Following the revival of claims in the controversial documentary “Leaving Neverland,” MTV is considering removing Michael Jackson’s name from their coveted Video Vanguard Award. According to Page Six, the producers of the annual MTV Video Music Awards are contemplating renaming the award.
"There’s a lot of heated discussion at the network about how to handle the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award this year, and it’s getting ugly," a source told Page Six. "There’s talk about if they should change the name, or get rid of it altogether. [There’s also talk] about who would present it and who would accept it. It’s a mess."
In “Leaving Neverland,” former Jackson protégés, Wade Robson and James Safechuck, claim the late pop icon had a sexual relationship with them while they were children. Jackson’s estate denied the allegations and filed a $100 million lawsuit against HBO and another lawsuit against the accusers. The documentary aired in March, but Jackson’s legacy is still under fire.
“MTV [potentially] banning his name is the latest fallout. They haven’t decided yet, but they’ve been going back and forth on it. There are a lot of issues,” the source said