The family of the late Michael Jackson is not happy with ABC over the network’s upcoming special titled “The Last Days of Michael Jackson”.
The estate claims the two-hour documentary is a “crass attempt to exploit” the late King of Pop and his family.
In a statement issued to the media, the estate insists that “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” is not supported or approved by Jackson’s heirs.
“We want consumers to know that ‘The Last Days of Michael Jackson’, a television special airing on ABC TV (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company) tomorrow May 24th, is not sponsored or approved by the Estate of Michael Jackson,” reads the statement. “We believe the special to be another crass and unauthorized attempt to exploit the life, music, and image of Michael Jackson without respect for Michael’s legacy, intellectual property rights or his children.
“It is particularly disheartening that Disney, a company known to strongly believe in protecting its own IP rights, would choose to ignore these rights belonging to the Estate.”
A spokesperson for ABC responded to the criticism by telling ET Canada, “ABC News’ documentary explores the life, career, and legacy of Michael Jackson, who remains of great interest to people worldwide. The program does not infringe on his estate’s rights, but as a courtesy, we removed a specific image from the promotional material.”
Jackson died in 2009 of “acute propofol intoxication.”
Despite the efforts of the estate, “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” is scheduled to air on Thursday, May 24.