Shallow Janet Jackson & James DeBarge
In another example of just how screwed up the Jackson family is, another family secret is out. Today it was announced that Janet Jackson secretly had a daughter at age 18 with her then husband, James DeBarge. Their daughter, Renee, is 18 now and has been raised by Janet's sister. During those 18 years, Janet has been flitting in an out of relationships and music deals. (Don't ask me about James; I don't have a clue). Please don't tell me that because they are celebrities they are special and should be held to lower standards.
Was this better than aborting the baby? Yes! Could they have adopted the baby out? Sure! But how about a good old-fashioned sense of responsibility? The press is chortling about this one, as if a ming vase was suddenly discovered in a garage sale. Instead, they should be discussing the failings of a society that produced two shallow stars who felt that stardom was such an important goal that they would keep marriages and children secret from the American public.*
If they were poor and starving, I can understand giving the child away to a home where she could be cherished. But both had the money to afford nannies, and Janet obviously has extended family to help. It wouldn't have cramped their style! Please don't point out that they didn't want the child. This is obvious! But I'm practical enough to tell you that this is not an excuse, either.
Of course, this is the same society that pays illiterate sports figures millions, and throws chump change at our teachers. And we wonder why jobs are being sent overseas and our kids are less educated than ever before. We need to get our priorities straight. We need to demand accountability again. And we need to be shocked when people don't behave responsibly, instead of celebrating.
P.S. In the interest of fairness, I should add that these allegations are made by one of the DeBarge brothers. However, sources believe the allegations to be true. How do you like that? I love citing sources. It sounds so impressive. I'm sure that's why half of the reporters out there love saying that.
* Janet kept a later marriage secret for many years.