Last night at the BET Awards, CNN’s Don Lemon interviewed Joe Jackson about the death of his son. In typical Joe Jackson fashion, the man answered Lemon’s questions with abrupt, detached answers… even going so far as to pass the mic to his spokesperson and attorney and then promoted his record company.
Jackson wasn’t in line with daughter Janet’s feelings and the rest of the world as his answers were strange right off the bat: Lemon asks him how he’s doing and Jackson responds, “great, I’m doing pretty good,” which seems peculiar given the timing of when he lost his son.
“It has been really tough. Remember, we just lost the biggest star in the world,” Jackson concluded. He’s your son, I say…
With the press, understandably, running to Jackson’s parents to hear and share condolences and obtain insight on Michael and his legacy, the person who showed up on the red carpet seemed to be a distant father. No traces of shock or grief, but you can check out the video and see for yourself.
The one thing that’s consistent with all of this though is that his art of promotion definitely seems to be intact.
Check out Don Lemon and Joe Jackson below: