1979 - September: "Ebony" Magazine Interview PDF Print E-mail

On black superstars forsaking their routes:

"I can’t speak for anyone else, any other group, but The Jacksons never forget that we wouldn’t be where we are if it weren’t for our fans. We’ve (the Jacksons) always done benefits for groups and we support a lot of organizations."

On "raunchy" song lyrics:

"I don’t criticize other entertainers, but I don’t see any reason for singing songs that are vulgar and sexually explicit. […] I think entertainers are in a position today to change a lot about certain things, especially young people’s minds."

On religion:

"[…] I just believe what’s in the Bible with regard to which religion is involved. […] I believe in it and I get down on my knees every night and thank God and ask Him to lead the way."

On the success of The Jacksons:

"I’ve always thought of success and failure, as being somewhat like two girls – one who’s super beautiful, the other one quite unattractive. The beautiful girl, which could represent success, shouldn’t be boastful about her beauty; she shouldn’t go around bragging about it, and she shouldn’t poke fun at the less attractive girl. Neither girl made herself; God made them both. I feel that way about the success The Jacksons have achieved. We didn’t make ourselves; God did. And He gave us whatever talent we have, and we always think He’s projecting something through us for the whole world to share and enjoy. That’s how we have always seen ourselves."

On money:

“Talking about how rich you are and standing next to fancy cars and things is tacky and tired. Just say that we’ve been out there working a long time and we’ve been financially successful. […] Well, yeah, sure we’re all millionaires… at least that, but why talk about it? How much someone is worth financially is a private matter and we’ve always tried to keep it that way.”

On clothes:

“I suppose many people would expect me to be very fashion-conscious, but all I need are a couple of shirts and some corduroy pants. I have almost no clothes. I don’t even have a suit. Except for the things we have to wear onstage, clothes just don’t interest me.”

On what does interest him:

“People. Books. My music, of course. And animals – but exotic animals, not ordinary dogs and cats. I try to go the zoo in every city we visit. I go there to look at rare, exotic animals and birds. If you watch a cougar, for example, his movements are just fantastic. Watch a llama and see how he behaves, or a peacock or other beautiful bird.