Michael Jackson’s Memorial Service

Well, I have to be honest, I didn’t watch Michael Jackson’s memorial service today. I was planning on it but my satellite conked out during the afternoon and so, I missed it. I actually took it as a good sign. Now, I could just read about it and not feel bad that I missed watching an event that the world would never forget. I really didn’t want to watch it because I’m not a big fan of Michael Jackson’s and I never was. And I’ve never been a big fan of memorial services either so, the whole thing was sounding pretty bad to me.

I also figured that the whole entire thing was going to be just two hours of very sad entertainment and again, I thought I might want to pass on it. It turns out that my thoughts ended up pretty much being right. Many, many stars came out to pay tribute to the late King of Pop and they all had very sad and kind words to say about Michael, or they sang, or, in Corey Feldman’s case, they dressed up as Michael to pay their respects. I’ve read enough that I am glad that I didn’t watch it but there did seem to be especially touching moments.

Jennifer Hudson came out to sing Will You Be There and I’ve heard mixed reviews of that, between ‘beautiful’ and ‘schmaltzy.’ I can see Hudson being schmaltzy. She always does everything so over-the-top and seems to be overacting on stage. What I did miss that I’m kicking myself for is Jennifer’s baby bump, which is the first time she’s shown it since her pregnancy was announced. I did though still manage to find this picture of her and Usher, who also performed at the service, and Jennifer’s bump.

Brooke Shields, who I love, love, looove, was also there to talk about her ex-boyfriend. Brooke and Michael dated during the 80s when Brooke was just growing into being America’s sweetheart and Michael was teaching the world the moonwalk. At the service today, Brooke talked about howMichael’s favorite song was Smile by Charlie Chaplin and how that’s what everyone needed to do now. The two hadn’t seen each other in almost 2 decades but, as Brooke explains in the newest Rolling Stone, the two would always have each other.  From US,

“Brooke Shields says she “instantly became friends” with Michael Jackson after meeting him when she was 13.

“Nothing was jaded about him. I just was so impressed by his sweetness,” Shields tells Rolling Stone’s special commemorative issue on the King of Pop, on stands Friday.

“He was thoughtful, sensitive, sweet, and had a funny sense of humor,” she goes on. “If you got to talk to him about music or about the future of technology, his voice would get deeper, he would start talking, and it was as if he was this genius.”

Sexuality didn’t play a role in their relationship, she explains.

“As he grew older and the more he started to change physically, the more asexual he became to me,” Shields says. “It was easy for him to be a friend to me, because I was the most celebrated virgin ever; it’s ridiculous, but I was America’s virgin.

“There were times when he would ask me to marry him, and I would say, ‘You have me for the rest of your life, you don’t need to marry me, I’m going to go on and do my own life and have my own marriage and my own kids, and you’ll always have me.’ I think it made him relax. He didn’t want to lose things that meant something to him,” she adds.

She last saw Jackson at Elizabeth Taylor’s 1991 wedding.

“He seemed like his own funny self,” she says. “We snuck in and took pictures of ourselves next to her dress. We always seemed to revert to being little kids. It was a sanctuary for him, because he knew I never wanted anything from him but his happiness.”

But the saddest moment of Michael’s memorial service today was when his daughter, Paris Katherine Jackson, stood up at the end to speak. I think, no matter who you are, and no matter what you think of Michael Jackson, reading about it and watching it on all the thousands of links that are now available from the service, everything was forgotten when Katherine spoke. Even though there was a ridiculous spotlight on her father’s casket and the whole entire thing was done up just a little bit ‘too’ much, when Katherine took to the microphone, it was like everything and everyone just shut up. The world wanted to hear what she had to say and all she wanted us to know was that Michael was a good dad. Say what you will, but the heartbreak in that little girl’s words and that little girl’s eyes tells us all that Michael wasn’t all bad, even if you’re not a fan. Here’s what Katherine said, from sawfnews,

“The most poignant moment of the Michael Jackson Memorial came at the end, when his 11-year-old daughter, Paris Katherine Jackson, bravely came up to the microphone to pay her tearful tribute to her father.

“Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine and I just want to say I love him so much,” Paris said as a single spotlight shone on Michael Jackson’s gold casket inside the Staples Center.”

Before the public service today there was a private service yesterday for the family and close friends to pay their respects privately. The family then also joined this morning so that they could have some last time with Michael and each other before the day’s craziness began. It is sad but I really am hoping that we can all get past this and move on. It’s what the family needs now and more importantly, I think it’s in the best interest of his kids.

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