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Dancing to a pop megastar’s tune of power, celebrity and cold hard cash

17th March, 2019
Michael Jackson and Wade Robson in the late 1980s: Leaving Neverland (Channel 4) analysed the King of Pop’s sordid private life

Revolting and riveting in equal measure, Leaving Neverland (Channel 4) went unavoidably heavy on squalid descriptions of Michael Jackson’s exploitation of children during his time as the soi-disant King of Pop. But it was chiefly fascinating as a study in total control, and as an example of raw economics overwhelming the basic imperatives of parenting. It was, at its dark core, a moral lesson about what happens when nobody ever says no to a rich...

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