Joe Jackson Defends Spanking Michael

MICHAEL JACKSON's father JOE has no regrets about his superstar son's strict upbringing - insisting his discipline regime kept the singer out of jail and away from gang violence.
The late King of Pop previously spoke of the Jackson patriarch's tough parenting and alleged Joe often hit him as a child.
But Joe is adamant he had to be tough for Jackson's own good.
In an interview with Jacksonsecretvault.com, which will be shown in a movie to be co-produced by Katherine Jackson, Joe says, "I had to be like that because when raising him, in those days, so many gangs (were) out there getting into trouble, going to jail. Most of them are dead now. He didn't have to worry about that.
"No (I don't have any regrets). They tried to make a big issue when I spanked Michael or some of the kids, ya know? Just like they didn't spank their kids when they did wrong. The media twists everything."


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Agree with a few people here. The 50s and 60s were a different era when spanking was considered a regular form of discipline. Sure, we know now it's no good, but we say that now when spanking isn't condoned and is in fact labelled child abuse. Nevertheless, I could well imagine that perhaps Joe overdid it in his efforts to keep his bunch of boys 'safe'. Worse is the way the media treated MJ. They have much more to answer to. They should have to answer for the slander they slung then and still do now.
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I sure wish the public would stop crying over spilt milk and things that happened along time ago. Ok, Michael and his brothers were beaten and severly disciplined back in the day. On another note if it had not of been for Joseph being so strict and the disciplinarian that he was, there may not have been a Jackson 5 group or a Michael Jackson or even a Janet Jackson. They could have gotten involved with the gangs and drugs at that time and possibly died in gun violence or gang fights back then or been in and out of jail and far lost during that time period. God put these kids with Mrs. Katherine and Joseph for a reason. God had a plan and God knew that Joseph was the one to help full fill Gods plan. God knew what he wanted for Michael and his brothers and God chose Joseph to bring the talent out of them and show them stardom. God needed these souls to be placed with Joseph to achieve Gods plan and it worked. God knows what he is doing. Michael was an Angel and the most beautiful Angel that God has ever put on this earth. God sent MJ here with a message of Love and taking care of our planet and the world and the media just hurt Gods Angel time after time over and over again. His father didn't hurt him. The world hurt Michael and tortured him to death. In my opinion the Jackson kids all turned out very good to me. I don't hear about any of them being arrested over and over again, I don't hear about domestic violence among them going on, I really don't hear about any of them being involved with the law in any negativity at all and the only unfortunate soul that had a drug problem was MJ and the world helped cause that. So, those beatings must have taught them something about how to behave in life! Where were all those so called friends that Michael was supposed to have had. Why come somebody didn't try to intervene and help Michael? Where were these friends that claimed to be so close to Michael after his death? Michael had no true real friends. He was alone except for his children and what could they have done at their ages? Michael was a very lonely tortured soul that nobody wanted to be bothered with because he had issues and none of his so called friends wanted to be bothered with him and those issues so they avoided him. I wish I could of had a chance to have meet him and got to know him. I would have tried to have been there for him if I would have had to move out to the West Coast to be near him. At least he would have known that he could have called on me any time and I would have broke my neck trying to get to him. I would have also tried to have visited him as much as I could have to have offered some company to him at least. Not having enough money to do anything with kept me from trying to meet Michael. Michael truly had no real friends or he would still be here will us today if he would have. On the note of beating, any of you all out there who are at least 40 years old and older, you all know that you got your behinds beat when you stepped out of line with your parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and some of your older cousins. You all know this especially if you had a big momma in your household or family. Big momma didn't play and they commanded respect. I had to go outside and get my own switch of the trees. I think I turned out fine. I have never been arrested or been in trouble with the law, I attend college and I am on the Dean's list and made the President's list once, I am married to a good man who takes very good care of me and pays all of the bills and keeps food on the table so that I can go to school. I have no kids of my own at this time due to financial issues, and I am well liked and loved by all of my friends and family. I got my butt tore up when I was kid and I had weps and cuts on my legs, arms, back and my butt from the sticks. Shoot, there were times that I couldn't even sit down after the whippings. I was also beat with spatulas, fly swatters, shoes, belts, and extension cords basically whatever was easily grabbed when it was felt that I needed a whipping. I know you older folks were whipped, spanked, and beatened by old school parents because they didn't play back then like parents of today who don't know how to discipline their kids. Today the United States is the only country in the world with the most disrespctful, foul mouthed, unruly, unconcerned kids in the world and citizens from other country's all agree. So lay off of Joseph and what he did back in the 1950's 60's. That was when this country had no nonsense parents unlike today. Stop bad mouthing and accusing Joseph of what you all went through back then. I know you 40 plus year olds got your butts tore up back then. Do you all bad mouth your parents for whipping your butts when you needed it?I not, then leave Joseph alone and stop talking about issues that occured 40 and 50 years ago! Damn people. Michael was a well loved superstar and one of God's most beautiful Angel's so everybody feels bad that he got his butt whipped when he was a boy. None you were there in that house when those kids were being whipped so you don't know what was going on or what happened that lead to those whippings. Let this issue rest. Michael apparently forgave his father and that is all that matters in God's eyes. Forgiveness is the key so let this issue rest people. I know Joseph loved his son very much and is devastated by his loss. I didn't get to meet Michael and I am still devastated by his loss today. I don't know when I will get over his loss. For Joseph, our children are supposed to bury us not parents bury their children.Rip Michael. I can't wait to meet you in Heaven!
