Paris Jackson worries that ‘Leaving Neverland’ will hurt her acting career?

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In January, Paris Jackson checked into another treatment facility. The stay was supposed to be to “reboot and realign,” but we really don’t know anything other than Paris’s own admitted history of self-harming and seeking help. By Oscar night, Paris was out and about for the Vanity Fair Oscar party (the photos in this post). Paris is 20 years old and over the past few years, she’s been everywhere – she goes to awards shows, she appears on magazine covers and she complains a lot about how people underestimate her. There were rumors that she wanted to build an acting career for herself, and that’s why she surrounded herself with publicists, managers, agents and the like. But it also feels like she doesn’t even know what she wants. Which is pretty typical of a lot of 20-year-olds, to be fair, but Paris really put herself in the spotlight, so that’s how it goes.

Well, everyone’s still talking about Leaving Neverland - Part 1 aired on Sunday night and Part 2 aired last night. Paris Jackson’s father, Michael Jackson, was accused for years of abusing young boys. Paris has always held up her dad’s legacy as a great father, the guy who treated her like a princess and the guy who was incredibly protective of her. So… what happens next for Paris?

The shocking documentary about Michael Jackson’s alleged abuse of children has left millions of fans shaken — not least his daughter. Paris has told friends she is anxious Leaving Neverland: Michael Jackson And Me could hamper her fledgling acting career. She has been left devastated by the film, which focuses on two men who claim they were sexually abused by the Bad hitmaker as children. And she now believes the renewed claims against her father could put off movie bosses from casting her because it could be all anyone talks about.

A source close to the aspiring actress said: “Paris had hoped to launch a successful career in acting but fears Leaving Neverland has ruined her chances of it taking off. She was in a movie last year but believes the documentary is already scaring directors away because the abuse her father is accused of may put movie goers off her. It all comes down to marketing. The worry is that any movies she stars in will be derailed if Michael’s abuse scandal is all people think about when they see her on screen. She wants to act but knows this could affect those plans.”

[From The Sun]

This kind of story makes me feel gross in a million different ways. It’s not her fault that her father abused children. She’s also allowed to have her own happy childhood memories. While this story might not even be coming from Paris’s people, the speculation about her thoughts at this moment are disturbing. It’s not about her career and it’s tone deaf to make it about that. It’s about the grown men who were targeted and abused by her father finally having the chance to tell their stories.

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  1. Prairiegirl says:

    I wasn’t aware Paris Jackson had any kind of career at all! Ah, well, good luck to her.

    • kim says:

      Can she act? did she attend any schools?

      Tbh her self made media push is equally distracting, like in a lindsay Lohan way. Too many red carpets and magazine covers promoting herself also distracts from a wanted career.

      • jan90067 says:

        SHE is the one calling this attention on herself FOR the attention. If anything, the name/connection of Jackson is OPENING doors for her. She is just another nepotism baby.

      • Megan says:

        Paris is basically following in the footsteps of another Paris (Hilton) and, with no discernible talent, is basically famous for being famous.

      • jan90067 says:

        Most people who want to act think of being a “star”, not the real grunt work most actors do. 1% of all working actors “make it” to that level.
        Don’t forget, that 1% is all she really saw/knew. She doesn’t know about endless auditions for parts you don’t get, road company tours: a new city every few weeks, stock companies…

        Anyone remember the old “I Love Lucy” episode where, after asking and asking Ricky to be in his shows, Ricky tells Fred, “She doesn’t know about all the hard work it takes to BE a star. What if I show her?” (or something to that effect). He makes her rehearse over and over and over until she’s ready to drop.

        That is the reality, not just waltzing in, going to premiers, doing interviews, going to parties. And, in my opinion, this is what she doesn’t realize.

    • minx says:

      Yeah, what does she really do? I have no idea.

      • Steff says:

        I think I saw her as Cara Delevigne’s girlfriend at one point.

      • mint says:

        I always thought that she likes to be famous but does not put in the work. That she thinks her last name is enough to get her gigs and a career.

    • AnnaKist says:

      Minx, she “appears”. I think that’s her career, in a nutshell. I wish she’d go to university oomethimg.

    • Pandy says:

      Right? WHAT acting career?

    • Sigh... says:

      This “acting career” of hers: Missing something she never appeared* to have? Wanting something she doesn’t even appear to be reaching for?

      Her family is infamous, which is blessing and curse, but at this point, w/ the effort she appears to put into actually acting, her failure could and would be just as much her lack of talent/effort than “the sins of the father.”

      *she could use her photo ops to show her leaving an acting class, agent’s/manager’s/producer’s office, a studio, SOMETHING acting-related at the very least

    • billypilgrim says:

      Her *cough cough* acting career?!

      She needs to take a seat or a100 on one of the broken down rides at Nevereverland.

    • SK says:

      She had a bit part in El Gringo.

  2. Maya says:

    He could have been loving towards his children but abused others at the same time.

    • Bryn says:

      I see a lot of comments saying that he didn’t do it because Macaulay Culkin wasn’t abused, which is no way proof that he wasn’t a pedophile.

      • Kitten says:

        JFC people have learned nothing from #MeToo, have they? Abusers know exactly who to target and how.

        It’s pretty easy to understand why someone like Jackson might prey upon an unknown, vulnerable young man after he’s gained the parents’ trust. Yet he would NOT prey upon a famous young man who has a lot of adults and authoritative figures like agents, managers, etc etc surrounding him.

