Louis Vuitton Speaks Out Over Michael Jackson Controversy
The brand has announced that it condemns child abuse and will not be selling anything MJ related in stores
Not too long ago, attendees of the Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter fashion show received a single white rhinestone glove in the form of invitations. Once there, audiences at the Jardins des Tuileries would await clothing inspired by Michael Jackson, worn by models that walked down the backdrop made to resemble the Billie Jean music video.
This wouldn’t be happening right now, just a few weeks after the men’s show. The docu-series Leaving Neverland has since aired, premiering at Sundance Festival and has left viewers in a state of shock. Although the allegations, speculations, and million dollar pay-offs outside of court may have convinced some people before, for many, these were just tabloid rumors. It wasn’t until the intensely detailed and disturbing statements that Wade Robson and James Safechuck made that a mass agreement to shun the singer has ensued. Radio stations have stopped playing his music, artists have spoken out about their disgust and it feels as though the number of die-hard fans defending his “honor” has decreased (even if slightly).
Virgil Abloh, who is behind the collection that celebrates Jackson, first talked about the show in a concerningly tone-deaf way, taking little responsibility for the artistic choices made. Defending his muse, he told the New Yorker that he went in envisioning “the Michael that I thought was universally accepted, the good side, his humanitarian self.” This was, however, before he had watched the two-part documentary by Dan Reed.
Speaking exclusively to WWD, Abloh recently said, “I am aware that, in light of this documentary, the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights.” While Michael Burke, the chairman of the brand, said, “We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause.” The collection featured many items with Jackson’s image and trademark pieces along with actual items owned by the singer. Louis Vuitton has announced that it will not be selling gloves, sequined jackets, T-Shirts with Jackson’s loafers and socks on or anything inspired directly by the alleged pedophile.