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Why don't people shut up! Joe had a big family and he weren't the only one to discipline his children in that fashion back in them days!! Michael's Dad! Have respect you morons! Only him being debonaire I find incredibly selfish! How could he do that to Katherine, Michael and Janet!.. However he half made Michael.. Always respect him.. Thank you to Katherine and Joe for blessing the world and bringing us Michael! I wish people could be more respectful instead of over opinionated insensitive ignoraonuses!
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Mr. Joe Jackson,You were too hard on your children.violence is not the answer,,,you used poor judgement....As human we are giving a mind and words to speak...you would have done better by your children if you had used common sense and talked to them......instead of hitting them and making them cry...........SHAME ON YOU MR. JOE JACKSON TO HAVE LED A HAND ON YOUR SON MICHAEL JACKSON.......SHAME ON YOU..........WHERE DID IT GET YOU??????? NO WHERE!!!!!!!!!! NOW YOU LOST YOUR BEAUTIFUL SON THAT THE WORLD LOVES.....................
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Mr. Joe Jackson YOUR ARE SOOOOOO WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU DO NOT HIT CHILDREN PERIOD!WHO ARE YOU TO GO AROUND HITTING INNOCENT CHILDREN????????????YOU COULD TALK WHY DON"T YOU USE YOUR HEAD INSTEAD OF YOUR HANDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!YOU ARE LUCKY YOU DID NOT HAVE YOUR HANDS CUT OFF!!!!!!!!!!!FOR WHAT YOU DID TO YOUR CHILDREN.......
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People dont Forget Michael forgive him. In this Time the families dont speak with children it was like this . They try to get the boys (6) in very good way but they dont know other method to do it... It would be hard of course ! You are not at the top only with sweeties things!!!! If the things were different you never know Michael Jackson !!!! But i cry for Michael , yesteday,and today. ..........
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listen, i think u all need to STOP AND THINK and SEE josephs SIDE and VISION. he was CORRECT in spanking the kids AT THAT TIME. that was the method used THEN and sometimes NOW. look, yesterday people spanked their kids and today they dont. DO YOU LIKE TODAYS YOUTH? DO U LIKE TODAYS IMPOLITENESS IN KIDS? come on!!!! todays is when the kids gets spanked the LEAST and they are the WORST BEHAVED kids EVER in history. do u really are so NAIVE that he could "TALK SWEETLY" to 6 BOYS in THAT KIND OF DANGEROUS NEIGHBORHOOD and it would have WORKED????? are u all THINKING STRAIGHT?? please. you sound really IGNORANT. and i am one of those that dont believe in spanking, but IN THAT CASE WITH THAT SITUATION, it was the best thing to do. Mike FORGAVE JOE. who are YOU ALL to judge like that? LIVE the situation, and then SPEAK. it really bothers me when people attack joe like that. joe did it out of EXTREME LOVE for his kids. he was being EXTREMELY PROTECTIVE. he CARED. thats why he did it. WHO DO U THINK ITS RESPONSIBLE FOR MICHAELS ACHIEVEMENTS, TALENT, DISCIPLINE, PERSEVERANCE, EYE FOR DETAIL, SHARPNESS, PERFECTIONISM and EXCELLENCE? who other than JOSEPH? please be FAIR TO JOSEPH AND GIVE HIM THE CREDIT OF MAKING THE AMAZING "MICHAEL JACKSON".
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This is a complicated issue but in many ways Joe is WRONG. He said that most of the kids ended up in gangs in Gary, Indiana and are now dead. Michael IS DEAD TOO!!!!! Clearly those beatings (not spankings) caused severe psychological damage resulting in devastating consequences in Michael's life. Joe may have made his children into superstars but at what price??? The entire family is dysfunctional. None of Joe's children are well adjusted (except for Rebbie) He clearly did NOT do right as a parent and it shows. His family was torn apart. Perhaps Joe should reflect on the ways he disciplined his kids and be more honest with himself. Yes, Joe is from a different time period but that doesn't necessarily make what he did right. However, Michael forgave him in the end and that's all that matters. I don't believe that Joe is responsible for Michael's achievements or success. MICHAEL WORKED TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL, WITHOUT JOE'S HELP!!!! Joe wasn't singing the songs, creating the choreography, helping with the video concepts, etc. Joe gets too much credit for everything.
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I don't think Joe Jackson intended to hurt his children. I think all he wanted to do was discipline them for then own good. There's a thin line between spanking & abuse & I think a lot of parents have crossed the line when disciplining in anger . Sometimes spankings are very necessary & there are kids who don't learn their lesson until you spank them. I think that we need to leave this alone already. Michael did forgive Joe & said he would not want to change a thing about his childhood. The other siblings seem to be well now. Malnik is right, Michael would not be the person that he is if it wasn't for his the way he was bought up.
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Joe’s spankings, when compared to the public crucifixion Michael endured by unscrupulous and biased Medialoid, pale in comparison. The Extortion of 1993, The Malicious Prosecution by Sneddon in 2005, Convicted in the Court of Public Opinion due to Biased Reporting, Thousands of frivolous lawsuits. All of which contributed to his decline financially, emotionally, and physically; and wounded his spirit. That is what should be reported. Vindication for Michael. mjtruthnow
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