Friday, December 16, 2005

Janet Jackson

Janet Damita Jo Jackson has been catching hell ever since the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl. Her CD, "Damita Jo," was considered by some to be a flop and her relationship with music producer Jermaine Dupri has been the topic of tabloid fodder. There was the video of Janet sunbathing naked that hit the web this past summer and the icing on the cake were the rumors of a child with ex-husband James DeBarge. Oh, and let's not forget the drama with her brother Michael and his allegations of child molestaion.

Can the lady get a break?

You almost want to put your arms around Janet and tell her it will be okay. To most of us, she has been like a member of the family. She was the homegirl you kicked it with on "Control," the social commentator on "Rhythm Nation 1814," and she came into her own with 1993's "janet." We scratched our heads with "The Velvet Rope," danced our butts "All For You," and got introduced to her alter ego, "Damita Jo." In between were the films and lavish videos and flashbacks of "Good Times," "Diff'rent Strokes," "Fame," and "Dream Street." Janet Jackson has been our girl and you get pissed that they just won't leave her alone. We've seen what has become of Michael -- a reclusive individual who has been reduced to laughingstock for late-night punchlines. You don't want that to happen to lil' Penny. Okay, so she showed some tit at the Super Bowl. Big deal. Get over it. I have heard the argument a million times "but my child was watching that." Okay. And? It was a breast. I never understood why folks got their panties in a bunch over a tit and it's a lot worse that's shown on "Desperate Housewives."

And about this so-called "child" with James DeBarge. First off, who gives a damn if she did or if she didn't! How many other entertainers have hid children or had secret lives that we never knew about? Second, they said the kid was 18. Okay, let's do some math. If Janet and James were together in 1984 and their marriage was annulled in less than a year, that's about 20 years ago, right? So for an 18-year-old Jackson-DeBarge child to be walking around, that kid would've been born in 1987. That year, "Control" was one of the hottest LP's in the country. Janet was all over the place. When and where would she have found the time to have a child? Screw the argument of "but she hid her marriage to Rene for 9 years!" Please. The facts don't add up, man. It doesn't make any sense at all. Sorry, but I can't be convinced that Janet has a child out there that we don't know about.

The point is, it's time to just let Janet be Janet and continue to enjoy the music she has given us over the past 23 years. We can argue about kids and tits all day long and never get anywhere. In the end, it's all about the music. You just wanna dance and feel good. When you hear the bass thump on "When I Think Of You" or the grooves from "Together Again," thinking about Janet's boobs is the last thing on your mind.