"Destroy another strong black historical LEGEND?!?"
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The 38-year-old rapper has responded to the airing of HBO/Channel 4’s documentary, which details allegations of child sexual abuse by the late Michael Jackson, saying that the film tears down “another strong black historical LEGEND”.
“Dead men can’t speak. So what was the point again?” T.I. wrote on Instagram yesterday (March 6). “Destroy another strong black historical LEGEND?!?! It’s several examples of pedophilia in American History… if y’all pulling up all our old shit… we gotta examine ELVIS PRESLEY, HUGH HEPHNER [sic], and a whole slew of others guilty of the same if not more!!!”
“BUT WHY US all the time?”, he continued, “there’s an agenda to destroy OUR CULTURE.”
T.I. posted a short clip of a 1999 interview between Jackson and Piers Morgan, in which the pop star denies all abuse allegations levelled at him, as part of the tirade.
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In another Instagram post, T.I. quoted a tweet that questioned why people are uncomfortable with the thought of leaving children alone with grown adults.
The rapper responded: “These are assaults against OUR CULTURE!!! Make no mistake of it!!!”
It’s not the first time that T.I. has taken to social media to publicly air his views.
He wrote on Instagram at the time: “I’ve been extremely patient and made it a point to not jump to any premature conclusions about Ye’& his antics […] But now this shit is next level,futuristic Sambo, Hopping Bob, Stephen off Django ass shit Ye!!!!”
Leaving Neverland, which focuses on testimony by Jackson’s alleged sexual abuse victims Wade Robson, 36, and James Safechuck, 41, concludes in the UK tonight on Channel 4, 9pm-11pm.