Despite the fallout from the release of the explosive documentary “Leaving Neverland,” the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has no intention of making any changes to its Michael Jackson exhibits.
The Cleveland museum won’t alter its exhibits honoring the late pop star, who was inducted for his work in the Jackson 5 and by himself, despite the renewed public outcry surrounding allegations the singer sexually abused young boys, reports TMZ.
In a statement to Pitchfork, the Hall said it was separating the artist from the art, stating that it had recognized Jackson solely for his contribution to music.
“Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Jackson 5 in 1997 and as a solo artist in 2001,” the statement reads. “As with all of our inductees, Jackson was recognized for musical excellence and talent as well as having a significant impact on rock’n’roll, and was elected by a diverse voting body of historians, fellow musicians, and music industry professionals. Original artifacts and memorabilia from many artists’ lives and performances are on display in our exhibits. There are no plans for this to change.”
The website reports that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has multiple pieces of Jackson’s wardrobe on display.
While allegations of sexual misconduct have surrounded Jackson since the ’90s, they are back in the spotlight following the release of HBO’s shocking two-part documentary, “Leaving Neverland.” In the movie, two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, accuse the singer of having sexually abused them as children.
Jackson’s sister Janet Jackson will join him in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame when she is inducted in later this week.
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