Paris Jackson Responds After Fans Harass Her for Not Wishing Dad Michael Jackson Happy Birthday on Social Media
The singer responded gracefully after people harassed her for not wishing her late dad happy birthday quickly enough on social media Tuesday (Aug. 29).
"Social media is apparently how people express their love and affection these days, and if you don't wish someone a happy birthday via social media, it apparently means that you don't love them," Paris said in an Instagram video posted on what would have been Michael's 65th birthday.
Paris explained that when her dad was alive, he didn't like people acknowledging his birthday, and even went so far as to try to hide when his birthday was from his kids so they wouldn't throw him a party.
"There have been times where I don't post anything for my dad's birthday, and people lose their f---ing minds. They tell me to kill myself, and they're basically measuring my love for my own father based off of what I post on Instagram," she continued.
"So I made you guys a little video, and I hope you enjoy it," Paris added.
"Please don’t use a man you have never met as an excuse to abuse, manipulate, and harass his daughter (who you also have never met)," Paris captioned the Instagram video.
The follow-up clip shows Paris addressing her father's birthday onstage during a concert performance.
"He put 50 years of blood, sweat and tears and love and passion into doing what he did so that I could stand up here onstage in front of you and scream into a microphone. I owe everything to him," she tells the crowd.
In another video, Paris added that if "MJ superfans" want to honor Michael's memory with something "he would've loved, which is not [to] celebrate his birthday," they should look into supporting causes that the King of Pop was passionate about.
"There's always ways to get involved with raising awareness for climate change, doing stuff for the environment, animal rights activism... These were things that he loved, and he was very, very interested in," she explained.
Paris Jackson, 25, is Michael Jackson's only daughter of three children. She was born on April 3, 1998.