Joe Jackson – the patriarch of the Jackson family – following his death last week is now laying beside his son, Michael Jackson. His family laid Joe Jackson alongside Michael in a Glendale cemetery.
The Associated Press revealed that Mr. Jackson was buried on Monday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, in a private ceremony. Michael Jackson was laid to rest in the same location back in 2009, after a long battle with the media and the courts, who claimed he was a child abuser, and even had charges laid against him, but were subsequently dropped.
Following his death, his estate bought approximately 12 burial spaces at the cemetery. While many in the music world commemorated his passing, Joe had a reputation as a child abuser, one that allegedly forced his children to sleep in the fireplace at one time.
Joe died on the 27th of June, just nine days after Michael Jackson passed away. And on Tuesday, the gossip tabloid, TMZ, published photos of other Jackson family members including Katherine, La Toya, and Janet, all having lunch after the ceremony.
Jackie Jackson, the oldest member in the family, posted photos of himself and his brother Marlon helping his sons, River and Jayden, dress up for the funeral.
Back in November 2010, Joe Jackson, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey, said that he did, in fact, beat his children with a strap, a commonplace form of punishment in the past.
Mr. Jackson claimed he didn’t regret it either, because it “kept them out of jail,” and “kept them right.” However, Jackson claimed that he never really hit Michael in the way the media liked to portray.
Joe admitted to using the strap, and his wife, Katherine, claimed that it was the way all “black parents” raised their children at the time. While it’s no admonition of beating one’s children, some have to remember that standards for what is considered “abuse,” has changed markedly over the years.