HBO’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ is a devastating account of the lingering consequences of sexual abuse


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Invariably, the question arises any time accusations of past sexual abuse are raised against a powerful man: “Well, why did they wait so long to come forward then?”

It is always framed as persuasive proof of the victim’s dishonesty. Wouldn’t an honest person have spoken up sooner? What did they have to hide? What are they trying to get out of it now?

But what the past couple years of reckoning have shown us, and what Leaving Neverland now demonstrates to devastating effect, is that it’s not nearly so simple.

Structurally, Leaving Neverland is straightforward. Dan Reed’s four-hour, two-part documentary is built around in-depth interviews with Wade Robson and James Safechuck, two men who say they were abused by Michael Jackson as children. Their separate but similar tales unfold in chronological order, supplemented by archival photos and footage and sit-downs with their mothers, wives, and siblings. Read more…

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Donald Trump’s CPAC speech ripped to shreds on ‘SNL’ Weekend Update


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The latest Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update segment had a lot of material to go through. But Donald Trump’s Saturday afternoon speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) brought the most laughs. The only thing is: hosts Michael Che and Colin Jost had very little to do with it.

Instead of slicing Trump’s two hour-plus performance apart with one-liners, the sketch let the president’s words do all the talking. It’s just clips of a grown-ass man and supposed leader of the free world babbling incoherently. Cool. Enjoy? Read more…

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