Offensive headlne?

September 13, 2011

I am writing with reference to your article, ‘Jacko’s doc represents rise in criminal prosecutions.’ I was extremely shocked a media establishment such as yours which is respected for its integrity would use such a term.

If you are unaware, ‘Jacko’ is not a term of endearement for Michael Jackson but is rooted in racism and negativity.

I am asking you to correct this disrespectful slur.


Please remove the offensive moniker immediately.

I accidentally came to your site from google, thinking it was a news site, and was disgusted and repulsed by the nickname I saw in the headline. How dare you belittle a deceased person, who was a legendary artist and the greatest humanitarian, like that? Shame on you!


Please change your headline from “Jacko” to “Jackson.”

You are not a tabloid publication, and this is extremely unprofessional behavior. “Jacko” is a slur (with racist origins) used to demean Michael Jackson.

He deserves, at the very least, to be called by his actual last name (which is only two letters more than the demeaning “Jacko”) . . . especially in an article published by a respected organization such as Reuteurs.


A lot of readers were offended by this headline. We changed it: GBU Editor

U.S pop star Michael Jackson sings to a crowd of about 47,000 at Johannesburg Stadium on October 12, 1997.  REUTERS/Juda Ngweny

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