Legend Stevie Wonder has weighed in on the controversy surrounding Michael Jackson in the wake of the “Leaving Neverland” the new documentary which focuses on testimony by two men who both claim that Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.
Stevie, who appeared on Jackson’s Bad album, was stopped by TMZ at the airport in Los Angeles and asked about music fans now being conflicted listening to Jackson’s music.
“He’s died, he’s dead. Hopefully, we can continue the legacy of inspiration he has given a lot of kids and a lot of people.”
Wonder made an appearance on Jackson’s seventh studio album ‘Bad’ in 1987 on the track ‘Just Good Friends’. A duet between the two would appear on Wonder’s November album release ‘Characters’ for the track ‘Get It’ that same year. Wonder would later perform at the memorial concert for the ‘Thriller’ star.
Part One of the controversial Michael Jackson documentary was watched by 2.4 million viewers and won the slot for 16-34 viewers with a 20.5% share for Channel 4.
Yesterday Jackson fans surrounded Channel 4’s London headquarters on Horseferry Road calling for a boycott. The protest, organized by Michael Jackson’s Children United Worldwide – Hospital Fund group, included people with banners reading ‘facts don’t lie, people do’.
However, C4 remained unfazed by the calls and in a statement, it said, “It is in the public interest to allow these individuals to tell of their interactions with Michael Jackson. He was of course a high-profile figure whose work still entertains millions of people but who was previously accused of child sex abuse. Viewers will make their own judgment about the testimony of the two victims interviewed in the film when it airs.”
The second part of “Leaving Neverland” airs tonight and you can catch up on Part One here