July 7th, 2009
05:40 PM ET

Was this the right kind of remembrance?

The media are now in full force asking, did this memorial service say the right kind of goodbye to Jackson? The overwhelming response, we are hearing, is yes.

It was entertaining in the most somber sense. It was a concert. It was a who-is-that-and-how-do-they-know Jackson event. It was a tribute album waiting to happen.

It was a first for fans to hear Jackson's 11-year-old daughter Paris Katherine Jackson speak, live. She tearfully closed out the ceremony with telling millions that he was "the best father you could ever imagine." And Janet Jackson comforted her.  There was a feeling that this family sticks through everything.

Fans left feeling more moved than when they started watching the service.

Says Mary Strickler, from Virginia: "Words are really hard to describe right now. I felt like I knew the man, the person. There’s nothing like going to a funeral with all of your best friends.”

For those who grew up post-Michael Jackson's peak, this service showed how Jackson was adored. It's hard for Millennials to think of an entertainer, in their lifetime, who would yield that kind of emotion from so many different walks of life.

What was your most memorable moment of the service?


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  1. Rachel Smith

    My heart is broken, I can't believe that Michael Jackson is dead. I grew up listening to his music , I remember listening and watching him singing and dancing to "ABC" . I fell in love with music and with Michael and his brothers the first time I heard them sing . One thing that surprised me about Michael is he was very young when he started singing with his brothers but when you listen to him and the words that he is singing you would think he was mush older.
    Michael you will always be in my heart and I will miss you , rest in peace Michael.

    October 10, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. zap

    I was prevliaged with a chance to see micheal in concert when he toured in the late 80,s me and my brother could not do anything but look at each other and scream at the top of our lungs. we sat in the seventh row we saw him at the rosemount horizion.......WOW

    It is a moment i will cherish forever, I miss his presence in the world what a remarkable force he cared with him hi will be never forgotton his music is timeless my favorite cd is irrreplaceable it is some of the most beautiful lyric's he has ever written or sang.

    rip micheal

    September 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sheilawk

    Maybe you should go back and listen to the interview where Michael explains how "Blanket" got his nickname. It was an endearing term that Michael used so he gave it to Blanket when he was born.

    I agree MJ loved his kids so very much & those babies love him beyond belief. I believe they all felt safe with one another. He will be missed by family as well as fans, it's just a shame he couldn't be happier in his day to day life here. His happiness was focused around his children as well as music.

    August 14, 2009 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mo (England)

    Bev Monte – I understand your sentiments, but 'Blanket' is Prince Michael II's nickname or pet name given to him by his own father, MJ. There is nothing wrong with giving a child a pet name as it is usually a term of endearment. Indeed, there is significant evidence that MJ loved his children dearly and would not have done anything to hurt them, including calling them inappropriate names. Little Prince Michael has been called the name since he was a baby (based on interviews with MJ) either because he used to be covered in a blanket or that he used a blanket for comfort, which many children around the world do. However, it may be that your umbrage relates to the media using the pet name in a derogatory manner (I have not come across this myself). In any case, the media's fascination with MJ will not cease for many years to come and although I, as a staunch MJ fan, do not like any of the malevolent things I read about him, I have learned to distil what is the truth, what is exaggerated and what is a complete fabrication. Perhaps one day, history and the media will treat MJ with more respect and fairness. I recall that our very own Princess Diana was ridiculed and unappreciated by the media (mainly the tabloid press and related TV stations) before she died and yet she became ‘loved and respected’ once she passed away.

    August 14, 2009 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bev Monte

    I am just as sorry for Michael's children – especially little one, Prince Michael, 2nd.. I am deeply distressed that some members of the news media call him "Blanket." This is demeaning to a child. Prince 2nd should not be saddled with a "label" based on the action of his father. Little Prince should be allowed to move on; and he should be called by his proper name. This goes for everyone – not just the media.

