Indianapolis Children’s Museum Removes Michael Jackson Items From It’s Collection
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has removed three #MichaelJackson items from exhibits contributing to the continuing fall-out from #HBO’s ‘#LeavingNeverland’ documentary, which featured renewed allegations of sexual abuse from two of MJ’s accusers.
Michael Jackson, who is a native of Gary, Indiana, had a fedora and glove he wore onstage as well as a poster featured at the popular museum. Those items are no longer on display, @Billboard reports.
Chris Carron, the museum’s director of collections, said the museum’s officials want items on display to tell stories of “people of high character.”
According to the #IndianapolisStar, the fedora and Glove were purchased in 2017 from New York auction house ‘Gotta Have Rock and Roll’, were displayed in the museum’s “American Pop” exhibit.
The poster that was featured was seen as part of a Ryan White tribute in the museum’s “Power of Children” exhibit. White was an Indiana teenager diagnosed with AIDS following a blood transfusion. White died in 1990.
The museum joins the list of entities and celebrities who have shied away from Michael Jackson since the documentary’s release earlier this month.
After the “Leaving Neverland” film aired, radio stations in Canada, New Zealand and the Netherlands pulled Jackson’s music from their playlists.
A 1991 episode of “The Simpsons” TV series that guest-starred Michael playing the voice of a prisoner locked up with Homer has been removed from streaming platforms, and will not appear in future boxed sets.
In addition, last week, French fashion company Louis Vuitton announced it will no longer produce Jackson-influenced pieces for an autumn/winter 2019 collection.
It was also reported recently that Drake allegedly removed his song, “Don’t Matter to Me”, featuring the late singer during the U.K. leg of his tour.