Blame Whoever You Want…But Don't You DARE Blame Michael's Babies!

“When I look into the eyes of my son, Prince, and daughter, Paris, I see miracles and I see beauty. Every single day becomes the Sabbath. Having children allows me to enter this magical and holy world every moment of every day. I see God through my children. I speak to God through my children. I am humbled for the blessings He has given me.”-Michael jackson

I’ve acknowledged that the current rift in the Jackson family is a sad situation. No argument here. But I never dreamed I would see the disturbing trend of people (whether they be MJ fans or neutral bystanders or haters) blaming innocent kids. That in itself is shameful enough, but for some fans to be doing it is just outright unforgivable.

Okay, we can say that maybe these kids need a firmer hand these days when it comes to running to Twitter with every little piece of family gossip. Teenagers need discipline and guidance. But whose responsibility is that, the adult or the child? Also, we could look at this another way as well. Just as some often say that the media doesn’t create the stories; they merely report them, then how can they point fingers at Paris and Prince for only reporting what they saw as a desperate situation? Again, if adults are behaving poorly or irresponsibly, let’s point those fingers squarely where they belong. The current disturbing trend I am seeing of some media stories, celebrities, and even fans who are bashing the kids for speaking out is very much akin to the parent who scolds their child for telling the school counselor on them. In such cases, the parent usually isn’t sorry for what they’ve done, but they are very, very sorry about being caught-and of the consequences they know will ensue. Thus, they blame the child, trying to make the child feel guilty when it is they themselves who should be looking in the mirror at their own actions. We live in a society that is incresingly encouraging children to be forthright about things that are going on behind closed doors, and is that not a good thing? But why are children often so reluctant to report abuse or even things that simply aren’t right? Bingo. Because kids who do so often end up being more victimized than if they had just kept their mouths shut. In this case, there seems to be a disturbing trend of adults attacking children, and for what? For speaking the truth? For reaching out in a situaton for which they were feeling helpless?

I’m not saying the kids were being abused, but certainly they were unnecessaily put through a very traumatic experience. In our culture, it is expected that a child’s welfare should come ahead of all other priorities-and, I am sorry, but that includes their adult family members’ right to privacy if the children’s welfare is being threatened. I know the kids weren’t exactly left “home alone.” Some stories were running wild that the kids were left without food or any adult presence whatsoever. Obviously, that was not the case. Yes, there was an issue over the staff being let go, including the cook. Yes, Katherine said she was concerned they weren’t eating healthy. But come on, they weren’t ever in danger of starving. These kids are far richer and more well provided for than probably you and I combined ten times over.

BUT, they are still children, and still prone to the same fears and insecurities as all children. All of the money in the world means nothing if you’ve lost the only security you ever knew, and now are seeing whatever fragile security you have left being threatened.

Actually, most of the media stories I’ve seen have been sympathetic to the children’s side. I think most reporters at least have the good sense to know that attacking children isn’t going to win them any points with the public. But the first rumblings I saw which hinted things might take a nasty turn for Michael’s kids was this article from Chicago News Report, which is really nothing more than a thinly veiled and contemptuous opinion piece. I would not even bother linking to it here, but the sole reason I am doing so is to help back up my justification for doing this post. Following the usual tabloid tactic of printing information from an “unnamed source” this trash article tries to make the claim that the reason Rebbie, Jermaine, Randy, and Janet went to such lengths was to actually protect their mother from Michael’s kids, who (according to the article) are the ones dishing out the abuse. (Come on, one of these children is a shy, ten-year-old boy! Just how ‘abusive” can he be?).

http://www.chicagonewsreport.com/2012/07/whats-really-going-on-with-katherine.html

Of course, the idea of spinning Michael’s children as “spoiled brats” fits neatly into the paradigm of those who wish nothing better than to have the perfect excuse to project all of the hate and ridicule they can no longer heap onto their dad, onto them. This is nothing new. It goes all the way back to that day at the memorial when 11-year-old Paris made them all feel very guilty, if only for five minutes. Since then, they have looked for any excuse to try to make the children look bad-after all, the idea of Michael having raised three normal, smart, and well adjusted kids goes against the grain of everything they tried to accomplish.

But the fact is, everyone who ever knew Michael-who ever saw him interact with his children or met his children-complimented them on their wonderful manners and unspoiled attitude. Most people who ever saw Michael interact with his children actually described him-shockingly enough-as a strict disciplinarian and as someone who strove very hard to instill values in his children.

Listen to what Steve Harvey says in this video about Michael’s kids:

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bHd5PeWQfUU[/tube]

Kai Chase, who was employed as Michael’s personal chef during his last months, has also gone on the record to state what well mannered and thoughtful children Michael had raised. This was a note to her written by Paris:

And this was the “Box of Happiness” gifted to her by the children:

Not to mention, it goes without saying that there are many, many other such stories, all of which most fans are familiar. Over and over again, Michael Jackson’s three children have been described by everyone from employees to casual observers as amazingly well mannered and well behaved children, especially considering that they were the children of a world renowned celebrity. Now as to how much if any of that may have changed in the three years since his death-and especially since the kids have entered their teenage years-is hard to say.

LOL! Little Paris Looking Pretty Willful And Stubborn-Even Back Then!

But even if we give benefit of the doubt to some of these negative spins and assume that maybe the kids have become more headstrong and willful in their teen years-which is normal-does the responsibility fall on them, or-again-does it reflect on the adults in charge?

Michael instilled values in these children that will last with them a lifetime. But let’s not forget, he has been out of their lives for three years. When he died, he left three very impressionable children who were at a vulnerable age-and who still had a lot of growing up to do. Some people act like they expect them to be those same, sweet, adorable little toddlers that they were. They are not that, okay? They are teenagers. And yes-with all that that implies.

But aside from simply pinning blame on the obvious reasons-that these are Michael Jackson’s kids-what I see unfolding are really three reasons why some are turning on the kids.

