Paris Jackson has responded to accusations of hypocrisy from an LGBTQ publication, after posing for a Harper’s Bazaar cover in Singapore.
Michael Jackson’s daughter, who is attracted to both men and women, faced some criticism from certain sections of the LGBTQ community over the cover, as the country has strict laws against homosexuality.
An opinion piece was published on Gay Star News titled “Paris Jackson’s Harper’s Bazaar Singapore cover is hypocritical”, in which she was criticised for saying she was “honoured and grateful” for appearing in the magazine in a post on Instagram.
Responding to a tweet sent by the website, Paris revealed she would delete her Instagram post after taking their comments on board.
She wrote: “I didn’t know, I am sorry. I was grateful for the opportunity, but I’ll delete the post now.
“I don’t want to be hypocritical or hurt anyone, and my support for my fellow LGBTQ+ community comes first before my love for fashion and gratitude for this opportunity. Again, I’m sorry.”
Paris Jackson for Harper's Bazaar Spain, September 2018 issue. Photographed by Mario Sorrenti. pic.twitter.com/jf6x9XV36u— HCM (@hoodcouturemag) August 16, 2018
However, Paris also noted how the appearance of a member of the LGBTQ community on the front of a magazine in a country where homosexuality is illegal is actually bringing much-needed visibility.
She tweeted: “I would like to add though that someone that is openly [a part] of the community being on the cover in a country against the community, should be celebrated.
“Isn’t that a step forward? again, I am deeply sorry. I didn’t mean to be hypocritical or hurt anyone.”
She added: “Also that article is ridiculously mean.”
i didn’t know, i am sorry. i was grateful for the opportunity, but i’ll delete the post now. i don’t want to be hypocritical or hurt anyone, and my support for my fellow LGBTQ+ community comes first before my love for fashion and gratitude for this opportunity. again, i’m sorry. https://t.co/ntokVfCZZS— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) August 19, 2018
i would like to add though that someone that is openly apart of the community being on the cover in a country against the community, should be celebrated. isn’t that a step forward? again, i am deeply sorry. i didn’t mean to be hypocritical or hurt anyone.— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) August 19, 2018
also that article is ridiculously mean.— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) August 19, 2018
The young star also received a wave of support from the LGBTQ community over the cover:
Paris Jackson does not have anything to apologize for anything. It's a cover that in reality made history because of who she is. To write rude, mean statements just because you don't agree with something is hypocritical, and one of the biggest issues to day.— Toma Jenero (@tjpride) August 20, 2018
this website must of had a slow news day. don't stress about it. im gay and don't see anything wrong with you being on the cover of the magazine??? it's not as if you're agreeing with the countries law.— millie (@damnangelina) August 19, 2018
that's a reach. if paris can't be on the cover of any magazine in a homophobic country the options are extremely limited. Like said I think any closeted LGBTQ+ person would be happy to see paris on the cover— annieparisjackson (@annieparisMJ) August 19, 2018
People tearing her down over something she was most likely proud of. Hateful. She’s a kid, leave her alone!— terri (@TerriLCJay) August 20, 2018
You do know that you do not need to explain yourself to anyone. Those who have known you, followed you and resonate with you know you meant no harm. Just stay on your path, release that negativity and enjoy the flow. Love & Light ]]>💖💜🙄🍄