New York, NY – Like so many others, Pete Rock noticed the uproar surrounding the late Michael Jackson after HBO aired the Leaving Neverland documentary earlier this month. The two-part series revolves around Wade Robson and James Safechuck who allege the King of Pop sexually abused them as children.
As a result, radio stations worldwide banned Jackson’s music, The Simpsons‘ creators axed a classic episode featuring the pop legend and Drake reportedly pulled the song “Don’t Matter To Me” featuring Jackson’s vocals from his current setlist.
Rock took his thoughts to Instagram where he posted a regal looking photo of Jackson and insisted he wasn’t guilty.
“A True King!!” he wrote in the caption. “Owned all dat music made you the king of the music industry. They mad at you! Your innocent but even in death they wont leave you alone. The Greatest artist/musician in the world. The King Michael Jackson RIP.”
The Leaving Neverland documentary continues the age-old debate of “can the art be separated from the artist?”
In the case of R. Kelly, it appears it’s becoming increasingly difficult to simply ignore their past behavior. Following Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary, the #MuteRKelly movement was reignited and a result, his music is not only being pulled from the airwaves, entire cities don’t want Kelly to ever step foot on their soil again.
Kelly has since been indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.