"Hey, rat greed, here is Documentary Making 101 for you. Documentary is a factual programme, that provides fact-based evidence or report, not your sick child porn fantasies. You got the genre wrong."— JacksonPassion
Leaving Neverland is a 2019 documentary directed and produced by the British filmmaker Dan Reed. The documentary focuses on two men, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who allege that they were sexually abused as children by the late singer Michael Jackson at his home, Neverland Ranch, and other locations.
The documentary was broadcast on HBO in two parts in March 2019.
It's kinda true
Why It Rocks
I like it
The Only Redeeming Quality
- The soundtrack is decent to listen to.
Despite receiving critical acclaim from critics, it received a more divided response from casual moviegoers and fans of Michael Jackson. Sales for Jackson's albums went high in the billboard charts following the release of the documentary. It received a 98% "fresh" rating on Template:Rotten based on 93 reviews with an average score of 7.97/10 with the critic consensus "Crucial and careful, Leaving Neverland gives empathetic breadth and depth to the complicated afterlife of child sexual abuse as experienced by adult survivors." It has also earned an 85/100 on Metacritic based on 23 reviews, meaning universal acclaim. It originally had a 61% fresh audience score at release, before being redacted and put back up with a 24%.
Many people believed that the documentary was actually true, leading to radio stations removing Jackson's music, statues and items of memorabilia being taken down, Template:Best pulling the episode "Stark Raving Dad" from circulation, Drake dropping his MJ collaboration "Don't Matter To Me" from his tour setlist, some celebrities turning against him, and a documentary about The Jackson 5 being canceled. Jackson's estate later sued HBO for $100 million after the documentary was released. Celebrities such as Macaulay Culkin, Aaron Carter, James Lee, Britney Spears, Kanye West, Diana Ross, Madonna, Wendy Williams, Nick Cannon, Snoop Dogg, Akon, T.I, Tiffany Haddish, Mark Lester and others still defend and support Michael Jackson.
This documentary pretty much brainwashed celebrities and brands such as; Sia, Ethan Klein from h3h3Productions, FaZe Banks, Caito Potatoe, 50 Cent, John Legend, Molly Ringwald, Lil Boosie, Rose McGowan, Ellen DeGeneres, Corey Feldman, Katelyn Ohashi, Drake, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Quincy Jones, Starbucks, H&M, McDonald's, the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Al Jean and the people who work on The Simpsons, and Oprah Winfrey into believing the allegations.
When it comes to criticism, Wade Robson put his Twitter account on private for his haters and blocks people who criticize him, James Safechuck and/or this documentary, and James Safechuck blocks people who criticize and/or exposed him, which goes to show that Robson and Safechuck can't take the slightest bit of criticism.
Despite the controversy, it would go on to win the Emmy for "Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special" at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.
FilmMasterAdam named the documentary the worst movie he personally saw in 2019.