The first is the issue of divided loyalty, and this is where you get people like Gladys Knight with her comment that Paris should have her teeth knocked out. The comment understandably raised a lot of ire in the fan community. Of course, upon actually watching the clip from Ms. Knight’s appearance on The View, I discovered that (as so often happens) those reports had been somewhat exaggerated and misleading. Gladys Knight didn’t exactly say that Paris deserved to have her teeth knocked out. What she actually says is, “If she [Paris]called me that, she wouldn’t have no teeth” which I suppose, when you get right down to it, is still saying the same thing even though it does change the context of the quote somewhat.

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sBlLdAmRz58[/tube]

But here is the problem: Gladys Knight wasn’t there, and she herself is just going by media reports. What exactly did Paris allegedly call Janet? Does she even know, much less whether what she heard is even true? Also, seeing as how people like Gladys Knight do not know the whole story, it might do her and others like herself and Star Jones some good to refrain from making judgements-as Star herself seems to have acknowledged after much media backlashing:

Star Jones Clarifies Words For Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson’s Daughter

Star Jones feels that her concerns about Paris Jackson speaking out via Twitter have not been accurately represented in the media.

“Somebody PLEASE take @parisjackson phone! She’s a CHILD So STOP it,” Jones tweeted last week. “I have 8 aunts…and if I was “tweeting” our family info that’s being used for TABLOID fodder ONLY! They’d check me with a quickness,” she continued.

However, on Monday, Jones took to the social-networking site to clarify her feelings on the matter.

“Let me be clear: any child who is being emotionally and/or physically abused needs to shout it to the rooftops to people who can help,” tweeted Star, after getting backlash for her original remarks. “I DO NOT however believe that #twitter or any other social media is that forum for a vulnerable child. It is EXPLOITIVE and DANGEROUS…Exposing oneself to the scrutiny, criticism and evaluation of anonymous adults on social media does not help; in fact it can hurt tremendously.”

Jones clearly doesn’t like the response when she exposes herself to the scrutiny, criticism and evaluation of anonymous adults on Twitter, and now is arguing (via Twitter) that it’s not the right medium for a 14-year-old girl either.

“Social Media is not a place of safety, security or most importantly LEGAL RECOURSE for a vulnerable child; no matter how famous,” tweeted Star. “Don’t care if you like me or don’t like me…I have advocated for children and the law for over 25 years. That’s my agenda; WHAT’S YOURS?”

In a private message to me, Star made it clear that her only concern was the safety and privacy of Paris. May I suggest, Star, that you take the advice you give and step away from Twitter for a while?

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/star-jones-paris-jackson_n_1724952.html?utm_hp_ref=michael-jackson

Again, just because someone is an adult and older, doesn’t make them “right.” As I’ve said before, I don’t know the whole story here anymore than anyone else does-which is exactly why I’ve refrained from some of the more vicious anti-Janet, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbie bashing that I’ve seen elsewhere. However, Paris in turn at least deserves the same courtesy, if not moreso considering she is a child. Gladys Knight may come from that same Southern, old school style of discipline as Joe Jackson, but really, is going on TV and advocating physical violence against a minor child the wisest thing?

But here’s where the issue gets sticky, because as we know, Gladys Knight has been a very close and dear friend of the Jacksons for over forty years. She is credited for having discovered The Jackson 5. Here she is in an interview after Michael’s memorial, where she praises Paris for her speech:

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fg2pUCorSYk[/tube]

And here Gladys Knight talks about her experience singing at Michael’s private service, and also mentions how well behaved his children are:

[tube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yftcrU2LVuE&feature=related[/tube]

But just as I said in my previous post, the current situation with the Jackson family is causing divided loyalties. Gladys Knight loved Michael. But let’s not forget, she is also long time friends with the entire family, including Janet. Her position, as well as that of Star Jones and several others, reflects those of many old-time friends of the family, as well as those old school fans who grew up with The Jacksons and the Jackson 5. They may have loved or respected Michael, but their first loyalty is to the Jacksons as a family unit. Michael’s kids, in essence, are often simply looked on as “less than” or as “the others.”

Or in other words, when it comes to a showdown between certain members of the Jackson family and Michael’s kids, it seems some of these long-time “friends” are all too willing to throw Michael’s children under the bus. That sounds harsh, but it’s the reality.

And sadly, I half suspect that racism plays some hand in this-well, let me take that back. I know it. The celebrities aren’t going to come out and say it, of course. But just go on any forum or read the comments left on most any article written about this family drama over the last week. Inevitably, you are going to see a lot of snide posts in the vein of, “How DARE those white kids do this to the Jacksons!”

Um, excuse me. Those kids are Jacksons, too, no matter how light their skin is. What’s more, they are Michael’s children-legally and in every sense of the word.

If Michael Was Living, Some Heads Would Be Rolling Right Now!

Which brings me back to Gladys Knight and her comments. The fact is, yes, she may have been a very close friend of Michael’s and a long time friend of the family. But let me ask you this, especially all of you who are parents: If a friend went on national TV and talked that way about your child-saying they deserved to have their teeth knocked out-would you still be friends with that person? Trust me, Michael’s children came first in his life. If I know nothing else about him as pure fact, I know that much. And no, I don’t think he would appreciate in the least someone going on TV to say his daughter needs her teeth knocked out. Had that happened while Michael was alive, I can guarantee you there would be some teeth knocked out, all right-and it wouldn’t be Paris’s!

Well, some of the snideness and criticism might be understandable coming from haters, but what’s even more disheartening is seeing it within the fan community.  Why on earth-when Michael made it very clear how much he loved and adored his children, and how they were the most important thing in his life-can some fans justify their current attitudes? Well, my theory is that some fans are so caught up in their hatred of the estate that they will condone most anything and any attempt to overthrow it-again, even if it means at the expense of throwing Michael’s children (the beneficiaries of his estate) under the bus. In short, they resent Prince and Paris for having (it seems) thwarted the plan by blowing the whistle on their aunts and uncles.

But let’s keep some things in perspective. These kids weren’t concerned about dollar signs or the estate or anything else people are attributing to them. They were concerned with where their legal guardian-their grandmother-was, and why they couldn’t talk to her.

I want to stress again that this isn’t about bashing the siblings. Like I continue to say, I don’t know the whole story. I’m just saying, however, that regardless of which “side” one takes, it is shameful and disgraceful to put the children at the center of it.

