Michael Jackson took steps throughout his life to keep his children out of the public eye. I can remember looking at the masks they wore out and about, wondering just what the heck his kids looked like behind the feathers and bright colors. Surely I’m not the only person with that morbid curiosity.
Now, I’m not exactly a member of Michael Jackson’s fan club or anything (in fact, I think the guy was pretty skeevy, to be completely honest with you), but I have a lot of respect for him because obviously sheltering his kids from the limelight was of vital importance. After all, Jackson knew better than anybody the double-edged sword of fame.
Which makes the question of the insurgence of his children’s faces into pop culture following his death so compelling.
Joe and Katherine Jackson foisted their own kids into a paparazzi-fueled existence because it was apparently a small price to pay for the swelling bank accounts. Essentially selling their children into celebrity slavery had detrimental effects on the Jackson children, Michael in particular.
And now, despite Michael Jackson’s best efforts to give his offspring a different, gentler world, it seems …