Petition calls for cancellation of Michael Jackson show on Vegas Strip

Posted at 9:18 PM, Mar 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-07 07:29:12-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The allegations against Michael Jackson in HBO's new documentary "Leaving Neverland" are serious.

In the two-part film which premiered on the network Sunday night, Wade Robson and James Safechuck describe their childhood experiences with Jackson in graphic detail, saying Jackson groomed and manipulated them and their families.

The fallout from the film has found its way to Vegas, with many calling for an end to the many shows that honor the King of Pop.

Among the biggest, a Care2 petition demanding Mandalay Bay to cancel its Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show.

"We're excited to see people from all around the world who also probably love Michael Jackson's music and agree that it's time to have this tough conversation about whether we're honoring a man that maybe doesn't deserve the honor," said Rebecca Gerber, director of advocacy and engagement for Care2.

Gerber also said she understands people's love for Jackson's music, but she hopes Mandalay Bay will consider all victims of abuse.

Many locals and tourists agree it's a sensitive discussion that needs to be had.

"It's not really focused on his personal life," said one tourist. "It's focused more on what he did as an artist and in the industry so while the accusations are coming out; I don't think until there's concrete proof you can really take away from his other accomplishments while he was alive."

13 Action News reached out to Mandalay Bay and Cirque du Soleil for comment.

Cirque said in a statement it was unable to comment at this time because of the current legal proceedings involving one of its partners.