The lyrics were incessantly heterosexist, always about dating and romance, with "girl" every other word, so gay kids weren't impressed.
You went to school to learn, girl, things you never knew before
Girl, since you been away
Goody girl, let down those curls.
The Jackson Five appeared on such white-centric series as The Andy Williams Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Jim Nabors Hour, not to mention their own razzle-dazzle pop show.
I watched their Saturday-morning cartoon series (1971-73). Michael was the star, involved with pirates, mad scientists, fairy tales, and even a Wizard of Oz parody that presaged his role as the Scarecrow in The Wiz a few years alter.
Raised in the extremely homophobic Jehovah's Witnesses sect, The Jackson family varies in their levels of homophobia. Jermaine made the nasty comment "We're not faggots." Marlon said "There's nothing wrong with it. I have gay friends." Janet supports gay marriage.