Michael Jackson's Daughter Just Bravely Spoke out About Cyberbullying

February 5th 2016

Lucy Tiven

Paris Jackson just nailed the problem with online bullying and social media scrutiny in a heated series of Instagram comments.

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As Jackson pointed out, children of celebrities often become targets of online bullying when their parents make headlines.

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She was responding to comments made below a selfie posted on her Instagram. While those specific comments are no longer visible, some more recent Instagram users' attacks can still be seen on the post.

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One such attack criticizes Michael Jackson for not caring about his fans, and presumably references tape recordings of conversations between the pop star and friend Glenda Stein.

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Paris Jackson also bravely shared that she is in Alcoholics Anonymous in one of her comments, and explained that she has more important things to attend to than the expectations and criticism of Michael Jackson fans. She condemned the public scrutiny experienced by her father, who she said "was ripped to shreds DAILY" and asserted "i will not let that happen to me."

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The 17-year-old made her Instagram account public three weeks ago. She explained that when she was younger, hateful messages really got to her and even pushed to her the consider suicide.

While Jackson's post spurred a conversation about online hate speech, it also inspired some fans to share their own experiences with alcohol and drug recovery. As ugly as online bullying is, it's powerful that Jackson used the conversation to speak candidly about her experience in AA and inspired young fans to follow in suit.

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Many celebrities have spoken out about cyberbullying. Lena Dunham has left Twitter numerous times because of scathing comments.

“People threaten my life and tell me what a cow I am,” Dunham told Ryan Seacrest at last year's Golden Globes. “There's a lot of people I love on Twitter, but unfortunately you can't read those without reading deranged neo-cons telling you you should be buried under a pile of rocks."

Robin Williams' daughter, Zelda Williams, took a break from social media in 2014 because she received abusive Twitter messages and Photoshopped images of her late father shortly after his death. She posted a statement on Instagram explaining the decision:

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Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky has also come out publicly about damaging cyberbullying attacks.

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"Overnight, I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one," Lewinsky said in a speech at 2014's Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit. "[I was] the first person to have their reputation completely destroyed worldwide via the Internet."

She described her experience as horrifically shameful, and said that her mother feared the attacks would drive her to suicide.

The problem of online harassment.

Celebrities aren't the only ones who experience online harassment. Fifty-two percent of young people in America have reported being cyberbullied.

As of Friday afternoon, Paris Jackson's Instagram remains public. Some fans are jumping to her defense, posting supportive comments and echoing Jackson's criticism of the commenters.

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