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Michael Jackson Kids Prep Acceptance Speech

1/30/2010 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Prince and Paris JacksonPrince and Paris Jackson, Michael Jackson's two oldest children, have been sweating over addressing the audience at tonight's Special Merit Awards ceremony .. where their dad will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Joe Jackson tells TMZ Prince and Paris have each prepared a speech. Joe says they are both great speakers and Paris has been working on her speech for a week.

As for the buzz that the kids will perform at the Grammys on Sunday: Joe says it ain't happening.

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46.

Ironic    

I am always amazed at what responses can be processed by people who believe they have complete anonymity. What they don't understand is that once you speak (or type) something into existence it has an impact on the world around them and therefore must always have a karmic impact. And just because it's not always instant, doesn't mean it ain't coming.

Oh yeah and Joe's still an ass.

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47.

C.j.    


By Robert Hilburn
June 27, 2009

Robert Hilburn: Michael Jackson: the wounds, the broken heart
Pop music critic Robert Hilburn recalls the years when the public turned its back on the singer. 'I'm lonely,' a 23-year-old Jackson said.


I'll always regret that my last conversation with Michael Jackson ended with him angrily hanging up the phone -- at least I've long thought of Michael's mood that day more than a decade ago as angry. I realize now that a more accurate description would be "wounded."

Michael was among the sweetest and most talented people I met during 35 years covering pop music for the Los Angeles Times.

I was fortunate to be present at many of his proudest moments. I was in the audience the night in 1983 that he unveiled the electrifying Moonwalk on the Motown TV special and in the studio in 1985 for the all-star "We Are the World" recording session. I was with him at the Jackson family home in Encino soon after he purchased the Beatles song catalog in 1985.

Michael struck me as one of the most fragile and lonely people I've ever met. His heart may have finally stopped beating Thursday afternoon, but it had been broken long ago.

During weekends I spent with him on the road during the Jacksons' "Victory" tour in 1984, I learned that he was so traumatized by events during his late teens -- notably the rejection by fans who missed the "little" Michael of the Jackson 5 days -- that he relied desperately on fame to protect him from further pain. In the end, that overriding need for celebrity was at the root of his tragedy.

I first met Michael in the early days of the Jackson 5 at the family home in Los Angeles, and the memory that stands out is that Michael, as cute and wide-eyed as an 11-year-old could be, was eager to get through the interview so he could watch cartoons before having to go to bed.

When I caught up with him a decade later, his personality had changed radically. That happy-go-lucky kid was nowhere to be found.

Michael's sales had fallen off dramatically in the mid-1970s, and by the time he reemerged with the hit "Off the Wall" album in 1979, he was scarred emotionally. There's often a gap between a performer's public and private sides, but rarely was it as noticeable as with Michael.

Sitting at the rear of the tour bus after a triumphant concert in St. Louis in 1981, Michael was anxious, frequently bowing his head as he whispered answers to my questions. In contrast to the charismatic, strutting figure on stage, he wrestled with a Bambi-like shyness. Despite the resurgence in his popularity, he complained of feeling alone -- almost abandoned. He was 23.

When I asked why he didn't live on his own like his brothers, rather than at his parents' house, he said, "Oh, no, I think I'd die on my own. I'd be so lonely. Even at home, I'm lonely. I sit in my room and sometimes cry. It is so hard to make friends, and there are some things you can't talk to your parents or family about. I sometimes walk around the neighborhood at night, just hoping to find someone to talk to. But I just end up coming home."

That's as far as Michael could go that night to explain his deep-rooted anguish. It would be four more years before he was willing to tell me more.

Michael had signed a book deal with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, an editor at Doubleday, before the "Victory" tour, and he wanted me to help him write it. I spent several weekends on the road with him during the tour. I soon discovered that Michael -- who guarded his privacy at all costs -- wanted to put together a picture book, while Onassis wanted a full-scale biography.

After a showdown between the two, Michael's longtime attorney and friend John Branca called to thank me for my efforts and said Doubleday was going in a different direction. My involvement ended.

During our time together, my conversations with Michael sometimes led -- once the tape recorder was off -- to darker moments from his past. One night when we were going through a stack of old photos, a picture of him in his late teens triggered a sudden openness.

"Ohh, that's horrible," he said, recoiling from the picture.

Michael explained that his face was so covered with acne and his nose so large at that time that visitors to the family home in Encino sometimes wouldn't recognize him. "They would come up, look me straight in the eye and ask if I knew where that 'cute little Michael' was." It was as if the "whole world was saying, 'How dare you grow up on us.' "

Michael said he started looking down at the floor when people approached or would stay in his room when visitors came to the house.

