The controversial ad campaign claims “Facts don’t lie… People do,” in response to harrowing Channel 4 documentary, Leaving Neverland
The nation has been divided by explosive Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland, with some convinced of his guilt and other convinced of his innocence.
And those in the latter camp have pulled out all the stops to get their point across, with London buses suddenly emerging covered in Michael Jackson ‘innocent’ posters.
In a move that’s sparked outrage, the iconic red double deckers have been kitted out with posters protesting against the Channel 4 documentary.
Quoting Jackson’s nephew Taj, the ads read, “Facts don’t lie. People do,” alongside an image of Michael’s face.
And Taj has given the campaign the thumbs up, tweeting: “The pride of seeing my words on a London bus, next to my uncle Michael’s image… Facts don’t lie, people do.”
The ads are the result of a GoFundMe page set up by those convinced of his innocence after James Safechuck and Wade Robson both claimed Jackson sexually abused them when they were children.
Led by a Twitter user with the handle SeanyOkane, the group has already amassed £14,562 of its £20,000 target in an effort to counter the, “seriously questionable declarations from people who stand to gain a lot financially from their untruths.”
Advertising rules mean campaigns that “cause widespread or serious offence to reasonable members of the public,” or “could be reasonably seen as distasteful,” are not allowed.
But Transport for London (TfL) has approved the adverts, insisting they are, “compliant with our advertising policy.”
However, Channel 4’s head of news, Dorothy Byrne, has condemned the campaign, telling the Daily Star , “The documentary details the memories of two men who, when they were children, experienced serious sexual abuse.
“We are surprised that TfL have chosen to run adverts that defend a man who has had serious allegations of sexual abuse made against him. We are not clear how TfL think parents will explain these adverts to their children.”