I'm sifting through a bunch of old La Toya Jackson TV footage (for a reason that, like Janet's ex-husband's old group used to sing, time will reveal), and I came across this clip from a 1989 episode of The Phil Donahue Show that blew my mind. In it, Phil enthuses that the Jacksons:
- Haven't been rocked with scandal
- Aren't on drugs
- Have Joseph to thank for their good fortune
I cannot believe there was a time when these statements seemed more or less true. (It is post-Elephant Man bones, though, so the no-scandals thing isn't entirely true.) I cannot believe that there was a time when Joseph seemed like anything but a giant cockroach made out of leather and opportunism. This is some alternate-reality shit.