NEWS: Why does Michael Jackson still get a free pass?
Today's Evening Standard has a piece entitled "This portrayal of my father is so insulting, it makes me want to vomit", reporting on Paris Jackson feeling "incredibly offended" by the portrayal of her father. It seems the cult of the self-ordained King of Pop is alive and well.
Why this tacit support for Jackson's children still exists in the media baffles me. Paris is still only 18 years old and entitled to a distorted view of her father, crying foul and asking "where is the respect" when Dad dearest is presented as flawed and human, but why she is given such a prominent platform to air these grievances baffles me.
'Flawed' would be a gross understatement of her father, but might make a good title. Let's not forget what the King of Pop was guilty of.
At the risk of incurring a 'cease and desist' letter from young Paris' lawyers, I'll try to summarise his 'flaws'. They include inviting children for sleepovers in his mansion, having secret areas or trapdoors in said bedroom for purposes we can only guess at, and of course the court settlements. After years of court cases for such behaviour, Michael Jackson paid out enormous settlement fees once his accusers provided solid enough evidence of what had gone on. He admitted to having small children in his bed, but claimed nothing had gone on.
Now it is entirely possible that Jackson did nothing at all, and his carry-on was not indeed sexual or inappropriate. I can't prove it was, and court cases were cancelled or settled before his death before anyone could. But it is undeniable that he behaved in ways that would have landed a non-millionaire celebrity in jail immediately. It is also obvious how celebrity status provided him a free pass from many in the media who might have objected to this behaviour in a lesser musical genius.
And genius he was. But at best, very, very flawed.
So Paris ought to remain silent on this matter and count herself lucky that her father never spent a night in prison. Had her father been less famous, he certainly would have. But most importantly. The Evening Standard should know better than to broadcast her views.
To provide this young woman with a hopeful future, the less she says about her father, the better.