result of the documentary and issued an equally as confusing statement to such. Meanwhile, radio stations in New Zealand, Canada, and Australia are proudly beating their chests and saying you won’t hear “Billie Jean” on their airwaves anytime soon.
CNBC said French-language stations owned by Canada-based Cogeco Media removed MJ’s music while Australian Nova Entertainment Groupalso took his music out of rotation. Leading New Zealand radio stations also got rid of Michael. Cogeco Media spokesperson Christine Dicaire was willing to dish on what motivated their decision to pull the plug:
“We are attentive to the comments of our listeners, and the documentary released on Sunday evening created reactions. We prefer to observe the situation by removing the songs from our stations, for the time being.”
Ugh, I had a trashy ex who basically listened to “P.Y.T.” on repeat when driving. Why couldn’t this ban have happened post that breakup?!
I haven’t heard of any radio stations in the U.S. banning Michael, which is likely music to Sony’s ears since they shelled out $250 million last year on the rights to the King of Pop’s back catalog. We won’t be completely at a loss if Michael gets banned here. Sure, we have Janet, but this could be Detective LaToya’s time to finally shine and give the country the “opportunity” to reacquaint itself with such hits as “Hot Potato” and “Feels Like Love” – both underrated and way better than anything you’ll find on Thriller!