        And that’s not necessarily because he didn’t want to, it’s because he didn’t want the risk. It’s a LOT easier to prey upon an anonymous poor kid who might only have one busy and distracted parental figure than to go after the wealthiest, most famous child star in the world.

        Much like how Catholic priests targeted kids who were already vulnerable whether it be because of family problems or because they were already being abused or because they had behavioral problems etc. It’s easier to discredit a *regular* kid who may have a history of issues than it is to discredit a famous child actor.

        This is CLASSIC abuser shit. They know which kids to go after and which ones to leave alone. Sick f*cks.

      • MoronicaBobonica says:

        Culkin was Jackson’s red herring. Imagine how damaging it would have been if Culkin had accused him of abuse. Culkin had fame and the money for powerful lawyers. A Culkin accusation would have been damning. Jackson was clearly infatuated with a young Culkin but knew he could not abuse him without truly risking being exposed as a pedophile. The boys he chose to abuse had no power and were easily discredited by saying their motivation for bringing the abuse to light was driven by greed. The people using Feldman and Culkin as “proof” Jackson was not a pedophile need to read up about the way abusers choose their victims. In families where sex abuse happens it is common for only one child to be the target of abuse. Michael was a pedophile and he did not hide it. I believe his victims.

      • ByTheSea says:

        Except MJ’s housekeepers and other workers said they saw him with his hands down McCauley’s pants and having him sit on his lap, etc. That is abuse, even if McCauley Culkin doesn’t believe it was or he doesn’t remember it (which does happen to children who have been abused). That coupled with the rough couple of years Culkin had with what looked like drug abuse, probably indicates something happened to him as well.

      • stormsmama says:

        It is entirely possible Culkin was abused. It is possible he 1) doesn’t remember it/has blocked it out 2) doesn’t want to publicly state what happened (for fear of judgement/shame/being apart of the circus/feels conflicted about his love for Jackson and what the abuse “says” about him, or just bc he wants to put it behind him).

        I would suspect his childhood was traumatic enough that he may be too ashamed or conflicted to ever reveal what happened if it happened. Speculation may not be entirely fair to Culkin, but there is video (it was posted here yesterday in fact) of MJ talking about Macaulay and his younger siblings flanking MJ in bed. It is VERY possible that Kieran was the one touched. Or none were. BUT the act of sleeping in bed with MJ remains INAPPROPRIATE! It was not innocent and it was a form of grooming. And normalizing.

        People excusing MJ saying that him sleeping in bed with kids was NOTHING are IN DENIAL. If any other man in his 30s had children in his bed people would be appalled and label him a pedo without hesitation.

      • Kitten says:

        Eh….I’m not comfortable speculating about that. It reminds me of the J Law threads where people were insisting that she *must* have been assaulted by Weinstein even though she made it clear that she had not been. Like J Law, I prefer to take McCauley at his word. And *IF* he was abused by Jackson and doesn’t want to disclose that, I think we owe it to him to respect his privacy.

      • noway says:

        I think it’s wrong to say McCauley Culkin could have been abused when he has vehemently denied it a lot and even into adulthood. These kind of conjectures are wrong and not helpful. As it gives this illusion an abuser abuses everyone who fits their m.o., and it’s been proven that’s not always the case. If society thinks this way too, it may devalue the voracity of the victim’s claims, as people tend to think well he left that one alone it must not be true. Whereas you seem to be going straight to Culkin must not remember it or Culkin was too abused you must see others will go to if Michael’s a pedophile he must have abused all those kids and if Culkin says he didn’t then he didn’t abuse the others. The reality is whether Michael abused Culkin or not has very little standing on these claims, as he could have abused them and not Culkin.

        I watched all four hours and the Oprah special after. On the Oprah special, they both said all the sexual abuse occurred behind closed doors and only Michael and one boy at a time were there. Which is generally the case in most abuse charges. No one really knows for sure which boys were abused, but the boy and Michael. The only thing that matters is whether you believe these men or whether you believe Michael. My problem with this documentary is Michael can’t speak for himself on these charges. Although his previous statements on other charges seem damning though, and certainly don’t stand well today.

    • holly hobby says:

      Exactly. I’m sure Sandusky of the Penn State football scandal demonstrated that. The Coach abused those kids but his kids didn’t know?

      • Meghan says:

        @stormsmama. Thank you! I was just saying last night that a million red flags would go up about a non-relative sleeping in the bed with my son. For example, I love my Uncle and he is a great guy but I would think it was weird if he was sleeping in the same bed as my son, it’s just not necessary.

        Why is it so hard for us to all agree at the VERY LEAST that sleeping in the same bed with children who are not related to you is not normal!

      • Megan says:

        If Michael did not want to sleep alone I am pretty sure he would have had his pick of women and men over the age of 18. I just can’t get over how people are tying themselves in knots to rationalize what is clearly inappropriate, and probably criminal, behavior.

    • BchyYogi says:

      Being “loving” = behaving respectfully. Having a child sleep in your bed after lavishing gifts upon their parents is just horrendous optics, highly suspicious and far from “loving”. He could have hosted retreats with their parents or with care givers; instead the children ended upon one on one alone with his Peter Pan plastic facial surgery? Don’t get me started on how any sane person could defend. When trying to trick Lisa Marie into having his children, he took off w two kids alone on vacation, behind her back.

