Museum removes Jackson items, from exhibits this month


Museum removes Jackson items, from exhibits this month.

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis removed three Michael Jackson items from exhibits this month, joining a handful of organizations that have reassessed connections to the late singer following HBO’s airing of documentary film “Leaving Neverland.”

The two-part film, which premiered March 3-4, focuses on Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two adult men who allege Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.

“When we put together exhibitions, we look at the objects and their association with high-profile people,” said Chris Carron, the museum’s director of collections. “Obviously, we want to put stories in front of our visitors (showing) people of high character.”

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A fedora and glove Jackson wore onstage as well as a Jackson poster are no longer on display at the museum, 3000 N. Meridian St. The fedora and glove, purchased in 2017 from New York auction house Gotta Have Rock and Roll, were displayed in the “American Pop” exhibit within the museum’s Galleries for American Arts and Popular Culture.

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A Jackson poster was seen as part of a Ryan White tribute in the museum’s “Power of Children” exhibit. White, an Indiana teenager diagnosed with AIDS following a blood transfusion, died in 1990.

After the “Leaving Neverland” film aired, radio stations in Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands pulled Jackson’s music from playlists.

A 1991 episode of “The Simpsons” TV series that guest-starred Jackson has been removed from streaming platforms and will not appear in future boxed sets. On Thursday, French fashion company Louis Vuitton announced it will no longer produce Jackson-influenced pieces for an autumn/winter 2019 collection.

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On the air
In the United States, no radio stations have pulled Jackson’s music from playlists.

According to a Billboard magazine report, spins of Jackson’s songs fell by 13 percent at terrestrial and satellite radio stations nationwide after “Leaving Neverland” premiered.

Conversely, the public purchased and streamed an increased amount of Jackson’s music after “Leaving Neverland” premiered.


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