    August 13, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Yvonne Kwan

    I totally agree with Sandy's comments of Aug. 7.

    August 13, 2009 at 6:01 am | Report abuse |
  7. Sandy

    I think that a lot of people are responsible for the early demise of Michael Jackson, especially the media, i.e. Diane Dimond, Martin Bashir, Diane Sawyer to name a few. I don't know why Jackson's plastic surgery, the color of his skin or the biology of his children and molestation of children was the main topic of conversation when it came to Michael Jackson. How come we almost NEVER hear about his donations to charities and the countless ways that he helped children and their families?

    Because the truth rarely sells papers or brings in ratings. How sad of a world that we live in. Just like Jesus, a meek and caring soul that was crucified for his goodness, so was Michael Jackson. It is always the good ones that society rips apart. Is is that human nature is more evil than good and that we don't understand true goodness when we see it, or do we just reject it out of greed and intolerance? You decide.

    August 7, 2009 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. cry

    It's ridiculous how the media is just totally disrespecting MJ's wishes!! Everyone in the world knows that the 1 thing MJ DID NOT want was for his private life and his kids to be on public display....this is just total disregard for ones wishes and a total lack of respect for ones privacy... as soon as the man died, people were scrambling and rushing to get his personal belongings, videos, photos, etc... Everyone who bought 1 magazine w his personal photos or watched 1 video clip of his home life should be ASHAMED!!! We should all be ashamed for allowing it to happen..just bc a man is dead doesn't mean it's open house on his life!! Everyone's tryin to find a way to profit from his personal life which he PURPOSELY kept private.. it makes me sick! this whole thing is almost as bad as the whole Terri Shibel incident... this countrys' society n media has NO RESPECT for anything but $

    August 4, 2009 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kia

    Yes it was the right kind of rememberance. He was the best ever. He was the greatest entertainer, singer performer. I will always be a fan.

    August 1, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. joe

    He was the greatest entertainer and performer ever. There will never be another like him.

    August 1, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. mary

    NO MATTER WHAT HE DID IN HIS LIFE HE WAS A GREAT PERFORMER JUST LIKE ELVIS
    I STILL THINK SOMETHING HAPPENED THAT WITH THE DR. KNOWS WHO KNOWS MAYBE HE PANICKED BUT SOMETHING JUST ISNT RIGHT
    WHETHER HE TOOK PILLS OR WHATEVER DONT THINK THAT KILLED HIM
    SOMETHING DOESNT ADD UP LIKE HIS FATHER SAID BUT IT WILL COME OUT SOONER OR LATER

    July 31, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Lance Woodward

    Too much media coverage for the wrong reasons.
    MSNBC, which I used to like, I no longer follow. Its too mean-spirited.

    If Michael really had done the things he was accused of doing, I do not think he would have turned his back against his beloved Neverland.
    But I think that the greed of the parents whom he had welcomed into his life became too much to bear.

    Remember, Michael Jackson had a room built with a window wall looking out onto the theatre so that bedridden children could come out, stay in beds and watch the movie or puppets or whatever was taking place on the theatre stage. Not sure, but I think that room was hidden from the audience. He did a lot for children and it is a shame that the parents of some took advantage of him.
    lso, I do not like Diane Diment (correct spelling?) She seems to enjoy covering the rumours, etc.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Robert

    I am a fan of Michael Jackson as an entertainer and an innovator of the Pop Culture scene, but that’s as far as it goes.
    The TV commercial for the Michael Jackson Lithograph is very offensive when they say wearing a white suit as “pure as his heart”. Although never proven, the accusation of child molestation has come up more than once with monies paid out to the accusers.
    The TV Ad Men should rethink the ad and rewrite it so as not to offend even one person.

    July 31, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. karen-

    I neglected to finish a sentence..I think his personal doctor that administered the drug(s) that caused his death be charged..It has to be STOPPED at some point...These doctors shouldn't continue to be allowed to do as they please for money or because the payers are celebrities...They are guilty of murder just as if they had put a gun to the celebrity's head and pulled the trigger...The doctors take an oath to save lives, yet they are prescibing and administering drugs knowing they are taking lives eventually...

    July 31, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. karen-

    I think alot of the world is heart broken over Michael's untimely death. I think he was a very good person and child at heart. I am happy that Debbie Rowe will not be seeking custody, as I dont feel she deserves even visitation rights, much less custody.She got what she wanted..millions..to merely have them for him...she is not mother/mom material...Michael was their father and daddy in every sense of the words...I dont think his father should see them either..He's not all there from what I've seen and heard...I believe his personal doctor that was present
    I think that Michael was a good person..He was blessed with his talent and shared it with the world.It became his escape from alot of pain in his life. I truly feel that he should be laid to rest at Neverland..That was also his escape, his home for many years...
    I think the media should back off and let him be...

    July 31, 2009 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  16. hazeyez2009

    The most heart-warming moment during the memorial service,for me, was Jermaine's emotional performance of his brother's favorite song.

    Marlon had given great insight into Michael's life. Beautiful

    July 26, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  17. suzette

    I was looking at Michael"s pictures and trying to see how they appear in them I can see by his stance, postures, how he would smile, how he would greet his fans even how faced the media, I can see that he is good, sweet man . no affectations, humble and well mannered and real gentleman and he was not gay. No gay could move and dance like that, very sharp, very atheletic. He is the best really. I like the Beatles but I admire and love Michael more for reason that the Beatles were a band, group effort but Michael? his was a sole accomplishment. Rest in peace Michael you're both admired and loved

    July 20, 2009 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
  18. elissar from lebanon

    as i said the world will never be the same after 25 june, this devastating date! nobody understood michael jackson. i blame the media and all the tabloid junkies for severly wounding the god of pop michael jackson. cnn pls be more serious in covering the trajedy of this musical icon, whom is beyound all means of intellect and geniusness. cnn , i see that your coverage is not that strong on the god of pop, and im adressimg this also to all the media that never appreciated the treasure we had, michael jackson. where are you fans i say again THAT MJ MUST BE DECLARED A SAINT. PLS CNN HELP US WE FANS OF MJ TO PROCESS THE SUPPORT-JACKSON-PORTRAIT. THE LINK IS FOUND ON THE http://WWW.MJFANCLUB.NET
    WE NEED 250,000 FANS SO PLS CNN CONTRIBUTE TO THIS HUGE PROJECT OF OUR SAINT MICHAEL JACKSON. I LOVE YOU MORE THAN U CAN EVER IMAGINE MICHAEL I WILL NEVER LET YOU PART FOR YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY HEART. I FEEL YOU HERE WITH ME FOREVER.

    July 19, 2009 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Bailey Marie / Manila, Philippines

    I was deeply moved the whole time. I stuck by CNN's full coverage all alone in my bedroom I share with my husband & kids, it was 1AM here in Manila & I was literally sobbing till 4AM I almost didnt wake up on time to fix my girls to school that same morning. I remember skipping work to be at his very first concert here way back 1996, including lining up for hours so early in the morning in a government hospital where he was scheduled to visit the less fortunate children's ward – a short glimpse of him made my day, even left me mesmerized for months.... my favorite scen in the memorial aside from Paris'brief moment was when his brother Marlon took centerstage and uttered, "maybe now, Michael, they'll leave you alone...." Truly, gone too soon but indeed, gone in a better place. I love you, Michael... you will always be in my prayers. RIP.

    July 19, 2009 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  20. Sheelu

    Michael Jackson is an inventor I would say. His dance steps, voice, walk, style (clothing etc), sparkling innocent smile, too cool hair styles, talk, big eyes, love for his fans, his kids, talent way beyond his age – everything he does was just so UNIQUE in itself. The whole world went on copied him in everyway they could, other musicians would copy his melody, dance, style but, one thing we all know is "There is no other Michael Jackson on earth, there never is going to be one, no matter how much one tries". Another important thing to remember is, his personal life is none of our business. He changed his nose because he had a nickname "fat/big nose" in his family, and he looks handsome than ever anyway after nose job. He made it very clear that he is proud of his color and never wanted to change it but loosing color was uncontrollable due to a disease called 'vitiligo'. And please, he is 5.11 and 120 pounds only to maintain a dancer body, he sacrificed his life for music/dance, never would have done something bad to have charges against him, completely innocent man who loves his kids and spend so much on charity. And abt drugs, it all began mostly after he was accused of charges, he lost the love of most fans, ofcourse he would go crazy and get addicted to pain killers etc... Overall, I would end saying he is the BEST, no one can ever match him. From age 5 to 50, he had most wonderful career, how awesome did he look on last rehearsal dance. oh well, the world will miss MJ, even the people who were filled with jealousy would miss him now......

    July 16, 2009 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  21. Belgium

    I didn't think the casket in front of the podium was such a great idea. Actually I think it's gaudy.

    July 15, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Raoul from France

    People should be locked up for showing their emotions like this in public. That was as indecent as a porn movie.

    July 15, 2009 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  23. Belgium

    Hey Vic,
    Loved your comments!!!

    July 14, 2009 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Stephanie

    I agree that the coverage was extensive, but who could have foreknew the people's response to this tragedy.

    I think Michael, like each of us, was a gift from God. It's when we travel on the wrong path that we bring about curses and destruction in our lives.

    I'm sure Michael made mistakes, like all of us have, but I COMPLETELY BELIEVE THAT THE CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST HIM WERE BORN OUT OF GREED. THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL.

    For those who deem him guilty and call him a pervert, take a good look at the history of the criminal justice system in this country, we don't have the best track record.

    When reports come out recanting the accusations made against Michael, how many of you will be humble enough to admit you were wrong?

    July 14, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  25. marlene

    Take Michael's suggestion-"Start with the Man in the Mirror..."

    July 13, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  26. dena williams e

    I remember when Micheal came to the Bahamas he had visited one of our record store it was fun and it is something i would never forget.I still feel bad how he died,then their is the medias who ridicule him they didn't stop and see that he was hurting, and he could not trust anyone look at the court cases, how he was brought up no childhood yet the media twisted things.tried to destroy his character your name is all you have.even after he died the media is still looking for loop holes in the end MY GOD has the first and the last say not man.I believe those two family who took Micheal Jackson to court God will expose the truth about themGod had Micheal Jackson on this earth look at the words to his music they have and will always have meaning for this day and time again the media don't see it.Then their is his children i believe they are his and he love themthats why he had them sheltered from the thing of this world.Again not one of the comantater is save, not one of them thank the Lord for him, not one of them mention if he had made his peace with GOD

    July 9, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Michelle

    The memorial service was beautiful.. I wish the media would focus on that and keep the tone on all the positive instead of the negative.. Americans can be soo ignorant sometimes.. I see why soo many countries hate us.. The media killed Michael Jackson.. and the two kids who lied of course one that admitted to it..

    July 9, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Claudette

    Its strange...I grew up with his music and though I never seen him or knew him upclose, I couldn't bear the pain in my heart to see my brother leaving. You don't know you love someone until he's gone....Michael, I love you and may the Lord bless your family and comfort them trough their great loss.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Miguel

    I think that we were all sad to hear of Michael's death, However, I do think is time to leave that alone now. I don't think that reporting about wether his kids are his or not is news at all. We'll should just stay off their business and move on with our own. Besides a father is the one who raises their kids, not the one who makes them. The King Of Pop was a great entertainer, and a great person. May he rest is peace.

