Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty

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Michael Jackson had his fair share of oddities but few doubted that he loved his children.  Until just before he died, he went to great lengths to protect their identity.  The children often wore masks and veils out in public.  Considering that celebrity had brought him so much pleasure as well as pain, it is understandable why he did not want the media to turn his family into a circus.

When he died, his mother Kathryn Jackson became the guardian of his minor children pictured above.  Though Michael spoke highly of his mother, the moment I heard the announcement, I wondered how she would be able to protect these vulnerable children from Joe Jackson.  When he was alive Michael stated that his father used to “practice my brothers and I with a belt.”  He further commented that he had so much fear of his father, his mere presence would make him “regurgitate.”

Even at Michael’s memorial service, instead of appearing as the mourning father that the public expected, he attempted to promote his new business ventures.  It certainly did not take him long to start exploiting his grandchildren.

The Jacksons are at odds over the inclusion of Michael Jackson's three children in an upcoming A&E reality show about the famous family, Us Weekly reports in its latest issue (on newsstands now).

A source tells Us Weekly the buzzed-about program will include Michael's kids -- Prince, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7 -- though not everyone's happy about it.

It seems that Rebbie is the only one interested in respecting her brothers wishes stating, “Michael would spin in his grave if he knew his kids would be on this show."  From the moment he heard that Michael was dead I am quite sure that Joe’s mind started spinning.  He may have raised a family that went on to be great performers but there is not doubt that many of them are greatly damaged.

I am really starting to believe that the biological parents of these children need to stand up, if only to separate them from Joe’s influence.  Can there be any doubt that he does not have their best interest at heart?  The kids do not need to participate in this show to revive failed careers (yeah that is you Germaine), or raise money.  Michael may have been in some financial trouble before he died but there was certainly enough in his estate for the children to live comfortably. This is simply about Joe’s constant quest to be in the limelight.  How many more must be sacrificed for his ambition?