Starbucks, Louis Vuitton and More Brands Distance Themselves From Michael Jackson After Leaving Neverland

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Starbucks, luxury designer Louis Vuitton and other brands want nothing more to do with the late King of Pop.

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Earlier this month, HBO aired the outstanding and powerful documentary Leaving Nevrland, which focuses on two men accusing Michael Jackson of past child sexual abuse, going into detail about allegations they made in lawsuits that have since been dismissed. The project has stirred controversy, drawn mixed reactions and has been denounced by his family.Since its release, several companies have taken steps to distance themselves from Jackson, the most famous pop star of all time.

 

Starbucks“@Starbucks Why are you still playing Michael Jackson in your stores?” a fan asked the coffee shop chain on Twitter on Wednesday, March 13.

 

“Thank you for making us aware,” the brand replied in a tweet. “We can confirm there are currently no Michael Jackson songs on official Starbucks

Louis Vuitton: The fashion brand has also distanced itself from Jackson in wake of the allegations. In a statement to WWD, the company said that the documentary has caused the fashion house “the greatest pain,” adding that the company was “unaware” of it at the time of the fall 2019 menswear fashion show, which took place week before Leaving Neverland premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The collection drew inspiration from Jackson’s pop culture legacy.

 

“We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing,” Michael Burke, Louis Vuitton’s chairman and chief executive officer, said in a statement to WWD. “Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.”

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  HBO
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