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Do not feed the paparazzi’s

Lately the Jackson kids were spotted in Las Vegas, walking from a parking space to wherever they were going, and immediately a frenzy amongst the MJ fans started to take off.

I have to disappoint you, you will find no pictures of the kids here.

In hoax forums and other places the pictures were posted and heavily discussed. Where were they? Where were they going? Who was with them? What was on Prince’s t-shirt? Oh probably a clue, you know.. Anyway the pictures were enlarged in different kinds of software to decode any possible leads..
On Twitter it got even worse! The pictures were tweeted by different people, and retweeted by others. All pictures uploaded to a picture host, where it is possible to comment every one of them.

I have to admit something kind of snapped for me. We are talking about a MJ Community of fans, that normally are soo protective to anything that remotely looks like exploitation of their idol, yet they had no problems sending these pictures of youngsters and minors, out to every corner of the Internet.

I understand you are very fond of these children, but try to walk a mile in their shoes.
They came from literally nothing, meaning a very protective life. No press, no medias, no hype, no nothing. They lost their beloved father very unexpectedly and very fast, and must now adapt to living elsewhere with other people.

If loosing Michael is hard on you, how do you think it must be for the kids?

They walked straight from the ashes into the fire. And under these circumstances, they have to grow up and hopefully become normal functioning people.

By creating this hype around them and any new pictures, by sharing them and discussing them, you enlarge the foundation and the eligibility the paparazzi’s uses to take these pictures.

Think about it! By watching it, you encourage the exploitation. And that goes for both pictures in magazines, Twitter, YouTube or in forums. Just by watching it.. You DO have a responsibility. Who else but Michael’s fans could possibly have a interest in paparazzi pictures like this? Right, no one.. So you ARE the target group.

If nobody were interested in watching these pictures, the paparazzi’s would have no reason to stalk these poor children.

Michael grew up in the flash light of the media, and he felt scrutinized and unsecure. In fact he was convinced that this childhood had a profound effect on the rest of his life. And we all felt sorry for him for that.

Now it is his children that are in the crossfire of the paparazzi’s. They are “small humans”, waiting to grow and decide on what to do with their lives.
They have not chosen to be children of Michael Jackson, they have not chosen to be celebrities – not yet – and if they should decide NOT to be a celebrity, but a regular Joe, they should have that option. But as it is now, they don’t have that option, because people can’t stop wanting them.

I think that in order to believe Michael really died, some of you maybe wants these kids to sit at home and cry all the time. These kids have a life to live, and luckily life does go, on even for them. Give them space to grow and evolve, instead of pushing them into celebrity roles they did not choose. Accept they have a life of their own, and you are not necessarily a part of it.

I am sure that Michael would feel nothing but a deep gratitude towards anyone who leaves them alone.

But for Gods sake; stop feeding the paparazzi’s!

  1. Karmen Legazpi
    October 4, 2010 at 19:10

    I couldn’t agree more with what you say. Thank you!

  2. dom
    October 4, 2010 at 19:43

    1000% agree with you here, couldnt agree more xx

  3. Verival
    October 4, 2010 at 19:58

    Thanks for the note. How could we even think about hounding these children that we cherish? We saw what that behavior did to MJ, did we not? We need to get real, and examine ourselves. Does the Rabbi have the right message about how we carry on? Are we again going the way of idolatry? Thanks again for this blog. I hope you will continue with these strong reminders.

  4. evamj
    October 4, 2010 at 20:28

    Very nice said Zilda. I mean didn’t they learned anything from Michael and his life???

    • lisalittleme
      October 4, 2010 at 20:32

      No they didn’t evamj… And now Michaels children are paying the price.. This is an awesome blog Zil.. You said it :-)… Well done

  5. October 4, 2010 at 20:41

    Thanks for your comments, everybody and Eva;

    I think they did learn. But some do not think about that wieving these pictures, reading magazines, watching videos on YT or something like that, raises the view count on these pictures or videos.

    View counts are equal to interest, and the more interest, the more money paparazzi’s make on pictures.. The more interest, the more they will do to take that shot that really pays off. (like the ambulance photo)

    It is a cycle. And it has stop somewhere.

    When Lady Di crashed and died in her car with a bunch of paparazzi’s behind her, everybody agreed this was not okay. Yet they still bought the magazines with her pictures, they still sell.

    So who killed Lady Di? The paparazzi’s? The driver trying to flee from them, or the fans who wanted to know every little step she took?
    Sometimes these paparazzi’s have a very unwanted consequence

    Same goes for Michael all his life, and now his kids.
    It is peoples love, interest or involvement into something that creates all this.
    To stop it will require people to control their need to put their noses in everything.

  6. Beatriz
    October 4, 2010 at 21:33

    I totally agree about leaving MJ´s kids alone. I know for some fans would be hard, but if you really loved MJ, help his children grow mentally healthy, DO NOT ruin their lives.

  7. deb
    October 4, 2010 at 23:06

    I wholeheartedly agree…leave Michael’s children alone. They know there will always be opportunist paps stalking their every move but we should not give the media or the paps satisfaction of their invasiveness. There should be a law to prohibit paps from photographing minors and publishing the photos without the written consent of their parents or guardians. I wish the Jacksons would take a stand against the publishing of the children’s photos. Michael did not want his children to experience the invasion of privacy that he did and we all need to respect that! Fan or not, these children are human beings not animals on display and they deserve to live their life away from prying electric eyes. Don’t feed into the media frenzy! True this is hard but we must resist the temptation and stand up for Michael and his children and leave them alone. Let the children decide when they want the public to see them as they mature. We have no right to place pressure on them under the guise that we love them and their Daddy. If you truly love them and Michael you would put their privacy before your own curiousity. Michael said we are family…as family we need to look out for and protect one another. Forgive me if I sound harsh but we must think different!
    Love Peace Blessings

    • October 4, 2010 at 23:14

      Well said!! Thank you! 🙂

  8. October 5, 2010 at 02:17

    yeeeahh! very good 🙂
    u have my support!