    • Kendra says:

      I don’t really know much about Michael Jackson but I have seen for years only that he wasn’t guilty and people just assumed he was he was because he was not your average person. So I am but surprised how here everyone has the opposite view.

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    She’s the only thing he did truly right. She needs to hang on to that and that alone.

    • mtam says:

      see, I don’t know if that’s true. We only know anything personal about her because she’s coasted on the nepotism her father’s legend has allowed. She’s given interviews about nothing. Gone on red carpets to promote… what? Herself. I wouldn’t necessarily cast her as an example of what MJ did right. If this report is true, it’s now wonder she is worried about her access to fame disappearing, because she has done nothing to offer anything of substance for her level of fame and celebrity privileges. It all hangs on her father’s legacy. And it is truly appaling (if this rumour is true) that she could know about and watch that documentary, and demonstrate no empathy towards the victims and only worry about how it will affect her public image. Raising a child that appears to be that self-absorbed is not a good example of something someone’s done right.

      • whatWHAT? says:

        yeah, you raise a good point.

        she’s trying to make it as an actress, and is using her last name as an “in” to the biz. she’s clearly NOT a great actress or we would have seen her in stuff by now, MJ’s kid or not.

        but she also doesn’t want people to associate her with her father’s crimes?

        it’s either one or the other, Miss Jackson. use his name or don’t but don’t try to reap rewards from it while at the same time distancing yourself.

      • Meg Britt says:

        Wow so many good points here. If this report is true it only shows how insecure Paris is

      • BchyYogi says:

        Are we blind? This young woman was likely genetically altered, was trotted around in masks as a kid and raised by a known drug addict. (even if she had nannys, HE WAS IN CHARGE) She’s an admitted self-cutter, has been in a few rehabs, and uh, look at her body “art” that looks more like self-harm. And…people wonder “if she’s doing okay”?

      • jules says:

        BchyYogi, those are my thoughts exactly. You have to wonder about all his kids and how he raised them. Enmeshment is another type of abuse.

    • B n A fan says:

      It would be nice if she had said she hoped it’s not what they are saying about her father, that he preyed on children, if that is true. I know she’s young but, she should think about others before talking about her career. If the gossip is true, these young boys/men are carrying a heavy burden caused by her father. Also, I know he left his three children a boat load of cash so with or without a career she will be all right, jmo. I love Michael’s music but, I hope he did not abused little boys.

    • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

      She’s still a human being. I get what’s said, I do and I’ve rolled my eyes plenty concerning her ‘concerns,’ but she’s the daughter of a very f#cked up subhuman, she’s a sister and I’m trying to give a bit of benefit to something I honestly don’t think I could handle. I’d have to flee to a deserted island or Siberia or whatever.

      But yes, she’s needs a life coach or something to address the hideous things her father did.

      • AnnaKist says:

        I sincerely hope all this doesn’t tip her over the edge, because she was very fragile for a while there. She’s in no way responsible for her father’s actions, and nor should she be questioned about any of it. I hope no one hounds her over this. You’re right. She should lay low for a while, and surround herself with reasoned, responsible, caring and supportive people.

      • Kitten says:

        Right, Mabs. I think it’s perfectly natural for anyone who has a parent or family member in the public eye to worry about how their behavior reflects on them. Nobody deserves to suffer for the sins of their parents.

        Now, if that was her *only* thought in the wake of this documentary then that’s problematic but I assume (I HOPE) that she feels empathy and sadness for the victims as well. Honestly, it’s an awful situation for her to be in. I don’t care is she’s skated on nepotism. I don’t care if she’s rich and spoiled. It has to be devastating to be haunted by your father’s horrific behavior for years after his death.

      • Megan says:

        I feel very sorry for Paris and her brothers. Michael died when they were young and I am sure their grandparents and aunts and uncles have helped build Michael into a hero in their minds. Having it come out so publicly that their father was a pedophile has got to be devastating.

      • mtam says:

        @Mabs A’Mabbin, @kitten
        I don’t think criticizing what the source in this article claims is Paris’ POV on this situation, is the same as righting her off. Of course she is human, of course she’s going to be hurt by this. My point has nothing to do with whether or not she deserves our sympathy. I think she does, it would be hard for any child, and I also hope she seeks help in order to deal with this.

        But if this source is true, it means she’s not expressing any sympathy for the victims of her father and only worrying about herself. That would be really shitty of her. And i don’t think people are criticizing her just because she’s rich and spoiled. I think they’re calling her out for using her father’s name and legacy for fame and easy money, and now worrying she might not be able to coast on that anymore. I think that’s a legit criticism because the article wasn’t about how she felt or how she’s dealing with knowing this about her father, but about the effect she allegedly thinks it will have on her career. Now people are making it about her supposed hurt feelings, but that’s not what this article was about.

    • Ama says:

      I always wondered how puberty will have an inpact on their weird upbringing and if the well “rebell” against their father MJ even more then any other child in puberty, then he died. They could now stand up and push him off his parental- and idol pedestal.

  4. Eva says:

    Wouldn’t be the first time women pay for the mistakes of powerful men.

    However, maybe she should actually start doing the work before she can blame this documentary for ruining her chances. So far I’ve seen her pose at events but that’s it. Maybe she was expecting an acting career to be handed to her (many celebrities’ children seem to think so).

    • Parigo says:

      That’s what I was thinking. She’s certainly less likely to benefit from nepotism now but if she really wants to be an actress she should shoot for a supporting role in a TV series. She should prove she’s serious and wants to do the work, not just have the fame.

    • Kerfuffle says:

      It’ll hurt her career because she’s been selling herself as Paris JACKSON – she’s trying to build on quicksand.

    • otaku fairy... says:

      Right, on both points. This story isn’t coming from her, and I’m not convinced that this hurting her career is her only concern about this. She’s entitled to her own negative, but private thoughts and feelings about it as long as she doesn’t try to discredit her father’s victims.

      • Kitten says:

        Yes ITA, Otaku Fairy.

      • Myrtle says:

        The Sun isn’t the most reliable news source. Paris may have made an offhand comment, like “There goes my acting career,” or not. It doesn’t sound like she’s defending her father. What an awful thing to find out about your parent.

  5. mela says:

    Oh I’m sorry. Looks like you have to get a Get a real job

    • R says:

      You do know that Michael Jackson’s estate is worth a couple billion and he still makes more then several living artist. If any of Michael’s children want to never work they won’t have too.

      I will say I feel bad for her and I don’t think this came from her team because the Jacksons are trying to stay low. But this would be horrible thing to have to face about your father it just would.

      • mela says:

        poor little rich girl

        clearly her father was a problematic person and that sucks for her to have to face

      • R says:

        I just don’t understand your need to mock her but if that makes you feel better go for it.

        I am sorry but this entire story is sad all around for the victims and for his children and I don’t think compassion is that hard.

      • mela says:

        She is very privileged so I don’t feel sorry if this effects her “Hollywood” career that exists solely based on her nepotism-not hardwork or god given talent.

        I’d be more compassionate towards her if she picked a more meaningful existence outside of Hollywood.

        People have criminals, abusers and monsters for parents all over the world and don’t have fame and millions of dollars to cushion the realization of that like she does.

      • AnnaKist says:

        I completely understand your points, mela, and I’m sure some of us on here even agree with you. But she is still an emotionally frail young woman, and it costs us nothing or dimishes our impassion for others less fortunate, to be charitable towards Paris and her brothers.

      • otaku fairy... says:

        It’s amazing that anyone who felt that Pete Davidson (a man who also puts himself out there through his Hollywood career and dating high profile women) was so victimized and wronged by being reminded of his breakup and by an ex covering up her tattoos doesn’t have the same sympathy for Paris Jackson. Let’s remember that Paris Jackson is younger than Pete Davidson, also struggles with mental health issues and self-harm, and is an abuse victim herself. Sure she’s rich (as is everybody discussed on a celebrity gossip site), but I do have sympathy for the fact that she has to come to terms with these facts about her dad on top of everything else.

      • B n A fan says:

        @otaku fairy, Pete Davidson’s father was killed at the World Trade Center, on September 11th, he was a NYC fire fighter when Pete was a child. PD is suffering from a mental illness, I believe depression because of the trauma he suffered 18 years ago. Tbh, I will give him a break because IMO he is a sick young man.

      • otaku fairy... says:

        @B n A fan: I get what you’re saying. My problem isn’t with Pete Davidson, it’s with the fact that famous girls and women aren’t viewed as deserving of the same levels of compassion from online commenters even when health issues and other social issues like misogyny are combined- it’s always some variation of ‘poor little rich girl’ or ‘stans1!1′ whenever the subject is female. There’s definitely a discrepancy. Plus some people’s thing about Pete was clearly more about wanting to go after a successful young mentally ill woman they don’t like for less charitable reasons (by their own admissions).
        I can’t see any politically correct explanation for why some people would see someone who’s mentally ill and tragically lost a parent, but is rich, white, straight, male, and 25, as more worthy of compassion than a 20-year-old who is still rich and white (?), but also lost a parent tragically, has to deal with the fact that he was an abuser, has to deal with the fact that her grandfather was also an abuser, was a victim of abuse herself, and has her own mental health problems, without being male and straight.

  6. Veronica S. says:

    I mean, I’d think this is a pretty normal reaction for most people – how their parents actions will blow back onto them. It’s just, y’know, not very seemly for “friends” to release this information when the victims are still reeling from public response to their revelations.

  7. Emby says:

    Oh no. How will she put food on the table, now?

  8. LL says:

    Sounds about Hollywood

  9. Beth says:

    Acting career? What acting career? She’s not to blame in any way for what her father did, but if her dad hadn’t been the rich and famous Michael Jackson, she wouldn’t even be in Hollywood attending award shows and parties, and she probably wouldn’t even think about being an actress

  10. mtam says:

    Not saying I believe those are her actual thoughts. But it’s definitely the kind of thoughts that led to people who had something to gain from Jackson’s success (while alive and after death) to turn a blind eye to the things he did. People who worried about not being able to make money off him anymore were willing to enable his behaviour because they only cared about themselves. I really truly hope this is not how she really feels after watching that documentary, cause that would be truly narcissistic and disgusting.

    *Edited to add that she is obviously not responsible for the sins of her father. It is 100% possible for her to have had a positive memories of him as a father. But that also doesn’t mean he didn’t take advantage of other kids.

  11. Mia4s says:

    “ It’s not her fault that her father abused children.“

    Very very true. But one of the hazards of being a nepotism actor/model is that your career is highly dependent on your parent’s image and or legacy, unless and until you prove yourself a worthwhile talent in your own right. You’re right I think it is her “people’s” concern more than anything else…and it’s so so so not the biggest issue here.

