*It seems the Discovery Channel is having second thoughts about its broadcasting of a show that supposedly re-enacts Michael Jackson’s autopsy. For now, at least, the program – originally scheduled to air on Jan 13 – has been postponed.
Discovery’s excuse is that the start of hearings next week in the criminal case against Jackson’s doctor affected its decision. Another more likely reason is the protestations against the show by the Jackson estate and Jackson fans.
John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson’s estate, accused Discovery of insensitivity toward the singer’s family in a letter Wednesday demanding that the company cancel plans for the program, reports the AP.
Branca And McClain said they were especially outraged by an Internet ad (see below) for the show, “Michael Jackson’s Autopsy,” which they described as depicting a corpse on a steel gurney covered by a sheet with a hand sticking out wearing Jackson’s signature sequined glove.
Branca and McClain said Friday in a statement that Discovery seemed to be reacting to outrage from Jackson fans, in addition to their own criticisms:
“Discovery Channel made the correct decision in choosing to cancel this exploitative program. We are hopeful that this show will never run in any market in the future.”