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Joe Jackson says he sees performer potential in Michael's kids; sweet, or kind of gross?

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Joe-paris-jackson_l Today in a Good Morning America interview (watchable here) with 79-year-old family patriarch Joe Jackson, interviewer Chris Connelly asks whether he sees any performer potential in Michael's three children. Joe's response? “I keep watching Paris, she maybe wants to do something, you know. And Blanket, he can really dance, that's what they're saying. He can really dance.”

It's nice, in one sense, to have their grandfather forge a connection between the singing and dancing genius of his son and the perhaps-blossoming talents of his grandchildren, but it also feels a little .. too soon.

Especially since Joe has already demonstrated a distinct lack of couth, pitching the launch of his record label on the BET Awards red carpet only days after Michael's death, and is well-known for his hard-driving ways with the Jackson 5 – and Michael in particular – in their youth.

What do you think, readers? Michael purposefully kept his children's lives low-profile – even their faces were rarely seen or photographed in public – until his passing, and now they are very much in the spotlight, through no choice of their own.

Should any natural entertaining talents they have be developed, or is it grossly inappropriate to even discuss something like that while they are very much still grieving for the loss of the father? If Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7, are indeed left in Joe and Katherine Jackson's care full-time, will their entering showbusiness in some capacity be inevitable?

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Originally posted July 10 2009 — 5:47 PM EDT

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