Paris Jackson, daughter of the legendary Michael "King of Pop" Jackson (perhaps you've heard of him), is on the cover of the February issue of Rolling Stone, which includes an intimate and revealing interview with the 18-year-old. In the interview, among other things, Jackson says she considers herself black, because her father was black.
I consider myself black. [My dad] would look me in the eyes and he’d point his finger at me and he’d be like, ‘You’re black. Be proud of your roots.’ And I’d be like, ‘OK, he’s my dad, why would he lie to me?’ So I just believe what he told me. ‘Cause, to my knowledge, he’s never lied to me.
Well, this did not sit right with talk show host Wendy Williams, who on Thursday gave her thoughts on the matter, which can basically be summed up by saying: A. Paris Jackson hasn't done enough on her own yet to warrant her own Rolling Stone cover and B. black is not what you feel you are, but what the cops see when they pull you over.
Okay, that's some heavy paraphrasing of Williams' words; here's a transcript of her statements (starting at the 3:50 mark in the video above).
But can we talk? I mean, real talk? She has not made her mark on her own. You cannot be on the cover of one of the most prestigious entertainment and influential magazines in the world and just be "the daughter of" and tell your story inside. Sorry, you all. She hasn't made any music that we know of, she's done the modeling, I showed you the beautiful pictures, but she's not on her way, we haven't seen her in a Sassoon ad or anything.
By the way, she considers herself black, period. She says she's not going to address this again, she was raised black, her father would constantly remind her of what it is to be black and proud, and so don't ask her again. Well, you know what? I've got a lot of slick talk in my head, but…you know, at the end of the day, I think it's terrific, 'cause this is the first time in about a year that a black woman has been, then, on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
You guys are clapping so seriously, I was mostly joking with that. I mean, I get that she considers herself black and everything, but I'm just talking about the visual, 'cause, you know, black is not what you call yourself, it's what the cops see you when they got steel to your neck on the turnpike, okay? It's what they see. But that's cute, and good for her, the last black woman on the cover of the magazine happened to have been Nicki Minaj back in last January of 2015, so now it's Paris. Good for you, Paris.
Unsurprisingly, this, in turn, did not sit right with Paris Jackson, who fired back at Wendy Williams via a series of tweets.
Well, that answers that, then.