Here comes the exploitation

Paris and Prince Jackson leaving the Beverly Hills Hotel (5/15)

Well that didn’t take long. The first exploitation of Michael Jackson’s grieving children is scheduled to air in December. From Us Weekly:

The Jacksons are at odds over the inclusion of Michael Jackson’s three children in an upcoming A&E reality show about the famous family, Us Weekly reports in its latest issue.  A source tells Us Weekly the buzzed-about program will include Michael’s kids — Prince, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7 — though not everyone’s happy about it.  Eldest sister Rebbie, 59, who has refused to be in the series (called The Jacksons: A Family Dynasty, tentatively set to air in December), “feels Michael would spin in his grave if he knew his kids would be on this show.” 

While Janet, 43, is on board, mom Katherine “is just going along with things,” the source continues.  Still, one of the creators of the program — which will be either five one-hour episodes or 10 half-hour episodes — says the family shines on the series.  “We have 23 cast members with the last name Jackson,” executive producer Jodi Gomes tells Us Weekly. “They’ve done a great job opening up about losing a brother.” (A Jackson family rep couldn’t be reached)

Michael wouldn’t “spin in his grave” if he knew his kids were being exploited — he’d rise from it faster than the zombies did in Thriller to join in. Besides, exploiting kids is a Jackson family tradition. If these kids were actually allowed to grow up out of the spotlight, that would mean only one thing: the Jacksons finally realized that children should be treated like children and not a cash cow Joe Jackson was dead.


October 15, 2009 - 12:45 pm