Michael Jackson’s Estate Says ABC Documentary Is ‘Crass’ & ‘Exploitative’

Published: Thursday 24th May 2018 by Rashad

The King of Pop’s estate has royally slammed ABC for a forthcoming documentary on the superstar, labelling the venture a ‘crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for Michael’s legacy.’

As we reported here, the 2-hour TV special – ‘The Last Days of Michael Jackson’ – will not only look at the rise and fall of music’s biggest persona, but also highlight never-before-seen interview footage with ABC News stars Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer.

And, while the doc will air as planned tonight, Jackson’s estate is letting it be well known they are not in favor.  See their full statement inside:

Associated Press:

“ABC was using a copyrighted photo and silhouette image owned by the Estate in the trailers and promotional material for the special. Only after notice from our attorneys to ABC News indicating they were infringing on our IP rights were the materials removed.”

The estate continued:

“We are told ABC intends to use music and other intellectual property owned by the Estate such as photos, logos, artwork, and more in the program itself, without having licensed the rights to any such material. Imagine if this was done with any of ABC’s intellectual property.

We believe the special to be another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music and image of Michael Jackson without respect for Michael’s legacy, intellectual property rights or his children.”

Spokespeople from ABC retorted:

“ABC News’ documentary explores the life, career and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide.  The program does not infringe on his estate’s rights, but as a courtesy, we removed a specific image from the promotional material.”


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  1. Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) May 24, 2018

    I love MJ but I do not need to see the exploited version of his life told by people like Barbra Walters and Diane. I saw the original interviews and they were very cold and mean to him. He is dead. Let him RIP and love on his music and old concert footage / videos.

  2. Truth May 25, 2018

    In other words: the estate is not getting money from this documentary…they have done worst things to exploit him…

    • SMH May 25, 2018

      Thank you. This is definitely a pot meet kettle moment. That estate has alot of nerve.

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