When a celebrity appears on the cover a magazine, fans typically cheer at seeing their favorite star be recognized on a large scale. But for Paris Jackson, the 20-year-old actress and daughter pop icon Michael Jackson, the opposite happened; when she appeared on the cover Harper’s Bazaar Singapore, some fans and outlets criticized her for helping promote an organization in a country where being queer is a punishable fense.
After Gay Star News published an editorial calling Jackson’s decision to appear on the cover “hypocritical,” the actress deleted her Instagram post showing the cover and made an ficial statement on Twitter. “I didn’t know, i am sorry,” she wrote. “I was grateful for the opportunity, but I’ll delete the post now. 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.”
The editorial in question called out Jackson for her cover, saying that as a woman who identifies as bisexual, she should not have made an appearance on the cover a magazine in a country where being queer can lead to a prison sentence. “I don’t believe LGBTI allies or LGBTIs should be granting exclusives to publications in such countries,” writer Jamie Tabberer said in his piece. “I’m sure Paris couldn’t give a damn what I think. But for the record, I’m not trying to trash her. I just want to know if she considers consenting to this cover a mistake.”
But while Jackson apologized and deleted her Instagram post, the actress also took the opportunity to point out that she felt her cover could have done some good. “Someone that is openly apart sic] the community being on the cover in a country against the community, should be celebrated,” she wrote in a subsequent tweet. “Isn’t that a step forward?”
Fans -- including singer Lauren Jauregui -- quickly chimed in, saying that her appearance on the cover Harper’s Bazaar could be a source relief for many LGBTQ kids living in the closet in Singapore.
Read Paris Jackson’s full statement from Twitter below: