When my brother broke the news to me that Michael Jr. was going to doing corresponding work for ET, I was very angry. I have just started watching ET after years of avoiding the show. In fact, I don't really care for these entertainment shows anymore because of what they have done to Michael and their obsession over the same boring celebrities. I never thought in a million years that Michael's own child, a child that he raised, feed, clothed and nurtured, would even remotely do anything for the very same tabloid that helped ruined his father's life. I get it: Michael Jr. is 16 years old and he is now old enough to work but why work in a job that basically requires a college degree level or experience in broadcasting? There are so many people who have the degrees in Communication Studies/Broadcast journalism or a background in those fields and had to struggle just to get a break. This child, because of who his father was, comes out of nowhere and interviews the men of the Oz The Great and Powerful movie. I find very unfair, wrong and unusual in so many ways. Someone clearly made sure this mess happened and the first person that I can think of when I think about who to blame for this is LaToya. I mean, I do not have to tell you all how I feel about LaToya and her suspect ways. LaToya was the main family member tweeting about her nephew being on ET.
LaToya, like myself and most of the fans know what ET did to her brother. However, unlike me and most of the fans, LaToya betrayed her brother so maybe, in a way, she does not seem to care what the media did to her brother. When the letter that the family members did to start the process of removing the current executors of the Estate from running the Estate was leaked, LaToya did not sign the document and I always found that odd. When Michael was murdered, she was the first family member to publicly state that Michael was murdered by AEG, the executors, Sony/BMG and Conrad Murray was the fall guy. In fact, I believe if my memory serves me correctly, she dedicated a whole chapter in her book, Starting Over, discussing her "findings" into the belief that other people killed Michael. I was elated that LaToya finally made some sense and start telling the world that her brother was murdered. Maybe, I can let my anger that I have of her go now that she seemed to be focus on solving the murder of her brother. My have things like the love of the spotlight and money change people and their beliefs. Slowly, LaToya started to tweet more about being positive (which is fine) and less about what happened to her brother.
Then, it happened - last summer, when the family were at odds with one another and the executors of Michael's estate, LaToya was silent. She did not state anything about the situation and did not even sign her name on the letter. Months later, the OWN Network, Oprah Winfrey's flopped network, decided to do a reality show with LaToya and a press release was published. I discussed this on a blog post I did on it:
That was a wrap for me in regards to LaToya. Once a sellout, always a sellout. I am beyond convinced that on LaToya's show, Michael's children will be displayed for the world to see. Her first plot to expose the children was taking them, on a school night, to a party for the energy drink "Mr. Pink Ginseng". Now it is Michael Jr. being an ET correspondent. You can clearly see her fingerprints in all of this.
I blame TJ, Tito's youngest son, Michael's nephew and the co-guardian of Michael's children because since he thought he was a "reasonable" person, he can go ahead and disrespect Katherine's wishes. Since TJ is one of the guardians, he would have tried to convince LaToya not to allow Michael Jr. to participate on ET. However, as we all know, that did not even remotely happen. You would think that TJ would state someone against this foolishness on his twitter account but nothing. Not even a concern for the well being of Michael's children. TJ never seems to be that all concerned about the well being of any of the kids. Whenever any of them do something that is odd, TJ does not seem to do anything. Paris can tweet about some nonsense and there is TJ silent and not stating or doing anything to stop the nonsense. It has been revealed that TJ asked to be paid $9,000 with the help of the Estate executors for taking care of the children. Isn't that weird? Maybe that was the real reason why TJ decided to be co-guardian of the children. When you think about it, what does TJ do all day? What is his job? What does he do for a living? He has four children, one in college so how is he paying for the child in college??
"In many ways, television production departs greatly from the formula for filmmaking, as do the job functions associated with certain titles. On a television series, the executive producer may be creator and chief writer of the product. This person is the ultimate creative force and business authority behind the property, rather than just the chief financial backer or the studio’s enforcer on a film set."
