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Joe Jackson -- Spankings Kept Michael Out of Gangs

9/5/2010 11:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Joe Jackson says his heavy parental hand kept Michael Jackson away from gangs.


The interview with Joe was shot by over the summer and will be used as part of a movie Katherine Jackson is producing with Howard Mann.

In the clip, an interviewer asks Joe what he thinks about Michael's past comments about Joe's parenting -- alluding to allegations of physical abuse. Joe says, "I had to be like that because when raising him, in those days, so many gangs out there getting into trouble, going to jail. Most of them are dead now. He didn't have to worry about that."

The interviewer also asked if Joe had any regrets, "No! They tried to make a big issue when I spanked Michael or some of the kids, ya know? Just like they didn't spank their kids when they did wrong. The media twists everything."



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What a load of crap, the kid didnt have time for or access to gangs. Joe just wants money anyway he can get it.

1480 days ago


Give me a break. Joe Jackson is just a mean old man, he had women on the side his wife just looked the other way. I also blame her for allowing Mean Joe to beat the children. You don't stand behind the door and cry, you call the cops. I hate that either one of those two get a dime from Michael's estate. The majority of the family have lived off Michael all his life. Instead of living in your so call compound, move to another neighborhood that will accommodate your own income. Mama and Daddy, most of the brothers and sisters get a job if you have to. You are the poorest excuse for human bein gs I have ever seen.

1480 days ago


Joe Jackson was never a good father, and to say he hit Michael to keep him out of gangs was a stupid thing to say..he tried to be an entertainer and nothing came of it. when he saw the talent in Michael I think he was jealous as hell and decided he would live through his boys. He never let them especially Michael have a childhood. All he saw were dollar signs. I agree with the post that said at 5yrs old what gang would he have joined and when would he or the others have time? He made them practice 24-7!! I can't believe Katherine let him abuse her sons like that..she has to take some responsibility for it! Joe was just an s.o.b. and still is..look at his pic, his eyes and brows make him look evil, he reminds me of the pics I have seen of what the devil is suppose to look like!! I miss Michael and there will never be another entertainer like him!!!

1480 days ago


Someone obviously needs to challenge this man's mental competency. It seems pretty clear he has no conscience or sense of responsibility for his bad actions. Something may be seriously wrong with him.

1480 days ago


Kids need their butts whipped! Soft parents are the reason kids are off killing people now. The kids coming of age now are just a bunch of spoiled brats who never had any real discipline.

1480 days ago


When in the hell would Michael or the others had time for gangs? Rehearsing tell god knows when and than performing at the strip clubs etc. Joe is just trying to downplay it all and make people feel sorry for him on what he did. I will never feel sorry for the abuse he did on Michael or the others for that matter. JMO

1480 days ago


Children need LOVE not beatings Mr. Jackson!

Posted at 7:57 AM on Sep 5, 2010 by truth_prevails


1480 days ago


blah blah blah...two wrongs don't make a right

1480 days ago


Not everyone or even most people spanked their kids in the sixties. I didn't and I didn't know anyone who did. Kids were sometimes smacked when their parents lost their temper, but then there was an apology, because physical "disciplining" was not seen as something other than abuse, whatever way you did it. In my country, it's no illegal and has been for some time. Good!

The only thing Joe did, was allowing his children to play music and fixing gigs for them. Without Michael, they would have stayed local celebrities and then grown up to do other things. I suspect Janet is grateful that the brothers don't expect her to perform with them.

As for Randy, both Janet and Karen Faye seem to think he was a genuine friend to Michael. And he did get Mesereau for the trial. Without him, who knows what could have happened - even though Tom Sneddon had a bull**** case.

1480 days ago


Unconditional love will keep your children out of trouble - not abuse and beatings.
Michael DID end up getting into serious trouble, did Joe conveniently forget that?

1480 days ago


OMG Way to justify beating the hell out of your children! Apparently Michael got the most beatings and Michael of all the boys would be the least likely to be lured into any kind of gang life. Why always so many BS excuses? If the man said I'm sorry for the pain I caused and I didn't know any better then maybe people wouldn't hate him so much.

1480 days ago


Joe beating Michael to keep him out of gangs when Michael himself said he didn't even have time to play...ok explain why you beat him when he and his brothers were out of step when they were just children and watching them rehearse with a belt in hand?

Please watch Joe...

Rest in Peace dear Michael

1480 days ago

Fred Farkel    

To #62 who thinks that visiting the old Jackson home in Gary Indiana does not make sense.

Look, FOOL... had Joe Jackson not gotten those kids out of 2300 Jackson Street, Gary, IN - guess what?? Go read your urban history books yourself. Kids born in the 'hood rarely venture 6 blocks from the place they were born. Go ahead. Make that road trip to Gary Indiana. The Jackson home is 1 minute off I-94 off the Grant Street exit. Go take a look what and where those boys would be living. You had better take a bullet proof vest...

How stupid can you be??? The family had talent. Joe dragged them all the way to Havenhurst and then guess what?? Big surprise. Havenhurst wasn't good enough for those wanna be hoodrats anyway.

What more proof do you need??? That family single handedly turned Havenhurst south of Ventura into a friggin zoo.

And in case you haven't read... the next generation of Jacksons are all COMPLETELY OUT OF CONTROL MONSTERS.

And yes. That would all change for the better of Joe Jackson came in and 'splained the facts of life to those stupid grandkids with a switch.

1480 days ago


Joe is the only one who is taking Murray to court to make him pay for the action of killing his son. Katherine isnt, nor is the rest of the siblings.

1480 days ago


OK we all know Joe Jackson is an ass as a person. But the man was there for his wife and children. Before the J5 days he worked 2 jobs to provide for his family (before he knew they would become famous)He raised his children the way he knew how but he always provided for them. Yes he has made mistakes (he's human) but I respect the fact that he didn't make all those babies and leave Katherine to raise them by herself. He did what he thought was right as a FATHER. Could you imagae Jermaine being in a gang lol????? Michael understood (listen to his Oxford speech) Joe has made some mistakes with his children but all of his sons have respect for there father. He made them the men they are today.

1480 days ago
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