  12. Shannon Malcom says:

    Her what?

    Sorry, but sweetie, just go to college and find a normal life. You’ve got the means to do so. I’m just not sure she’s cut out for the fame bs.

    That being said, it would be pretty f***ed up if she gets black-balled for something her FATHER did, not her, while male serial predators have made their way through Hollywood relatively unscathed for decades and decades. She didn’t even do anything, none of this is her fault.

    • mtam says:

      I would agree it would be unfair for her to suffer consequences for her father’s behaviour, but it really wouldn’t be so effed up for her to be “black-balled” from hollywood or w.e. …She had no merit being in that league anyways. She hasn’t worked hard or towards anything that gives her the access and privileges she has in that world/industry. It really wouldn’t be much of a tragedy if she actually had to work for something instead of resting on the tarnished-legacy of someone else.

  13. Montréalaise says:

    If she is so worried that being known as Michael Jackson’s daughter will hurt her fledgling acting career, she could always change her name. Do what other acting hopefuls do and try to get work as, say, Mary Smith.

  14. Patty says:

    Eh. She’s a rather basic looking white woman whose most striking feature are her eyes. She’s already got the most juvenile tattoos covering her arms and she’s minimally talented. Let’s be real, she was never going to make it as an actress anyway. The delusional is strong with that one. And I wouldn’t say she’s what Michael got right – she clearly has all sorts of issues.

    • Parigo says:

      She’s a very hard looking 20. I think she’s been through and seen a lot.

      • brutalethyl says:

        These two comments are exactly what I came here to post Her eyes are striking but otherwise there’s nothing special there as far as looks And “hard” is exactly how I would describe her There might be some make-up changes that would help but right now she’s not aging well at all

        And those tattoos are awful I like tats and have one but hers aren’t that good and really detract from what looks she does have left

        Girl needs to go to college and learn to manage the estate her dad left her Otherwise her uncles are going to rob her blind eventually

        And where’s Blanket? That’s the MJ kid I really worry about

      • hunter says:

        She’d look five years younger with detox, a good wash and some sleep.

        It’s the tattoos that kill it. Like brutalethyl says – geez you are worried about your career look what she’s done to the ONE WARDROBE she comes to every casting in. She’s permanently marked it up, that already requires work to hide.

        Unwise and self destructive, which the poor thing is probably because MJ hated women and only loved little boys? I don’t know.

    • Beth says:

      I totally agree. She’s an attractive, but really basic looking person who I wouldn’t even notice walking by. Her eyes are pretty, and that’s all I find “striking” about her. I usually don’t mind tattoos, but hers are hideous, and I’m sure one day she’ll regret covering her arms with them

    • Knitter says:

      I disagree that Paris is “basic” looking except for her eyes. I think she’s lovely. I’m not comfortable judging a woman’s appearance as if she were a dog or a horse, but she has great bone structure and a nice body. Her tattoos are unfortunate. They say “troubled childhood” rather than “rich and stylish”, but you could put Paris next to any so-called “beautiful” person and Paris would more than hold her own.

      • hunter says:

        I think she’s really pretty too.

        If it were “just her eyes” then she would truly have to have a face like Tori Spelling or Lena Dunham. No, indeed Paris Jackson is a genuine natural beauty.

        I think she is FAR prettier than Lindsay Lohan v1.0 or Jennifer Lawrence or many of the suuuuuper basic girls out there who we’re told are amazing.

        Who’s amazing? Zoe Kravitz and Zendaya are both absolute beauties – plus Paris Jackson.

        Minus her tattoos.

  15. Chaine says:

    If she thinks that way it’s because of her indoctrination from the day of her birth by Michael Jackson. If you watched the documentary he was able to manipulate those two boys who visited him every so often for a few years of their childhoods to think nothing was wrong and to protect him for decades. Think how much more difficult it would be for a child to shake off his indoctrination if he was their father and he was with them 24/7 until he died. Im not saying he molested his kids, but that his worldview that he was so wonderful and that everyone was out to get him would be their worldview, too.

  16. Carmen AIC says:

    Does Paris still think MJ is her biological dad? Someone should send her one of those do your own ancestry things. Girl is 100% Caucasian and 100% brainwashed. I feel for her. MJ brought into the world 3 poor souls who never asked for the ghoulish childhood they had and the myriad of issues he left them with.

    • Heather says:

      She identifies as African American so if she doesn’t get that Oscar bait role she thinks she deserves it’s because people don’t like her father and she’s black.

    • Alissa says:

      Yes, she does. She’s said before (relatively recently, I think) that she considers herself biracial and identifies as being part black. She blames her dying her hair blonde as to why people think she’s white.

      I think the fact that neither her nor her brothers look at all like they’re anything but Caucasian is…telling. My guess is that since Michael didn’t like the way that he looked, he probably picked a sperm donor that looked closer to what he wanted to look like. But that’s just my opinion.

      • Xo says:

        When Prince was little, Michael dyed his dark hair BLONDE. (Dark roots are visible in some pictures) Something odd going on there.

    • phaedra says:

      Wow, I didn’t realize they were supposedly biological children. I thought they were Debbie Rowe’s kids and Michael adopted them. Does it make any difference whether he was your bio or adopted dad? Only if he explicitly lied about it. Then it makes a huge difference. I think she is not his daughter: none of his “kids” are. They were just thrown into the sh*tshow of MJ’s life by the adults who should have known better but were too greedy to care. And it’s not because of how they look — but because I believe their father never looked twice at a woman. Remember the Lisa Marie debacle, that cringe-inducing kiss on Oprah to “prove” they were in love?

