Janet Jackson sparked fierce colorism debate over son Eissa's 'white skin' in photo
When Janet Jackson stepped out with her son Eissa after months of keeping him away from the spotlight, fans started talking about the boy's "white skin." The negative comments started trailing her when she and her boy arrived at Miami Beach after she wrapped up her "State of the World" Tour in December.
It was nearly two years ago that singer, dancer, songwriter, and actress, Janet Jackson was supposed to undertake her "Unbreakable Tour" but she canceled it after finding out that she was pregnant.
Jackson, 52, married Qatari businessman Wissam Saleh Al Mana in a secret ceremony in 2012. She announced her pregnancy in October 2016, when People posted an exclusive picture of the singer rocking a huge baby bump and smiling brightly.
Eissa was born in January 2017, and Jackson made sure to protect the baby's identity by keeping him away from the spotlight for months. In April of the same year, a representative confirmed that she had separated from her husband and was in the middle of a divorce and custody battle.
While Janet's loyal fans were worried about the singer and sent her their unconditional support, others were more preoccupied with criticizing little Eissa and his skin color. After pic of the mom-son duo surfaced online when they were spending a few relaxing days on Miami, people started to debate over the biracial baby.
Read some of the comment that people left on a photo shared by The Shade Room below:
"Janet stop playing that baby don’t have an ounce of black in him she black the baby should look mixed but he’s cute tho."
"I wanna know which Jackson actually has a black child."
"He is a cute child but why all the Jackson kids look white?? I’m so lost with their DNA."
"Man i don't understand how they keep birthing straight white babies that look nothing like them i don't see no resemblance in the Jacksons kids man that's weird like..."
After being in the industry for so long, it is rare for Janet to do interviews these days, but in her most recent Billboard spread, the "Rhythm Nation" interpreter opened about motherhood for the first time saying:
"My son, even in his short 17 months on the planet, has showed me that love, no matter how deeply you believe you have experienced that emotion, can always go deeper. Love is limitless. And for someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else."
A single mom at 52, Janet is more determined than ever to keep on shinning in the industry that watched her grow. She recently released the song "Made For Now" featuring latin artist Daddy Yankee. While she remains mysterious about the date of her next album, she revealed that as long as she's holding her baby in arms, she's at peace.
"I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world," she concluded.