"History will never again offer humankind a riper opportunity to commit vulgarity on an astronomical scale," said Troy Patterson in Slate. Yet, against all odds, "the broadcast of the Staples Center memorial service for Michael Jackson erred on the side of dignity and taste." Yes, the pallbearers wore sequined gloves, "but an incomparable showbiz career deserves a commensurately big finish. Anything less would have been inappropriate."
Please! Michael Jackson's "dog-and-pony show" of a memorial service was "as dignified as a Vegas lounge-lizard act combined with the entertainment value of a carnival freak show," said Andrea Peyser in the New York Post. The service merely added to the media circus surrounding his death. "From the accolades, prayers, and cries of grief, you'd think you were witnessing the death of a saint, not an accused serial pedophile who hated the skin in which he lived."
No matter what you thought of Michael Jackson, said Jen Pereira and Lee Ferran in ABC News, you could not help but be moved by the most poignant part of his memorial service on Tuesday—the moment when "Jackson's daughter, Paris Michael, 11, took the stage and spontaneously shared her grief with the world." (watch Paris Jackson speak at Michael Jackson's memorial service) Her tears gave the world a glimpse at a side of Michael Jackson that few people ever saw—in his role as the father of three young children.
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why you shouldn't eat dog. Not even once.
- How U.S. special forces are preparing for the worst-case scenario in North Korea
- Why Israel can no longer let the Palestinian Authority be responsible for security in the West Bank
- Why you should really take a nap this afternoon, according to science
- Here's the schedule very successful people follow every day
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- How social conservatives became a minority in need of protection
- Grammar quiz: Do you know the passive voice?
- Why charity can't solve society's deepest problems
- 7 things the world's happiest people do every day
Subscribe to the Week