The executive producer of ET is a woman named Linda Blue Bell and she basically controls what goes on the television show. Like I mentioned before on this post, following the dots when it comes to Michael will explain a lot of things about his life. I have always known that Linda Bell worked for the tabloid Hard Copy because it was revealed during the trial days about that fact. That would have explained why ET became so horrible to Michael during that dark time in his life.
"Prior to joining ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT, Bell Blue served as executive producer of "Hard Copy." During her tenure, the show received accolades from Time magazine and The Los Angeles Press Club."
Hard Copy was the TMZ of the 1990s. It was one of the worst shows that ever been on television mainly because the show was very tabloid and very damaging. Diane Demon became "famous" by being the first "journalist" to break the 1993 child abuse story on Michael and it was because of Linda Bell Blue, Diane Demon has a career. The reason why Hard Copy is no longer on television was because it was of a famous boycott that celebrities such as George Clooney, Whoopi Goldberg and Madonna participated in -
"Hard Copy – In 1996, actor George Clooney began a public boycott of Hard Copy and its sister show Entertainment Tonight (both were produced by Paramount Television) after Hard Copy violated a six-month agreement not to air segments about Clooney by airing footage of Clooney and then-girlfriend Celine Balitran on the set of his film Batman & Robin. Other celebrities supported the boycott including Whoopi Goldberg, Madonna, and Steven Spielberg. Paramount Television (now CBS Television Distribution for syndicated shows and CBS Television Studios for network-aired shows) eventually agreed to change the way both shows obtained their news. They also agreed not to air "unauthorized footage" of celebrities or "footage that is known to have been obtained illegally."
I believe that boycott was the end of that terrible show. I found out that Linda Bell worked for Hard Copy from 1993-1995 the era of the horrible media smear campaign on Michael. Now, fast forward to last week, on Linda Bell's twitter account, she starts to promote Prince being on ET -
So, because of debts and taxes, it will take years until the children and the chosen charities start to benefit from Michael's Estate. That is what we thought and then this article was published days after ET announced that Prince was their new correspondent.
Rocco Beatrice, Managing Director of ESP, founders of the UltraTrust irrevocable trust, explains that “because of poor estate planning Michael’s family will have to still wait years until his probate, estate taxes, creditors’ claims, and other legal battles are finalized.”
For the Jackson estate, the assets still have not poured into any fund. The children are receiving almost a seven-figure allowance - annually. This includes the mansion, private schooling at the famous Buckley School near Beverly Hills with a yearly $29,000 tuition and vacations. These expenses amount to $70,000 per month according to the NY Daily News.
“If Mr. Jackson utilized irrevocable trusts like Steve Jobs, the family could be using their share right now. No waiting, no estate taxes, no public scrutiny, no courts, and asset protection,” states Mr. Beatrice.
ESP estimates the estate will be taxed about $200 million. “In a good estate plan, one can mitigate the estate tax altogether. The Jackson lawyers were likely more worried about their own paychecks than doing the right thing by Mr. Jackson. Tying up the Jackson estate in probate court is very profitable for Mr. Jackson’s attorneys and could have easily been avoided by using the Ultra Trust,” posits Mr. Beatrice.
The last quote explains the main reason why the executors should go. That could also explain why, so suddenly, Prince has a job and being a correspondent for a popular television show can get someone paid big time. You have to really think about the bigger picture here in terms of the type of future Prince wants. He knows that the money from his father's estate is not coming anytime soon. He knows that he has to pay tuition for him to continue classes at the Buckley School that he probably likes. He knows that he wants to go to college and college is an investment. In a crazy, twisted way, now that he is old enough to work, he wanted to take this job to help out when it comes to his finances. His grandmother is 82 and we all know she is not paying the tuition and the Estate is not doing their share based on the article that was provided. Prince probably had to go to this route to get things in order so there will be no problems in the future when it comes time to pay for his education.
