Joe Jackson says he sees performer potential in Michael's kids; sweet, or kind of gross?

Joe-paris-jackson_l Today in a Good Morning America interview (watchable here) with 79-year-old family patriarch Joe Jackson, interviewer Chris Connelly asks whether he sees any performer potential in Michael's three children. Joe's response? "I keep watching Paris, she maybe wants to do something, you know. And Blanket, he can really dance, that's what they're saying. He can really dance."

It's nice, in one sense, to have their grandfather forge a connection between the singing and dancing genius of his son and the perhaps-blossoming talents of his grandchildren, but it also feels a little .. too soon.

Especially since Joe has already demonstrated a distinct lack of couth, pitching the launch of his record label on the BET Awards red carpet only days after Michael's death, and is well-known for his hard-driving ways with the Jackson 5 — and Michael in particular — in their youth.

What do you think, readers? Michael purposefully kept his children's lives low-profile — even their faces were rarely seen or photographed in public — until his passing, and now they are very much in the spotlight, through no choice of their own.

Should any natural entertaining talents they have be developed, or is it grossly inappropriate to even discuss something like that while they are very much still grieving for the loss of the father? If Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7, are indeed left in Joe and Katherine Jackson's care full-time, will their entering showbusiness in some capacity be inevitable?

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  • David

    “Natural,” as in “inherited?” I don’t think anyone really believes these are really Michael Jackson’s biological children in the first place.

  • LuluQ

    Keep Joe Jackson away from those kids.

  • jcarla

    Well, since Joe and Katherine are married in name only and have lived seperately for years, I don’t think the rest of the family will let him go near the kids. There was a reason MJ only mentioned his mother as his kids’ guardian.

  • MsDaisy

    Who saw that coming????? The man is all about exploiting his family.

  • Karen

    Disgusting. They have enough money. They have enough fame. Let these children chart their own course in life.

  • Pamela

    Jeez, these kids are greiving the loss of their father and Joe is allready talking about exploiting them also, what a suprise. I do not believe D. Rowe should try for custody, but do believe she should fight hard for a restraining order that he have nothing to do with these three children without a court ordered guardian present.
    As for the question of Michael being the father, why dosen’t the media just leave it alone, he raised them, loved them, they obviously loved him, biology dosent matter, love does.

  • Jean Genie

    Joe will always be a jerk. It always has to be about him, right?
    Let the kids be kids, let them grieve for their dad, let them decide what do with their lives.

  • noel

    Joe Jackson should be kept as far away from Paris as possible. From all indications, Michael was a great father and his kids have been raised in a manner of culture and elegance that Joe simply cannot relate to..i.e., “feed them what they should be fed.” A stupid comment from a stupid man. An article indicates that Paris wants to be a fashion designer and I’m sure Michael would not have interfered with her future choices. He wasn’t living with Katherine at the Encino house which is owned by Michael, so he should just leave and not tarnish the children. While with Katherine they should have access to the same nanny and tutors they have had in the past. Written articles indicate they are being well educated and public schools would not be in their best interests now.

  • smithee

    Joe Jackson is REVOLTING.

  • Clive

    Joe Jackson is a nasty-as*ed opportunistic Abuser who will do anything for money – like most of the characters around Michael.

  • Not Getting It

    Well if it is “grossly inappropriate to even discuss something like that while they are very much still grieving” then Chris Connelly is to blame. Joe simply answered the question. I have my concerns about the man, but now people are reaching to demonize him. The interviewer tried to stir up controversy. THAT was inappropriate. Not Mr. Jackson’s answer.

  • I Hate Sheep Mentality

    “Chris Connelly asks whether he sees any performer potential in Michael’s three children.”
    Excuse me, but that is the revolting part. You idiots are just taking the bait. JJ did not bring this up. If you noticed, he said that he as HEARD Blanket can dance. Quit trying to find reasons to hate people you don’t know. It is pathetic.

  • MJfan

    It’s inappropriate to even discuss it. Joe Jackson should have said no comment, further more the interviewer shouldn’t even asked the question. i’m questioning the “media” lately. Everything is about ratings it’s sad.

  • Leah

    I think that it is too soon to be talking about any of the kids’ future careers, musical or otherwise. There was an interview that Michael Jackson did with Barbara Walters back in the 90s about 9 months after his first son was born. She asked him if he would let his son get into show business. His answer was yes, but he said that he would sit him down and tell him that there are good things and bad things about show business. Michael said that he would make sure that his son knew exactly what a career in the music business meant before letting him do it, but that the decision would ultimately be his son’s.

  • Shannan

    Already trying to turn his blood into stars??? Give it at least ten years! Damn, don’t ruin their childhood too!

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