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Jesse Jackson: 'There Is So Much Grief'

7/5/2009 2:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jesse Jackson, with Al Sharpton by his side, talked very solemnly to our photog last night about the overwhelming reaction to Michael Jackson's death.

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BTW -- isn't it odd that Al Sharpton didn't say a word?


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13. These two are AWFUL. They're probably THRILLED at all the attention they're getting since MJ died. But here, they're missing their side-kick Joe. Funny how before MJ died many people, especially "leaders" in the black community were all putting MJ down as a white-wanna-be child molester who "hated" blackness ("look at his kids!"). But now he's dead and "up for even more SALE" (caCHING), these two "Afro-American" leaders stake "ownership". The only thing worse was hearing how someone at the BET Awards said MJ was a "black man" who's talent "WE" shared with "white people." Poor MJ. Still a piece of property and now he can't even make a statement through a spokesperson. MJ must be rolling in his grave....but wait, none of these slimy people have bothered to take care of the man's burial yet.

MJ's music wasn't about black or white. He went to great lengths (in his music anyway) to reach across barriers - not underscore them like these two and some other black celebrities are doing through his death. What a circus!

Amen to everything you wrote!!! Couldnt have said it better myself !!

1939 days ago

chicken head    

phony BASTARDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RACISTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1939 days ago


Nobody cares what they say. My husband, unfortunately, had to work in the same room as Jesse Jackson at the Los Angeles Unified School District affirmative action meetings. He was a media whore then and he is a media whore now. Both he and Sharpton are pathetic. Pig is a good word.

1939 days ago


Old Jesse is a just a media, whoring buzzard circling yet another tragedy for his own self serving purpose.
He is discusting.

What DOES he do for a job really?

He can even render Sharpton speechless.,

1939 days ago


Those two A-holes need to shut up and go away. They are both disgusting.

1939 days ago

cary in Detroit    

Why are these two even there? I'll answer that - they smell money and publicity! How come no one has ever addressed the fact that Michael Jackson's kids are white and should be raised in their culture!?!

1939 days ago

haven here    

Both Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are weird Joe Jackson's friends. They weren't Michael's friends. The trio all have lacks in positive character traits in common, So, let the good times roll, Tawana Braley lives again.

1939 days ago


Jesse & Rev Al are "mourning" Michael yet they are at the paparazzi magnet called the Ivy noshing away with festive music in the back.

This isn't "mourning", this is media-whoring at its best.

1939 days ago


Look where these media whores are........the Ivy!!

1939 days ago

chicken head    


1939 days ago


Why is it a sad season for YOU? Why wasn't it a sad season when any of the other numerous celebs passed away recently?
Racist publicity whores!

1939 days ago

chicken head    

MEDIA WHORES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1939 days ago

Jeff Dranetz    

I thought they were sworn enemies. Sharpton had commented that Jesse Jackson walked over to Martin Luther Kings body and smeared Rev. King's blood on his own clothes, all in order to increase his political closeness, to try to annoint himself as King's successor. Sharpton has brought a number of times, exhibitting disgust.

This is similiar to Stalin, who rewote history to imply a greater role in the revolution, and to imply a greater closeness to Lenin, who was by then an invalid.

1939 days ago


This is what Michael Jackson told an says it all...people believed anyone but Michael.

"Why not just tell people I'm an alien from Mars. Tell them I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight. They'll believe anything you say, because YOU'RE a reporter. But IF I, Michael Jackson, were to say, "I'm an alien from Mars and I eat live chickens and do a voodoo dance at midnight," people would say, "Oh, man, that Michael Jackson is nuts. He's cracked up. You can't believe a damn word that comes out of his mouth."

1939 days ago

cary in Detroit    

Where were these guys when docs were pumping Michael with drugs???????????

1939 days ago
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