Michael Jackson’s 11-year-old daughter Paris Katherine Jackson spoke briefly at the public memorial on Tuesday (July 7) and some have accused the family of coaching the girl to say what she did about her dad.
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Although Paris’ speech was brief, it was emotional, and I, personally, do not think it was scripted.
According to Rev. Al Sharpton, Paris’ speech was impromtu:
“That touched everyone. And I think you couldn’t script that. She’s not reading a prompter,” he told CNN’s Larry King on Tuesday night. “This is a young lady — in fact, if you saw it, they had really said they wanted Janet Jackson to speak. And Janet kind of brought her forward. And she spoke from the heart about her father. I think she’s worried [about] the whole world [understanding] how human Michael Jackson was.”
I don’t think there is anything wrong with letting a child speak out about their parent who has passed away, if that is what the child wants to do. It’s OK for them to express their grief any way that they feel comfortable with. Perhaps Paris has read or heard some of the negative things written/said about her dad, and maybe speaking out was her way to let the public know that Michael was a good dad. Maybe that was very important to her. I think denying a child their need/want to express something about a loved one, particularly a parent, who has died is more damaging to their well-being.
Sure, we don’t know the Jacksons, but I seriously doubt they made Paris get up there and then had lines prepared for her. Have we become that cynical to believe that it was?