I Get Why Michael Jackson Called His Son 'Blanket'

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blanket jacksonBack when Michael Jackson first introduced his son Blanket (born Prince Michael Jackson II in 2002), I thought he was absolutely nuts. Blanket? Who calls a kid Blanket? I passed judgement, snickered, probably even took some jabs about the name with friends. I was childless then. Now that I'm a mom, I totally get calling your child Blanket.

I find the nickname to be adorably endearing. Just like Blanket himself.

We all have nicknames for our kids. But we aren't all in the extreme public eye like Michael Jackson was. His every move was watched and judged. People questioned if the kids were really his and made fun of their names.

These are things his kids, who are growing up, will know about if they read what has been written about them. Paris is 13. Prince Michael I is 14. Blanket is 9. No child deserves to read some of those terrible things people said about them -- those who questioned their "validity" or took cheap jabs at a name that perhaps a father lovingly gave.

It's clear to me that Michael was a great dad to these kids. They seem loving and warm and kind. And Blanket is an adorable nickname. Maybe he loved his blanket -- couldn't be without it. Maybe it's just one of those nicknames that just happened.

I call my daughter Bunny most of the time, but her name is Penelope. My husband and I also call her Pips, Pippi, Monkey, Monks, Boo Boo, and Tutu. My son, Hunter, is called Hunti, Manny, Man, and Baby Man. If media outlets started making fun of the nicknames I gave my kids, it would feel terrible. I think I would want to live in a bubble and never come out of it. And that's kind of the way Michael lived with his three kids. And I get it. He was a protective father and I would be the same way if I faced that kind of scrutiny that comes with that level of fame.

My heart hurts for the Jackson kids. They lost their father way too soon. Every time I see a story about them or when I saw Paris on Ellen -- I root for them. And I'm reminded how much love Jackson had for his kids -- he gave them nicknames that came from the heart. We shouldn't make fun.

Can you understand having a "different" kind of nickname for your child? A nickname like Blanket? What is your child's nickname?

 

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KBW2 KBW2

I have DS, Peapie and DD calls herself Kitty and meows...so she's Kitty Cat

cecil... cecillesmommy

My DD is called so many things! We have bunny, monkey, muñeca, booger, monkerdoodle, stinky, lovelove, and the list goes on depending on mood!

nonmember avatar Lauren

Refreshing to read this admission that the author now understands Jackson as a parent. Those of us with children easily relate to pet names for our kids; most without a reason other than that special mom/dad love. I think if every person who ever ridiculed Mr. Jackson for his differences could experience his unique position as the most recognized person on earth, perhaps more of us could accept and admit our error in judging him so harshly.

Ms.Pu... Ms.PuNkrOckStar

My DDs name is Isabella we call her Bella, Boo Boo, Baby Boo, Bella bOo, Bellies,nEy-ney, panzitas xD And many more

douxm... douxmusique

We call my 9 year old daughter honey badger after her aunt made the comparison..

douxm... douxmusique

We call my 9 year old daughter honey badger after her aunt made the comparison..

nonmember avatar LibelFreeZone

Blanket is a nickname, a pet name. Many celebrities have given their children unusual official legal names--Moon Unit Zappa, for example--that elicit no worldwide condemnation, only a shrug, yet Michael Jackson was ridiculed, mocked and scorned. Why? Maybe society ought to answer that question. Here's a list of 20 celebrities who gave their children unusual official legal names. Think about it.

http://www.cracked.com/article_15765_the-20-most-bizarre-celebrity-baby-names.html

Kudos to the author for her insightful article.

CPN322 CPN322

Really like this article :)

CPN322 CPN322

Lauren - agreed!

nonmember avatar Judith

It's amazing how horribly judgmental people were (and are) about Michael Jackson. Prince is a family name, not an affectation to promote his King of Pop status. Blanket is a pet name (we all had them as kids). Why not Michael Jackson's children? There will come a time (as it did with us) when Blanket will put away his baby name and wish to be addressed as Michael Jackson after his Father. I, too, root for all of his children, and pray that they grow in strength and character to shoulder their Dad's honor and legacy. They are young yet, of course, but one can see that Jackson has placed his spirit in them, and it has taken root.

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