Despite the resurfacing of damaging child abuse allegations brought on by HBO’s Leaving Neverland Documentary, the King of Pop’s name and memorabilia will remain in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ohio exhibit.
Celebrity gossip site TMZ reports that Jackson’s two slots will remain in the HOF and not be altered, the reasoning behind the decision according to a HOF official he was recognized for his musical achievements and talent.
“MJ’s two slots in the HOF will stay put and won’t be removed or altered in any way … despite the allegations made in HBO’s doc about the singer. The reason is simple … according to an HOF official — music is music is music.”
“HOF honchos say, Jackson, as with all of its inductees, was recognized for musical excellence and talent, along with having a lasting impact on rock ‘n’ roll. In other words, MJ changed music, like, forever.”
Michael Jackson was voted in twice to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by music executives, musicians and a committee of music historians. The first time as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1997 and in 2001 as a solo artist. The HOF’s decision to keep his legacy intact differs from radio stations, fashion brands, clothing brands and exhibits which made the decision to wipe its hands cleans of Jackson and his content,
Just recently the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis removed three artifacts from its exhibit and Simpsons showrunner announcing they will no longer air the episode featuring the late singer. While many bashed the Leaving Neverland documentary, it would seem that Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s stomach-turning accounts of abuse are doing damage despite many naysayers.
Janet Jackson, his younger sister, will be inducted into the hall of fame later this month and could use the moment to speak about her brother while accepting the honor on Mar.29 in Brooklyn.