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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Most of the show focuses on La Toya's attempts at reconciling with her troubled past and discussing Jackson family drama.
Positive Role Models
Despite claims of being free from her past, she spends a lot of time talking and getting emotional about it.
Violence & Scariness
Jackson accuses her ex-manager/husband of abusing her; tabloid pictures show her with bruises. Allegations are made about his ties to the mafia. The death of Michael Jackson and the alleged kidnapping of her mother, Katherine Jackson, by family members is also discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Tabloid images feature La Toya on Playboy magazine covers; she alleges that her ex-manager/husband wanted her to go into the porn industry. Virginity is discussed.
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Products & Purchases
Jackson's company, Ja-Tail enterprises is prominently featured. High-end brands like Rolls-Royce, Louis Vuitton, and others are visible. Covers of magazines like Playboy and various tabloids are visible. Occasionally candy items like Hot Tamales and Good-n-Plenty are discussed.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Champagne is frequently shown. Drug addiction is also discussed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that kids may be drawn to Life with La Toya thanks to its focus on some famous members of the Jackson clan, (including the late Michael Jackson), but exploitative conversations M.J.'s death, family strife, and the show's decidedly adult themes (like domestic violence, pornography, sexual acts, etc.) make it too mature for young viewers. Alcohol consumption (wine, champagne) is visible, and drug addiction is discussed. The show is promotional vehicle for Jackson's Ja-Tail Enterprises; magazine covers for Playboy and tabloid publications are also shown.
Is It Any Good?
Life With La Toya is a stylized TV version of a tell-all book that uses dramatically scripted moments to address the many tabloid rumors and public events that have surrounded the Jackson family over the years. Seemingly personal conversations with family members, including her controversial father Joe and her late brother Michael's children, only adds the exploitative nature of the show.
Despite claims of feeling more empowered, La Toya's discussions about her troubled past often make her sound more like a victim than someone who has worked hard to overcome adversity. She also appears disconnected from the real world thanks to her opulent lifestyle and quirky habits. There is no shortage of voyeuristic moments here, and no doubt that curious Jackson fans will want to get the scoop on some of the family's most controversial moments. But the overall show falls short of offering anything inspiring.
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