Michael's nephew FUMES about Harry being called 'new King Of Pop'

Michael's nephew FUMES about Harry being called 'new King Of Pop'

Michael Jackson’s nephew Taj FUMES about Harry Styles being called the ‘new King Of Pop’… after his uncle earned the title in the 1980s for hit songs like Thriller

Michael Jackson’s nephew Taj fumed this week about Harry Styles being called the ‘new King of Pop’ on the cover of Rolling Stone UK.

The Estate Of Michael Jackson has trademarked the phrase ‘King Of Pop,’ which was used extensively about Michael both during his life and since his death.

‘There is no new King of Pop,’ tweeted Taj, 49, whose father is Michael’s brother Tito Jackson. ‘You don’t own the title @RollingStone, and you didn’t earn it, my uncle did. Decades of dedication and sacrifice. The title has been retired.’

Legacy: Michael Jackson’s (pictured) nephew Taj fumed this week about Harry Styles being called the ‘new King of Pop’ on the cover of Rolling Stone UK

‘There is no new King of Pop’: Taj, 49, whose father is Michael’s brother Tito Jackson, wrote: ‘You don’t own the title @RollingStone, and you didn’t earn it, my uncle did’

In the same tweet, Taj issued a clarification: ‘No disrespect to @Harry_Styles, he’s mega talented. Give him his own unique title.’ 

Questlove added his voice to the choir, quote-tweeting the Rolling Stone UK cover and writing slyly: ‘oh yall want smoke huh?’ 

Michael’s estate is so protective of the phrase ‘King Of Pop’ that it once sued a small gourmet popcorn company for calling its website KingOfPop.com.

Anyone who now attempts to open the URL KingOfPop.com will be redirected to the official website for Michael Jackson.

Controversy: Questlove added his voice to the choir, quote-tweeting the Rolling Stone UK cover and writing slyly: ‘oh yall want smoke huh?’

Michael died at the age of 50 in 2009 from a cardiac arrest he suffered after having propofol administered as a sleep aid. 

His legacy has come under renewed scrutiny in recent years because of the long-running allegations that he was a child molester.

Although Michael was acquitted in 2005, the allegations have persisted in the public square, including in the 2019 docuseries Leaving Neverland. 

Taj furiously defended his uncle in the wake of Leaving Neverland, slamming the accusers profiled on the series for ‘gloating about Michael’ onscreen.

Loyal: Taj, pictured in 2020, furiously defended his uncle in the wake of Leaving Neverland, slamming the accusers profiled on the series for ‘gloating about Michael’ onscreen

Family business: Taj is pictured in 2018 with his father Tito Jackson (left), one of Michael’s siblings who shot to fame with him in the Jackson 5

He told Billboard he himself was molested as a child, but he maintained that over the course of more than 200 sleepovers at Michael’s home he never detected a hint of any inappropriate sexual behavior from the pop star.

Insisting he had ‘zero doubts about my uncle’s innocence,’ he claimed that the accusers in Leaving Neverland were motivated by money.

‘Michael was probably the best person that I will ever meet. He had a healing factor to him and the biggest heart and soul,’ Taj said.

‘Featuring Michael Jackson’: Tito’s sons Taj, TJ and Taryll, who formed the group 3T, are pictured with their uncle and mentor Michael in the cover art for their 1995 song Why 

‘When you were around him, nothing else mattered in the world. All your troubles and all of your pain were gone. Even when my mom passed away, it felt like I was going to be okay because of him.’

Taj’s mother Dee Dee, who divorced Tito in 1988, was found dead in a swimming pool in 1994 in what was initially thought to be an accident.

Businessman Donald Bohana, who was dating her at the time of her death, was subsequently convicted of her murder but has staunchly maintained his innocence.

Throwback: Michael, pictured onstage in London in 1987, died at the age of 50 in 2009 from a cardiac arrest he suffered after having propofol administered as a sleep aid

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