I guess I’ll start it off by saying R. Kelly isn’t Michael Jackson. Almost no one in Nairobi, Kenya has any idea who R. Kelly is. Everyone on the planet knows who Michael is. After Jesus, Michael may have been the most well-known human that’s ever lived, and if you were a huge fan of his back then and now, in some way his story affects us all.

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know HBO just released an explosive documentary about Michael Jackson.

You can watch the trailer here.

The four-hour documentary, which focuses on Wade Robson and James Safechuck, carries a significant weight. In fact, that would be underselling it, and so, understandably, the world’s reaction to it has been swift and polarizing.

This isn’t a new story, but the details in it will be.

What I didn’t want from such a documentary is it being sensationalized for the mere sake of sensationalism. What I didn’t want from such a documentary is the appeal of being needlessly mean-spirited by crushing someone who’s no longer here to defend himself. After watching all four hours of it, I don’t think that was the intent. This story is undeniably about Michael, but it is also about two people and two families who have experienced a ton of pain.

Whichever way you lean, I feel this documentary is worth your time. You can formulate your own opinions after watching.

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