Fans who continue to say stuff like “You can’t be a fan of Sony/Branca and be a fan of Michael Jackson, it’s one or the other” need a reality check. Interesting that these are some of the same ones who advocate bashing Michael’s kids, but I’ll stop right there. I guarantee you, if it came down to an either/or between Sony and Branca or Michael’s children, do you really think there would be any contest as far as Michael was concerned? I think he would probably say in a heartbeat, “Screw Sony and the damned estate; don’t bad mouth my kids!” Do you think he would approve of people bashing his kids?

Think again.

People may love their siblings, and I’m sure Michael loved his. But they will kill and die for their children.

First of all, I don’t know anyone who is a fan of Branca or Sony. I am a fan of Michael Jackson, and just because I may be neutral on some issues or not a screaming radical advocate for conspiracy theories doesn’t make me a fan of Branca or Sony, or any less of a fan of Michael Jackson.

And I’m gonna tell the story straight. The only either/or here is Michael’s children.

Either you respect his children, or you are not a fan. You bash his children, and you are not someone he would even want to call a fan. And that is the end of the story.

If you want to disagree with me, fine. But this issue is not up for debate as far as I am concerned.

Michael’s children were his top priority when he lived-not the Jackson family, not the estate, not Sony, nor anything else that people are so all consumed with. His children, of course, cannot be our top priority because we all have our own lives to live and our own families. But if nothing else, they deserve our respect, our compassion, and our sympathy. They have been through a lot in the last three years.

Yes, we can say they egged a lot of the drama on by turning to social media to air the dirty laundry. I would not deny that. But again, it all goes back to where it began. Who is really to blame here, the children for reacting to a traumatic situation, or the adults who created this situation to begin with?

Honestly, I don’t think it takes much brain power to figure that one.

 

80 thoughts on “Blame Whoever You Want…But Don't You DARE Blame Michael's Babies!”

  1. I agree, so well written Raven. These are children, and they need to know that one person is their guardian and available 24/7 for them to speak with, for whatever reason. Parents don’t get to disappear for a while and not be available, so the reaching out was inevitable. I just pray that all quiets down now, and that the bids are calm.

  2. All the adults in this situation are to blame for this. Those children are not. I, too, have been shocked at the hateful comments heaped on these children in the fan community and all over the Internet. Inexcusable behavior to condemn and harass children. The racism and obsession with questioning their DNA is disgusting. It is even rampant in the fan community. I agree. You are not a fan of Michael’s if you are bashing his children. The drama over the last few weeks was not necessary and things could have been addressed differently. It has been exhausting and dividing. For me, I am a Michael fan and could care less about the rest of his family other than that he cared about him. The children should come first for all the adults and their drama has left the kids at risk. Gladys Knight and Star Jones should be ashamed at themselves. I am very disappointed in Gladys Knight, especially. Thanks for this on-point piece of writing.

  3. Even in her ‘clarification’, Star Jones shades Paris. Instead of apologizing, she changes the subject. It’s not about “safety” or social media. It’s the fact that Ms. I’m A Lawyer assumed facts not in evidence – that Paris is an out-of-control brat who needs checking by her ‘mature’ relatives.

    As a former prosecutor, Jones should be aware that the actions of the Jackson Sibs were abusive, and if Mama Katherine hadn’t bailed them out, they could have been criminally charged. She should congratulate Paris for having the fortitude to stand her ground and demand answers from her money-addled uncles and aunts.

    Apparently Janet Jackson is considering suing the media outlet – cough TMZ cough- that fabricated the slapping and cursing story. But they didn’t fabricate Auntie Jan trying to snatch Paris’ phone, while recording it with her own phone. JJ’s going to need big time damage control to overcome that visual.

  4. Janet should act like a grown woman and accept that she was wrong. Nothing was fabricated. It was all on camera. I guess she needs money, so she is going to try and sue TMZ

  5. More than anyone, it is Paris who is taking the heat. She is the one who was sending the tweets. Prince only sent one after Grandma returned, and Blanket has no Twitter account that I know of. As the only girl in the family, I think Paris’s situation is unique. She was raised by her dad and has had, as far as I know, no strong female role model, so perhaps that is why she was esp.upset that her Grandma (a nurturing female presence) went away and she had no idea where she was or when she would return and she couldn’t talk to her to find out what was going on. I think Paris is direct with her emotions, as we saw in the Memorial. She feels emotions strongly, and Michael did too, and she expresses them, as did Michael. To try and silence her is just plain wrong, and to blame her for her ‘where is my Grandma?” cry for help is unbelievably cold-hearted. To say she needs punishment?? NOI! She needs to be praised for expressing her emotions and needs–and for having the courage to tell the truth (no mini-stroke). I think both Prince and Paris are doing great and I say ‘kudos!’ and keep it up. Children need to have their voices respected!

    1. I love your statement IUTD; it gets right to the heart of the matter!
      Paris did the right thing and thank God she did so…Personally, I
      think Paris twitting prevented an even bigger disaster which may
      have occured with Mrs. Jackson and/or the children. It seems that
      after investigation and continous investigation that Judge Beckloff
      agrees with us – this was a dangerous situation and someone may
      have lost their life…..Everyone would then being saying how did this
      happen; why didn’t anyone speak out!!! Thanks all you MJ Fans for once
      again stand up for MJ & HIS CHILDREN!!!!

      1. Thanks, Rosey, and I agree with you that Paris making those ‘where is my grandma!!’ tweets helped to resolve a dangerous situation much faster than if she had kept silent. I hope she does not feel she did anything wrong. There was a good article yesterday in Huffpost about girls and depression. It seems between the age of 12-15 girls experience way more depression than boys, I think 3x as much. The other thing is most of Paris’ supporters in her family seem to be male. I am guessing that’s why she needs her grandma as a supportive female presence in her life. In fact, the Jackson family seems to have a lot of male energy and not too much female energy–I am thinking of 6 boys and 3 girls in Michael’s family.

        1. I was hoping that a strong relationship would have developed between Paris and the older females in the family. The females other than her grandmother. It doesn’t look like that is the case. I am glad that Paris is trusting her instincts but, I am do feel sad that she is not just as close with Janet, Reebie or LaToya as she is with her grandmother. I was just hoping for that so that when the time comes for her grandmother to pass on, she will have another female family member she can trust and rely on. Well, for now she has her grandmother and I am grateful for that.

          1. I think she is pretty tight with Latoya; at least the way things stand now, it looks as though Latoya will be the one she remains closest to.

            The funny thing with this family is how their relationships will evolve and shift over time. A couple of decades ago, Latoya was the pirhana of the family and Janet was the public darling. Who woulda thunk it would ever come to this?

  6. Wow! I agree with everything you said. It really disgusts me how badly people especially fans talk so horribly about these three innocent kids.I lost so much respect for Gladys Knight when I read what she said about Paris.Also it pisses me off how some folks are trying to make Paris out to be some evil child.From what I’ve seen of Paris,seems like a sweet and respectful young lady.

  7. Thank you Raven! No one should blame Prince and Paris! They did nothing wrong! God bless them! They are protecting MJ’s legacy.

  8. Great words, Raven. I absolutely agree. No matter how well they (Michael’s siblings) may have meant it for their mother, it is inexcusable how they handled the situation with Michael’s kids.

  9. What i always tell people/fans who are still pre-occupied with the skin completions of MJ’s kids and says things like how dare he saddles his mother with his white kids will have to acknowledge that the could have said no to the guardianship clause in the will and not lose her forty percent share in her son’s Estate without the extra burden of looking after the kids.

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  11. I still can´t come over two points: I had to deal with other fans on the I-net about the issues with Gladys Knight and the paternaty and skin colour of MJ´s children, which comes up every time there is an article about them, even what the article is related about. I don´t know what fans are thinking when they support Gladys Knights statement, that Paris should have been her teeth knocked out !!! I was so angry, because MJ was never about skin colour, he was about human beings. Additionally he sayed clearly, that he would never, never lay hand on his children due to what he had to endure in his own childhood. Have these “fans” totally blocked out MJ´s legacy and what he teached them ???

  12. Just dropping in to say a big thank you to everyone who has responded to this article so far. Things have been so crazy hectic today that I haven’t had a chance yet to read through every comment, but I will as soon as I get a chance!

  13. There is a lot of hate, bashing and bigotry in the fanbase and it has been there since day one. A while ago I looked into
    old fanforums from before june 25th and I was shocked at the atmosphere because I thought the vitriol came with grief over michaels death.
    Its only more obvious now because sadly the children have also become targets. Michael is not here anymore and the adults in the childrens life should have protected them and left them out of whatever was going on.
    But anyone who deliberately seperates the children from their family or expect people to be loyal to either the one or the other, whether its Gladys knight or fans, should look inside and ask theirself why. It does not help the children to set them apart.
    I personally dont believe in going to the media, they are ruthless and have no mercy with even kids, and they are the same ones that crushed Michael to pieces. At 14 you dont know what you will think or do a year or even 3 months from now and media dont forget. I also dont believe in having thousands of anonymous followers, many could be haters or creeps.
    All said, I think there is alot of soulsearching to do.
    Michael would be devastated.

  14. What alternative did they have? Whom else could they turn to? Their own family members kept them separate from their only guardian.

    I personally believe that the children should just call the police! Then of course, they will still be the ones to blame!

  15. Great post Raven. Thankyou. I am of the same opinion as yourself with the points you have made.
    The events of the past couple weeks have been incredibly draining for all concerned and I hope the fan community can turn its attention and focus towards the upcoming BAD25 projects, goodies and celebrations.
    Honouring, preserving and furthering Michael’s legacy is why I am here. I will continue to uphold his precious children in prayer and hope this will all be resolved painlessly without further drama.
    Keep up the great work Raven. I so appreciate your unbiased thoughts and insights and unwavering devotion to the truth and light.
    Bless you much
    <3

  16. Standing Ovation for this post Raven!

    “Either you respect his children, or you are not a fan. You bash his children, and you are not someone he would even want to call a fan. And that is the end of the story.”

    I know in my heart that Michael would not touch such people with a 10 feet pole. Why only Michael, even I would not have anything to do with people who bash my kids and so would any other parent in this world! It is no brainer…if Michael had to choose between hating his estate/Sony or his kids…wud he hate on his kids??

    And one thing I want to mention that Sony/estate haters (although I am sure most fans don’t like Sony but have made our peace) mostly come across as “cold”/”heart less” fans. They seem to have been blinded by hate (like many people have been blinded in their hate of Michael) and there is no such thing as good and bad hate, hate is hate. Their blogs simmer with vitriolic, poison and conspiracies!

    God Bless!

    1. I agree to a point. I think people can get SO caught up in that cycle of never ending hate and paranoia that it just keeps perpetuating itself.

      As a rule, I try to refrain from criticizing other bloggers. I figure there is enough room in cyberspace for all of us to do what we do. But for me, personally, there are just so many other aspects of Michael’s life and art that I find just as interesting-and more positively rewarding to write about-than constantly dwelling on “who to hate.” But that’s just me. To each their own.

  17. Excellent post especially the -Either you respect his children, or you are not a fan. You bash his children, and you are not someone he would even want to call a fan. And that is the end of the story.”- Meanwhile Katherine Jackson’s court declaration sais it all.

    What made me even more sad in this whole situation was to see that some bloggers that i used to read chose to attack the kids or followed the “family business should stay private” and basically justifying the inexcusable behavior of the Jacksons siblings.How convenient and hypocritical of them.

    1. Thank you. I still think, all in all, I’ve been fair in giving everyone on both sides the benefit of the doubt. After all, I understand some of the reasons behind why some are suspicious of the will, and of the executors. I “get” that. What I don’t get is putting Michael’s children into the middle of it. And I definitely do not get bashing the children, something I will not support under ANY circumstances. Yes, just before all of this went down, I did a post questioning why Paris was following people like Gene Simmons and Nikki Sixx on Twitter. That is being critical, but there is a difference between being critical of someone’s choices, and outright bashing. Lately some of the stuff I’ve seen said is just down and out nasty and mean. I don’t even know those kids, but I love them because Michael loved them. That is enough for me.

      And also, when the first rumblings of this story broke with that letter, and Paris tweeted calling Randy a liar, remember I questioned then if Paris’s loyalty shouldn’t be to her family. I understand fully now-if I didn’t before-why that can’t be, and perhaps also the importance of refraining from ANY judgements on a situation where I simply don’t know the whole story. But my basic sentiments of that post haven’t changed, because when I look at those photos of Randy comforting the children at the memorial, or Janet being there to catch Paris when she collapsed crying, my heart still says this is the way it should be, and the way I want it to be again, for the family and for those kids.

      1. I understand what you’re saying.I hope you understand that my comment wasn’t directed to you.(Sorry my English suck some times) I chose to read your blog because of your unbiased and faire attitude on matters concerning Michael. I may not agree with you all the time but I appreciate the fact that you present both sides of an argument and rarely take a stand (I hope is say it right) Being critical about some the kids choices because you worry for their safety, well being, grow up is, like you said, one thing. Call them all kind of names because you feel they made the mistake of exposing a truth that ruins the picture of a family that you adore and makes you uncomfortable with them and their actions, is another thing. After all Paris and Prince didn’t lie.They told the truth.Even if they chose the wrong way of say it or even if they are too young to involve themselves in this kind of situations.

        But here is what i don’t get with people who say that the kids exposed family business that should have remain private .How have exactly the Jacksons have kept the family business private when since Michael’s death they have been parading the media calling Michael a drug addict, speaking about failed interventions and now making public that letter? How came people give a break to adults who have again and again behaved in an appalling way,lied,schemes against their brother and his wishes and who didn’t even hesitate to trick their mother and keep her away from her grandchildren for days for whatever reason but claim that a child needs her teeth knock out because she worried or got angry because she couldn’t speak with probably the only adult that she trust in her life.And if Paris, a kid with limited experiences in life who probably out of frustration or anger chose not the right way to communicate her needs and worries needs her teeth knock, what exactly do the Jackson siblings need for all the things that they have done and for kidnapping their mother, playing games with three orphans psychology and scheming in order to get money out of their brother’s estate?

        That’s why I call those people who attack on the kids or who claim that we don’t know, hypocrites. In this situation, to equate the kids behaviour with that of the Jackson’s, ie adults , and to claim that the kids need an ass whoop while the Jackson understanding because we don’t know what’s going on in the house or between the Jackson and the estate is sheer hypocrisy. We do know.

        Anyway, I hope the kids finally find someone to take care of them and to stop messing with them. Personally I’m going to trust all those people who have known Michael’s kids and speak about three wonderful, polite and well behaved children who didn’t disrespect the elders. From what I remember Ms. Gladis Knight was one of them. Now what happened and those kids behaved the way they did maybe those who speak about beating them up should seek the answer on the behavior of the adults around them.

        1. THANK YOU!!! You are right there is a huge hypocrisy here. “Do what I say not what I do.” And a double-standard–one for adults and one for children. Basically, the adults can do what they want but they set impossible rules for the kids. Sickening!

      2. Same can be said about Michael and his siblings or Michael and the rest of the Jackson Five (“this is the way it should be, …”), I remember Raven mentionning the “fairy tale ending” in an earlier post.

        In real life it is often not the way it should be, but that’s just life … the kids have to learn to live with it, we all have to accepte the way it is.

        What is absolutely not acceptable is the way the kids have been treated lately by the adults: some of their own family members, and some members of the public.

  18. Hi Raven:

    I have enjoyed reading your very well thought out post and all of the comments as well. I feel very uncomfortable with this whole situation as we are really not privy to the true dynamics of the Jackson family. We can only surmise from what we read and see and draw our conclusions that way. I truly hope and pray that everything is worked out and they genuinely love one another and move on. There is just one thing that is niggling at my brain and that is this – if Michael had put his siblings into his Will and left them a considerable amount of his assests, I wonder if they would still be voicing the same strong concerns about the executors.

  19. Raven I think it’s important to point out that Paris never called Randy Jackson a “liar”. That was TMZ up to no good once again. Paris only said that her grandmother didn’t have a stroke.

    1. I think she pretty much insinuated as much although she didn’t use the term “big, fat liar” which of course was a TMZ spin.

      1. I would disagree on the “liar” thing Raven. Let me explain, why.

        Let us say two people are having an argument about what exactly happened:
        Person1: “I saw a lady wearing red dress collapse on the foot path, looks like she had a medical condition”.
        Person2: “No such thing happened…she just tripped up”

        Now is the Person2 calling the Person1 a “liar”? In my opinion, no. He is simply disagreeing although obviously only one of them has the true version of what really happened.

        Liar, is a very offending term and it is used to refer to a person who habitually tells lies. I guess we have such disagreements about what exactly each of us think happened with our parents or siblings often but we may use the word “liar” only to insinuate or hurt, isn’t it?

        I would say Paris meant that Randy was not telling the truth by saying that “grand ma did not have a stroke” and it is not the same as calling somebody a “liar”. A one off instance of not telling the truth is not the same as being a liar. Just my opinion.

  20. Most of the people attacking MJ’s kids on the internet/mj sites are not fans of michael jackson but trolls who for whatever reasons never liked the kids or are just transfering their personnal hatered of michael unto his kids.

    1. I think there is a lot of that but I’ve also seen attacks coming from “fans” or at least people who have called themselves fan. I do think the trolls/haters make up the majority, however. I believe most true fans are simply and genuinely saddened by the entire situation.

  21. I believe some of the fans are so against MJ’s kids is because they destroyed the image those fans have of the Jacksons. They believe he was close to his siblings and yet you have his kids saying it wasn’t true and the Jacksons appear drazy.

  22. Michael said not to believe what was written but to believe his own words. Superfly Sister, he wrote, Mother’s preaching Abraham, brothers they don’t give a damn, sister’s married to a hood, sayin’ that she got it good. Now we hear Michael Jackson, Jr. himself tweet that his father imparted information to him about certain people. Wouldn’t true fans of Michael also be true fans of his own words and those of his son? Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, of course, I just feel that those who have a “positive image” of some Jacksons just haven’t done their homework. Much negativity has come out since Michael’s passing about the Jacksons, however, there was even more in the 20 years or so prior to Michael’s passing, plenty of time for Jackson Family fans to have discovered that Michael was not close to his extended family. I praise his kids for exposing the family shenanigans. They will not be meek nor will they be silenced.