    PS. TMZ is not a news agency, you want facts watch CNN. Shame on them.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Chikumbuso

    let those tasked with administering his wealth not be greedy. Let his parents be the adminstrators for the sake of the kids

    July 9, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Marcee

    I was very touch with Brooke's speech. She certainly showed the human behind the entertainer in MJ and that's the image I would like to preserve of him.

    July 9, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Vic

    Michael Jackson was a great entertainer and his music was a great gift to the world. But please look deeper at who he was and hopefully that will put an end to catapulting him on a level with a Saint. You can feel sorry that he was abused and childlike, but geez...he never got help for himself and pushed away attempts by family/friends to intervene and get him the help that he needed. His drug dependency and addictions have been totally overlooked in everyone's defense of his wonderful fatherhood. Would you want to leave your children with a drug-addicted father? Just the simple disgusting and immature behavior of dangling a baby over a balcony railing should have warned everyone that perhaps Michael Jackson was NOT father material. Stop defending him just because he was a great entertainer and please stop this horrible path to engulfing him in sainthood.

    July 9, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Thai

    You know, i'm pretty sick and tired by those of you who say honor the fallen soldiers. WE DO THAT EVERYDAY!!!!!! If it was Elvis in this day and time who sold 24 million albums less than Michael, would you have the same response? I think not. Michael Jackson WAS TRULY THE GREATEST ARTIST OF ALL TIME AND HE IS DESERVING OF THE COVERAGE AND SEND OFF. Kudos to all the networks that gave him the coverage he deserved as he was bigger that Elvis, The Beatles, Frank Sinatra and Madonna. Sorry for those of you who might be offended, but CNN gave us the breakdown between all of the artists that i mentioned, and it's the truth. NOW HEAL THE WORLD BY LEAVING HIM ALONE AND START WITH THE MAN IN THE MIRROR, THATS YOU!!! I'm still following his story and my family and friends is TOO until he is buried, we HOPE to continue to hear updates about THE ONE AND ONLY TOP "LEGEND IN THE WORLD".
    Thanks CNN. Gone too soon. RIP Michael, we love you.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  34. nu

    I am a longtime fan of MJ. You can say I am truly a fan of the heart. Through I wasnt graced with the opportunity to be at the memorial service, i was equally moved by watching it on TV. The memorial service was elegant and sentimental. MJ's death did not bring tears initally because i was still in denial. But as soon as I saw the golden casket. Tears started to pour endlessly. Though all of the performers brought uniqueness and care to the songs of MJ, Stevie wonder touched my heart with his two songs especially Never Dreamed You Leave in Summer. I cried like a baby. All moments were sincere. Usher was very sensitive and to see him touch the golden casket was timeless. Though I was so far away, i sensed MJ's spirit there at the memorial. I truly loved the fact that CNN commentors didn't speak through the service. That was thoughtful. But my saddest continues to linger on and I believe all his true fans of MJ will continue to Remember the Time when had a beautiful human being who truly was Angel on Earth. Love you, MJ!

    July 9, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Leslie

    Impressive. A post I haven't seen is finally to hear the words GOD and JESUS on regular national TV. My how our society has changed. None of the coverage I've seen since have replayed any of that or made comment of it.. figures. I LOVED LIONEL RICHIE's song Jesus is Love... for the whole world to see.. Loved it!

    July 9, 2009 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  36. elissar from lebanon

    i wish that god will make a miracle and grant us micheal jackson back. if he can only rise him back.pls god restore micheal back to us. i want to contact micheal if atleast spiritually. i am grief-stricken

    July 9, 2009 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
  37. gretchen

    I was always told you can't tell a person (how to grieve or how long to grieve,) so all the people saying get over Michael Jackson death, they just need to show some respect, and let the people work through this process . MICHAEL JACKSON WILL LIVE FOREVER !!!!!!

