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Media Fury, Hosted by Valerie Denise Jones - Guest: Pearl Jr (Leaving Neverland)

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T.I. is right about Michael Jackson - Dead Men Cant Talk

Clifford Joseph Harris, Jr., better known to fans as T.I. spoke for millions of Americans when he took to Instagram to protest the response to HBO's new film about Michael Jackson, who is being suspended indefinitely from radio stations around the world and even "pulled" from reruns of ancient Simpsons episodes:

Let this man speak for himself to defend his legacy. Don't just listen to one side and expect to find truth. Oh that's right ... Dead men can't speak. So what was the point again? Destroy another strong black historical LEGEND?!?! It's several examples of pedophilia in American History ... if y'all pulling up all our old shit ... we gotta examine ELVIS PRESLEY, HUGH HEPHNER, and a whole slew of others guilty of the same if not more!!! BUT WHY US all the time? There's an agenda to destroy OUR CULTURE. #KingsThoughts 

These are indeed thoughts worthy of a king. We don't need a new premium cable documentary to tell us that the guy who popularized "Hound Dog" was a pig or that the founder of Playboy was a low-grade pimp. The history of white rock artists sexually exploiting children is, well, the history of white rock artists. So why is nobody suggesting that Amazon should stop selling deluxe reissues of ­Exile on Main Street ("No I don't want your I.D. / And I've seen that you're so far from home / But it's no hanging matter / It's no capital crime") or posthumous David Bowie live albums? 

Why is the legacy of the most beloved black pop star of the last century, the only African-American entertainer who would ever loom as large in the popular imagination as Old Pops, something opinion writers can dispense with in an instant?


Pearl Jr explains...