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Ramesh Ponnuru

No Question: Stop Listening to Michael Jackson

There’s no separating the art from the man and the accusations against him. 

At his child-molestation trial in 2005. 

At his child-molestation trial in 2005. 

Photographer: Aaron Lambert-Pool/Getty Images

What were they thinking? If you watch “Leaving Neverland,” the HBO documentary about Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who say that Michael Jackson sexually abused them as children, you will find yourselves asking that question a lot.

Often that question will be directed at the boys’ parents. Why would you let your young son sleep with an adult man? Why would you bring your son over at 1:30 in the morning to share a man’s bed? Joy Robson and Stephanie Safechuck, the mothers of the alleged victims, spend a lot of time on camera explaining themselves.