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Michael Jackson fans furious with Oprah following ‘After Neverland,’ urge people to #MuteOprah

Following the conclusion of HBO’s highly-anticipated Michael Jackson exposé, Leaving Neverland, Oprah Winfrey premiered her very own special, entitled After Neverland, on Monday evening.

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The HBO/OWN exclusive saw Winfrey, 65, conduct a one-hour interview with director Dan Reed, Wade Robson and James Safechuck — the latter two being the driving force behind the making of Leaving Neverland.

Although the two previously defended Michael Jackson (under oath) during the People v. Jackson 2005 sexual abuse trial, Robson, 36, and Safechuck, 41, individually accused the late King of Pop of molesting them in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

They are the two most recent men to accuse Jackson of sexually exploiting them during their childhood. In 2017, their cases were dismissed.

Winfrey delved deeply into the long-spanning allegations and ultimately questioned the innocence and intentions of Jackson. As a result, Winfrey is now facing a major amount of backlash from long-time Jackson supporters.

Jackson fans across the globe have flocked to various social media platforms to send the host their hateful messages — many claiming that After Neverland is strictly “one-sided” while urging others to #MuteOprah.

Michael Jackson with 10-year-old James Safechuck on his private tour plane on July 11, 1988.

Michael Jackson with 10-year-old James Safechuck on his private tour plane on July 11, 1988.

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READ MORE: Michael Jackson sexual abuse allegations: A timeline

Winfrey is known widely for her history in social activism and works aimed to expose sexual abusers and pedophiles, which is why many believe After Neverland stays true to her format.

However, there are many opponents who are questioning her intentions, including some who claim she conducted the interview for the “ratings” or “numbers.”

After Neverland came as one of Winfrey’s infrequent television appearances following the conclusion of her own talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show, in 2011.

The OWN special was filmed in front of an audience of about 100 sexual abuse victims — a factor which many dedicated Jackson fans believe made the interview entirely biased.

A timeline of Michael Jackson’s sexual abuse allegations​

Although the special never averted the topic of the singer’s supposed sexual abuse crimes, Winfrey claimed that the whole point of After Neverland was to raise awareness about sexual abuse, rather than just to tarnish Jackson or his legacy in the public eye.

“The movie transcends Michael Jackson,” claimed Winfrey to her audience. “If it gets you to see how [sexual abuse] happens, then some good would have come of it,” said Winfrey.

“This is a moment in time that allows us to see this societal corruption,” she added. “It’s like a scourge on humanity.”

While some supported Winfrey’s supposed intentions, many others weren’t quite convinced that she wasn’t trying to target the Smooth Criminal singer.

WATCH: Why exactly was ‘Leaving Neverland’ created?

READ MORE: Michael Jackson estate sues HBO over documentary

Following its premiere, Jermaine Jackson — Jackson’s older brother and former Jackson 5 bandmate — took to Twitter to share his opinions on the matter.

He called out Winfrey and reiterated that Jackson was proven innocent through trial back in 2005 and that too many people are ignoring “the facts.”

“So many in media, including Oprah, are blindly taking #LeavingNeverland at face value and shaping a narrative uninterested in facts, proof and credibility,” he claimed.

“Trial-by-law proved Michael’s innocence long ago,” he continued. “Fact.”

So many in media, inc @Oprah, blindly taking #LeavingNeverland at face value, shaping a narrative uninterested in facts, proof, credibility. We faced similar "graphic" claims + trial-by-media in '05. Jury saw through it all. Trial-by-law proved Michael's innocence long ago. Fact.

— Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5) March 4, 2019

Following its Sundance premiere in January, members of the Jackson family have continued to publicly denounce Leaving Neverland.

Collectively they’ve referred to the film as a “public lynching” against the singer. The Jackson estate sued HBO in February for allegedly violating a non-disparagement clause in a 1992 contract, which precluded the network from disparaging Jackson in the future.

The company ignored the suit and refused to change the premiere date or alter the contents of Leaving Neverland.

Brenda Jenkyns and Catherine Van Tigem protest the film ‘Leaving Neverland’ screening at the Egeyptian Theatre at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, 2019 in Park City, Utah.

