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Michael Jackson's Fans and Estate Executors Want 'Autopsy' Canceled

December 30, 2010 03:45:20 GMT

The letter addressed to Discovery accused the channel of trying to dupe the public into believing the show has medical value, calling it 'debased, sick and insensitive'.


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Michael Jackson's fans and estate are protective of his image, forcing Discovery Channel to cancel the plan to air an upcoming special that re-enacts the late singer's autopsy. John Branca and John McClain who act as Michael's executors have written a letter to the channel's CEO David Zaslav, and they are backed up by more than 9,000 online petitions from fans.

In their letter, the executors said, "Your decision to even schedule this program is in shockingly bad taste, insensitive to Michael's family and appears motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value."

"We were especially outraged when a sickening print advertisement for the program appeared making light of Michael's death by depicting a corpse sprawled on a steel gurney covered by a sheet with a hand sticking out wearing Michael's signature glove."

The program which is deemed "exploitative" is set to air on January 13 in the U.K. Discovery is yet to comment on the protest as of press time.

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posted by LibelFreeZone on Dec 30, 2010
It's not uncommon for simulated autopsies to be performed for educational purposes on synthetic cadavers. The distinction is that those synthetic cadavers are not identified as representing a specific person. In the case of Michael Jackson, it's clear that ethical considerations were completely steamrolled in favor of exploiting an internationally beloved superstar for ratings. Oprah Winfrey's new network is about to be rolled out, isn't it? It's likely that in a bid to convince sponsors that Winfrey can deliver the eyeballs, some young turk in the Discovery advertising department thought this travesty of a program would be a good idea. What idiots work for Discovery? Heads should roll over this bone head decision.
posted by burberry on Dec 30, 2010
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posted by Alice on Dec 30, 2010
I hope that Discovery will reconsider and cancel the airing of this program. It is a new low for programming, and is just reprehensible. It is in very bad taste and if shown will damage Discovery Channel's repution immensly. Hopefully they will see this in a new light and cancel this show!!

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