HBO’s “Leaving Neverland” Is Reportedly The Reason Why Janet Jackson Didn’t Perform At The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony
The “Michael Jackson was an evil child molester” documentary Leaving Neverland continues to leave blank stares and head shakes from deeply disturbed viewers, ill-advised lawsuits, the removal of Thriller from people’s Spotify favorites, and just plain ole’ uncomfortable mess in its cringey wake. Variety claims that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and MJ’s sister Janet Jackson allegedly didn’t perform at last night’s ceremony because of the documentary sharing a network (HBO) with an upcoming Rock and Roll Hall of Fame special.
The induction ceremony normally features performances from everyone being honored. But Janet, who was introduced by Janelle Monae, decided against performing what could have been a rad medley of Rhytmn Nation 1814 hits. A source claims it’s because of HBO’s affiliation with the Hall of Fame.
A source tells Variety she declined to participate in a customary musical number because the event will be filmed for later broadcast on HBO, the cable network that aired “Leaving Neverland.”
Although Janet hasn’t released any statements on Leaving Neverland, other members of the Jackson family have been very vocal about how it’s supposedly a demon-conjured liefest about their late brother and claiming that MJ’s accusers, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, were just looking for cash. The Jacksons are backing up their displeasure over Leaving Neverland with a $100 million dollar lawsuit against HBO.
No one would officially comment on why Janet didn’t at least throw in the fake crying she would do whenever she performs “Again” live. (I saw her three times in concert. She always fake-cried during “Again.”)
Reps for Janet Jackson, HBO and the Rock Hall have not responded to requests for comment on any possible animus between the singer and the network.
Janet did give an acceptance speech about how her brothers influenced her as well as the world according to Cleveland.com.
“In 1997, my brothers were recognized for their musical passion by being Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Jackson said. “I witnessed, along with the rest of the world, my family’s extraordinary impact on popular culture. Not just in America, but all around the globe.
“As the youngest in the family, I was determined to make it on my own. But never in a million years, did I expect to follow in their footsteps. Tonight, your baby sister has made it.”
Janet refrained from concluding her speech with a “fuck ya’ll at HBO!” The hour-long special will air on HBO on April 27.
Check out more pics of Janet looking like if Piper Laurie in Carrie was a Satan worshipper instead of a holy roller on the red carpet last night.