According to ET’s press release, Prince will be on the show all this week, ostensibly to interview celebrities, but also to provide that extra rubbernecking factor that all pop culture news shows crave. I mean, here is the son of a troubled and famous dad, and ET is defying the primary wish his father made for him, i.e. that he not grow up in the spotlight.
As a possible abuser and definite maintainer of inappropriate relationships with kids, Michael Jackson was a tragic but morally ambiguous figure, and I doubt his parenting would qualify as “normal” or “healthy.” But one thing he did get right was trying to protect his children from the brain warping effects of fame, at least until they were old enough to know what they were getting into.
Is Prince Jackson so good at pitching softball interview questions to celebrities that ET felt they’d be disrespecting their own craft if they made him hide his light under a bushel? Perhaps. But I can’t help thinking this is a just a wee bit exploitative, as well as disrespectful to Michael Jackson’s memory. (Assuming they respect his memory. Which is by no means a moral obligation for anyone, but which they claim to do.)
That said, I am totally going to watch it, if for no other reason than to see how James Franco responds to the question, “I just turned 16…do you have any advice for someone who’s looking to get into the business?” (“Try painting with semen!”) So basically, I’m part of the problem.
(Via Entertainment Tonight)