Paris Jackson Apologizes for Magazine Cover in Singapore

Gay sex is punishable by up to two years in prison in the country.

Paris Jackson has apologized for appearing on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar in Singapore, where consensual sex between men is punishable by up to two years in prison.

The actress and model, who also happens to be Michael Jackson’s daughter, is herself a member of the LGBTQ community and said she wasn’t aware of the situation there before agreeing to appear on the magazine.

Jackson responded to an op-ed in Gay Star News that criticized her alleged hypocrisy in appearing on the cover, calling it a “misfire,” by taking to Twitter to both apologize and defend herself, asking if it shouldn’t instead be seen as “a step forward.”

Jackson has also been retweeting defenses of her choice to appear on the cover of the magazine, including from her manager, Tom Hamilton, who wrote a statement in response to the op-ed, arguing that the move was in fact a positive one for the community.

“This is the kind of awareness and normalcy our LGBT allies should be promoting, especially in countries that need it the most. It takes courage and guts to stand up and be a face of change,” Hamilton wrote.

Others came from fans and well-wishers.

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