Michael vowed to do whatever it took to make people "love me again." The rejection fueled his ambition to be the biggest pop star in the world and to try to make his face beautiful. Unfortunately, Michael

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48.

susie    

43. Nowhere cause he's not dead

1645 days ago
49.

steve    

what are you all going on about, there clearly not his kids, jees!!!.

1645 days ago
50.

stonecold    

Their first line: "Glad dad died before he could fondle us..."

1645 days ago
51.

HumanNature    

Simone, Child Advocate, SebastianCanada, Dindo, Bring Up the Curtain and Found

What a group of STUPID REVULSION JACKAZZES

1645 days ago
52.

Stacey    

Michael would not have wanted the kids to be on TV.


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53.

Butterfly    

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54.

cathy is morphed has morphed into a jackass    

Hi FFTT, I like your comments....I feel the same as you about Michael's death. I get sad when I read people who I thought would know better, accepting that Michael was a drug addict on the say so of who??? Harvey? Murray?

Posted at 3:07AM on Jan 30th 2010 by bunny



How about the say so of his own words you idiot? Michael Jackson is the person who said he was addicted to drugs in the first place moron.

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cathy is morphed has morphed into a jackass    

THEIR SPEECH SHOULD CONSIST OF HOW MUCH OF A FREAK AND PERVERT THEIR FATHER IS. HOW MANY YEARS UNTIL PARIS CAN HIT THE STRIPPER POLE LEGALLY? YOU KNOW THAT'S WHERE SHE'S HEADING. AND BLANKET IS WELL ON HIS WAY TO A LIFE OF GAY PORN AND PROSTITUTION.

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cathy is morphed has morphed into a jackass    

THEIR SPEECH SHOULD CONSIST OF HOW MUCH OF A FREAK AND PERVERT THEIR FATHER IS. HOW MANY YEARS UNTIL PARIS CAN HIT THE STRIPPER POLE LEGALLY? YOU KNOW THAT'S WHERE SHE'S HEADING. AND BLANKET IS WELL ON HIS WAY TO A LIFE OF GAY PORN AND PROSTITUTION.

Posted at 8:53AM on Jan 30th 2010 by MJ3 SUCK ASS


LMFAO!!!! I think she can start stripping in about 5 years. Blanket looks like one of those hobbits in the Lord of the Rings movies. Odd child.

1645 days ago
57.

dr cyclops    

will someone please get those punks a haircut..wacko would be flipping in his crypt if he could see how werid his losers kids are looking,,the one on the left will end up in prison im sure and the girl will be in porn,,they are not wackos kids and look nothing like him......they need to give me all their money and i will make those dopes rich and famous,,how come those punks always look high on drugs,,what gives here is ol joe keeping them hepped up on acid and mind blowers ?we need to know?????

1645 days ago
58.

dr cyclops    

THOSE KIDS NEED TO GET OUT AND GET SOME EXCERsIzE.I BET THEY SIT INSIDE AND PLAY VIDEO GAMES ALL DAY LIKE MUSHROOMS AND EAT FAST FOOD BECAUSE THEY LOOK LIKE THEY ARE GETTTING FAT AND MICHAEL JACKSON GOT SICK TO HIS STOMACH WHEN HE SAW FAT PEOPLE.SOMEONE NEEDS TO RESCUE THOSE CHILDREN

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59.

dwilson    

You haters have NO life sitting here name calling and wishing death on kids!! Makes me sick to my stomach these kids dont desearve this. You guys are so brave talking crap over the internet why dont u come from behind your keyboard!!
MJ has said those are his kids and they ARE his kids so STFU!! Thank god hes not hear to know how hatful and rude people are being toward his children. I cant wait till they get older to tell you people where to go. Karma is a bitch and those wishing bad and saying bad stuff is gonna have it turn right on you one of these days!! You all live sad and pathetic lives but thats what u desearve cause thats what u are SAD and PATHETIC!!
Go head Jackson kids speak from your heart and let the world know what a amazing father you had and how much u love him. No amount the crap talked about my idots on the internet or talboids will make them forget the real man and father he was.

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60.

Una    

49. I think they should let Wacko Jacko's three "children" perform at the event. They could bill themselves professionally as "HONKY, HONKETTE AND HONKY."

Posted at 7:19AM on Jan 30th 2010 by Bring Up The Curtain

THE HATE AND THE IGNORANCE NEVER CEASES TO AMAZE ME. I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO ACCEPT THAT, DURING THIS AGE OF ENLIGHTENMEMENT, THERE ARE STILL PEOPLE LIKE THIS IN THE WORLD. HOW CAN YOU POSSIBLY ADD ANYTHING POSITIVE TO THIS WORLD WITH A HEART AND A MOUTH LIKE THAT?

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