Here is the full 36 minute video of Janet Jackson‘s ABC interview last week with Robin Roberts. In in the interview she said that out of all of her brother’s and sisters, she was closest to Michael. And because of that, it’s very hard for her to even see his new “This Is It” documentary movie. And as far as Dr. Conrad Murray is concerned, she says she believes that he’s responsible for her brother’s death.
Of Michael, she said of his recent documentary, This Is It: “I definitely won’t [see it] right now or [perhaps] ever… [it’s] too soon, too hard. It’s hard when I even see the posters for it.” As for his death, she brought up Michael’s physician, Dr. Conrad Murray: ”He was the one who was administering [drugs to Michael]. I think he was responsible.”
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Jackson kept a fixed smile on her face throughout most of the hour and apologized at one point to Roberts, saying, “I have this thing where I tend to smile when things get uncomfortable.” If so, this hour was pretty uncomfortable for her. Janet talked about the conflicting feelings she’s had over the years about her body, but that now she feels comfortable ”with my booty,” and is writing a book that addresses some of these issues, called True You.
She described the notorious discipline her father, Joe, imposed upon his children as “old-school” bordering on “being a little abusive.” No matter who you talk to, this guy seems just plain cruel. That notion came through even when Roberts asked her why she calls her father “Joseph” and not “Dad”: “He said, ‘I’m Joe, not dad’… It is what it is… I’ve never questioned it.” She said this was true before she was four years old. As is sometimes the case with the Jackson children, one gets the feeling that they’ve tamped down a lot of emotional (and in some cases, physical) abuse.
It was Joe who steered her away from acting in TV shows such as Good Times and Diff’rent Strokes. “He said, ‘I think you could make more money singing.’” Tellingly, she now says while she hasn’t given up music — the hour showed a bit of the video for her new single, “Make Me” — she’s most interested in acting, signing on for Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too.