    • DS9 says:

      Why are you so certain she’s 100% caucasian?

      I’m biased as hell because i’m biracial and plenty of biracial people including my children and we come in all colors. My daughter is blue eyed, blond haired and has the palest skin of anyone I know.

      My grandmother and great grandmother are both 100% black and lighter skinned than I am.

      Genetics are an interesting thing.

      Barring direct knowledge of her conception, it’s ridiculous to claim you know her genetic makeup based on looks alone.

      • Kitten says:

        Exactly. My little cousin is biracial and he has curly, PLATINUM (and I mean WHITE-blonde) hair and light blue eyes.

      • Kendra says:

        I mean genetics can be interesting but if in so many generations no kids with black features have not popped up it might be that your ancestors aren’t as black as you think. There is lot of hidden ancestry people don’t know about, it’s estimated about quarter of African Americans ancestery is European

      • mtam says:

        @Carmen AIC
        Fun fact: The caucasian “race” wasn’t originally attributed to white people. Apparently white Europeans decided to adopt that term for themselves because at the time it meant they would be considered superior to other “races” and therefore could oppress and enslave them. At some point Americans adopted it too and it’s now become a norm to associate it with white people of northern european descent.

        That’s not how genetics work though. If someone has black or say African background and they are as light-skinned as you insinuate, it’s most likely they are not 100% black (and it’s very rare anyone is 100% anything). Paris might think she is biracial, but many people, like myself, don’t think MJ is in any way biologically related to her. You would think if she had any genetics from MJ she would at least have some (or even one) features that resemble his old natural self (a dark-skinned black man with some traditional african features). They do not share any physical traits, or even a semblance of it (and neither do his other 2 kids). I think if she believes she’s biracial she is fooling herself, but only because other people in her life have lied and fooled her.

        @Lady Keller
        Just because you are raised by someone of a different “race” doesn’t make you biracial or entitle you to call yourself whatever you want. Many people would find that highly offensive.

      • hunter says:

        Fun fact: it is a weird, horrific and documented fact that Michael Jackson hated black people (and women). I’m willing to cut the kid some slack.

    • Lady Keller says:

      MJ is listed on the birth certificate as their father. He raised them and took care of them, so it shouldn’t matter who’s DNA they have. If she wants to identify as biracial she technically had an African American father so she is entitled to consider herself whatever she wants.

      That being said I really do not believe he is biologically the father. I know genetics can be weird but given that all 3 kids look totally white and considering how MJ seemed to hate his own black skin and facial features I think he took steps to make sure his kids would be caucasian. The only reason I point this out is because he obviously lied about their parentage and it just goes to show what a disturbed individual he was and how he could not be trusted to provide the truth.

      • DS9 says:

        He didn’t hate his own skin. He hated having vitiligo.

        And i’m not sure how it’s “pretty obvious” he lied about their parentage because the only things to go on is that his kids are all light. Everything else is rumor.

        If you go look at pics of the extended Jackson family, a lot of those babies are rather light skinned.

        I just don’t have enough proof to tell Paris that how she identifies, what she believes about her parentage is a lie.

        And if Jackson and Debbie Rowe aren’t her biological parents, we don’t know who is and they could be of color too.

      • hunter says:

        This is obvious to a blind monkey and should not require explanation nor apology.

    • MrsBanjo says:

      He’s on the birth certificate and has always maintained they’re his biological children. She has no reason to believe otherwise. And it’s unfair to push that onto her as there are numerous biracial people who can pass as white (like Halsey and Maya Rudolph, for example) who have to constantly deal with that half of their identities being erased because they don’t look like they’re “supposed” to.

      • mtam says:

        Halsey and Maya Rudolph look like their parents though, and so do their siblings. None of MJ kids look anything like MJ. How probable is it that a person could have 3 kids and not one of them will share even one similar feature with one of their parents?

  17. HK9 says:

    Change your name dearie, people have to do that all the time…..

  18. deadbotsleeping says:

    I’m sure she loved her dad, and, whatever kind of dad he was to her, was her normal. Agree with others that if she wants a career in entertainment, she needs to put in the work and not coast on the name. Acting classes and a stage name, and if that doesn’t work, she’ll still never have to worry about money for the rest of her life. There a lot of acting children of stars who never rise close to their parents level of fame. (Thinking Oliver Hudson, Colin Hanks, and Mamie Gummer).

    I’ve watched part 1 of the documentary and fell asleep sometime near the end of the Oprah special. I was on twitter while watching it, and couldn’t believe the number of people defending MJ. My first instinct is bots because I can’t imagine that many people still invested in protecting MJ’s good name. I also want to reach through the screen and smack the parents. There is one point where one of the moms talks about how MJ wants to keep her son with him for a year, and she refuses. You can tell she’s proud of herself that she said no. But she said yes to so, so much. I don’t think of myself as a helicopter parent, but I would never allow my child to stay with someone I didn’t know or trust implicitly for a weekend. And there is no adult in the world that I’d let share either of my kids’ beds. It makes me full of rage to even contemplate.

    I had the talk with my tweens again this morning. The boy just said he knew and a lot of the things the documentary said MJ did (show porn, masturbation, etc) they’d actually talked about in his 6th grade sex Ed class. The girl (10) was just okay, mom, please stop talking. And I’ve never seen her so ready to get out of the car in the drop off line.

    I haven’t decided if I’ll watch the second part yet. I’m sure I will eventually, but I need a break from it.

    • Swack says:

      Just a question, but would changing her name at this point really make a difference? Her face is pretty well out there and known by most.

      • brutalethyl says:

        You know it’s really not I for one wouldn’t recognize her if her name wasn’t always prominently displayed The only thing that sets her apart from every other would-be model/actress IS her name If she changed it she might stand a chance of making it on her own if she actually has any talent

      • mtam says:

        I think it’s possible. She could change her last name, or give herself a new stage name, even put out a public statement or interview explaining why she would choose to disassociate from the Jackson legacy and branch out on her own, and it would take a while sure, but eventually, if she puts in the time and work, i think people would embrace her re-branding. She doesn’t have to pretend to be a whole new person, just someone not trying to coast on her father’s name.

      • DS9 says:

        It’s not a very striking face. She could go off and do something else with herself. She’s not so recognizable that she couldn’t largely live whatever life she likes and be selective about her appearances.

        She reminds me of Frances Bean or Madonna’s daughter.

  19. rabbitgirl says:

    I get that she loves her dad and thinks he is innocent. But if you are going to say anything publicly, at least focus on your father – daughter relationship and NOT your career.

    I still can’t get over Safechuck’s interview in the doc. He is still so confused, so in love and so hurt. Poor kid was so manipulated.

    Don’t know if any of you have seen Abducted in Plain Sight, but you want some people to really hate, those parents… OMG. I nearly threw my TV over.

  20. Adrien says:

    It’s not her fault. But it would be better if she stayed away from the limelight for her well being. Fame damaged her dad. Even better, stay away from the Jackson family. Be a doctor or an artist or be behind the camera like Duncan Jones. It’s a bit weird that she worries more of her career prospect than her father’s legacy.

  21. Meg Britt says:

    She complains people underestimate her and now complains she won’t be cast because of this documentary about her father-paris likes to paint herself as the victim doesn’t she? I’ve never seen an ad of her being in anything, have you? This sounds like an excuse for her to continue not working and continue to complain about not working to magazines and on red carpet interviews. I gotta say Paris seems to enjoy talking about herself but not actually do anything. Reminds me of Kate Middleton always being ‘keen’ but not actually following through.

    • Nat says:

      THIS. Voicing her concern that her father’s infamy will result in not being hired/cast/successful is a means of justifying her success or lack there of as an actor on everyone but herself. If she did in fact say this it will likely not result in a flourishing career in any regard. Any setback will be attributed to situations outside her control & reinforce her belief in her own powerlessness to take action to achieve the goals she has identified as having. She’s only 20. Hopefully she will gain the maturity necessary to move past her father’s choices in life & take responsibility for her own.

  22. Christin says:

    Fragile has been a description of her for years. Why would she continue to want to be in the spotlight via acting, if it heightens issues that she can’t handle?

    As for the documentary, it was a deeper look into allegations that were around for years. The second part highlighted how the last 18 years of his life involved waves of similar accusations.

  23. DP says:

    I suspect Paris and her brothers were his victims too. He may not have technically abused them, but their childhood experiences seem very odd. Then after MJ’s death it seemed like his family was using them for attention/money. I’m not surprised that Paris seems self centered and troubled. I hope she and her brothers free themselves from the Jackson family and other users and get the therapy they probably need.

  24. Zwella Ingrid says:

    I can’t imagine that she is worried about her career at this point. If I were her, I would be freaking out over all this stuff coming out about her Dad. I feel sorry for her and her siblings, because they may continue to find out even more about their Dad that they didn’t want to know. It would be hard to overcome.

    Of course the real victims here are the young boys who were abused, and the impact that it had on their lives, and the lives of their families. Not to minimize their plight at all, but it’s horrific all around.

  25. Knitter says:

    Assuming this quote is true, we don’t have any context for it. All we know is what was reported. We don’t know that Paris didn’t express any sympathy for Wade & James. We don’t know that she didn’t express any doubts about Michael’s innocence. We don’t know anything except that the film certainly won’t help Paris’ career as an actor or as any other kind of entertainer.

  26. judith reeder says:

    I think its sad that so many people posting act like they were close friends with Michael, and knew his thoughts and how he presented himself!!! Its easy to run him down after he died, he cannot even defend himself.

    • Beth says:

      People saying Michael sexually abused them has been going on for a long, long time while he was alive, and he defended himself, so don’t say he didn’t get a chance. If he was still alive, I’d run that sicko down like I do now. So who cares about the victims and how we feel about what the abuser did because Michael’s dead, so let it go? Hell no!

    • Erinn says:

      I find it more sad that people like to run down his victims, but sure Judith

  27. DS9 says:

    Paris really should take a page from the Olsen twins. Take all that money, pick an industry that makes the most of your connections but isn’t in the direct spot light and then learn everything you can about that industry and feed it into a business model where your celebrity can help further your brand but isn’t the primary focus.

  28. Susan says:

    If she has an acting career at all, it’s only because of who her father was. So she can’t complain if that same acting career is taken away because of who her father was. She’s not entitled to keep something she likely only got through her father’s fame.

