Michael Jackson: Discovery Channel’s Most Infamous Show Since Shark Week

MJ fans are protesting Discovery Channel’s new show, ‘Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson’

Michael Jackson: Discovery Channel's Most Infamous Show Since Shark Week

Looks like Joe Jackson isn’t the only one trying to cash in on the death of the fallen pop star. Discovery Channel is planning its most notorious TV event since Shark Week and rattling hardcore Michael Jackson fans everywhere with a special to air in the UK on January 13th called “Michael Jackson’s Autopsy: What Really Killed Michael Jackson.”

The show will bring viewers inside the gritty details of Michael Jackson’s death with a re-enactment of the autopsy itself, and will no doubt speculate broadly about the medications Jackson was taking and the dubious ethical standards that allowed such a regimen to be prescribed in the first place.

As a mythically famous cultural icon, attempts to cash in on the fascination with Jackson’s death seem inevitable, but 18 months later, die-hard fans feel Discovery Channel’s autopsy re-enactment transgresses the boundaries of prudence and good taste.

In an attempt to dissuade Discovery Channel from airing the show, a group has begun a petition asking the network to cancel its planned January 13th premiere. Surprisingly this petition is not taking the form of a Facebook fan page but rather an old-fashioned, honest to goodness petition, which you can find here—although maybe this is testament to the median age range of MJ’s die-hard fan base.

At any rate if watching a reenactment of his autopsy is a too much for you, you can now at least stream Michael’s final album ‘Michael’ in full. (Or click here to stream ‘Me Too’ – the track with the Kanye West cameo.)

[via Vulture]