So, last week, Michael Jackson’s 18 year old daughter, Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson, gave her first full-length print interview, which was published in Rolling Stone magazine. In this very forthright interview, she opens up about many personal topics, include her past alcohol abuse, her suicide attempt, and many anecdotes about life with her father and how she’s coped after his death. This interview has gotten quite a bit of publicity since it was published. What I find interesting though is it appears that almost no one is talking about a particularly major revelation:
When she was 14, a much older “complete stranger” sexually assaulted her, she says. “I don’t wanna give too many details. But it was not a good experience at all, and it was really hard for me, and, at the time, I didn’t tell anybody.”
That is so fucked up. Raped at age 14. I want to be very clear, this would be bad no matter who she is, but this feel particularly sickening to me. Someone raped Michael Jackson’s daughter. And that person is out there, walking free?!? That is so wrong!
But, no, what everyone is focusing on is when she’s asked about the longstanding rumors that she and her brother, Prince, are not Michael’s biological children. She flat-out says that she believes that she is. And further:
“I consider myself black,” she says, adding later that her dad “would look me in the eyes and he’d point his finger at me and he’d be like, ‘You’re black. Be proud of your roots.’ And I’d be like, ‘OK, he’s my dad, why would he lie to me?’ So I just believe what he told me. ‘Cause, to my knowledge, he’s never lied to me.
“Most people that don’t know me call me white,” Paris concedes. “I’ve got light skin and, especially since I’ve had my hair blond, I look like I was born in Finland or something.” She points out that it’s far from unheard of for mixed-race kids to look like her – accurately noting that her complexion and eye color are similar to the TV actor Wentworth Miller’s, who has a black dad and a white mom.
Well alrighty then!
I’ll admit I’ve harbored my doubts about all those children being biologically Michael’s. Especially as they got older and started looking…well, Whiter.
Let’s be clear, regardless of how Michael looked on the outside as an adult, after all the plastic surgery and the effects of the skin-whitening disorder Vitiligo, on the inside, he was a very Black man, with Negroid features.
Is it possible for man who looks like that, to have such a White-looking child?
Yes, of course it is possible. Anything’s possible.
As Paris mentions, actor Wentworth Millar has a Black father and looks like this:
And here’s the Late Eartha Kitt, with her daughter (who is named Kitt):
Actress Persia White with her daughter, Mecca:
Actress Victoria Rowell with her daughter, Maya:
Genetics are unpredictable.
Still, I don’t know what to think. Nevertheless, I know Paris clearly loved Michael and he loved her. So, in every way that is important, I believe he was her “father.”