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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.

Jesse Jackson Al Sharpton Play video

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

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76.

lisy    

and dss i can prove my words

1915 days ago
77.

deita    

THEY ARE THE REASON I DO NOT WANT TO GO TO THE MEMORIAL...
EVERYONE WILL BE THERE EXCEPT MICHAEL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AND, WASN'T MICHAEL THE ONE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT?
NOT THESE TWO PIECES OF DIRT.....AAAAGGGGGHHHHHH!
HOW ABOUT ASKING DIANA ROSS TO LEAD A DECENT AND LOVING MEMORIAL?
SHE WAS THE ONE MICHAEL LOVED THE MOST>

1915 days ago
78.

Marla    

The world cries the death of a true American Idol, the original, the one and only, the one more and more people loved and will continue to love always!!! Rest in Peace sweet Michael and witness from above what u built on earth!!!

1915 days ago
79.

liz    



The kids money is safe in a trust, at least MJ did that right, setting up trust accounts

1915 days ago
80.

Z    

What gets me is that we the fans are the ones who raised MJ to greatness, we bought the albums and attended the concerts and recognised MJ for his talent and the goodness he brought to our world. Now we have to enter a lottery to say goodbye made even worse for these two preciding over the ceremony. I thought Katherine Jackson didnt want any hanger oners there?
Fortunately I am an international viewer so I can change the channel and skip these two. In my mind the only thing I wanted to see were you guys lining the street and waving goodbye as his casket was carried through the street as should befit the only ever king of pop.

* Thriller - Best Selling Album Of All Time - Guiness Book Of World Records
* Bad Tour - Guiness Book Of World Records - highest reveue tour
* Sold over 100 million singles and albums outside of the U.S.
* World Almanac and Book of Facts 1985 - Voted "Hero of Young America"
* United Negro College Fund (UNCF) - Frederick D. Patterson Award - Honorary Doctor Of Humane Letters Degree from Fisk University
* White House Recognition - Artist Of The Decade (Recognized by President George Bush) - 1990
* Soul Train Awards - 1993 Humanitarian Of The Year Award
* 1993 - Guinness Book Of World Records - Lifetime Achievement Award
* Genesis Awards - 1995 Doris Day Music Award (Award given to musical animal-sensitive work) - Earth Song video
* 1996 - World Music Awards (Michael won a record 5 awards) including Best Selling Artist ever
* Live! Magazine (readers' poll) - Most Memorable Male Performer - Legend of Live Entertainment
* HIStory tour, Michael performed 82 concerts in 58 cities to over 4.5 million fans.The HIStory Tour visited 5 continents and 35 countries
* Dangerous tour, Michael performed for approximately 3.5 million people in 67 concerts
* Bad World Tour figures total 123 concerts to 4.4 million people
* Greatest Audience - Guiness Book Of World Records - The highest-ever viewership was 133.4 million viewers watching the NBC transmission of Super Bowl XXVII on June 31, 1993. Michael was spotlighted during the half-time peformance

For more see http:www.allmichaeljackson.com or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_awards_received_by_Michael_Jackson

So I ask what head of state or member of royalty is as appreciated as much as this that they get a grand send off and Michael gets Al Sharpton?



1915 days ago
81.

Jade731    

If you're in LA to help protect the family's privacy during this "sad season," why would you go to the Ivy? These two are so transparent. They wreak of desperation.

1915 days ago
82.

Akbar    

The biggest problem in the United States with Blacks verses White is the blacks don't get it when a white person calls a black person a N.....There's a HUGE difference between a Black person and a N...Just so you Idiots out there understand a black person and a white person are almost the same .both want to work,keep a nice looking house,speak proper English, treat people nice,thats just a few of the things black and white have in common...Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are a High Class N...president Obama is a Black man,Whites know exactly what the difference is...MJ was black..If you don't like the N word then stop being the TRASH you are...PERIOD

1915 days ago
83.

Cynthia J.    

Jesse and Al. They have no credibility anymore. Any tragedy (black) and there they are to agitate, pontificate and have their big fat faces (blaming Whitey) plastered all over the Media. True Ambulance Chasers. or in this cas, Hearse Chasers, really, there are so many bright reasonable Blacks, why can't they dethrone Jackson & Sharpton? What a sick joke these two have become. UGH!

1915 days ago
84.

hamilTonyan    

Is the production company going to tape this memorial and sell them for a rediculous price to make up the loss of the tour money? Is that why they offered to do it in the first place? hmm

1915 days ago
85.

Melanie    

63 You are totally off. Micheal gave 300 million to various charitites. He is actually in the Guniess book of world records for it. That is something the media always fails to tell you about him. Instead they want to tell about the false allegations and cruel rumors.

1915 days ago
86.

J.R.    

WHERE WERE THESE TWO IDIOTS( DUMB & DUMBER HERE) AT WHILE JACKSON WAS ALIVE? OL AL IS LOOKING AROUND LIKE THE SKY IS GOING TO FALL ON THEM FOR JESSIE J LYING THRU HIS TEETH.

1915 days ago
87.

Akbar    

78. The biggest problem in the United States with Blacks verses White is the blacks don't get it when a white person calls a black person a N.....There's a HUGE difference between a Black person and a N...Just so you Idiots out there understand a black person and a white person are almost the same .both want to work,keep a nice looking house,speak proper English, treat people nice,thats just a few of the things black and white have in common...Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson are a High Class N...president Obama is a Black man,Whites know exactly what the difference is...MJ was black..If you don't like the N word then stop being the TRASH you are...PERIOD

Posted at 1:10PM on Jul 5th 2009 by michael vick the N...

AMEN

1915 days ago
88.

Ashleeee    

Give me a break, a couple of loony tunes! ALL THEY WANT IS TO BE HEARD AND SEEN, GO AWAY U MUTS!

1915 days ago
89.

CW    

Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton are opportunists. They are trying to get publicity out of MJ's death. Michael didn't like that he was black. His children are white. What are these two fools doing there.?

1915 days ago
90.

Flake    

Can't these TWO leeches stay out of the spotlight for a minute.

That's all the Jackson family needs, more blood suckers. Joe Jackson is enough to handle, let alone two more.

1915 days ago
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