Will.i.am has spoken out in defense of Michael Jackson following the 'Leaving Neverland' fallout.
"We live in a very, very, very, very hypocritical, double-standard, fake society," he said per the Evening Standard about the current Jackson boycott.
"I can name a thousand other products that we still buy, still use, that are owned by folks that have done the most horrendous things to people, millions of them, and we don't take their products from the market."
"Bayer is really responsible for chemicals that killed millions of people but they're headache medicine now. Are you going to ridicule them for their past? [...] Imagine every country that ever had slaves, people said never travel to those countries because of what they've done in the past. Are you not supposed to do anything with anyone who ever did anything ill in the past? England, Spain, Portugal. That's not that long ago. Are there reparations for everyone who's done something ill? I could name a thousand more ills that are worse, but we're going to pull songs?"
He then expressed that although he is supportive of Jackson, he is not sure who to believe but claims that "just the Black artists" are being targeted.
"I don't know what to trust or believe when I don't know who's behind it. "Obviously it's money when The Beatles' catalog Sly And The Family Stone's catalog is still with the estate.
"I'm torn because that's not the Michael Jackson I loved and will always love. It is a smear campaign; there's been a number of smear campaigns in the past. If he did it, it's sad and inhumane. If he didn't, what's happening is sad, and inhumane.
"And for somebody that knows him, you're torn. You have the doc. Your heart wants to believe them but they're on record lying so how am I supposed to trust that?"