Brenda Jenkyns and Catherine Van Tigem protest the film ‘Leaving Neverland’ screening at the Egeyptian Theatre at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival on Jan. 23, 2019 in Park City, Utah.

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READ MORE: Michael Jackson’s family responds to ‘Leaving Neverland’ claims: ‘I know my brother, he’s not like that’

An abundance of Jackson supporters proceeded to call Winfrey out for her friendship and involvement with Harvey Weinstein — who has been faced with a countless amount of sexual abuse claims.

This led to many accusing Winfrey of picking and choosing who she publicly ousts.

Your a sellout and a parasite and two faced. Anything for ratings and fame and trying to still be relivant. Destroying a innocent man's name and Legacy just to make yourself look good, and keep the attention away from the real monsters out there.

— paul colebrook (@paulcolebrook14) March 1, 2019

@Oprah when you do one sided interviews with zero research- await the repercussions – also called Karma. You have been setup for huge disgrace and failure. Your trust level is at a possible zero forever…

— Mr DT arsenalfantv (@truths_d) March 5, 2019

Oprah showing them she can drum up numbers and drama. Hope the cheque will be worth it

— x (@ejumane) March 4, 2019

One sided hit job! Oprah why didnt you invite corey feldman or taj ? #muteoprah

— Monique (@Monique87066298) March 5, 2019

Oprah is something else. Talking about the seduction of celebrity as if she hasn't sold her journalistic ethics for fame and money. #MUTEoprah

— andjustice4some (@andjustice4some) March 5, 2019

Oprah invited Monique’s brother who abused Monique on her show to speak along with her alcoholic father and mother she is not on good terms with in the audience. Now she is letting proven liars tell their onesided story. #MuteOprah #CancelOprah

— Dai 💫 (@ALovelyDaii) March 5, 2019

I don’t know if these guys are telling the truth… but I see so many holes in their story and I thought Oprah would get to the bottom of it… instead of piling on a one sided story #AfterNeverland .. #DamnOprah

— Lyin Like Jussie (@DrewWUD) March 5, 2019

The Jacksons invited Oprah into their home, let her interview his children for the first time. Made Michael and his family believe she could have been a genuine friend. Her friend Harvey asks for help now look. #AfterNeverland #MuteOprah #CancelOprah

— Dai 💫 (@ALovelyDaii) March 5, 2019

This is your reminder that billionaires shouldn't exist and anyone who is one is deeply, horrifyingly unethical. Yes, even Oprah

— Maddie (@mellowmadds) March 5, 2019

How do yall feel about Oprah doing this One Sided Documentary bout MJ🙄😑

— Slinx2⃣4⃣0⃣0⃣ (@Slinx_2400) March 4, 2019

#MuteOprah and #CancelOprah quickly shot to the top and became trending Twitter topics.

The Jackson estate has continuously suggested that the “allegations would not have been made” if the King of Pop were still alive to defend himself.

Michael Jackson with Jordan Chandler at Disneyland Paris on July 27, 1993 in Paris, France.

Michael Jackson with Jordan Chandler at Disneyland Paris on July 27, 1993 in Paris, France.

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READ MORE: Michael Jackson accusers detail alleged sexual abuse in first TV interview

During the premiere of Leaving Neverland, the Jackson estate made two of the singer’s concerts available to stream “for a limited time” on YouTube.

The 1992 concert Live in Bucharest (The Dangerous Tour), was available, free of charge, during the first part of the documentary, while the Live at Wembley Stadium concert premiered the following day.

Many believe the Jackson estate’s actions were made to derive or “distract” viewers from signing up for HBO and watching Leaving Neverland.

WATCH: Jermaine Jackson speaks out against ‘Leaving Neverland’ documentary

READ MORE: Michael Jackson’s family responds to ‘Leaving Neverland’ claims: ‘I know my brother, he’s not like that’

Whether it be the handful of sexual abuse allegations made against him, the premiere of Living with Michael Jackson (2003), Leaving Neverland or After Neverland, many different things have contributed to the dwindling of Jackson’s persona since 1993.

To this day, the truth about Jackson remains unknown, but the singer was never found guilty of any crime in a court of law.

Jackson denied all sexual assault accusations throughout his life, and since his death in 2009, he’s been unable to either defend himself in the court of public opinion, or confess to any of the alleged crimes.

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