Supporters of the star took out a series of adverts depicting the musician muffled by the word ‘innocent’, headlined ‘Facts don’t lie. People do’ in response to the Leaving Neverland documentary which accused the star of grooming underage boys.
These were prominently emblazoned on the sides of buses and bus stops following a £20k crowdfunding campaign in the wake of a Channel 4 screening of the allegations but have now been removed owing to ‘public sensitivity and concern’.
Supporters of the musician have rushed to defend Jackson’s legacy, arguing: “We would not think twice in turning our backs on his legacy, if we for one second felt that there was any truth at all in these heinous events.”
This stance has been publicly called into question by charities working with the survivors of sexual abuse however, which warns that it ‘perpetuates fear’ among those looking to speak out on the issues raised.
Jackson’s legacy has already been badly tarnished by the affair, with radio stations blacklisting his songs and even a 1991 episode of The Simpsons guest starring Jackson being withdrawn from streaming services and broadcast.
TfL has also imposed a ban on junk food advertisements.