I really didn’t think about Joe Jackson, Michael’s dad, too much before Michael’s death. I think, thankfully, most of us had forgotten about him once the spotlight turned full-force on the King of Pop. But ever since Michael’s death, Joe Jackson has been front and centre. We’ve heard more from him than anybody else in the Jackson family and there was that big kerfuffle when Michael left his dad out of the will. Something Michael did that I can actually agree with. But now, it seems as though Joe has learned nothing from his tumultuous relationship with his son because he’s planning on doing the exact same thing to Michael’s kids.
We all know that Joe pressed Michael, and all his kids, to go into show business. When they didn’t perform well or weren’t ‘trying hard enough’, he would beat and belittle them. To Joe Jackson, the only thing that matters is that he’s able to live off someone else’s fame and someone else’s talent. It’s disgusting. There really is no other word for it. From Contact Music,
“Michael Jackson’s father Joe Jackson reportedly plans to take the late pop star’s children on a world tour as The Jackson Three.
Michael Jackson’s children are to tour the world as The Jackson Three.
The late pop star’s father Joe Jackson – who managed the Jackson Five, the group that launched Michael’s glittering music career – has reportedly lined up Prince Michael I, 12, Paris, 11, and seven-year-old Prince Michael II to perform at a series of concerts next year.
Michael’s unofficial biographer Ian Halperin said: “Joe wants the children to go on a world tour in 2010. He has already offered recording contracts to two of Michael’s kids. Now he is talking about getting them the world’s best backing band and taking them on tour as The Jackson Three.”
However, the rest of the ‘Thriller’ singer’s family are reportedly furious about the idea and claim Joe, 79, is trying to exploit the grieving youngsters.
Ian added to Britain’s The Sun newspaper: “One of the family members is livid. He is saying Joe seems intent to do this no matter what. He wants to exploit the kids the same way he did Michael.”
Yesterday (12.07.09) it was reported Michael’s mother Katherine was in secret talks with her son’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe to exclude Joe from the children’s lives.”
First, let me say something. I must applaud Katherine Jackson. I have been going back and forth on whether or not she’s a good mom and if she’s too old to take care of Michael’s kids. I realized shortly after Michael’s death that she’s certainly not too old to take care of them. I mean, any 79-year-old woman who can handle the Michael Jackson Trust and see to his affairs after his death, is certainly not a frail and weak being and she obviously knows a thing or two. I then attacked her for staying with her husband and wondered why Michael’s kids should be subjected to the same kind of home environment that Michael was. That’s where I was wrong again.
Katherine and Joe Jackson split up many years ago, although the exact date I cannot find. So obviously she realizes that the man is severely flawed. And the fact that she wants to keep the kids away from him makes me want to cheer her on even more. Someone has to stand up for these kids and fight for their right to have as normal a childhood as they’ll be able to have. No child who has just lost their parent should be thinking about going on tour. No child should be thinking about going on tour at all!
I’m amazed that Joe has the gall to show his face in public anymore. The more I hear about him, the more I hate him. And I’d bet a Buffalo nickel that I’m not the only one that feels that way.