• Tue, Feb 19 2013

In News That Will Make You Want To Cry, Prince Jackson Is Now A Correspondent For Entertainment Tonight

First Paris Jackson‘s acting career, and now this? Michael Jackson is rolling over in his grave today following news that his oldest son, 16-year-old Prince Jackson, has officially entered showbiz as the newest correspondent for Entertainment Tonight.

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)

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  • Jenni

    I don’t get how his grandparents didn’t learn their lesson with Michael. Does money really mean that much to them? I know, I know, we already know the answer.

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  • E.M.

    Please educate yourself before you spread outright misinformation. Michael Jackson did not have “inappropriate relationships with kids”. For the record, he would befriend and spend time with entire families, not just children — if you have to wonder why a person would need to do that, all you have to do is look at the poor behaviour of many members in his family (most notably his siblings and father). Michael Jackson was not “a possible abuser” (he was an abuse survivor though — which makes the false allegations against him all the more disturbing). Jackson was found not guilty on ALL counts after a gruelling and exhaustive trial in the 2000s, and also fully cooperated with the police regarding the allegations in the 90s (where no charges were ever filed) as released in a statement by the police after Jackson’s death. Furthermore, the FBI investigated Michael Jackson for years and found no wrongdoings on his part. His file is publicly available and can be reviewed by yourself.

    If you want more detail regarding the trial in the 2000s, and why he was innocent please read The Michael Jackson Conspiracy by Aphrodite Jones (who is an NYT best-selling crime journalist and did not believe Jackson was innocent, until she witnessed the facts firsthand in court herself). If you want more information regarding why Jackson was innocent regarding the 1993 allegations please see the book Redemption: The Truth Behind the Michael Jackson Child Molestation Allegations by Geraldine Hughes (who was a legal secretary who worked on the case). Court transcripts are also directly, and publicly, available.

    If you care at all about “Michael’s wishes”, exploitation, or being respectful to to his memory as you mentioned in this piece, you can start on researching the genuine facts and stop purporting the outright lie that Jackson was a molester. That would also help his children, as those false allegations hurt them more than the so-called “warping effects of fame”. Speaking of ‘fame’ and its “warping effects”, apparently they already have that, given the amount of writings out there on them (including on this site). While I do wish he’d wait until he was an adult and was with a reputable agency, it’s promising that Prince wants a career and to do something with his life. My respect to him and his father for instilling those values.