Editorial: Jackson Lesson 101, Quiet on the Set
By Ashley Charisma, author of School of Black Love
(WASHINGTON – July 16, 2009) – When Joe Jackson held a press conference following the death of his son, I, among others, sat in disbelief as he began promoting his new record label. Shortly following that, Jermaine gave several interviews and exclusive tours of Michael’s Neverland Ranch. I wondered whether or not they were granting interviews, sharing intimate details and never-before-seen photos too quickly. All of this was taking place before we’d even memorialized the King of Pop. A friend of mine expressed that he wasn’t sure what part of the Jackson’s expressions of emotions were real because they’d been on stage their entire lives. There is no doubt that the Jackson’s are performers, but has any of that spilt over into their personal lives?
As the media continues to pull apart Michael’s image and shortcomings for the benefit of their ratings, it would seem that the Jackson family would prefer not to add fuel to the fire. However, as Joe, LaToya and now Tito open up with major confessions and revelations from who murdered Michael, to Michael’s prescription addiction, to raising Michael's children to be strong Jackson’s—it's clear that the more money that they are offered the less likely they’ll walk away. Are the Jackson’s addicted to the allure of fame?
Everyone expresses loss in their own way and if this is their natural reaction in their healing process, then Lord bless them; but if they are milking the name of Michael Jackson for their benefit, then shame on them. I’m appalled that they will not let this man rest in peace. If Michael didn’t want them speaking when he was alive, I’m pretty sure he’d prefer they keep some things private now that he is gone.
At some point, it isn’t about granting the media what it seeks; it’s about preserving the legacy of their brother. Instead of reminding people that Mike was addicted to pain killers, remind them that he is in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the celebrity who supported the most charities. That’s an incredible legacy and one in which his children should always take pride.
Loose lips sink ships and the Jackson’s need a time-out before their words come back to haunt them. They haven’t been in the spotlight for some time now and maybe they are due for some modern media training. This is the Michael Jackson Show and the rest of the Jackson's need to be quiet on the set.
Ashley Charisma, author of School of Black Love
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Well said Ashley Charisma! Thank you for this comment. I only wish you could put this out in press releases across the west coast so "hopefully" the Jackson family can learn from you!
Wow! I wish you well in your endeavors and hope to see more of your writings soon.