This week, “The Daily” is revisiting some of our favorite episodes of the year and checking in on what has happened since the stories first ran. Today, we talk to our critic about his reckoning with abuse allegations against Michael Jackson — and his efforts to abstain from the pop star’s music.
Ten months later, he shares why he still has a Shazam feed full of Jackson’s hits — and reflects on what the ubiquity Jackson’s music in public reveals about our society.
This episode contains descriptions of abuse.
On today’s episode:
Wesley Morris, a critic at large for The Times and a host of the podcast “Still Processing.”
Read Wesley Morris’s piece about confronting his own fandom in the face of the allegations made against Michael Jackson in “Leaving Neverland,” an HBO documentary.
We look at Jackson’s history of sexual abuse accusations, and answer some questions about why child abuse victims often take years to come forward.
Listen to the hosts of “Still Processing” discuss how to respond to a problematic artist whose influence has so thoroughly permeated modern culture.
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Wesley Morris contributed reporting.
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