Twitter was torn into two after the first episode of Leaving Neverland aired on Channel 4 on Wednesday, March 6th.
The in-depth film discusses the child abuse allegations made against pop star Michael Jackson and features interviews with accusers James Safechuck and Wade Robson.
After part 1 of the documentary aired, many users and celebrities took to Twitter to have their say on the controversial film with the hashtag #leavingneverland.
Here are the 17 most contrasting reaction tweets to the Michael Jackson documentary.
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Tweets in support of Leaving Neverland
Many viewers spoke out in support of the accusers and their families, including celebrities that had been part of last years #MeToo movement.
Some of their tweets included details of their own experience with sexual abuse and their support of James Safechuck and Wade Robson for coming forward.
— sia (@Sia) March 6, 2019
The survivors are brave. .@Oprah is brave. The documentarians are brave. This is what brave is folks, standing against the grain, going against the norm, rocking the boat because sometimes it needs to be rocked. It is hard to hear truth, but that’s what growing pains are. #Brave https://t.co/luV8wiImAp
— rose mcgowan (@rosemcgowan) March 3, 2019
I married my abuser. I’d been groomed from a young age. My mother thought he was wonderful. Whilst I was under his spell I would have stood up in Court and given him an Alibi for murder. That’s why I believe them #LeavingNeverland
— MrsP (@MrsP90381578) March 7, 2019
Reading through #LeavingNeverland is heartbreaking. As someone who endured child sexual abuse who plucked up courage to tell my mum only to be called a liar and never to say such things again I understand the damage being done to his victims all over again. Shut the fuck up!
— #AllRacismMatters Lil'oldme (@relovedreams) March 7, 2019
As a survivor of child abuse, my heart breaks for these men. It is extremely difficult to go against an adult you love as a child. I applaud their courage of sharing their story. #ibelieveyou #LeavingNeverland
— Kelsie Wollesen (@KelsieWollesen) March 7, 2019
I'm in awe of the bravery it took for these two men to come forward and speak their truth in #LeavingNeverland. Breaks my heart that people are accusing them of lying – so ignorant & shameful. & unless you've watched the entire documentary – you are in no place to comment on it.
— Carly Chaikin (@carlychaikin) March 6, 2019
If you STILL think MJ isn't an abuser you can block me. I believe Gavin, Jurors at the 2005 trial believed Gavin. I believe James, I believe Jordy, I believe Wade. This isn't being taken seriously is because theyre men. MJ and R Kelly are abusers. Period. #LeavingNeverland
— Abby Adams (@thelilbabs) March 6, 2019
Wade Robson and James Safechuck, for whatever it’s worth, wherever you are, I believe you. I believe you. I believe you. #LeavingNeverland
— Maya Sorensen (@m49erfan) March 6, 2019
I’m floored by the courage of James Safechuck and Wade Robson’s courage in relating the details of how they were groomed and abused by Michael Jackson. It couldn’t be easy especially knowing how many refuse to still see Jackson as a pedophile. #LeavingNeverland
— Scott Miller (@ScottMiller701) March 4, 2019
Tweets of disbelief at Leaving Neverland
Although many seemed shocked and upset by the allegations made in the documentary, some viewers were quick to come to Micheal’s defence.
Many tweeted out in support of the late pop star, speculating that the evidence given in documentary was faked or that the victims were lying.
Unpopular opinion but this #LeavingNeverland Michael Jackson documentary is complete bullshit. Imagine the amount of money these “victims” have been paid to lie.
— Jordan Coombe (@Jordan_Coombe) March 6, 2019
The #LeavingNeverland documentary is purposefully graphic and goes into way too much detail. Because that's all they've got, stories. No evidence, just constantly changing stories, warping events and doctoring videos. Michael Jackson is innocent. Facts don't lie – but people do! pic.twitter.com/aC2yuk1xeW
— Cranjus McBasketball (@jodibwithoutane) March 6, 2019
#LeavingNeverland is the biggest load of shit I’ve ever seen. Disgusting it’s allowed to be shown on tv, this is everthing that is wrong with this day and age. Innocent until proven guilty. And he was PROVEN innocent.
— HannahJaynexo (@HannahjOyston) March 6, 2019
— Steven Hodges (@MJFFC) March 6, 2019
#LeavingNeverland you are ruining Michael Jackson reputation and legacy all for money bare faced liars .
— Jo Ellis (@JoEllis666) March 6, 2019
I’m actually disgusted that a certified icon who did so much for these kids is now being publicly ridiculed and accused on TV worldwide after his death cos some people are trying to cash in. No chance of him defending himself then, right? These lowlifes are evil #LeavingNeverland
— NΛVIN KUNDRΛ (@NavinKundra) March 6, 2019
#LeavingNeverland Whst s load of shite. This is all so staged Why is the mum laughing whilst talking about her son being molested? Because he WASN’T. Any fool can see this is all lies. Where’s the proof??
— julie chambers (@juliech85092691) March 6, 2019
This is 4 hours of drone footage, dim lighting and dramatic fluff… where is the evidence? I can't believe THIS is the documentary the Hollywood elite are pushing on us. Let me tell you now, I trust Michael Jackson over all these celebrity Hollyweirdos. #LeavingNeverland
— Anubis (@Tutankhamun1989) March 6, 2019
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