Paris Jackson is under fire for appearing on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, but not everyone is convinced the argument is fair. According to Gay Star News, the publication viewed Paris Jackson’s cover of the Asian-based magazine hypocritical as the only daughter of Michael Jackson is an outspoken proponent for LGBTQ rights. The fight for gay rights is underway in China and the publication felt Jackson shouldn’t have appeared on the cover. The controversy prompted Jackson to fire off a session of tweets as she gave her public response.
Jackson tweeted photos from her magazine cover and it wasn’t long before Gay Star News published an article then tweeted to the 20-year-old calling her cover “hypocritical.”
Jackson immediately apologized to the publication and humbly began tweeting about her own feelings. She expressed feeling the attack was mean and that no matter what she does, she is continually attacked by some element in the media.
You may see the tweet by Gay News Press and Paris Jackson’s response in the Twitter thread below.
i didn’t know, i am sorry. i was grateful for the opportunity, but i’ll delete the post now. i don’t want to be hypocritical or hurt anyone, and my support for my fellow LGBTQ+ community comes first before my love for fashion and gratitude for this opportunity. again, i’m sorry. https://t.co/ntokVfCZZS
— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) August 19, 2018
While Paris indicated she would delete the tweet featuring her magazine cover, others have readily jumped to her defense saying the attack is unfair.
Some pointed out that Paris Jackson is not responsible for the political views or laws of another country. They also reminded many that the U.S. is new to legalizing same-sex marriage and the same argument could be held towards anyone in the U.S. who identified as gay appearing on a magazine cover before laws were changed.
In fact, very few of Paris’ fans or supporters sided with Gay Star News and took their stance against her.
She later pointed out that being able to grace the cover of a magazine in a region that is not as welcoming or accepting of LGBT rights should be viewed as advancement and not backpedaling or being a hypocrite.
Paris Jackson considers herself a member of the LGBTQ community and in an interview with Rolling Stone, revealed that her father, Michael Jackson once playfully teased her when she was 8-years-old for developing a same-sex crush.
She said that her father raised her in an open-minded household and she has never kept her sexuality a secret.
What do you think about the issue? Is Gay Star News making a valid argument or is this an unfair attack against Paris Jackson?