    1. I’ve always said I am an MJ fan; a Jacksons fan second. For those my age, we grew up with the Jacksons, but even then, Michael was always the little star. Then, through the 80’s, Janet came to the forefront, and we were all amazed that the youngest Jackson turned out to be such a powerhouse of talent.

      But Michael was in his own stratosphere. In a recent Black Dynamite episode they did a semi-funny spoof on Michael and the Jacksons (I say “semi” because even though the episode started out funny and clever, it soon deteriorated to all the same old cliches’ about Michael). The funniest part was when it shows katherine “spitting out” one Jackson baby after another, in a scene reminiscent of the Beavis and Butthead episode where Wynona Ryder was able to toss deadly ping pong balls out of her vagina. So each Jackson baby pops out one by one, and “Papa Joe” says, “And each one was coming out less talented than the one before” (Latoya is spit out so hard she bounces off the wall, lol) and then…all of a sudden, the heavens part, and a shaft of light beams down from out of the heavenes as little Michael is born. (Of course, the joke is that he later turns out to be an alien baby, but from there they totally lost it).

      What this episode emphasizes, however, is that I think most people do agree that while all of the Jackson siblings were talented, there was something very unique about Michael. He had more than just the talent. He had the unique vision, coupled with the drive and ambition, that separates true genius from the merelely talented. That is why he became a world renowned icon, and yes, something very apart from his siblings. He continues to interest us and fascinate us in a way that his siblings never will, for all that their accomplishments are admirable.

      As I always say, I respect this family and it’s always bothered me that the press continues to give them the bad rep that they do. I’ve always felt like they deserved better than to be portrayed as greedy money grubbers. But this time, I think few could argue that they brought a lot of it on themselves.

      “Superfly Sister” is the perfect example of Michael NOT always being “all for love,” lol. Yes, I think that song is a pretty stinging indictment of his siblings. He manages to speak volumes without ever naming names, but we all know exactly who he means.

  23. One thing all of the recent events have re-inforced for me, is that Michael’s everyday life was probably even more difficult than we ever thought it was. I should imagine there were quite a few mornings when he woke up feeling sick to the stomach, that’s if he even managed to get any sleep in the first place.

    I have always admired his ability to focus on, and be thankful for the good times and the joy life gave him, his ability to look everyone in the eye and (usually) managing to smile during the worst of times.

    This episode has increased my admiration for that ability without limits. He was one tough cookie , who dealt with everything that came his way, and even though his children were still so young when he left them, I am sure he taught them life lessons to help them along their way as their lives progress.

    I wish his children the very best of happy times, and the ability to face lifes ups and downs with dignity and fortitude like their Dad did.

    Whilst I hope their lives will never be as difficult as his, I feel confident that each of them will turn out to be a “chip off the old block”… which I concede is probably a stange expression to use for Michael Jackson…Protector.. King of Pop… Icon !! .

    1. Exactly, and I think we have seen this play out with Paris over the last few weeks. Just a few weeks ago, many were wondering if she was straying too far from the values Michael taught her, and some were even questioning her loyalty to her dad. But during this time of crisis, it seems that everything Michael taught her came back a thousandfold, and we could almost sense that she was reaching out for his strong arms to enfold her and get her through. I think this is a pattern we will see throughout the children’s lives. They will always be able to fall back on that. And when you think about it, that’s what good values are meant for. We would not need values if all life’s choices were easy. They are meant to give us moral guidance during the tough times.

  24. This was recently posted on MJJ-777’s blog and I thought I’d add it here:

    Jermaine Jackson (@jermjackson5)

    Posted Wednesday 1st August 2012 from Twitlonger

    Yesterday, I had a phone call with my son Jaafar that broke my heart. He asked: “Is it true that we cannot visit grandmother’s house as a family anymore?” Enough has become enough… After much soul-searching, it is clearly time for us to live by Michael’s words about love not war. In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive-branch. Accordingly, I rescind my signature from the letter which was sent to the Estate, and which should never have gone public. I still hold deep reservations about many issues involving the Estate, and I will continue to bring scrutiny and a resolute voice wherever we have cause for concern. But the way to address such matters is through the proper channels and via a private dialogue, not public conflict. Whatever the tabloid and on-line misrepresentations have led people to believe, my primary concern has only ever been rooted in the welfare of our mother in the environment where she lives. No-one on the outside has a clue about the stresses and pressures she has been under long before recent events and I, like everyone in the family, adore the ground she walks on. We are also still raw from the loss of Michael three years ago. The ever-present grief has haunted me with questions about whether we stepped off him too much or whether we did enough to help when a corporate world surrounded him. So when it comes to the well-being of loved ones, and especially our mother, we are perhaps understandably and unapologetically over-protective. As attorney Perry Sanders has since confirmed, a health check detected high blood pressure with Mother. Rest was the sole reason she went to Arizona. Prince even carried her bags down the stairs and urged her to rest-up, because we all come from the same caring place. When she was away, and with the children in the responsible care of Tito’s son TJ, there was never a malicious attempt to “block” the kids from talking with her. We simply worried that a call home would first entail, or lead to, conversations with individuals we are in dispute with and that would, therefore, increase pressure on Mother — and pressure was what a doctor said she didn’t need. This was why we went to the house in Calabasas to talk directly with the kids and merely discuss arrangements for them to meet with their grandmother. We were denied that access by security — and it was clear that mutual suspicions had allowed events to spiral out of control. I regret that events were ever allowed to reach such a stage. I regret any distress caused to Prince, Paris and Blanket. That was never, ever the intention of myself, Janet, Rebbie or Randy. Moving forward, the most effective way to best serve Mother’s welfare, and that of Michael’s children, is to start a collective dialogue, in private. Mistakes have been made and irrational things have been said on both sides in a highly-charged emotional environment. It is time for us all to draw a line in the sand and move towards peace, co-operation, love and healing. I truly hope that we can find it in our hearts to do so. Because above and beyond anything else, what matters…is family.

