It was hard to watch the first part of Leaving Neverland, the documentary which aired on HBO aired on March 3. The poignancy of the mixed emotions expressed by two men and their mothers who fell under the spell of Michael Jackson and later, his predation, left me feeling like a fly on the wall of a particularly difficult visit to a therapist. I was forced to consider my own complicity in how we collectively create and reward a celebrity culture that allows us to suspend reality against our own better judgment.
We've seen time and again in the recent year with Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, and R. Kelly, to name a few, and how it takes a village to let serial predators go unscathed in the name of art and profit.
Also this hour: The cheating and doping scandals in the world of professional bridge.
Lastly, we take your calls. Have we hit peak cancel culture yet?
- Hank Stuever - TV critic or The Washington Post
- David Owen - Staff writer for The New Yorker, and author of more than a dozen books, including most recently, Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.