When Paris Jackson posted a preview of her Harper’s Bazaar Singapore magazine cover on Instagram, she wrote in the caption that she was “honoured and grateful.” But an editorial published by the Gay Star News quickly dragged her for it one day later.
On Aug. 17, Gay Star News writer Jamie Tabberer called Jackson’s LGBTQ advocacy into question because of her appearance in the magazine.
“Paris makes no reference to the fact that same-sex is illegal in Singapore, and punishable by up to two years in prison,” Tabberer wrote. “Nor does the magazine in its Instagram post, but that doesn’t surprise me.”
By Aug. 19, Jackson responded on Twitter with an apology.
“I didn’t know,” Jackson wrote about the country’s criminalization of gay sex in a Tweet. “I’m sorry … I don’t want to be hypocritical or hurt anyone, and my support for my fellow LGBTQ+ community comes first before my love for fashion and gratitude for this opportunity. Again, I’m sorry.”
Tabberer’s editorial said the magazine appearance — along with how Jackson promoted it — was a big misstep.
“Perhaps Paris does address the problematic nature of her magazine appearance; perhaps she uses it as an opportunity to draw attention to sexual inequality in Singapore and around the world,” Tabberer wrote. “But even if she has, that’s immaterial. What matters the most is the missed opportunity of that Instagram post; of the sorely lacking caption.”
Before Jackson deleted the Instagram post in response to the Gay Star News editorial, it had garnered 91,600 likes. The celebrity and daughter of the late Michael Jackson has over 4 million followers on Instagram.
Over the years, Jackson has been regarded as an advocate for the LGBTQ community as well as mental health. She went on to call Tabberer’s article “ridiculously mean.”
As noted by the Gay Star News, this isn’t the first time a celebrity has received criticism for a Harper’s Bazaar cover. Last month, Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness called Nicki Minaj out for appearing on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar Russia.
“Russia has anti-LGBTQIA propaganda laws,” he tweeted. “Chechnya supported by Russia tortures its LGBTQUIA citizens and with your LGBTQ+ fans, you can’t even speak to that in this interview because it’s illegal in Russia … this should’ve been a hard pass.”
But Tabberer wrote that “in Paris’s case, as a member of the community, her decision is all the more disappointing.”
See the full Twitter thread below: