Paris Jackson Reacts to Leaving Neverland: “Chillax My Dudes”
Last weekend, HBO aired Leaving Neverland, a two-part documentary about two men who say that Michael Jackson sexually abused them when they were children. Although the world has known about these and other allegations against Jackson for decades, Leaving Neverland has nevertheless had a powerful impact. Radio stations around the world have stopped playing Jackson’s music, and a Simpsons episode featuring his voice has been pulled from circulation. And now Paris Jackson, Michael’s 20-year-old daughter, has obliquely responded to the controversy on Twitter.
Paris Jackson hasn’t made any official statement about Leaving Neverland. But on Wednesday, she tweeted, “y’all take my life more seriously than i do. calm yo tittaaaaysss,” which some fans took to be a reference to the conversation surrounding the film. “i didn’t mean to offend by expressing that titties should be calm, i know injustices are frustrating and it’s easy to get worked up,” she later added. “but reacting with a calm mind usually is more logical than acting out of rage and also…. it feels better to mellow out. smoke some weed n think about the bigger picture. chillax my dudes.”
When another Twitter user responded, “The bigger picture is your father’s legacy ruined and his name smeared forever but whatever though,” Jackson replied directly. “so….. not love and peace and trying to carry that message out?” she wrote. “tabloids and lies are the bigger picture? i’ll pray for you.” In response to comments from other followers, she added, “they want to tear his name down and stop playing his music but it’s cool like who cares that he died for this…they do that to everyone with a good heart and tries to make a dfference but do you really think that it’s possible to tear his name down ? like do you truly believe they stand a chance ? relax and have peace.” Find her tweets below.
This article originally appeared on Stereogum.