The Children's Museum of Indianapolis announced that it was removing from its American Pop exhibition the gloves in fedora and Jackson's white gloves, obtained at an auction. A signed poster from The Power of Children's exhibition was also dedicated, spokeswoman Leslie Olsen said in a statement.
"We are very sensitive to our audience," she said. "Out of caution and in response to the controversy surrounding the HBO film" Leaving Neverland, "which directly implicated allegations of child abuse, we removed these items while examining closer to the situation thoroughly. "
It was not yet clear whether the artifacts could be exposed once museum officials examined the situation.
The exhibition of Ryan White
The museum will hold photos of Jackson as part of the reenactment of Ryan White's room. The boy from Kokomo, Indiana, became a famous cause in the 1980s after contracting HIV through a blood treatment. At a time when AIDS was misunderstood and White was feared to spread the disease to other children, residents of his community in Howard County struggled with his return to school.
Jackson made friends with White and spent time with the boy and his family. Alyssa Milano, then the young star of the hit show "Who's The Boss?" appeared with White in "The Phil Donahue Show," where she kissed White to demonstrate that people could not contract AIDS through casual contact with a victim.
White died in 1990 just before finishing high school. More than 1,500 people, including Jackson and First Lady Barbara Bush, attended his funeral, while Donahue and Elton John were among the bearers of the teenager. A few months later, Congress passed the Ryan White CARE Act to help the destitute victims of HIV / AIDS, and Jackson recorded "Gone Too Soon" in White 's honor and released the song at the same time. occasion of World AIDS Day in 1993.
In his statement, Olsen explained that Jackson's articles in the White exhibition would remain exposed as the singer was such an important part of White's life. White fondly recalled his visits to Jackson in the posthumously published book, "My Own Story."
"Ryan's family found that Michael Jackson's kindness to them was an important part of Ryan's story and the images of Michael featured in this exhibition will still be an integral part of Ryan White's story." said Olsen in his statement.
Documentary provokes negative reactions
The singer "Thriller", who died in 2009, was accused of sexually assaulting a boy and charged with seven counts of sexual assault as part of allegations relating to another boy in 2003. Jackson amicably settled the 1993 accuser and was acquitted. the case of 2003.
Founded in 1925, the Indianapolis Museum, with an area of 472,900 square feet, is the largest of its kind and extends over 29 acres. It includes exhibits informing visitors about science, history, world culture, art and dinosaurs, among other topics.
Artemis Moshtaghian and Lisa Respers France from CNN contributed to this report.