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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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61.

lisy    

aha. JANE it was. so tell me tell me a name a clue anything pls.of yours. i wanna come to you. and with it another clue that i should discover it pls. i am not as you say

1875 days ago
62.

amazed    

I will shoot my tv if these 2 racist nuts babble on and on at the memorial! Nobody wants to hear them spew thier racist marks towards whites, and that goes for Jamie Foxx as well! U SUX JAMIE FOXX!

1875 days ago
63.

TMZ Staff    

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, are the phoniest Black so called leaders, they are a fraud, they are two pieces of cow manure

1875 days ago
64.

Smokey    

With all the time being taken in the media one would think Michael was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the guy was an entertainer. What did he do for mankind, what did he do using his craft to improve the well being of others? Nothing, other than letting a few underage kids have sleep overs and sleep in his bed with him, which is really a strange thing itself, I am not eve making any accusations either - I am just saying if any of our neighbors had done the same thing they would have been treated with a completely different set of rules.

I will not wish death on anybody - however his self absorbed life style, his demons, and his peculiarities eventually lead to his addictions, an eventually his death in such a sad way. I do not think he is or will ever be worthy of of all the misguided coverage being given him in the media. Really bring Los Angles to a standstill to bury him WTF!

We have a poor soldier right at this moment captured by the enemy in Afghanistan that has put more on the line for this country than any 100 Michael Jackson's would never have the courage to do. Where is the media and it's indignation or even mentioning, in it's many formats, other than a short couple paragraph blurbs, when they should be shouting from the rooftops for this poor troop.

What a screwed up set of priorities being expressed by this country and it's media.

1875 days ago
65.

Democrats are evil    

The black equivalent of dumb and dumber.

1875 days ago
66.

Edwardo    


Yea, throw me in the the Jackson/Sharpton Haters club too.

I would think the Jackson family would know better then to let these two a*s clowns speak.
as said before, I think they are just friends with Joe Jackson, and that is why. Yet, another A*s clown!

I can't believe he promoted his record company at that time! Just amazing!
you would think after all these years maybe he would have found a heart.

1875 days ago
67.

Michelle    

WHAT IS UP WITH AL SHARPTON IN THIS VIDEO? HE LOOKS BIZARRE.....AT LEAST JESSE LOOKS RELATIVELY NORMAL.........I'VE HEARD ON CNN THAT THE FAMILY ALREADY KNOWS THE REASON MJ DIED AND THESE PAIR DO TOO IF THEY ARE CLOSE TO THE FAMILY......

1875 days ago
68.

Scott Larson    

Will Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton catch the next plane to Nashville so they can console the grieving wife of Steve McNair, or are there not enough cameras covering that?

1875 days ago
69.

Michelle    

AMEN......I AGREE......

63. With all the time being taken in the media one would think Michael was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, the guy was an entertainer. What did he do for mankind, what did he do using his craft to improve the well being of others? Nothing, other than letting a few underage kids have sleep overs and sleep in his bed with him, which is really a strange thing itself, I am not eve making any accusations either - I am just saying if any of our neighbors had done the same thing they would have been treated with a completely different set of rules.

I will not wish death on anybody - however his self absorbed life style, his demons, and his peculiarities eventually lead to his addictions, an eventually his death in such a sad way. I do not think he is or will ever be worthy of of all the misguided coverage being given him in the media. Really bring Los Angles to a standstill to bury him WTF!

We have a poor soldier right at this moment captured by the enemy in Afghanistan that has put more on the line for this country than any 100 Michael Jackson's would never have the courage to do. Where is the media and it's indignation or even mentioning, in it's many formats, other than a short couple paragraph blurbs, when they should be shouting from the rooftops for this poor troop.

What a screwed up set of priorities being expressed by this country and it's media.

Posted at 12:53PM on Jul 5th 2009 by Smokey

1875 days ago
70.

The 1 & Only    

"And I really can't stand these two anymore either. Its funny how they weren't talking too much when MJ was in trouble with those child molestation charges or when he had to go to rehab"

Actually they were. They defended Michael years ago. Plus they were often seen around Michael Jackson. It's not fair to say they are just now there when they have been close to the Jacksons for years.

Hate them if you want, but lets be truthful.

Al Sharpton even said he didn't agree with MJ when he (MJ) said that Tommy Mattola was racist. He was standing right next to Michael when he said it. So many of your rants about them and MJ are pretty much unjustified. After so many people (Black AND White) turned against him - he was hurt by everyone. Sometimes it was only Jesse & Al that defended him. Especially in the last few years after the trial.

1875 days ago
71.

Melanie    

Why is it so hard for you fools to comprehend that Micheal had Vitiligo. Do some research before you start sprouting your ignorance. Black people did not love Micheal bacasue of his skin color. It is becasue of his talent and heart. Saying that black people should not praise him becasue of the change in his apperance is like saying that the only reason white people liked him is becasue he was turning white. If Micheal hated black people so much he would not surround himself around his family. He would not have black doctors and lawyers, and his nanny of many years was black. He even casted numerous black people in his music videos. No one gets on Robert De Niro about the fact that his wife is black or Bill Maher (he mostly dates black women). This whole black white bulls*** needs to go. It is the 21st century.

As for these idiots they are just seeking attention like MJ's abusive father.

1875 days ago
72.

Scott    

The "Reverend" Jesse Jackson and the "Reverend" Al Shartpon are only in it to get their share of the media attention.
Why these obvious racists are given ANY platform whatsoever is beyond me.
Note that these bilious bastards have not done or said anything to help the families of Farrah Fawcett or Ed MacMahon.
Jesse Jackson in an idolator and does not wish to do the will of God or even worship Him. He wants to BE worshipped as was his predecessor, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When my cousin was brually stabbed and bludgeoned to death by two blacks (a black man and a black woman) in 1993, they were both sentenced to die. The black man died of AIDS complications in Prison. The woman awaits her execution on Death Row.
Originally she had planned to waive her rights to appeals, but then Jesse Jackson stuck his head in, he spoke with her and she has been doing everything she can to appeal her Death Sentence.
My family demands the death of the woman. We demand that Justice be served!
*I* demand that Mr. Jesse Jackson and Mr. Al Sharpton stop interfering in the lives of others!

1875 days ago
73.

noyankhere    

to be honest, the family is not entirely the close knit unit they would like us to believe.. everyone is doing their own thing.. and i know there was friction when micheal jackson refused to do yet another reunion with his brothers and at least one of them wasnt talking to him before he died.. JERMAINE seems to the the only HONEST one amongst them.. as money and greed is at the epicentre of their lives now.. THE BATTLE LINES ARE BEING DRAW as at least A BILLION DOLLARS IS AT STAKE.. those kids ARE JUST PAWNS.. in this GAME.. who ever controls the KIDS CONTROLS THE JACKSON FORTUNE.. i find it deeply IRONIC that, here is a black family fighting over white kids who in the end will own and control the jackson empire...

1875 days ago
74.

Party 'till you die!    

Yeah, they're sad because they may not get a slice of the millions still floating around that MJ didn't manage to blow on drugs and luring in kiddies.

1875 days ago
75.

eman    

Michael's case should left a lesson for all of us. That is not to judge a person on what bad things he did. Michael provided us the highest form of entertainment a person can offer since when he was a kid. He was our kid. When he entertain us he gave it all without reservation. We were the reason why Michael did not have time to enjoy being a normal child. He was supposed to be our child, the child who unselfishly shared his Divine gift to all of us. Didn't we thought of giving him our full support when he was in trouble as would a loving parent do to his child when he'd done something wrong? I can only cry every time I think about it.
I love you Michael.
eman.

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