Paris Jackson Fires Back at Detractors, States She Attends AA Meetings

By Paul Gaita 02/08/16

This is not the first time the 17-year-old has used Instagram to address a personal issue.

Paris Jackson Fires Back at Detractors, States She Attends AA Meetings
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Responding to negative attention from fans and critics, Michael Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, posted a withering diatribe on her Instagram account in which she cataloged the things that take priority in her life, including “family obligations” and “AA meetings.” The 17-year-old daughter of the late pop icon took to the comments section of her account to call out anonymous online critics for leveling unwarranted criticism at her. “This is f—king ridiculous,” she wrote in the post, which has been since deleted. “I am expected to literally sit on my ass all day replying to comments people leave me (positive and negative)? I have AA meetings to go to. Family obligations. PERSONAL obligations. It’s so f—king selfish that I am literally attacked on every f—king thing I post just because people that I DON’T EVEN KNOW aren’t getting what they want.” 

To illustrate her point, Jackson stated that past cyberbullying had been a motivating factor for her 2013 attempt to take her own life. She wrote, “Like when I was 14 and deleting every single comment by hand because people were fighting too much and sending to [sic] much hate to the point where I was suicidal? It’s always been like this. Just because I’m now starting to say something about it, I’m a b---h okay.” When several followers attempted to take Jackson to task for her statements, she lashed out, telling one poster to “get f—ked.”

While Jackson voiced her appreciation for the “love and support” she has received from her followers on social media, she added that the “expectations are f—king ridiculous,” and drew a parallel between her detractors and those that tore down and demonized her own father for decades. “The expectations for my DAD were f—king ridiculous. He didn’t owe you anything, yet he was ripped to shreds DAILY.” Her post closed on a defiant note: “I will not let that happen to me.” 

Since the death of her father in 2009, Jackson has waged a war on two fronts for her own wellbeing. While she has struggled with severe depression, she has also contended with comments and scrutiny over her personal life, including her breakup with soccer player Chester Castellaw (which was also detailed on Instagram), her decision to get a large dragon tattoo on her arm, and for smoking while underage. “I get it guys. Smoking isn’t cool,” she wrote in a post that again alluded to her troubles. “Sure as hell beats everything else in my past though. It’s the least bad thing I could be doing right now.”

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.