Would Jermaine Jackson by any other name sing as sweetly? Prepare to find out, as the older brother of the late Michael Jackson has filed a petition with the state of California requesting a vowel shakeup!
Jermaine Jackson’s name change isn’t as much of a shocker as it is a puzzler. Why go through the trouble of filing a petition if there’s only one little letter than needs a makeover?
All the same, prepare to soon start referring to Jermaine Jackson as — drumroll please — Jermaine Jacksun.
On Tuesday, the 57-year-old, seen here with 12-year-old son Jermajesty Jackson, filed a name-change petition in Los Angeles.
The Jacksun name makeover has been confirmed by the singer’s rep, who pointed out, “His actual name has not changed. It’s just the spelling; [it’s] one letter. It is a personal choice of Jermaine’s, and it’s not a big deal.”
Not only is it not a big deal, but there’s a bit of fun with lyrics to be had about the seemingly silly desire to swap an “o” for a “u.”
“Phonetically, it changes nothing,” the rep added. “It is something he has chosen to do, and it’s fair to say that you cannot blame this one on the boogie — you’ve got to blame it on the sunshine.”
“Blame it on the Boogie,” get it? Like that song from The Jackson 5. Oh, 1978, I want you back.
No word yet on whether Jermajesty, any of Jermaine’s five other children or any of the extended Jackson family members plan to jump on the Jacksun name-change bandwagon as well.