Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 5:22 AM

The Kid (Blanket) is Not Michael’s Son?

Posted by Anthony L. Hall

Matt Fiddes is a reputed “martial arts master” who once served as Michael Jackson’s bodyguard. He claims that at a hotel in 2001 Michael asked him to be a sperm donor, and he obliged … and Blanket was born a year later.

Now Fiddes wants his paternity confirmed by a court and acknowledged by Blanket’s guardian, Michael’s mother Katherine.

I am going to lodge my DNA and formally ask the Jacksons for access. I want visitation rights… To me the truth is the big issue, and that’s why I want to take it further. I’m a self-made man, I don’t want or need their money.

(Daily Mail, April 17, 2012)

Naturally this is causing all kinds of waves at the transplanted Neverland, where the Jacksons have steadfastly refused to even speak to Fiddes, let alone acknowledge his claim of paternity. But it’s only a matter of time before he has his day in court to prove his claim….

The real story here, however, is not this bodyguard’s wholly credible claim; rather it’s the wholly incredible insistence by the Jackson family that not just Blanket but the other two kids (Prince and Paris) are all Michael’s biological children.

Nothing is more pathetic than watching his siblings on TV going on about how they look just like Michael – seemingly unaware that surgically or cosmetically altered features (like his pointed nose, bleached-white skin, and wigged-out long, straight hair) cannot be inherited.

(“52nd Annual Grammy Awards,” The iPINIONS Journal, February 1, 2010)

Ironically, the chorus to his song Billie Jean is unwittingly prescient and uncannily instructive in this respect:

Billie Jean Is Not My Lover
She’s Just A Girl Who Claims That I Am The One
But The Kid Is Not My Son
She Says I Am The One, But The Kid Is Not My Son

I suspect that Michael never consummated his relationship with any of the women who bore his children. And for some “wacko-jacko” reason he obviously did not even use his own sperm to inseminate them..

More to the point, though, here is how I felt constrained years ago to pooh-pooh claims that Michael is the biological father of any of these kids:

The most manifestly troubling aspect of Michael’s personal life, however, was his role as a father. Because, in addition to many other Freudian questions, I wonder about the psychological impact on his three lily-white children of having this Black man (notwithstanding his appearance) insist that he is their biological father. But just imagine the psychological defect (self-hatred?) or physical dysfunction that led Michael to choose the sperm of a white man instead of using his own to inseminate the (White) surrogates who gave birth to his designer babies.

(“Michael Jackson, the King of Pop, Is Dead, “The iPINIONS Journal, June 27, 2009)

Meanwhile, his claim that he refused $500,000 from Michael for his sperm donation will hold Fiddes in very good stead if this kid proves to be his son. After all, this would stand in honorable contrast to the women (most notably Debbie Rowe) who collected, indeed demanded, millions for serving as surrogates.

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