Paris Jackson recently celebrated her 18th birthday, and got a tattoo in memory of her dad, Michael Jackson, which she showed off on Instagram. Paris Jackson has a new boyfriend, Michael Snoddy, 26, who she's also been showing off on Instagram.
Snoddy has a lot of tattoos, and one of them is of the Confederate flag.
According to his Instagram account, he got the tattoo in November 2014. He captioned the photo: "I've been wanting this tattoo since middle school!" and added the hashtag #southernpride and #cowboysfromhell.
Oh, okay, so this is a Pantera tattoo? The metal band Pantera is from Texas, and does use the Confederate flag on a lot of their merchandise. The CFH tattooed on top of the flag on Snoddy's forearm is for Pantera's 1990 Cowboys From Hell album. So he's a Pantera fan. Okay. But their former lead singer Phil Anselmo is a racist garbage human, so the whole thing is questionable.
Actually, in a lot of his pictures, Snoddy's wearing a Confederate flag T-shirt.
All right, guy, you're from the South and you're proud of it. Fine. But there are tons of other tattoos he could get to show his Southern pride: a bowl of grits, a mint julep, a big hat—the list is endless.
According to TMZ, Jackson's family is concerned, thinking the tattoo and Snoddy's general love for the Confederate flag might be a nod towards his true feelings about black people.
TMZ spoke to Snoddy who said "I wouldn't be dating a black girl if I were a racist."
The whole thing is a bunch of yikes. Snoddy's got some 'splainin' to do.