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    1. To be honest, I don’t even know what Taaj Malik’s position is. Is she anti-Jackson, or anti-estate, or both? (It seems she attacks everyone on both sides so I’m never sure…and I’m being totally honest here, I really don’t know!

        1. One thing I don’t get is how/why this trend got started of certain bloggers accusing anyone who doesn’t necessarily agree with their point of view as being Sony plants or estate paid bloggers. First time I ever saw that, I was like, WT…? Are these people for real? So it’s somehow unfeasible that someone (a fellow fan) might simply have a different point of view? LOL, I’ve been scratching my head over that one from Day One.

          1. Raven, people like Taaj Malik are fanatics, they can’t accept a different opinion. They believe MJ was an “angel” and John Branca is the Devil. They see the world in black and white. They are very dangerous people.

          2. Funny thing is I’ve been accused of being an estate plant or somehow paid by Sony??? I assure you nothing could be FURTHER from the truth!!! I praise and criticize both and don’t need either to sponser me to do so…:-) As for TM, and this is only my personal view for all that’s worth, I agree she is fanatical with an extreme case of tunnel vision (and frankly a personality disorder). When I’ve seen others challenge her views it’s nothing less than stunning and alarming how she responds. At times she expresses her views calmly but often the responses are aggressive, hostile, explative laced and accusatory in the most melo-dramatic way with liberal use of the caps lock button. In fact, one gets the sense she views herself as a victimized innocent on some global quest to save all humanity from the evil that is Branca and his sinister minions…which of course are legion in TM’s odd world. Good grief!! I have to say that not only has she attacked the estate but she has also launched hostile comments towards members of the Jackson family who she has also claimed to have “close” ties with. Hmmmm. Everyone is entitled to their views of course, including TM, but to me she does not serve the fan community well at all and has become something of a caricature and it’s very sad. If she does have anything of value to say it gets lost in the noise of negativity and hysteria she’s created around herself. What’s worse, when MJ detractors want to attack the fan community those such as TM are raised up as “examples” of a “typical” MJ fan. Yikes!!!! At the end of the day, TM is someone who seeks out trouble and publicity in the name of Michael Jackson and his family in order to inflate her own self worth and that is truly sad.

          3. The strange part about TM is she wasn’t a fan before 2009. She believed he was a pedo until the day he died.

          4. Of course I guess you could say there were a lot of us who fell into that category. I can honestly say that I wasn’t sure until Michael’s death prompted me to dig deeper and do more research. For several weeks after he died, the nagging feeling would not leave me that a grave injustice had been done to this man-namely, the fact that he had to die without ever having had his name cleared in the court of public opinion. That weighed on me for a long time. Still does, which is partly why I’m here (also because I found that I just genuinely enjoy writing about his life and art). I don’t think TM is alone, however, in being among those who only took an active interest after he died. For myself, it’s been one of my biggest regrets. I was never one of those haters who believed he was guilty. I was a casual fan who liked his music and was on the fence as to his guilt or innocence. I just wish that I had taken the time to dig deeper while he was alive, but like I said, for many of us, it took losing him to create that impetus to do so. For that reason alone, his death was certainly not in vain. Anyway I know that is slightly off topic from TM, but I just wanted to say that much in her defense. Unless she was an active hater who did a sudden turnabout, that is not that unusual; however, I agree with the majority opinion here regarding her radical tactics. In my opinion, all it does is serve to create division and dissension.

          5. Just my opinion but she sounds like a “fair-weather-fan” to me and this lends at least some credence to the idea that she has jumped on Michael’s very popular band wagon for self serving reasons.

          6. Although I do agree with you, Raven, in regard to many not becoming ardent supports of Michael’s innocents until after his death (my support came during the trial and has increased since due to the thoughtful research done by individuals such as yourself) I do feel there is something unique going on with TM that is worth noting. So much of her tactics regarding the defense of Michael also include more than a healthy dose of self promotion. Often when there is discussion about Michael as it relates to TM, the discussion ends up being more about TM and her latest antics than about Michael. The narrative concerning TM in the MJ fan community as you mentioned has been one of division and dissension but in my view a significant component of that has been her need to use MJ and the fan community as a vehicle for her to create an identity for herself in ways that are less than admirable. Other than what you’ve already mentioned there is very little to defend her on and sadly I can say that w/o hesitation especially since I’ve seen her inflict unpleasantness aggressively on those who did not deserve it. In one situation she eventually backed down but only after legal intervention was threatened. Anyway, sorry to labor the point. At the end of the day, the best way to deal with a personality like that is to avoid them altogether. Other than for the few individuals like TM that thrive on drama I have found that most individuals in the fan community have been very pleasant to interact with.

          7. @Raven,

            She is clearly not the only one, but she became a huge fanatics, harassing people who don’t agree with her whenever she can, even sending death threats.

    2. Fanatical is right. These type of so-called fans, if they are not stopped will be the downfall of MJ,’s Estate! This is all so AWFUL and SAD!!!! Michael had NO PEACE when he was alive, and none in death. 🙁

  25. I find it beyond absurd that people are calling Paris Jackson a “brat” for having self-esteem enough to protect herself (and her brothers) from abusive and manipulative adults. The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is the nation’s federally funded resource center for protecting children. According to the NCMEC website, their number one safety tip is “Teach your children the appropriate steps to take if approached or followed.”

    And here’s the first step: “Teach your children it is more important to get out of a threatening situation than it is to be polite.”

    Additional direct quotes from the NCMEC website include: “Most children are abducted by someone (friend or family member) they know. Children respond to adult authority. So if an adult tells a child something has happened to a loved one, there is a good chance the child may be tricked into going with that person. Children need to be empowered with positive messages and safety skills that will not only build their self-confidence but also help keep them safer.

    Children need to learn effective steps they can take to remove themselves from the situation. The first step again:

    “Teach your children it is more important to get out of a threatening situation than it is to be polite.”

    (Above Copyright © 2005, 2010, and 2011 U.S. Department of Justice. National Center for Missing & Exploited Children® All rights reserved.)

    1. “Teach your children it is more important to get out of a threatening situation than it is to be polite.”

