After HBO aired its Leaving Neverland documentary about the sexual assault allegations two men have made against Michael Jackson, the late singer’s estate has responded fiercely in defense of him, even suing the network for what they call “character assassination.” Similarly, many of the pop icon’s relatives have been vocal in his defense online, but his daughter, Paris Jackson, has kept relatively quiet on the subject. Now, she’s speaking out — but what she has to say likely isn’t what you’re thinking.
On Wednesday, March 6, two days after part 2 of the documentary had aired, the 20-year-old model responded to an article from Gay Star News that claimed she had spoken out in support of her father. “I actually haven’t made any statements yet, especially regarding how it affects my work life,” Paris tweeted according to ET, though Us adds that she deleted the tweet. “You guys are reaching a bit.” When her followers continued to be concerned about where she stood on the doc, she encouraged them to “chillax” and “smoke some weed” and focus on the “bigger picture.” After all, “reacting with a calm mind usually is more logical than acting out of rage,” she wrote. “It feels better to mellow out.”
smoke some weed n think about the bigger picture. chillax my dudes
— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) March 7, 2019
But one fan of her father wasn’t having it. When they clapped back that what they were worried about was her father’s legacy being ruined, Paris replied, “So … not love and peace and trying to carry that message out? Tabloids and lies are the bigger picture? I’ll pray for you.” She continued, “They [attack the reputation of] everyone with a good heart [who] tries to make a difference, but do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down? Like do you truly believe they stand a chance? Relax and have peace.”
It seems that the model-turned-singer has made it perfectly clear where she stands on the subject now. The allegations about her father may be “tabloids and lies” in her opinion, but she’s not going to let it bother her. After all, she knew her father better than almost anyone else, so why should she be worried about what strangers are writing online? Ultimately, she’s got her own legacy to focus on — and hers is going to be one of “love and peace.”