Before she was “Ms. Jackson If You’re Nasty”, Janet Jackson was “Penny” on Good Times. Jackson appeared on the series as Penny Gordon Woods during season 5 and 6, and dealt with physical abuse at the hands of her mother Lenela Gordon (played by Chip Fields, Kim Fields’ mother).
In the episode “The Evans Get Involved” or as most people like to refer to it as, “That Time Penny Got Burned With an Iron,” Penny’s mother’s abusive ways were exposed.
Penny was ultimately saved from a life of abuse by Wilona (Ja’net Dubois) and then went on to do normal kid things like imitating Mae West:
Of course Jackson isn’t the type to ever forget her roots, and on Monday, at the after party for her State Of The World Tour stop in L.A, she reunited with Dubois and captured it for the ‘Gram.
The comments on Jackson’s Instagram photo went from “Awwww” to “Who is that woman in the photo with Janet?” because let’s face it, many of Jackson’s fans probably don’t have a clue about Good Times and the greatness that was Wilona.