  9. M. K.
    October 5, 2010 at 18:51

    All I have to say is to believe that Michael is still alive is to believe in a hoax that is being perpetrated by the media who don’t want to lose Michael as their meal ticket. That’s all Michael was to the media, a way of making money.

  10. evamj
    October 5, 2010 at 19:46

    lisalittleme :
    No they didn’t evamj… And now Michaels children are paying the price.. … Well done

    It’s so sad but true..

  11. Dayonne Taylor
    October 5, 2010 at 21:44

    Wow! If they are that hungry, the papparrazzi, I have a loaf of bread in my truck that I use to feed the birds… It should be illegal to stalk someone like that. The pic shows them almost crawling on top of the vehicle! I remember when the papparrazzi killed Princess Diana.

  12. the arabian nights
    October 6, 2010 at 14:25

    The kids that are tweeting out the pictures don’t care about all about the exploitation of Michael’s children. They think it is fair game and shift responsibility to others, initially stating they did not post it originally.

    If you ask them about the distribution of the pictures via twitter they start swearing at you and saying that they will do as they wish.

    These kids have no empathy for their own peer group.

    A sad state of affairs.

  13. Netoska
    October 6, 2010 at 14:26

    Since the hype of the previous days, I knew someone would wrote a blog about MJ’s kids, as the objects of mediatic exploitation. I didn’t watch the pics you’re all talking about, and i refuse to do it, but I believe this is only the beginning. They aren’t “normal” children, they never were. Since they were born they were in the spotlight both by the media themselves or by MJ himself, who showed them in public places, and sometimes like mannequins provided by bizarre masks or scarves. He wanted to protect them, only producing the opposite effect. What is hidden from sight, is really much more interesting than what is publicly displayed! I’m not accusing MJ, but i’m just telling he had his own part in the media frenzy! Well,I’m not interested in MJ’s kids private lives: the only thing that matters to me is their health and knowing that their doing well with their grief and their own private lives. I can only be happy if they’re making good progress at school, if they can have the chance to growp up in a peaceful way, if someday they can realize their future dreams.
    Saddenly, we’re living in a society where everything must be publicly showed, sold, or spoken about…WHY? Is it simply because we’re not able to mind our own businesses? Or is it because we don’t have anything to tell about ourselves? Is it because others’ lives somewhat give meaning to our empty lives?

  14. carmen_jessie21
    October 6, 2010 at 16:11

    Yeah,paparazzi are like birds of pray,you don’t need to feed them,they are looking everywhere for “hot”news or they simply invent it.And this is so hard for Michael’s children and for us:MJ’s fans and ppl.who really care.To grow up in the flash light of the media is horrible and must have an effect on your life.I feel so sad for these children who can’t live a normal childhood.But this is what happens in this world,paparazzi will always hunt celebrities and their kids,because there are too many ppl.anxious to know “juicy” details about their idols no matter these are not real.Why? I don’t know but whatever the reason is,this is not an excuse.What a sick world we live in!

  15. livinofthewall
    October 6, 2010 at 20:25

    Great blog and oh so true. These kids don’t get the chance to grow up like normal human beings. Always those camera’s in their faces and oh oh how do some “fans” love that. Tweeting them, making video’s with these pictures. And people who spread these pics think it is ok to spread these pictures and that it is ok for the kids to be hauted by all those paparazzi’s? If you are ok with this then you don’t have ANY feeling in your whole body! Let those kids grow up to be happy and healty adults and let them do what they have to do to accomplish that. LEAVE THEM ALONE!

  16. cawobeth3
    October 7, 2010 at 06:23

    Here’s one of the companies that was taking pictures.
    Someone had sent me one of these pictures because there is one of Prince at a garbage bin with a Coca Cola ad.
    This disturbed me because I Coke ads are all over & I didn’t see a relative connection to MJ like as with the Dodo bird & coke commercial.
    I saw the company name on the pic, tried to become a member (?) to get more info.
    I’m pretty sure that they’re in the biz of selling photos to whoever will buy them, like medialoids.
    As far as I can see, noone has bought them and exploited the kids with them.
    This unfortunately is big business and growing.
    I wish that there was something more we could do to stop this.

  17. Laura
    October 28, 2010 at 23:05

    No one like you has got it right!
    For years,I hoped that media could have stop persecuting Michael and, if they have always followed and persecuted him, was also to satisfy the demands of those who wanted his pictures in the newspaper no matter what or how, or to know how many times he had gone to the toilet.
    But please!
    Now, for several months, many so-called fans of Michael, rather than being fans have become first-class hounds, riding roughshod over its privacy worse than the tabloids themselves.
    Who really loves Michael, has never been and never will be interested in gossip, especially, will not give way to the press, after trampled their father’s rights, now to be allowed to trample on the rights of three children, who have right to grow like other children, free and happy to go anywhere without being spied on!
    We must help Michael and ensure that his children will not be caught in this whirlwind of media and let those, who still think of Michael only for his golden pants, to understand that he is much more than that! A man worthy of respect and love, in the same way, he respects and loves all of us.
    He always gave us, a clean and sincere love, an unconditional love, the kind of love that he has always been missing!
    I love and respect all those who seek to preserve his innocence and its humanitarian aspect.
    Sooner or later the truth will surface and all those who have not been able to use their tongue, spreading lies, will be nice if they will be able to apologize!

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