Janet Jackson finally talks about ‘Leaving Neverland’ and her brother’s legacy.
Janet Jackson has not been heard ever since ‘Leaving Neverland’ streamed. The documentary brought another wave of controversy regarding sexual allegations upon her deceased brother. Now, she has broken her silence and answered the critics. Ms. Jackson spoke with The Sunday Times and confidently said that she believes her brother’s legacy is not in danger.
Janet did not speak on Wade Robson and James Safechuck’s allegations directly. However, the support she declared for her brother makes her stance crystal clear. She has also been playing Michael’s music at her concerts despite the controversy that came from Leaving Neverland.
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An unexpected move from Janet Jackson
Speaking to ‘The Sunday Times’, Janet uncharacteristically spoke about brother Michael, while avoiding any mention of recent claims of abuse that were featured in the controversial documentary ‘Leaving Neverland’.
The tenth anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death is near and Janet spoke about her brother’s musical legacy. She said, “It will continue. I love it when I see kids emulating him, when adults still listen to his music.”
She further added, “It just lets you know the impact that my family has had on the world,” Janet continued, “I hope I’m not sounding arrogant in any way. I’m just stating what is. It’s really all God’s doing, and I’m just thankful for that.”
Many of the Jackson family members came forward to censure new allegations made by Wade Robson and James Safechuck in the documentary. However, Janet remained silent on the accusations her brother faced. She did not keep it for long and finally spoke in defense for her deceased brother.
On the other hand, members of the Jackson family released their own documentary in response to ‘Leaving Neverland’ called ‘Neverland Firsthand‘. It included comments from Taj Jackson, Brandi Jackson, and Brad Sundberg.
In ‘Firsthand’, Robson was called an “opportunist” by Brandi Jackson, while Taj claimed his uncle was ‘taken advantage’ of.
Outside of ‘Firsthand’, Katherine Jackson, Michael and Janet’s mother, spoke to ’60 Minutes’ to say she believed “Wade Robson is lying through his teeth”. “Anybody can say it that knows it, knows Michael,” she further added on the show, “Wade knows better. Wade just wants money.”
Janet tried her best to avoid making any comments on ‘Leaving Neverland’. According to Variety, back in March, she refused to participate in a musical number for her induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because it would air on HBO, the same network that produced the documentary.
Watch the trailer of Leaving Neverland