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Joe Jackson: ‘No Such Thing as Beating a Kid’

Pop star Michael Jackson leaves the Santa Barbara County Courthouse with his father, Joe, Tuesday, March 15, 2005 in Santa Maria, Calif., following a day of testimony in Jackson's trial on charges of child molestation. (AP Photo/Michael A. Mariant)

By// Mariah Craddick

Joe Jackson – the man collectively known to the world as Michael Jackson’s daddy – recently sat down with CNN’s Piers Morgan to discuss his thoughts on physical child discipline. Who better to ask than the guy controversially known for laying a hand or two on his famous Jackson brood?

Jackson, who finally admitted giving his kids an old-fashioned beat-down on occasion to Oprah in 2010, told Morgan he thought parents today were “too soft.”

“One of the reasons I say that is because kids nowadays are killing their parents in some cases,” he said. “There’s no such thing as ‘beating a kid.’ You whip them or punish them over something they did, and they will remember that. And they’ll remember it in such a way that they won’t do it again. That’s the way I was.”

He went on to say that he had no regrets about the way he raised his children, saying “I’m glad I was tough because look what I came out with. I came out with some kids that everybody loved all over the world, and they treated everybody right.”

While that may or may not be true, there is surely a fine line between physical discipline and abuse. Michael Jackson has been quoted frequently over the years citing his father’s “beatings” as abuse, leaving a traumatizing impact on him for the rest of his life. He even stated in a taped conversation with Rabbi Shmuley before his death that he would force him to strip naked, oil him up, and beat him with an iron chord.  So is abuse in the eye of the beholder?

Jackson also spoke with Morgan about his reaction to his iconic son’s death and his relationship with him during those final days. Watch the video below for the interview: