Paris Jackson Jokes About Halsey, Race, & Blackness In Donald Glover's "Swarm"

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Michael Jackson's middle child stars in the new series and portrays a biracial stripper named Hailey who goes by the stage name "Halsey."

People are storming the internet with reactions to Swarm, and they can't get over Paris Jackson. The celebrity daughter of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe has come into her own as an adult, and she's expanding on her entertainment career. She's a talented musician and has built her acting résumé bit by bit, leading her to a role in Donald Glover's Prime Video feature. The series is the talk of social media as first takes are being shared far and wide. Damson Idris and Chlöe's sex scene is a hot topic of conversation, but Paris's inclusion also has tongues wagging.

The first episode already shows that Swarm has all the makings of being Glover's next hit. Jackson portrays "Hailey," a woman who works at a strip club and goes by the moniker "Halsey." During a scene, Hailey tells Dominique Fishback's character "Dre" that she had to leave her last relationship because her partner didn't like that she was Black. Dre didn't know Hailey was a Black woman and questioned her about it. Hailey further reveals that her father is half-Black, which is why she chose her stage name. In real life, both Halsey and Jackson have addressed their racial identities as biracial women. Many also thought this scene was a jab at the singer.

Paris Jackson & Chlöe Relate To 'Swarm'

Swarm is a take on the dark side of fandom, and Glover has explained that the series was inspired by the BeyHive. Eminem coined the term "Stan" decades ago, but it has carried on as fanbases have only intensified. Chlöe, who stars as the lead character's sister in the series, knows all too well how those fans can be supportive and pestering. In her interview with Screen Rant this week, Chlöe talked about relating to Swarm and the core theme of the show.

"Well, I need the stans and so does my sister. The ones who are the ride-or-dies and fighting for us and defending us and buying the albums and things like that. If it wasn't for them, I wouldn't be here," said the hitmaker. "What I think is really special about the show is that when people actually get to watch it from the surface, that's what it seems like it's about. But it's really a show about mental health, and a story of sisters, and what happens when one doesn't have the other; the lengths that she goes to honor her sister and to protect her and to fight for her."

A Mental Health Message

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 14: (L-R) Dominique Fishback, Donald Glover, Chloe Bailey, Janine Nabers, and Damson Idris attend the "Swarm" Red Carpet Premiere and Screening in Los Angeles at Lighthouse Artspace LA on March 14, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Getty Images for Prime Video)

"That's what this show really is about, and that's what truly drew me to it. Because mental health is a serious thing, and it's real. We all have our different ways of expressing ourselves, and Dre does [in an] interesting, demented way. But her heart has good intentions." Check out Paris Jackson above.


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Erika Marie is a seasoned journalist, editor, and ghostwriter who works predominantly in the fields of music, spirituality, mental health advocacy, and social activism. The Los Angeles editor, storyteller, and activist has been involved in the behind-the-scenes workings of the entertainment industry for nearly two decades. E.M. attempts to write stories that are compelling while remaining informative and respectful. She's an advocate of lyrical witticism & the power of the pen. Favorites: Motown, New Jack Swing, '90s R&B, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, & Punk; Funk, Soul, Harlem Renaissance Jazz greats, and artists who innovate, not simply replicate.