A guide on how to navigate hearing Michael Jackson's music in public post-Leaving Neverland
noncetroversy. Read on to find out if you can still do the Thriller
zombie dance at your local pub's next Halloween party without fear of getting bottled.
aside, anything up to Thriller
is socially acceptable because Pop's #Problematic Fave™ probably wasn't fiddling kids at that point. Thus, you can still dance to owt from Off The Wall
, and it's still okay to shake a leg to all the Jackson 5's choonz (except for ABC
because it's now the most played-out bait DJ tune of all time.)
* Any of the good songs from Bad
can still be enjoyed within the privacy of your own home, but you're on shaky ground enjoying them in public because the (Jonathan) King Of Pop™ was clearly a serial pederast by 1987. Note: if you do still bump anything from Bad
for your own pleasure this means you can no longer watch The Lost Boys
in good conscience because Jackson had already bummed Corey Feldman and Corey Haim by that point.
* Anything after Bad
is 100% No Play Zone territory. Partially because Mickey Mars Bar Jackson was in raging nonce-mode by that point, but mainly because his post-80s music was utter shite. I'm not saying bad taste in music is a crime on a par with paedophilia, but anyone who actually enjoys Earth Song
or We Are Not Alone
probably deserves chemical castration.