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The legacy of the late icon Michael Jackson — known to many in the music industry as the "King of Pop" — has long been tainted by child molestation accusations and lawsuits that began in 1993. The topic has resurfaced in the media with the release of Leaving Neverland, a two-part HBO documentary in which two of his alleged victims recount their alleged experiences. 

Jackson, who died in 2009, repeatedly denied ever abusing children while he was alive. His family has also called the documentary a "public lynching" and have filed a lawsuit against HBO.

Several celebrities, fans, radio stations, and journalists have completely "canceled" the pop star after viewing the documentary. After a few days of internet frenzy, Paris Jackson has finally broken her silence about her father. Unsurprisingly, Paris is not happy at all.

The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25 and then aired on HBO in on March 3.

"The two-part documentary explores the separate but parallel experiences of James Safechuck and Wade Robson, who were befriended by Michael Jackson when they were just 10 and 7 years old respectively," the MeToo Movement shared on its Instagram page before the film aired. 

"Regardless of where you stand, this is an important topic that deserves our attention. We need to talk about men as survivors of sexual abuse. We need to talk about child sexual abuse, grooming, and trauma. We need to show up for each other."

Oprah magazine also declared that "it's time to say goodbye to Michael Jackson" on its Instagram account. 

The post coincided with an essay published on the magazine's website by writer Arianna Davis, who is a former Michael Jackson fan.

"Up until a few days ago, OprahMag.com’s digital director @ariannagab was a Michael Jackson defender and had go-to lines about separating the artist from the man or how there was never any real proof that he abused children," the magazine wrote in its caption. "But then @oprah and #LeavingNeverland finally convinced her to let go of the King of Pop."

Several Radio stations have removed Michael Jackson's music from the rotation.

"Michael Jackson isn't currently on any MediaWorks Radio stations' playlists," Leon Wratt, the radio director for the New Zealand commercial broadcaster MediaWorks, said in a statement to CNN

"This is a reflection of our audiences and their preferences -- it is our job to ensure our radio stations are playing the music people want to hear."

Three radio stations in Canada are also no longer spinning Michael Jackson records.

One museum even removed a Michael Jackson statue from public display.

"A statue of Michael Jackson has been removed from Britain's National Football Museum in the wake of fresh allegations of sexual abuse that continue to surround the pop superstar's legacy," CNN reported. 

"The National Football Museum has made a number of changes to its exhibitions and the objects on display over the last few months," a museum rep told CNN. "As part of our ongoing plans to better represent the stories we want to tell, we have made a decision to remove the Michael Jackson statue from display."

There was no mention of the removal being related to the Leaving Neverland premiere.

As all of these headlines popped up, Paris Jackson opted not to make any public statements addressing the documentary. Finally, she broke her silence on Twitter in a series of surprising tweets.

Paris first wanted to shut down rumors that she made official statements about the Leaving Neverland controversy.

"I actually haven’t made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life," Paris tweeted to Gay Star News after the outlet published an article about her believing Michael is innocent. "You guys are reaching a bit. At least this wasn’t a disgusting and attacking article though," she added.

Surprisingly, Paris seems to be taking the negative press her father has gotten recently in ... stride? 

"Y’all take my life more seriously than I do. Calm yo tittaaaaysss," she wrote about the situation. 

Per her mention of the "disgusting" articles about Michael, it's clear that Paris is paying attention. She obviously isn't pleased by the recent headlines about her father. Paris just doesn't seem to be as bothered by the noise — or at least, she isn't showing it. 

Paris apparently doesn't want to give the press any additional attention, which is why her reaction has been so mild.

"If everyone reacted this way towards articles, they’d stop making lies and start writing actual news," she wrote. This statement could mean she believes the allegations are lies and that her father is indeed innocent. The tweet could also be in reference to the "lie" the website told about her making a statement in the first place. Either way, her method for weathering this recent media storm is seemingly to just keep calm and let it all blow over. 

In her words, it just "feels better" to handle things this way.

"I didn’t mean to offend by expressing that titties should be calm. I know injustices are frustrating and it’s easy to get worked up. But reacting with a calm mind usually is more logical than acting out of rage and also... It feels better to mellow out," she shared on Twitter. 

And as for Michael's legacy, it appears that Paris isn't worried about it at all.

Although Paris seems to have deleted the tweet, she did address how she felt about the state of Michael's legacy now that Leaving Neverland has aired after a fan empathized with her that "[people] want to tear his name down." 

"They do that to everyone with a good heart and tried to make a difference," Paris responded. "But do you really think that it's possible to tear his name down? Like do you truly believe they stand a chance? Relax and have peace." 

It is a positive thing that Paris is doing what she feels is important for her self-care as these child molestation allegations continue to follow her family.

It's not like it isn't understandable that she feels this way. After all, these allegations do affect her, even if she has yet to open up about exactly how. She has been very forthcoming about how much she loves and misses her father. It cannot feel good to have people believe he is an abuser, whether the claims are true or not.

Let's all hope for peace for all of Michael's children as well as the alleged victims at this time.