GMB controversially plays Michael Jackson song in debate over banning his music

Good Morning Britain started today’s debate on banning Michael Jackson’s music by controversially playing one of his songs.

Radio stations in Canada, Australia and New Zealand have banned his tracks in the wake of the sexual abuse allegations from Leaving Neverland.

Jackson’s hit song Thriller was heard as presenter Kate Garraway asked viewers how they felt after watching the explosive Channel 4 documentary.

Kate was joined in the studio by radio presenter Afua Adom, who said she plays music for people to feel good and not to be "triggered".

She said: "He didn’t separate himself from that music. That charisma he brought into his music is the same he used to bring young boys into his bed.


"He had kids at the beginning of Black or White and Smooth Criminal. He had kids on stage during the Bad tour.

"Being shown what happened in the documentary and talking about what happened to them after it feels uneasy.

"I play music for people to feel good, not for people to feel triggered."

Afua admitted it was hard not to listen to Jackson’s music because he is an "absolute legend" but an asterisk had to be put against his name because of the "compelling evidence" against him.

In opposition was writer and broadcaster Nina Myskow, who interview Jackson when he was 20-years-old.

Nina argued that you could separate the art from the artist and listening to Jackson’s music was "not condoning the crime".

She said: "If you think of the great writers, artists and painters through the centuries. By nature of creative people they are outsiders. Some have been dreadful people – Monsters.

"Wagner was an incredible anti-Semite but people still listen to his music."

Some Good Morning Britain viewers took to Twitter to insist Jackson’s music should be banned.

One viewer said: "Yes Michael Jackson music should be banned on radio"

"I agree it should be banned. Why should we celebrate and remember a person who abused children? Anyone who abuses children, man or woman, should not be celebrated," added another.

A third said: "It’s a personal choice. I won’t be listening any more but I wouldn’t criticize those who do"

However, others slammed the move and argued his music should still be played.

"#GMB this is trial by media Michael is not here to defend himself, so wrong No you should not ban his music #MJInnoccent," argued one fan.

Another added: "I’ll keep listening to MJ’s music. Doesn’t mean I condone what he allegedly did."

"Sorry but nothing will stop me from listening to Michael Jackson’s music. end off." said a third.

*Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am

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