Tuesday, July 7, 2009

MJ Memorial

Did any of you watch Michael Jackson's memorial service? I got caught up in it and cried several times. There were heartfelt, emotional, humorous, and loving eulogies and songs that were touching. It was a fitting tribute to a star who made such an impact on music. Those revolutionizing entertainers don't come along that often and are superstars like Frank Sinatra, Elvis, the Beatles, and Michael Jackson. Other stars who also don't fade are Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana, JFK and Jackie, and John Lennon.

Some of the fans in attendance at the Staples Center didn't know how to act, though. They were not at a concert but shot pictures, whistled, applauded, cheered, and shouted, "Michael, I love you!" like they do at concerts and awards ceremonies, which is also in poor taste. Do I sound like the Church Lady yet?

22 comments:

David Dust said...

I thought it was a wonderful and fitting tribute, which moved me to tears more than once.

I don't understand the people who are complaining so much about all the media coverage. Michael Jackson was a MAJOR star with an amazing talent. Like it or not, his death was/is a major news story.

I'm sure many of these people didn't complain about all the media coverage when Princess Diana died. She was a celebrity, just like Michael Jackson.

XO

frogponder said...

Did not watch it. Did not find him admirable. I do hope the children have half a chance at a normal life.

Joy said...

I agree with you, David.

I'm concerned about the children and hope they are cared for by someone who loves them and can provide some normality, if that's possible. Debbie Rowe doesn't seem to be that person since she had them for the money.

I don't think he was guilty of those charges against him with children.

Miss Ginger Grant said...

I have a hard time shedding tears for dead child molesters.

frogponder said...

I do think he was guilty - there was just way too much evidence by way too many people. Even the stuff he admitted to was unhealthy and damaging. And there was just massive amounts of it.

SailorAlphaCentauri said...

I found the memorial service very moving and didn't expect to get as caught up in the emotion as I did.

I don't think he molested those children and while I can't say he was a saint, I won't say that the evidence was overwhelming to persuade me otherwise.

Dan said...

i have an issue with people throwing the child molestation charges up time and time again. He was acquitted. If you dont like it, change the system. Obviously the evidence wasnt overwhelming or he would have been in jail.

unless any of you were in the bedroom, how can you know what did and did not take place? is it possible that they were just someone else that took advantage of him?

David Dust said...

Dan -

I agree 100%. He was never proven guilty, and now he's dead - so why still hate on the man?

And let's not forget, much of what many of US do in the bedroom can still get you arrested in many of these United States.

Joy said...

DD - Memories! Like the shadows of my mind!

gigihawaii said...

I watched snippets of the memorial after the ceremony was over, and was moved to tears, too. Especially when Paris uttered those heartfelt words!

What I hear from his friends is that MJ was "pure and childlike." I don't believe that sounds like a child molester!

Sam said...

I was at the memorial. Joy, my simple mind will find it very hard to put it in words.

Pseudonymph said...

I have only seen the snippets of it, but I'm not too sure about the pimping out of the childrens' grief. And is it just reported over here, but does his father take any chance that a camera is in his face to promote his new record company?

Technogran said...

I didn't watch it unfortunately. Whatever the truth is about his private life and children, he was a great artist and singer. If your famous you run the risk of others taking advantage of you to gain a slice of the pie.

Bob said...

I didn't watch.
These last two weeks have been too much Michael, when there are other, newsworthy, stories out there.
I admire his talent.
I don't admire his penchant for grabbing the media spotlight and then complaining that he can't be left alone.
I don't know if he was a child molester, but I cannot get past the payment of 20+ million to a family to drop their case. That makes him look guilty.
He is not, was not, the second coming. He was an entertaniner, a talented entertainer. He was not a god nor a king. He was a man.
I'm sorry he's gone, but move on.

Joy said...

It's not just there, Pseu. His father takes every opportunity to promote his business and exploit his children. There have been so many reports of his being abusive and a jerk. That family is so dysfunctional that I'm not sure how long and how much therapy it will take for future generations to get over it.

Joy said...

Btw, thanks for all the discussion! I enjoy reading your opinions. It's always good to hear from all of you "regulars" and others who comment less often. :-)

Welcome to Technogran, Ms Moon, and gigihawaii! Come back anytime.

Berry Blog said...

I opted for a good movie that day knowing I would be inundated with the snippets for weeks to come. I sure have loved a lot of this man's music and the reminder samples are wonderful. The plump gal in the white dress had the perfect voice for the reprise of that song and moved me. the choir moved me. The city is begging for donations to cover its extra costs for this event and I can't help but think of the hardship the little town of Kennebunkport went through financially when the Bushes were President. It cost them a fortune to host these men and all their guests. To be sure old Pop will cash in on a DVd of the memorial.And the Mom of the older two, really has a mouth on her doesn't she? I certainly didn't blame the two ex's not going.
As all celebs of that stature, he's going to remain controversial. It just goes with the territory. I'll bet some doctors get nailed on this. Deepok Chopra, whom I love, claims he's going to blow the whistle when this is over. and whether or not MJ was guilty as charged makes me think I'm glad I was not on that jury.
xoxoxo Charlie

Joy said...

I don't think MJ was particularly interested in sex. This is something I speculate on and discuss with a couple of friends who also enjoy figuring out how others are sexually. Most of my friends can't be bothered and think I'm strange to even contemplate how someone might be and what they do, but three of us can go on about it for quite a while.

So based on my study of sexuality (sort of like Elvis with the drugs and what generated my lapsing into singing "Memories" after David's comment), I really think MJ was almost asexual. He seemed embarrassed about talking about it, didn't use graphic words or obscenity, used artificial insemination to have his children, and gives off that vibe of nonsexual.

Which brings us to Lisa Marie. Despite that video, I don't think they did it that much. I have theories and could discuss all this for hours with Dr. Drew Pinsky and any of you.

Wonder Man said...

I live a few blocks from the Staples Center. It was an emotional area.

The memorial was tasteful and a great send off to MJ.

Mark in DE said...

I didn't see any of the tribute, but I did watch Larry King interview several of MJ's friends over the last 2 weeks. They all seemed to say the same thing: MJ was a quiet, talented, yet lonely young man who was very likable, but who transformed into a different person that no one could be close to anymore. Everyone liked the first MJ, and struggled to understand the latter MJ.

Sam said...

Joy, I'm with you on the Asexual thing. Also, the amounts of evidence were crap. Not one person or kid came forward that could describe anything remotely wrong. A sham. If any of you read how the first sexual suit came about then you will understand that MJ was truly a child in a man's world. Very Naive, and this family seen it as a simple way to win the lottery without playing. I could discuss this all day long.

Joy said...

Oh, the conversations we could have, Sam!!