This past weekend when Janet Jackson won the Icon award at the Billboard Music Awards, many members of the Jackson clan were in attendance including Prince Michael, Katherine and Rebbie Jackson. Michael’s ghost and a whiff of the lingering odor of moldering leather that proves the continuing existence of Joe Jackson, were also there. Not there; Paris Jackson. According to People, it sounds like Paris got dropped off the family text thread (lucky! I wish my family would boot me from mine. My campaign of exclusively responding with RuPaul’s Drag Race GIFs that nobody understands is not working!).
The day after the show, Paris posted an Instagram story complaining that nobody had bothered to tell her about Aunt Janet’s big night.
“No one from my mgmt reached out to me about attending billboards or about the award, and no one from my family did either. I had absolutely no idea until y’all spammed with hatred.
It’s unclear exactly what form this “hatred” took, but the internet is a colossal collective asshole so it could have taken multiple forms. And since The Jackson Family has the dubious distinction of being one of the messiest America has to offer, Paris further supported that fact by following her post about her family business, and going in on people for being all up in her family business. In another IG story she wrote:
Dear social media followers, friends, stalkers, lovers and haters, and fellow moonwalkers: Please do not tell me/demand/try to control how I handle my relationship with the people in my life, specifically my family.
As amazing and as shitty as things can be, it is no one’s business but ours. I understand that some of you feel some sort of connection or need to be apart (sic) of our lives considering you watched us grow up.
However, I am handling my situation exactly how my father did. And I am happy keeping it that way. I will always have love and respect for my family. ALWAYS
That’s so weird, I really don’t remember Michael Jackson having an Instagram account. Paris, didn’t he used to put a bag over your head when he took you out in public? I don’t envy Paris one bit. I can’t imagine trying to figure out how the real world is supposed to work when you’ve never had the chance to live in it. Hopefully she’ll get there. Maybe she just needs a video message from pops to show her the way.