By Jordan Listenbee
The Jackson Family, historically one of the most successful musical dynasties in popular culture, are no strangers to controversy of any kind. Between family feuds, to jealousies of success among siblings, to a certain Jackson’s stint on the psychic network, the tea is definitely strong within them.
Last night, family tea was spilt in copious amounts, in the form of Zaaharah Jackson, who is one of the nieces of the Jackson family. Who’s her mama? Joh’Vahnnie Jackson, Joe’s last (known) child, the only one born outside of his 66 year marriage to Katherine Jackson. To summarize, Zaaharah took to Twitter to vent her frustration towards a certain aunt (who remained nameless), referring to her as a bitch, in spite of the public's perception of her, and even went as far as to call her as the "worst aunt ever". Now, due to the timing of the tweet (7/25), most people concluded that the aunt who Zaaharah was talking about was Janet. Basically, the tweets surfaced last night, and Janet's fan base, the JanFam/JTribe tore the girl’s mentions to shambles, leaving her to first protect her tweets, and then either deleting her page all together, or changing her handle so she couldn't be found.
Now whether or not she deserved the subsequent dragging is up to everyone's own personal opinion. The purpose of this posting is not to judge her for her tweeting, or Janet’s fans for their reaction. However, in some of the replies that I saw last night, an interesting dialogue began which begged this question: is Janet, or any other member of the Jackson family, is obligated to have a relationship with the "other part of the family"; the part present because of Joe Jackson’s lack of self-control?
Now having experienced this type of situation first hand, I know that it can be extremely hard to accept half-siblings born out of infidelity. The constant reminder of betrayal on the part of a parent is one that can be an extremely painful experience. The conflicting feelings of obligation to family regardless of how they came to be, and loyalty to full blooded family members is hard for anyone. Now because we don’t really know the status of the relationship between Joh’Vahnnie and the rest of the Jackson family, it’s hard to say what goes on in the minds of Janet and company. However, it’s interesting to see that even a family such as the Jacksons deal with such a relatable issue that we all experienced in some way, shape, or form.
So what do you think? Do we have to maintain relationships with illegitimate family members? Should they even be considered illegitimate? Make sure you comment and join in on the conversation.
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