By Sandra Birungi
Joe Jackson, Micheal & Janet Jackson’s father has come out to confront the way he brought up his children.
Joe has for a long time been ridiculed by the public, and his children for his harsh parenting skills but the 84-year-old says he had to be, for the sake of his children. “I had to be like that way because during those times, it was hard, and you have a lot of gangs there, you know, in the area where we were living,” Jackson said. “This was Gary, Indiana, and I had to make sure that they didn’t get in any type of trouble, and things of that sort.”
Although his up bringing of his children was not ideal for most Americans, Joe is glad he did treat them the way he did. “I’m glad I was tough, because look what I came out with. I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world. And they treated everybody right.” Joe Jackson came out and talked about the issue during “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Wednesday night.
Talking about his deceased son, Joe said, “You know, Michael, he was a nice guy. … The world (doesn’t) know anything too much about Michael as far as how he was brought up. But he was brought up. I made sure that he respected the older people.” He went on to add saying, “Michael was the type of kid, you know, he was a good kid… and by him being that way, he was able to be Michael Jackson. He looked good on stage and when he performed, everybody loved the way he did it, because he was that good,” Jackson said.
Janet Jackson has particularly talked about Joe refusing, time and again being called “Dad” to which he said, “You had all those kids running hollering around. They’re hollering, ‘Dad, Dad, Dad,’ you know, and it gets to be — it sounds kind of funny to me. But I didn’t care too much about what they called me, just as long as they (were) able to listen to me and what I had to tell them, you know, in order to make their lives successful. This was the main thing.”
Before his death, Micheal tried to reach out to his dad but failed. “The saddest part about the whole thing was Michael tried to reach me,” Jackson said. “He says, ‘Call my father.’ This was before he passed. ‘He would know how to get me out of this.’ But they didn’t get in touch with me. They said they couldn’t find me, but I was right there.”
Joe and the children’s mother, Katherine Jackson are still married.