Indianapolis Children’s Museum Removes Michael Jackson Items Following Documentary Abuse Allegations
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis has removed three Michael Jackson items from exhibits following the allegations made against him in the HBO documentary, Leaving Neverland.
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Jackson’s iconic black fedora and his signature white sparkle glove, which were purchased several years ago at an auction, have been removed from the museum’s American Pop exhibit, as well as a signed poster from The Power of Children exhibit.
“As the world’s largest children’s museum, we are very sensitive to our audience,” a museum representative said in a statement. “In an excess of caution, and in response to the controversy over the HBO film called Leaving Neverland, which directly involved allegations of abuse against children, we removed those objects while we carefully consider the situation more fully.”
While the museum has removed several Jackson-related items from exhibits, some pictures of the singer still remain in The Power of Children exhibit. Those photos are part of the Ryan White room, a re-created bedroom once home to a boy who died of AIDS in 1990. White was the poster child of the AIDS movement shortly after being expelled from school due to the infection, he later met Jackson who dedicated the song “Gone to Soon” in memory of him.
“Michael Jackson pictures on display in The Power of Children exhibit remain because they are part of a direct re-creation of Ryan White’s room,” a representative said in a statement. “Ryan’s family found Michael Jackson’s kindness to them to be an important part of Ryan’s story and the pictures of Michael displayed in that exhibit will always be an integral part of the Ryan White story. The poster was removed because it was not part of the original re-creation of Ryan’s room.”