Michael Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson, is speaking out against Chris Rock on the heels of his recent Netflix special, and he’s specifically accusing the comedian of launching “decades of harassment” against the family.
Chris Said Michael Jackson & R. Kelly Got In Trouble For The ‘Same Crime’
Taj’s issue stems from a comment Chris made when explaining the title of his show, which is titled Chris Rock: Selective Outrage.
While addressing his audience, Chris proclaimed, “The thing I have a problem with is the selective outrage.”
The Madagascar voice actor went on to explain what he meant by this term, noting that it’s when people give one person a “pass” for something that they condemned someone else for.
He then offered an example, noting that the term applied to “the kind of person who plays Michael Jackson songs but won’t play R. Kelly.”
Chris went on to add, “Same crime—one of them just got better songs!”
This is what you call the transformer, MEGATRASH!!! This FOOL… #ChrisRock #MichaelJackson pic.twitter.com/wjdhho07a9
— R&RForever1814 (@TruLogic94) March 5, 2023
We should point out that Michael Jackson was acquitted on child sexual abuse accusations back in 2005 while R. Kelly is currently incarcerated on sex trafficking and child pornography charges.
Taj Accused Chris Rock Of Bringing ‘Decades Of Harassment’ Against The Jackson Family
A couple of days after Chris Rock’s special, Taj Jackson took to Twitter to sound off.
He started off by noting, “Chris Rock has used my family as punching bags for his entire career. Yet I am supposed to feel bad for him getting slapped and humiliated [at] the Oscars.”
Taj added that, after seeing Chris attack Michael “in the first minutes of his ‘Retaliation—I’m still relevant’ special,” he has a few messages for the comedian.
He started off by asking Chris what the Jackson family had ever done to him “to warrant these decades of harassment.” Additionally, Taj told Chris, “Just because you were bullied early on in life doesn’t give you the excuse to bully others now.”
Lastly, he thanked Will Smith for slapping him at the Academy Awards last year.
Notably, Taj Jackson wasn’t the only one who was upset by Chris Rock’s comparing Michael to R. Kelly, as various people aired their grievances via social media.
Michael Jackson was proven innocent, R. Kelly pissed on women & doing time for rape.. The fuck Chris Rock talkin bout mann? 🤦🏾♂️ L
— DJ Jó$way 🎧 (@863jsway) March 5, 2023
Chris Rock can go to h*ll for that Michael Jackson joke too. In 2023, he’s still attacking MJ with lies to appease his far-right racist audience.
— 𝙱𝚎𝚌𝚌𝚊. (@MJFINESSELOVER) March 5, 2023
Chris Rock started on michael jackson and r Kelly 5 minutes into his special. Equating an innocent black man with one legally convicted. Nigga couldn’t wait to cut down other black men. This kat is a liberal feminist.
— Dwann B 🇺🇸 (@dwannb) March 5, 2023
no this man didn’t compare michael jackson to r. mf’ing kelly….. it’s not the same thing! mj was innocent & setup to be extorted for his money, no evidence found. #that man actually did those vile acts with YEARS worth of evidence! wack him again, will! pic.twitter.com/IGc9E97USY
— khalia. | stream on the street🪞 (@VERONASFILMS) March 5, 2023
Loved Chris Rock's Netflix special BUT in making his point on "selective outrage," he suggested an example was a person who listens to Michael Jackson but not R. Kelly. "Same crime," he said. Except Jackson was acquitted. Kelly convicted. Pretty strong difference.
— Eddie Scarry (@eScarry) March 6, 2023
Chris Rock compared Michael Jackson to R Kelly. Yeah I’m turning this off already
— Stand Up Guy (DJ Renaissance) (@Boogiebabyg) March 5, 2023
Did Chris Rock go too far and make the Michael Jackson joke in poor taste, or do you think the critics are overreacting?