Michael Jackson: Joe Jackson's hollow denials of beating Michael on 'Larry King Live'

If you’ve read any extensive interview with Michael Jackson, you probably share my nausea at the display of self-serving bull that Michael’s father Joe Jackson handed Larry King last night. Other people are going to seize upon Joe’s accusations of foul play involved in Michael’s death. I’d just like to zero in on what Joe said when King asked about the “many” reports “over the years” that he’d “physically harmed” his son. “That’s a buncha bull-s,” said Joe, “I never did.” (Quote occurs about 7:50 in here):

Joe’s denials that he ever beat his son have been repeatedly contradicted by Michael’s own words, including those in Michael’s autobiography Moonwalk, in which he wrote of his father, “He would beat you… he would hit me so hard.”

It’s pretty clear that Michael hadn’t wanted Joe in his life for many years. Joe downplayed this, and batted away King’s questions about whether Joe saw his grandchildren regularly. “Well, I live in Las Vegas and they live in L.A.,” he said. Yeah, boy, there‘s a vast geographical distance, isn’t there?

Make no mistake: Joe Jackson was, at the very least, not a good father to Michael. I believe a dead man’s words over his.

Did you watch the Larry King Live interview? What do you think?

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  • MJfan

    Joe is embarrassing the whole family. I wish someone would muzzle him once and for all. Michael has NEVER been close to Joe and he did never let Joe close to his business after Victory tour. Who is he trying to fool now??? He and his rowe character want a piece of the estate pie…I hope Katherine is not gullible to contest her own son’s VERY WELL THOUGHT will. Michael may be dead but many people know how repulsed he was by his so called father. He nerver even call joe dad…

  • InMyOp

    I wish he had just said something more honest like – it was acceptable back then to discipline a child that way OR something like I really regret a few incidents. I am sure MJ was not lying – no child would – it all depends on how the parent handles it when the kids grow up. This is from personal experience – i was disciplined with spanking as a child but my parents and I would talk about it afterwards and we have since made peace – I am better for it and better because of it.

  • Valerie

    Why didn’t he deny it while his son was still alive? The accusation was made YEARS AGO. It’s easy to deny or accuse when the other person involved is incapable of responding anymore.

  • Lauri

    It was obvious that Joe Jackson had little feeling for his own son as he never displayed true sorrow over Michael’s death. Every time Larry King asked him how he felt, Joe would talk about Michael’s fame.
    It’s now obvious to all of us why Micheal felt the way he did about his father and for being made to sacrifice his childhood.

  • Donna

    Please honor Michael Jackson in his death by having absolutely nothing to do with his biological father. I say it in that way because he was not a dad to Michael. Michael wanted nothing to do with him in life and gave him nothing and wanted him kept away from his children. Joe is a money grubbing child abuser. The press needs to shun him out of respect for Michael.

  • Mystry

    The Jacksons have always been a dysfunctional family. Note that each child of Joe & Katherine have issues. Pretty much like any family. That said, Michael seemed honest about the verbal and physical abuse he suffered from his father. I think the verbal scarred him more than the physical if you listen to him talk about Joe calling him ugly in his teens.
    Joe came up poor and found a way out by using his children’s talent. He has turned into the nightmare of a stage parent and probably truly believes he’s done nothing wrong.
    Too bad the loss of his family didn’t teach him a thing.

  • Sam

    MJ is a lier….he loves only boys…not anyone else. Death can’t make him sane person and believe all he says about his dad. What a waste of life…Shame on you MJ

  • Anna

    His brothers and sisters have all corroborated Michael’s story that Joe was abusive to his sons and neglectful to his daughters. Joe did make a pathetic attempt to deny being abusive while Michael was alive, saying he couldn’t ever remember hitting any of his kids and if he did then at least Michael was “gurgitating all the way to the bank.”

  • Howard

    I though Joe Jackson was white…. when is he going to put another LP out?

  • Thomas H

    I cannot get over the irony of Joe Jackson going on Larry King Live to tell us how he is keeping his grief secret. Is there a “Lindsay Lohan Award” that we can give him for being a shameless publicity whore?

  • Crumb

    Time to take the hat off, Joe. But then, if you’re hiding under it, what else are you trying to hide?

  • Beatrix

    If the sum total of our lives reflects, at least in part, the upbringing we received, then how do we explain Michael’s desire to remake himself into a man who in no way resembled his father? People who have not dealt with their own abuse issues from childhood look at him and call him a freak or a weirdo. I look at him and see a man in so much pain he underwent multiple surgeries to erase his parentage, so self- destructive he did not censor himself when he spoke of his love for children and so desperate to escape he left his beloved children in the hands of the parents he fled, due to drug use that boggles the mind. I find his life tragic and sad, made all the more so because he was a huge talent and a gentle soul. He deserved better. I pray his children do not suffer the same fate.

  • Matt

    Joe Jackson deserves the electric chair. Look how he’s got this rediculous smile on his face. Everyone knows that he beat those kids. And everyone on here should be respectful of MJ. Whether or now he did do what he was accused of, its over and done with. Constantly bringing up someones issues of their past, especially when they’ve died is VERY trashy and shows how much of a hick people can be. And you can get as mad as you want. YES I am calling you a closed minded hick. Leave the poor guy alone. And no I’m not one of those people who sobbed when I heard he died. The man had great music! I did like his music, but Im certainly not going to throw myself on the ground and cry over him dieing. He was a person. He had issues just like millions of people do. But its over now. Now we have to focus on what REALLY caused his death if it WAS foul play and hold those people responsible. Joe Jackson is just rediculous though. I wish he would take that dumb hat off too How Cliche and stereotypical

  • Matt

    Joe Jackson deserves the electric chair. Look how he’s got this rediculous smile on his face. Everyone knows that he beat those kids. And everyone on here should be respectful of MJ. Whether or now he did do what he was accused of, its over and done with. Constantly bringing up someones issues of their past, especially when they’ve died is VERY trashy and shows how much of a hick people can be. And you can get as mad as you want. YES I am calling you a closed minded hick. Leave the poor guy alone. And no I’m not one of those people who sobbed when I heard he died. The man had great music! I did like his music, but Im certainly not going to throw myself on the ground and cry over him dieing. He was a person. He had issues just like millions of people do. But its over now. Now we have to focus on what REALLY caused his death if it WAS foul play and hold those people responsible. Joe Jackson is just rediculous though. I wish he would take that dumb hat off too How Cliche and stereotypical

  • T’Byrd

    Joe reminds me of the father in the Temptations song “Papa was a Rolling Stone” It is ludicrous that certain black leaders and mouth pieces- Al Sharpton among them- call Michael a black icon when he tried so hard to obliterate his blackness- I agree with others who say that Michael was a fabulous entertainer, but a tortured soul- who knows? this moght have been suicide- and Michael’s ultimate attempt at reasserting personal autonomy- he would not be the first-as for Joe -the guy is the punchline to a bad joke

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