Jacko's Estate Says Autopsy Re-Enactment in "Shockingly Bad Taste"

Wednesday, Dec 29, 2010  |  Updated 3:22 PM PDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
A Look Back: Loved Ones and Fans Mourn King of Pop

FilmMagic

Michael Jackson

Photos and Videos

Michael Jackson Rocks Again

A new album of 10 never heard before songs by Michael Jackson hit the stores on Tuesday, but some were not pleased by the new release.
More Photos and Videos

The executors of Michael Jackson's estate asked the Discovery Channel on Wednesday to reconsider plans to show a re-enactment of the singer's autopsy to viewers in Europe, saying it is in "shockingly bad taste."

"Your decision to even schedule this program is in shockingly bad taste, insensitive to Michael's family and appears motivated solely by your blind desire to exploit Michael's death, while cynically attempting to dupe the public into believing this show will have serious medical value," John Branca and John McClain said in a letter to the president of the cable network.

A Discovery Channel spokeswoman did not immediately return a request for comment on the letter addressed to David Zaslav.

Branca and McClain say the show does not even conform with the Discovery Channel's own standards.

"There was a time not long ago when Discovery was synonymous with some of the best programming television had to offer, including focusing attention on many of the same environmental issues Michael was so passionate about during his life," according to the co-executors. "That's why we find your decision to proceed with an offensive, exploitive program ... so mind-boggling."

Jackson was 50 when he died in Los Angeles in June 2009 of an overdose of the sedative propofol.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out