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Randy Jackson: Don't Air Footage of MJ's Funeral

9/4/2009 10:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Randy Jackson is furious footage of Michael's funeral at Forest Lawn is being broadcast all over the world, saying it was a private event and not meant for the public to see.

Jackson just released a scathing statement condemning those who violated the no-fly zone over Forest Lawn last night -- asking all media organizations to refrain from airing any more footage of the event.

Here's Randy's full statement:

"As a family, we are all aware of how Michael's life, and his death, touched so many around the world. It is why we held a public memorial in my brother's honor.

And it is the reason we chose to release a small amount of footage leading up to yesterday's ceremony at Forest Lawn.

I was dismayed last night and again today at the coverage I saw on television of our ceremony for Michael. We had asked the media to respect the privacy and the sanctity of this event; to give us one moment of privacy to mourn as a family out of the public spotlight.

Unfortunately, despite a no-fly zone around Forest Lawn, many media organizations decided to ignore our wishes. They employed helicopters that not only surreptitiously recorded our private family ceremony, but also severely disrupted it.

I therefore ask today that media organizations airing helicopter footage of the ceremony we held for my brother immediately pull that footage from their air and refrain from airing it in the future
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61.

MJ's PYT    


TMZ that is Randy...Michael called him apple head.

1693 days ago
62.

Jill    

Then maybe the family should have had the event indoors instead of showing off for the cameras they are now complaining about. All the family cares about is making money when they sell the footage on DVD down the road. They're pissed at what is now being broadcast for free.

1693 days ago
63.

Voice of reason    

Geez...Bunch of nit wits. If its so private, dont hold it out in the open. This family is nothing more than a big PR machine of double speak.
Isnt this the brother that works at Pizza Hut or something?

1693 days ago
64.

Della    

Randy,

You have got to be joking! This whole sad saga has been played out in the media for the last 71 days and today of all days you decide to make a statement about privacy? Are you fckng kidding me?!

From the moment the world heard Michael died we have seen at least one of you in the media every single day. There has not been a day gone by without you been in the news. If you wanted this affair to be private then you should never have announced it in the first place and had the burial without the fanfare.

The phantom rolls royce? The 26/31 car caravan? What the hell?

OH, and let's not forget you had a camera on your guest that you left waiting out in the hot azz sun!

Unbelievable!

1693 days ago
65.

Joy    

What's the matter? now the jackson family can't sell his funeral footage? since everyone has already seen it! Oh well!!!

1693 days ago
66.

Ingnorance is a curse    

I think you guys are getting Randy mixed up with Jermaine.

Randy was always the silent brother. Never gave interviews. Never spoke out against anything.. All he did was stand behind Michael.. Michael has deep respect for Randy and he and Randy were the closest before Michael Passed.

Randy allowed them some footage of the burial but the majority of it was supposed to be private not only for the family but also for those who were attending.

The media again ignored that request and did whatever they could to interfere on this family's moment of grief.

It was wrong and it was insensitive.

We didn't have to know that Katherine couldn't bare to see her son buried. We didn't have to know that Lisa Marie Presley was emotional the entire service.

And the reason why the family was late had nothing to do with wanting attention.

Katherine, Michael's mother, was not doing very well. She was coming to the realization that she had to bury her son... So it took her a while to get control over herself and be able to get in that car and say goodbye to him.

You guys are treating this like some fake reality show instead of an actual funeral..

Just because the media thinks the brothers are all about profiting off of his death doesn't mean that is what the family is doing.

You fools believe everything you read or hear just because TMZ or some other idiotic news source says it... How gullible of you..

Learn to think for yourselves instead believing everything just because it's being "reported"......

1693 days ago
67.

jealousy is envy    

I LOVE & MISS YOU MICHAEL. I WILL SEE YOU WHEN THE GOOD LORD CALLS ME HOME. LOVE YOU MICHAEL! XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

1693 days ago
68.

chinesejapanesedirtyknees...    

I hope the Jackson family knows that we love Michael and miss him so much and that the media did this NOT the fans. I think the Jackson family is now starting to realize exactly what Michael endured every second of his life... :0(

1693 days ago
69.

Joy    

They left Elizabeth Taylor in the heat for an hour and a half. They were late for his funeral...and everything after his death (including Joe's comments) have been a joke! Jackson family is disgusting.

1693 days ago
70.

Christian C.    

On one hand I understand Randy's statement, but I also ask REALLY?
You have a ceremony OUTSIDE of one of thethe biggest entertainers in the world 2 months after he dies and you're surprised it's aired on tv?? REALLY? If that's true and you weren't prepared, you are very naive or your advisers aren't any good.

1693 days ago
71.

rs    

Does anyone remember seeing the footage of the 30th anniversary when Michael went to take center stage in one of the songs and Randy pushed him back. I dont think that was planned by the look on Michael's face. That kind of pissed me off when I saw it.

1693 days ago
72.

Justice for all    

Why? Will it cut into your profits when you put the footage on your new reality show airing on A&E? Please... spare me ...

1693 days ago
73.

mjjfan50    

STFU Randy! If you wanted a private funeral for Michael, your family should have kept it PRIVATE!!! what a bunch of famewhores. Incorporating Michael's funeral into your pathetic reality show???

what about the disrespect you showed Michael and the guests by showing up late?? where is the outrage?

1693 days ago
74.

patilee    

It is so funny seeing the people post as though they really know Michael Jackson or anyone in the family. Guess what..you don't. You're buying what you read or see on television. Get over it. Get a life of your own. Stop leeching off celebrities. Enjoy their talent, but stop glooming.

1693 days ago
75.

Tinals    

A&E has exclusive rights to funeral coverage. I thought Randy was the one looking out for Michael, clearly not. The JACKSON BROTHERS ARE STILL TRYING TO CASH IN ON MICHAEL AS IN LIFE AND IN DEATH. SHAMELESS. Why would Jermaine give so many public interviews re: his wish for Neverland $$$$ a.k.a. Graceland so badly. Michael wrote a song about it, it's called M.O.N.E.Y.
Michael Knows who loves him. The family using him, he always knew about that. REST IN PEACE Michael.

1693 days ago
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