      Amen!

      1. Double AMEN!!

        I can’t believe the comments I see on other sites that insist MJ3 need discipline?? This is so wrong in this situation! They are being blamed for the mistakes of the adults in their world and this shouldn’t be happening. I hope that those particular adults make this point as well. They need to!

  26. With everything that has happened or still happenning between mj’s kids and their aunts and uncle i don’t think their former closeness can be restored to what it was before and if the kids were to choose between the Estate and their family now i feel the family would lose because of the antics of JRJR towards their grand mother.

    1. I’ve learned to never say never with the Jacksons, however. Even as dirty a trick as Latoya pulled in ’93 was eventually forgiven.

      1. Specify? I’m not sure what you are referring to exactly, without going back to the book. I know there has been some discrepancy involving the timeline he gave for the Dangerous tour itenary and Michael’s check in to rehab (Frank, as you know, stated that the next stop was Puerto Rico and Michael was afraid of being arrested there, as it is US territory; however, some have disputed this, saying that the next stop at the time the entire tour was cancelled was Venezuala, not Puerto Rico).

        It’s a bit off topic to this post, so I will probably move this to the review of Frank Cascio’s book.

        http://www.allforloveblog.com/?p=5666

        1. Raven Thank you for your reply.
          I read detail about your talk with another,yeah its a question
          but the real trouble for me not only these.
          I think the worst case from the next chapter.
          Yeah, we can continue to discuss this topic at the review of Frank Cascio’s book. http://www.allforloveblog.com/?p=5666

          1. Hi claudia! I moved your comments to that post, and will be deleting them from this one (only because, as I said, the post is off topic here). Keep in mind that when I cut and paste comments to another post, your reply will show up as being from me, but within the reply box it will say, “Posted by claudia…” so readers will know whose comment it actually is. I will leave our last two comments here so you can more easily access that post via the link.

            I will try to respond when I am off work today and have some time to sit with Frank’s book again. I will have to go back over that chapter.

  27. Great post. I too am horrified at the haters and their attitudes. Not only do these people freely promote the abuse of a young girl, many of them are also clearly racist. The only MJ “fans” I see supporting the Jacksons are the anti-Estate conspiracy theorists or the 70’s fans who have some kind of emotional investment in the idea of the Jacksons as the “perfect black family”. I truly hope that these fans will take a few moments to re-assess their positions. As you said – you cannot claim to be a MJ fan and hate on his kids. If the kids support the Estate then maybe it’s time to ask themselves what exactly they have against the Estate?? And is some vague Branca-hatred really worth entrenching themselves in this anti-PPB stance? I am worried about how all of this will affect the Bad 25 goodies. I take some heart in the success of TIWT. I am assuming that the majority of fans are decent, informed people who will support quality projects and are smart enough to see the truth in the current family shenanigans.

    1. In truth, I am neither pro-estate nor anti-estate. I just try to keep an open mind to both sides of the issue, largely because I understand where both sides are coming from. But as I always say-and quite emphatically-I am not going to back any wild conspiracy theories that are not grounded in proveable facts. What we know is quite different from what we can only speculate, and this is true regardless of whether the target is John Branca or Jermaine and Randy Jackson. I don’t hesitate to slam either side when I feel they’re in the wrong, but if I don’t know all of the facts, then I prefer to err on the side of common sense and caution, rather than sticking my foot in it.

      1. Well said, Raven…:-) I very much agree with your view.

        To me, the idea that some in the fan community want to demonize Branca to the point of accusing him of being a criminal makes no sense to me. That said, it doesn’t mean I agree with all decisions that the estate has made. Not at all. Has the estate made good and bad decisions? Yes on both counts. Do the Jackson sibs have valid points regarding the estate that need to be addressed? Yes. Have they at times, especially recently, handled those concerns poorly? Unfortunately, yes, and they deserve strong criticism in that regard. Case in point, we can all agree Katherine Jackson should never have been put in a position to have to explain herself on national television. That was heartbreaking to say the very least. And Michael’s children should never have been put in a position to Tweet their concerns publically which then put them, children for heaven’s sake, under unnecessary public scrutiny.

        As for some in the fan community that have taken very extreme views regarding the Jackson’s or the estate, especially the estate, I suggest that they have become so emotionally invested in their views it’s become impossible for them to see anything other than their own narrow view. Such extreme tunnel vision is always a dangerous thing and should be called out as such. For instance, if the estate, Branca in particular, does something right it is dismissed and given no regard what so ever. ONLY the negative is emphasized and put under a bright spotlight at every turn. Isn’t that what happened to Michael for so many years?? That in itself should be a red flag to the lack of objectivity some have displayed and at times displayed in very loud public ways with no concrete proof to back up their claims. In place of concrete proof such individuals provide only nonsensical and emotionally charged speculative conspiracy theories that would not stand up in a court of law. Simply makes no sense.

  28. Michael’s children are innocent victims in this. They are acting more mature than their adult aunts and uncles. Paris did the absolute right thing in informing folks via Twitter. I’d do the same thing if my efforts in contacting my grandmother had been thwarted by my own aunts and uncles.

    1. Good grief (rolls eyes).

      ETA: Also, the comment on there scoffing the notion of Katherine having Cherokee blood shows a complete ignorance for the history of both Cherokee and white/black relations in the South. Katherine was from Alabama (as am I) and the prevalence of mixed Cherokee blood with both whites AND African-Americans in this region is extremely high. To this day, if you go to a powwow in Alabama or anywhere in the Southeast, you will see many African-American families proudly participating, celebrating that aspect of their heritage.

      Of course, it is one thing to have some Cherokee (or any Native blood) and quite another to actually embrace and identify with the culture. In the case of Michael’s family, I don’t think any of the Jacksons or Scruses identified themselves as Cherokee per se. But that doesn’t change the genetics, and the Native blood is very prominent in Katherine’s features, which suggests a very high quantum.

  29. SandyK.
    In every blog. In every post you seemed to be obsessed with Taaj. If you find her so volatile how is it you always seem to know her every move?

    Don’t you feel its time you moved on with your life? I am tired of reading your attacks on Taaj for the past three years. Just saying, it makes us all look like haters.

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