A local Op Shop has controversially refused to buy into the anti-Michael Jackson sentiment after the release of the groundbreaking documentary Leaving Neverland. Throwing caution to the wind, the popular Op Shop is currently flaunting a poster of Jackson in their front window, seemingly alluding to the fact that they are advertising the item for sale.
The presence of the contentious item in such a prominent Watsonia location has split the local community, just as the content of Leaving Neverland seemed to challenge the opinions of people across the world. According to one local resident, who asked to be unnamed, “That poster in the window is pretty much a microcosm of the global fallout of that doco being released. You know, some people questioned whether they wanted to listen to MJ’s music anymore, while others remained loyal to the King of Pop. Everyone I’ve spoken to on Watsy Rd this morning seems to have a different viewpoint on whether that poster should be advertised in such a public spot. The debate continues, I guess.”
Another passerby, Ken Lennon, told The Watsonia Bugle, “In the current social climate it’s a pretty ballsy move to chuck that poster right out the front of the store, but I reckon good on them. He’s the King of Pop mate. Remember Thriller? What an epic tune, not to mention the music video.”