  29. Jaded says:

    There’s been speculation that actor Mark Lester is Paris’s bio father. Here’s a quote from him:

    “I was just helping out a friend, I think he had a problem with actually doing the physical act of sex and a very low sperm count as well.”

    I truly feel sorry for her – it seems like there’s a pattern of behavioural problems, depression, drug use, suicide attempts, etc. in children of massive celebrities, and certainly celebrities as eccentric as MJ. Her formative years were spent with a child/father being spoiled and cossetted. She’s probably never matured emotionally beyond a 13 year-old, and is an easy mark for those who would try to manipulate her for financial gain. She is probably suffering from terribly low self-esteem and until she learns how to “adult” she’ll be stuck in a never-ending loop of self-abnegation. My advice? Stay out of the spotlight, concentrate on learning all that she didn’t learn growing up, and don’t expect a free ride into instant stardom.

  30. Amy Tennant says:

    I felt bad for her and her brothers in addition to feeling horrible for the victims. I saw them as additional, albeit lesser, victims. The optics of this story are not good for her, however. They make her sound shallow and uncaring. It may just be a bad spin.

  31. Egla says:

    She can start by having a career at first. Good thing is she is rich so she won’t have to suffer for food. The smart thing would have been to start from the bottom. Build up a portofoglio. With her name, good looks she can go ahead much quicker than others. Her problem as someone already said is that she has spend to much time with A listers and she considers herself one of them. But I am sure she doesn’t know what they have been through and even if they tell her she can’t understand. She was born and raised privileged. Such a shame that she can’t focus and build something for herself. I am astouned that with all her money she couldn’t found someone to guide her to a career. By the way we don’t hear from her brothers a lot. They seem to live a much quiter normal life.

  32. SpilldatT says:

    Wow some of the comments…

    She is between a rock & a hard place. And for all intents & purposes, MJ WAS her dad, biological or not.

    Many abusive people are two-faced and I don’t know why it’s difficult to believe that MJ wasn’t a loving dad to her. It’s possible for him to NOT have abused his kids sexually.

    And even if he did, we don’t know, all his kids may be in deep denial or processing things. We really shouldn’t put the blame on her or his other kids if they remember him with love. I am not defending him, but both things are possible: that he was a paedophile, but also a good dad.

    And how many of us if her position, wouldn’t want to be known as MJ’s kid?

    Can anyone honestly say that given the strange childhood these kids had and that they most likely have been shielded from MJ’s abusive stories for a long time, that they wouldn’t be proud that their last names are Jackson? If you didn’t know how much of a gross individual MJ was? Or how abusive Joe Jackson was? How can we expect her to suddenly wake up and realize that in an hour?

    I don’t blame her for anything.

    Is she privileged? Of course she is. And generally I would scoff at anyone like her, ie rich entitled kid, but in this case, given all the horrible circumstances that existed in Neverland, I can’t truly hate her or say she needs to STFU.

    And it was probably also chaos once MJ died, since these kids were def. used to get more money from the estate by the surviving Jackson family.

    So her perception of the world is not going to be the same as ours and given that she is still young, she won’t likely understand the horrible truths about MJ’s life.

    Also, for all we know she still is probably being manipulated by the gross money grabbers the Jacksons are. She might be mentally be unable to break away from it, and be a victim herself.

    And it takes years, decades to realize that.

    So please let’s just give her some sympathy for the time being. Her reactions to this documentary might be for the moment very raw & obviously unbalanced, and her first thoughts might be self-preservation ie worrying about her dreams instead of processing what the documentary says about the man who was her father.

    Her reactions doesn’t invalidate MJ’s victims nor should she be punished for the circumstances of her birth and life so far.

  33. Marianne says:

    Honestly, I wouldnt be surprised if in a year or two, people will have forgotten. I mean, there was speculation for years and that never really stopped the “legacy” around him. Especially since he’s dead and will never be re-tried or able to get his side out again.

    Besides, Hollywood is often hypocritical anyway. Maybe it will hinder her “career” at this moment but long term…probably not. I think the only thing that will hinder her long term is whether or not she has the talent/charisma to last.

  34. MangoAngel says:

    She wants to be famous, not a star. Stars have to work. Famous people just spend money and pout for photos. I can’t imagine her wanting to do the work required for more than getting her makeup done and having people ask her about her dad.

  35. Flying Fish says:

    What career?

  36. Cyn says:

    I could easily believe she’s devastated by the film. It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be MJ’s daughter and to begin to entertain the idea that the allegations are true.

  37. Ader says:

    Yes, yes, she is a Jackson, and the family is fueled on fame-seeking. But my gut says the only chance Paris has at adult happiness is retreating from the spotlight and living a quiet life somewhere. She seems equal parts fragile and self-centered, which usually gets very messy.

  38. MsGnomer says:

    It makes me sick that Paris Jackson has to come out and say anything at this time. I even wonder if she is being exploited by the Jackson estate and PR team. She still is quite young; wont surprise me if in two decades she heals from her fragile emotional state and comes out with her own story.

  39. Sparkly says:

    Honestly sounds like she’s setting up for a lawsuit. Or trying to, anyway.

    I should think she wouldn’t have much to worry about seeing as how Hollywood mostly refuses to hold the *abusers themselves* accountable. Surely they wouldn’t punish his famous kids for it, although I guess they do like to screw over women enough that maybe she’s right to fear. She’s never had a career though, and that certainly hasn’t been the fault of MJ’s abuse allegations.