Children's Museum Removes Michael Jackson Memorabilia Amid 'Leaving Neverland' Abuse Allegations
A children’s museum has removed some Michael Jackson memorabilia from its exhibits following the allegations made against the late pop singer in the Leaving Neverland documentary.
In a report from CBS News via WCTV, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has removed Jackson’s iconic fedora and white glove, as well as a signed poster from “The Power of Children” exhibit. The fedora and white glove, which was purchased several years ago at an auction, was a part of the museum’s “American Pop” exhibit.
“As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience,” Kimberly Harms Robinson, director of media and public relations, said to CBS News. “In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called Leaving Neverland, which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully.”
However, the museum is keeping several pictures of the artist up in its “The Power of Children” exhibit. The images are a part of a recreation of Ryan White’s room. White was an Indiana native who was denied admittance to school following an AIDS diagnosis.
“Ryan’s family found Michael Jackson’s kindness to them to be an important part of Ryan’s story and the pictures of Michael displayed in that exhibit will always be an integral part of the Ryan White story,” Robinson said. “The poster was removed because it was not part of the original re-creation of Ryan’s room.”
Leaving Neverland is centered on two men — James Safechuck and choreographer and Jackson’s former backup dancer Wade Robson — who allege Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.
Since the release of Leaving Neverland, radio stations in New Zealand and Canada have pulled Jackson’s music.