Monday, November 16, 2009

Janet Jackson, Five Months After Michael's Death, Speaks to Robin Roberts

You may have seen the promotional ads for Janet Jackson's upcoming November 18 interview with ABC's Robin Roberts. Roberts is getting two primetime specials before she moves forward to her new position as anchor. Per the AP, "The Jackson interview is the type of important "get" for which Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters used to compete."

The interview is being touted under the umbrella of Janet Jackson speaks out for the first time since her brother's death. According to MTV, Ms. Jackson says in the interview that she believes Michael's doctor killed him, and they pulled that from this ABC story on the interview, "Janet Jackson Blames Dr. Conrad Murray for Michael's Death" that has a tag line "In Exclusive Interview, Jackson Tells Robin Roberts Brother's Death 'Felt Like a Dream'."

She tells Roberts what happened on June 25:
"I was at my house in New York. You know, another day. Another morning. And I get a call ... [my assistant] said, 'Your brother's been taken to the hospital. It's on CNN right now,'" she told Roberts. "I called everyone's. There's a line busy or -- someone wasn't picking up. I spoke to mother. I spoke to Tito. I spoke to my nephew Austin. I spoke to my sister La Toya." (Janet speaking in ABC story)
She wasn't the only family member to find out from CNN or a media outlet that Michael has been rushed to the hospital. In a June 27 article at the New Orleans Literature Examiner, I wrote about Joe Jackson hearing from family friend, musician, and New Orleans resident Kevin McClin of Michael's collapse. McLin, one of Michael's former publicists, heard it from the media.

Janet tells Roberts also that "It's been a tough year. You have your days where it's just really -- it's hard to believe. And a day doesn't go by that I don't think about him."

I and others have always had the impression that Janet was possibly closer to Michael than some of his other siblings. While I don't know if that's true or not, certainly the way Michael's children clung to Janet during the memorial service indicates theyh feel close to her.

Earlier this month I wrote a post with Janet Jackson's music video for "Together Again", and I said:
I'm sure somebody else online somewhere has already said it. Perhaps that someone was even me and I've forgotten, but while I was writing tonight, I started playing "Together Again" by Janet Jackson. Even though I previously associated this song with losing a romantic companion to death who you now believe is up in heaven, I reapply this song now to Michael. This song is quietly joyful song with a twist of bittersweetness that fits how so many fans feel regarding Michael Jackson, that he's at peace and we should come to peace with his rest joyfully, celebrating him through his music like he's still with us. (Nov. 4 post)
And I was right that somebody had already said it, the irony is they said it in 2006, three years before MJ's death. Here's the Youtube tribute to Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson using "Together Again" by a fan in France.

The photo of Janet comes from the BET Awards show that was supposed to be a tribute to her brother.

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