Jackson stated that he was physically and emotionally abused by his father from a young age, enduring incessant rehearsals, whippings and name-calling. However, he also credited his father's strict discipline as playing a large part in his success. In one altercation—later recalled by Marlon Jackson—Joseph held Michael upside down by one leg and "pummeled him over and over again with his hand, hitting him on his back and buttocks". Joseph would also trip or push his male children into walls. One night while Jackson was asleep, Joseph climbed into his room through the bedroom window. Wearing a fright mask, he entered the room screaming and shouting. Joseph said he wanted to teach his children not to leave the window open when they went to sleep. For years afterwards, Jackson said he suffered nightmares about being kidnapped from his bedroom. In 2003, Joseph admitted to the BBC that he had whipped Jackson as a child.
Jackson first spoke openly about his childhood abuse in a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey. He said that during his childhood he often cried from loneliness and would sometimes start to vomit upon seeing his father. In Jackson's other high profile interview, Living with Michael Jackson (2003), the singer covered his face with his hand and began crying when talking about his childhood abuse. Jackson recalled that Joseph sat in a chair with a belt in his hand as he and his siblings rehearsed and that "if you didn't do it the right way, he would tear you up, really get you".
I grew up with parent who are even more stricter than micheal' father,while I was growing ,i sometime have to convince myself that my parents were not my biological parent cos they never fails to whip and yab me when need be and i must confess i hate them then.When i grew up i realized they were the best thing that has ever happened to me because looking back,if they had not been so strict,i wonder what my life would have been like or what would have become of me.
My nigerian friends,neighbours ,sisters and brothers abroad believes by whippin your kids and callin them names e.g (COCONUNT HEAD), you are abusing them.I think it so absurd for Nigerians to think that way cos most of us abroad were raised by parent who will never spare the rod on their children.
WAS THE BOLDED REALLY AN ABUSE ?