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Michael Jackson autopsy show 'in bad taste'

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    30 December 2010 Last updated at 09:33 GMT

    Michael Jackson autopsy show 'in bad taste'

    [​IMG] Michael Jackson died in June 2009 aged 50


    Executors of Michael Jackson's estate have asked the Discovery Channel to cancel plans for a programme claiming to re-enact the late singer's autopsy.
    John Branca and John McClain said the show was "in shockingly bad taste".
    In a letter, the pair accused the company of being motivated by "blind desire" to exploit the singer's death.
    The show - entitled Michael Jackson's Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson - is scheduled to be broadcast in Europe in January.
    "Your decision to even schedule this programme is in shockingly bad taste and insensitive to Michael's family," the co-executors wrote.
    "On behalf of Michael's family, fans, common sense and decency, we urge you to reconsider and cancel this programme," they added.
    An advertisement used to promote the show reportedly depicts a body covered by a sheet with one hand wearing the singer's trademark sequined glove visible.
    "Discovery obviously views this as clever advertising and creative 'branding' for its programme," Branca and McClain continued.
    "In fact, the ad is debased, sick and insensitive."
    [​IMG] Dr Conrad Murray has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter
    Discovery Communications declined to comment on the letter, the Reuters news agency reported.
    Meanwhile, lawyers for the doctor facing trial for involuntary manslaughter over Jackson's death may suggest the singer killed himself, a prosecutor has claimed.
    In a court session to discuss evidence in the case against Dr Conrad Murray, Deputy District Attorney David Walgren said he believed defence lawyers were looking into the theory.
    "They don't want to say it but that's the direction in which they are going," he said on Wednesday.
    Outside the Los Angeles courtroom, defence lawyer J Michael Flanagan declined to comment and said lawyers were still investigating the case.
    A preliminary hearing is scheduled to begin on 4 January where it will be decided if there is sufficient evidence to hold Dr Murray for trial.
    Dr Murray has repeatedly denied causing Jackson's death.


     
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    Jackson estate demands autopsy show cancellation



    By LINDA DEUTSCH
    The Associated Press
    Wednesday, December 29, 2010; 7:54 PM


    LOS ANGELES -- Executors of Michael Jackson's estate demanded Wednesday that the Discovery Channel cancel plans for a show purporting to re-enact the dead superstar's autopsy.
    John Branca and John McClain fired off an angry letter Wednesday 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 being motivated by "blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value."
    Branca and McClain 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 sequined 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.



    They said some viewing "this fictitious morbid image" on the Internet may think it is real. Discovery has had a reputation for fine TV programming which is why "we find your decision to proceed with an offensive, exploitative program like 'Michael Jackson's Autopsy' so mind boggling," the lawyers said.
    Branca and McClain appealed on behalf of Jackson's family, fans, common sense and decency for cancellation of the program.
    A call to Discovery headquarters in Silver Spring, Md., after hours was not answered.
     
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