So the Jackson estate, once thought bankrupt, and now estimated at around $500 million, held a very public memorial this week for Michael Jackson. Jackson is best known for singing some songs 20 years ago, being accused multiple times of molesting little boys, dangling his infant son over a balcony and waving him at the crowd, and making his children wear masks.
Obviously, the international super star was well known for more than just talent.
In the wake of his unexpected death, a media circus has reigned supreme. No one can log into the internet without seeing some crap about the guy once (rightly) dubbed Wacko Jacko. In the 3 weeks since his passing, I would have expected the circus to die down, but instead, there is just more news daily.
The latest just kind of shocks and appalls me. First, the Jackson clan, known for selling out it's youth to the entertainment industry, wanted a very public, publicized memorial for their long lost money maker, erm, son. They decided to try and profit off it, by selling tickets to the funeral. That plan ultimately was decided against, and instead, the tickets were given away like prizes.
Once people had the tickets in their hot, greedy little hands, it wasn't long until places like eBay & Craigslist were trying to make thousands off the sale of the tickets, though eBay was pulling the sales as quickly as they could. Still, some tickets sold for as much as $10,000 a pair.
The funeral included music, dancing, singing, and of course, the required parading around of the Jackson youth.
In the end, however, the joke was on LA, the largest city in a debt stricken state. A state where people who work for the state are not receiving a paycheck. The joke is a bill to the tune of $1.4 Million Dollars- the cost to provide police protection and planning to make sure the circus, erm, funeral went off without a hitch.
And now, the debt is falling to the fans. The people who actually just miss the legend, the people who paid for his eccentric life. The people who bought the music, and made him who he is. Sure, his estate is worth $500 million, but they haven't offered to cover the debt that the state of California can scarcely afford at this point. Instead, they would like you, the fans, to pay for it.
Maybe this is their way of charging people to view the circus live on TV. While they were unable to profit from the ticket sales, they are profiting from the memorial T-Shirt sales they approved, and now, from not having to pay a debt.
Long live the Jackson clan!