Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 December 2014

Call to axe Jacko post mortem show

Michael Jackson's 'post mortem' is the subject of a Discovery Channel show
Michael Jackson's 'post mortem' is the subject of a Discovery Channel show

Michael Jackson's estate executors have demanded that the Discovery Channel cancel plans for a show purporting to re-enact the dead superstar's post mortem.

John Branca and John McClain fired off an angry letter to Discovery Communications calling the planned show "in shockingly bad taste" and insensitive to the feelings of Jackson's family.

They accused the company of "cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value".

The lawyers said they were especially outraged by an internet ad now circulating for the show Michael Jackson's Autopsy.

They called it "sickening" and said it depicts a corpse on a steel gurney covered by a sheet with a hand sticking out wearing Michael's signature sequinned glove.

"Discovery obviously views this as clever advertising... But in fact the ad makes light of Jackson's death and is debased, sick and insensitive," the letter said.

Branca and McClain appealed on behalf of Jackson's family, fans, common sense and decency for cancellation of the programme.

Discovery have yet to make a comment on the letter.

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