"They are famous as the most dysfunctional dynasty in showbusiness," writes The Guardian's Paul Lester. "But now The Jacksons are back with a new tour, and brothers Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Jermaine are keen to set the record straight."
The result is this amazing interview. Two choice bits:
They have a theory about the vilification and hounding of their brother....they make connections between Michael's record company Sony and his continued acquisition of chunks of Sony/ATV Music Publishing – he bought a 50% stake in 1985 – and the doctor (Conrad Murray) who was found guilty in 2011 of the involuntary manslaughter of the King of Pop...."Bottom line? They killed him," declares Jermaine. Who killed him? Sony? "The black man killed the black man." Hold on: is he saying that Murray was a stooge of the record company? "The doctor was just a finger to a bigger hand."
Illuminating sex talk!
"We never got involved in those kind of things," says Jackie when asked whether they experimented with drugs. When the inquiry leads to groupies, Jermaine inadvertently says something offensive. "We love women. We're not faggots." Marlon corrects him: "We're not gay." Jermaine responds: "Faggots, gay. Whatever you call it."
"There's nothing wrong with it," decides Marlon. "I have gay friends." If anything, the Jacksons are outspoken to a fault, whether it's Tito telling me how much he spends on luxury cars or Jermaine revealing that his wife has given him permission to take another wife.