Paris Jackson has steadily become a voice for LGBTQ people. Daughter of the late Michael Jackson, she came out as bisexual in July. Last year, she carried on her godmother, Elizabeth Taylor's legacy by becoming an ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
But the young activist has recently come under fire for appearing on the September cover of Harper's Bazaar Singapore, which she posted to Instagram and subsequently deleted after backlash ensued. Members of the LGBTQ community pointed out the city-state's anti-LGBTQ policies, which prohibit sex between men.
"Perhaps Paris does address the problematic nature of her magazine appearance; perhaps she uses it an an opportunity to draw attention to sexual inequality in Singapore and around the world," wrote Gay Star Newseditor Jamie Tabberer. "But even if she has, that's immaterial. What matters the most is the missed opportunity of that Instagram post; of the sorely lacking caption... Of course, in Paris's case, as a member of the community, her decision is all the more disappointing. On the one hand, I consider her possible immaturity. I wonder if this is the fault of moronic people around her."
After deleting the Instagram post, Jackson posted an apology to Twitter. She also called out Tabberer's op-ed as "ridiculously mean."
\u201ci didn\u2019t know, i am sorry. i was grateful for the opportunity, but i\u2019ll delete the post now. i don\u2019t 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\u2019m sorry.\u201d
She does raise a valid point. Just as Tabberer admits, he hasn't read Jackson's interview in the publication he so thoroughly scrutinized. Being that she is bisexual, her representation alone should be seen as great progress for Singapore's LGBTQ community.