Everyone and his brother is trying to cash in on Michael Jackson's death, said Rick Ellis in AllYourTV.com. All the disingenuous, ratings-boosting media coverage—and especially today's memorial service at the Staples Center, "the site where those soon-to-be for sale rehearsal films were recorded"—seems to be about "building other people's reputations and lining their pocketbooks." It's disgusting.
It is getting out of hand, said Eric Deggans in the St. Petersburg Times, "from father Joe Jackson pushing a new record label to rapper-singer Akon touting a song with Jackson on NBC's Today show Monday that just happens to appear on his new record." But this is nothing new: Even "in life, there were few people surrounding Jackson who didn't profit from the association."
It's hardly a time of "mourning and reverence" for vendors outside of the Staples Center, said Todd Harrison in MSN Money. "They're organizing events at which consumers might not mind dishing out $9 for a bottle of water emblazoned with a glittery glove, and where $50 to have your picture taken next to a cardboard cutout of MJ will seem like a good deal." But "no matter how morbid or undignified," Michael Jackson's death "has sent ripples through Hollywood's ailing economy and has given it a much needed boost."
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