The full-court press by the Press on the heart-wrenching saga of Paris Jackson…a fifteen year-old I remind you…reveals yet again how merciless Fame is…even Fame you didn’t ask for, let alone earn. This is a minor child! Her family background is anything but a version of the Donna Reed Show. She’s lost her famous father due to tawdry circumstances none of us will ever forget. She is a victim, and no one that I can see is trying to rescue her from a minefield of lethal dangers. Same can be said about Justin B. these days. The requests I’ve gotten from talk shows is larger than I can count. I will do two more (WOR in New York City tomorrow and with Heidi Harris on Saturday). I don’t want to pile on, but some things must be said. Paris and her siblings started life with a handicap, plain and simple. That is a fact. No one seems to be monitoring her time. The solution, tried and true, is to get her out of the limelight. The Press must be held to account for reporting on the troubles of a minor. The Jackson family should look at history, and in particular, Candice Bergen who was sent to a very exclusive “finishing school” in Europe where, as Candice would later explain, “I wasn’t very special at that school, even with a world-famous Dad. My peers were princesses and heiresses, globe-trotting teen-agers with impeccable manners and trained to keep their feet on the ground.”
Paris needs to get out of town, focus on her education and character, and find out who SHE is and what SHE wants for her future.
There is a lesson to be learned here, my friends, and it’s time to seek solutions. I’ve told you before…Fame as experienced by siblings and the off-spring of celebrities can be terminal. Let’s get on the side of doing what’s Right for a fifteen year-old child. She clearly needs our help and support, something we would extend to any girl of her age.