Michael, Janet and Joe : the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

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Joe Jackson, formally known as Joseph Walter Jackson is the Father of the noted musical icons – the Jackson 5, Janet Jackson and Michael Jackson. He is not only their biological dad — he is also their overall music manager.

 

The music manager and father of some of the top pop superstars Michael and Janet Jackson,  was said to be in the final stages of terminal cancer. He was confirmed to have passed away just a couple of hours ago on Twitter.

 

Thou we are saddened by the loss of Mr. Jackson — we can’t quite stop ourselves from digging in a bit deeper. The man is known to have a couple of controversies over his parenting methods. Dubbed as one of the most monstrous fathers in history — Joe’s legacy has been questioned time and time again.

The Good

Joe Jackson’s main bragging rights is the shaping and predominant success of the Jackson 5. Being a musician himself he set out to train and discipline the young family band from Gary, Indiana, to became a phenomenon in the late 1960s and 70s. The Jackson 5 is known for their hit singles: I Want You Back in 1969, and I’ll Be There in 1970, topping the Billboard charts.

 

His behavior as per Jermaine Jackson, was just a patriarchal method to keep the brothers disciplined and off the streets. Back then, the life in their little corner of Gary, Indiana, was no joke. Gang violence was a common thing, but due to how rigid their father was, he and his brothers didn’t have the time or the wherewithal to get involved. He recounts that they were always rehearsing and they were too scared of their father.

 

All of them as per recent interviews see this action as a means of their father to hone their talents whilst instilling a will to succeed with discipline.

 

Without Joe, who knows if the world would ever have heard of Michael or the other Jacksons?

The Bad

Joe is known to have been very vocal with how he has raised his children. He was quoted in 2010, during his Oprah Winfrey interview that he beat his children with a strap and didn’t regret doing so. “It kept them out of jail and kept them right”. 

 

This, along with countless mentions of cruelty by Michael himself — one of the notable ones was during the 2003 ITV documentary Living With Michael Jackson, the singer mentioned that his father would explicitly make sure the Jackson 5’s intense rehearsals “with a belt in his hand” and

 

“I just remember hearing my mother scream, ‘Joe you’re gonna kill him, you’re gonna kill him, stop it,’” he recalled. “I was so fast he couldn’t catch me half the time, but when he would catch me, oh my god it was bad, it was really bad.”

 

Michael’s recounts of how his father bullied him over his  “fat nose”,  to a point wherein he told Winfrey that he was so afraid of his father that he would sometimes vomit when he saw him.

The Ugly?

Joe Jackson as portrayed by many (even with his own children) may be unequivocally a despot with the most tyrannical methods in his parenting style, but amongst anything else — it is still debatable how he managed to produce not just one, not just two but over 7 top artists in human history.

 

Whether we judge him for how he presided over the young careers of his children as both their dad, mentor and manager — we can never deny the fact that he was a valuable key ingredient in the formulation of how they grew up. (I am not discounting, the abuses) no — I simply am saying that, he did some things right.

 

The fact of the matter is — his remaining children — (Jermaine, LaToya, & Janet) expressed their deep understanding and justification of why they were raised by their father that way. It was for them a necessary evil that clouded over a sad reality in their neighborhood. And in his last moments — his children, along with the whole Jackson estate and family was seen mourning over the loss of a respected and a well much loved father. More than anything, that in itself is the legacy that counts over anything else.

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