This Job is Not Temporary/Suggestions for Other Jobs
This past weekend, I watched the weekend edition of ET and Brooke Anderson stated to Prince that he will be doing more corresponding jobs for them in the future. He will get a call from them if they need him for anything. I had a feeling that the job was not a one time thing and that he was going be needed. If this was Access Hollywood or E! News Now, I would not have such a huge issue with that because for the most part, those shows were not as nasty to Michael as ET was. However, I am angry that he is even working for the media, the same group of people that gave his father so many problems. Can you imagine Bobbi-Kristina Brown, Whitney Houston's daughter, working for the Wendy Williams show? No. It will never happen in a million years. So, it bothers me to see Michael's children even dealing with the media and his own family knows how the media was so cruel to him. It is hard to accept that this is even happening. I do have suggestions of jobs that Prince can do that isn't ET or the media. The first job that came to mind was KFC, but I have to remind myself that a child of Michael's cannot be like every other child that can get a regular job. I have to think outside of the "normal" world and think about the type of life Prince lives. He was born into celebrity and he is going to work in the business of entertainment. Prince stated that he wants to act and he could probably do some guest starring roles on popular television shows. (Even though I do not agree with that as well.) Prince can also do internship with a record label. He is not going to be in the spotlight as much. Honestly, those are the only suggestions that I have for Prince because I can't think of any jobs that he can do that does not involve show business that would not single him out because of who his father was and his family.
The fact of the matter is that I can never accept what is happening to Michael's older children because this was not what Michael wanted for them. Michael did not want his children to become instant entertainers or for them to be expose so young in their lives. He wanted his children to have the childhood that he never had because that was his wish for them. Michael also wanted his children to go to college and get their degree because Michael never had the chance to do that for himself. When I see all of this happening to his children, I get angry because this is not what Michael wanted for his children. Sadly, Michael also did not think he was going to be murdered at 50 years old. We all know that if Michael was here with us, his children would still be wearing masks and veils let alone being exposed in such manner. I think one of the reasons I am taking this so hard is that I cannot fully accept that all of these things are happening so fast, so instantly. It is was like yesterday that Michael was here doing his usual thing and in a flash, he is no longer here to watch over his children and family and protect them from the evil people that were threatening to take over their lives. I also cannot accept the fact that Michael is really gone and everything that he wanted for his children will probably never happen because there are people who are making sure that those things will not happen. Maybe one of the reasons why Randy, Janet and Rebbie did what they did last summer was because of what we are seeing now. I never thought, when I was doing my blog posts on the whole Jackson Family saga that I would ever call Prince and Paris "spoiled" let alone a name that was not their name. I was so angry at what was happening because I did not want what Michael had for his children to be ignored. However, if Michael's three siblings could not stop the madness, then how can I or anyone else? I have to now realized that all of this is out of my hands and that I have to let God handle this mess. I hope that wherever Michael is in heaven that he is not upset because he felt like he let his family and fans down but he is upset that his family and fans let him down. He has relatives that are close with the Estate executors, a nephew who has no respect for his grandmother, two of his children are pushing into spoiled rotten territory, a sister who is enjoying every moment, a fan community that is so divided that they can't even reason and a cousin who is clearly abusing his aunt mentally and emotionally. Someone or some people in the family have to make some changes so that things are in order. Hopefully, the changes happen before it is too late.
Articles/Websites/Blog Posts -
Blog posts that I did on the family and the Trust
Definition of an executive producer -
Revealing Information Regarding the Michael Jackson Estate -
Profile of Entertainment Tonight Executor Producer Linda Blue Bell -
Tabloid show Hard Copy's demise -
Tweets from Michael Jackson Jr, @princemjjjaxon (verified)
LaToya Jackson, @latoyajackson (verified)
Brooke Anderson, @BrookeAnderson (verified)
Nancy O'Dell, @NancyODell (verified)
Linda Blue Bell, @ExecProdLinda
The pictures came from my personal harddrive and a google.com search.
The videos came from youtube.com.