It seems that sometimes life is hard enough, especially when it comes to “Celebrity”, but now it definitely seems that death can be just as cruel as well. With Michael Jackson’s death comes a whole new string of problems, per se. How come when “death” comes around it brings out the best, and worst, in people.
Not only now with Michael’s mother, Katherine Jackson, who won’t be controlling Michael’s estate, it seems another can of worms has been opened up. It seems “death” is a messy business and Wills are always a surprise to many, even to the closet of kin. Have you noticed that “Wills” are never really clear to the individuals that are family? Are only the lawyers aware of what is in them? Why is that? It is like a “faux pas” to ask someone to see their Will or talk about them. Wills are right up there with things not to talk about like Religion, Money, and Sex.
Now with Michael Jackson’s death, all the “vultures” are circling, and seem to be circling “hard”! What really surprises me is that I have yet to see a single tear come out of anyone’s eye regarding Michael’s death, in particular his family. Jermaine Jackson was on Larry King Live at the Never Land Ranch and seemed to be in a pretty good mood, with smiles and not one single tear shed. Although, I didn’t finish watching the show because of Jermaine’s surreal behavior, so if he did cry towards the end of it, then so be it, I stand corrected.
Another strange incident was Nancy Grace’s interview with Michael Jackson’s “UK friend”. The friend blamed the media on Michael’s prescription drug diet and his way of life. Also, Michael was prescribed medications under different names, sound familiar? Not only did I feel like I heard what he said before, but I think I said the same thing about Anna Nicole Smith. To paraphrase, I think he said something like “You can’t tell a celebrity, they do as they want, and people do what the celebrity wants, and so on.” Although Nancy Grace did not appreciate his “Media” slam and she let the “UK friend” know it!
And now on this coming Tuesday, July 7, 2009, Michael Jackson will have his Public Memorial Service at The Staples Center in downtown LA. I, for one, cannot believe how many fans are remembering Michael Jackson in Los Angeles and Hollywood. The Staples Center is most likely going to bring pandemonium. I recently visited Michael Jackson’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. I went to it because I was in a Celebrity Fashion Show that was at Hollywood and Highland which is right there next to Michael’s Star. It was midnight and there must have been 300 people and many “Remembering Michael” T-shirt vendors surrounding his star. I pushed my way through and got a picture by the star. Fans left so many flowers and memorabilia, it was very sweet and overwhelming.
Farrah Fawcett’s Star on the Walk of Fame is a block away from Michael’s on the same side of the street. I decided to go to hers and see what was happening over there. To my dismay, there was only one guy there who looked homeless, lighting a candle for her site, and a couple walked by and took a quick look. I took a photo at her star as well. Farrah did have stuffed toys, handwritten letters, and many photos of Farrah in her “Glory Days” but nowhere as much as Michael. And remember, it is only a block away.
I am sure the Jackson family is mourning, and I send them my condolences if they are reading this. I know it is great to remember and show the good times and memories of Michael Jackson, but I would like to see some “real” emotion come from someone. It is never easy when “death” comes around, obviously!
© Daniel DiCriscio
July 6, 2009
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