    July 9, 2009 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  38. Rita Castle

    no need to post the letter below. I sent this letter to Fox in response to one of their stories "Over the Top" and wanted to copy you in but could not find an email for CNN on the site. Just wanted you to know how much I appreciated your telecast on Tuesday. Thank you Larry King for your show on Tuesday and CNN for your coverage on Michael Jackson.

    To hannity@foxnews.com:

    Perspective – FoxNews obviously needs to get some. One day in 50 years is not enough to celebrate Michael Jackson's life. Why do you have to downplay his life by comparing his life to a soldier who has died? You only made an issue about the US soldier's death today to diminish the impact Michael Jackson made on society. I've always watched Fox news thinking they were fair and balanced. You have lost a supporter because of your indifference to Michael's death.
    And what's wrong in showing a bit of compassion? The public cares about all kinds of issues, not merely politics. News is information important to the people, not what you want it to be or think it should be. Who are you to tell us what should be important in our lives. Michael Jackson meant a lot to millions of people and you have trampled their feelings of loss as if they mean nothing. Watching positive stories regarding Michael Jackson's life in the days following his death was helpful in relieving some of the sadness and loss I felt. I, along with hundreds of thousands of people felt the need to make sense of this and hearing stories of his life was therapeutic. We needed this coverage. I cannot express in words how disappointed I am in you. Would one day of reverence hurt your ratings? It made me sick, when, after working all day, I rushed home to turn on the memorial coverage and heard all the negative things you were bringing into the story. You could have commemorated his works on this earth. Instead, the comments you made were an attempt to deemphasize his contribution to the world. Saying things like "He's not the greatest entertainer...etc, etc." I could not stand it and your indifference brought me to tears. Did it help your story? What was the purpose in saying things like that?
    He WAS the greatest entertainer in my time! I am a 46 year old white mom with a family, with feelings. Someone who loved Michael, who was touched by his spirit, his gift. Older individuals have said Elvis was the greatest entertainer in their time – no one criticizes them for saying this, no cable news station spends a minute negating their feelings, but FOX news felt this was appropriate in Michael's death. There will be other great artists, but Michael Joseph Jackson was mine and your coverage was not fair or balanced. It was an expression of hate. Michael endured stories like yours his whole life, and all he did on this earth was give us beautiful music, his dance and spirit. Even saying nothing at all about him would have been better than what you chose to say. Why choose to continue spreading hate when it comes to Michael Jackson? I just don't get it.
    Everything you said about Michael – "Yeah he was a great entertainer, great musician etc etc had to be followed by "but he slept w/kids "I'm frightened, I feel sorry for Michael" I'll offer a resounding "Over the top" in response to that statement.
    As for the memorial service, it was not over the top or out of perspective. Over the top would have been to have the coffin suspended in air by cables and dancers dancing in the aisles to Michael's Thriller CD. The service was respectful; uplifting. The fact that the Jacksons' included fans in the mix was the most beautiful expession of acceptance and love I have seen in a long time. You, FoxNews, on the other hand are over the top, I believe you and your panel discussing the Michael Jackson memorial are the poison of our society. You are still spreading the hate and the lies; Get perspective FOX – you are going to lose viewers because you came across as total hypocrites. Honoring a dead man's memory respectfully because he is a soldier then dishonoring another man's memory because he is an entertainer is the most hypocritical and despicable thing i have ever witnessed. Shame on you.
    Your viewers deserved a day to remember Michael Jackson and you did not deliver. My husband would kill me for saying this, but "thank God for CNN"
    Distraught in Columbia,

    Rita Castle
    Columbia, MD

    July 9, 2009 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  39. tintob

    I hope that this will be a learning experience. We should be very careful with our most talented fellow humans. Right now we're not. It seems we didn't learn from the tragic death of princess Diana. Somehow we're all responsible for this great loss. For two weeks now, the question is : What killed MJ ? The answer will be : WE.

    God Bless

    July 9, 2009 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  40. L J C

    I must admit - I expected a garish, full-blown eccentric funeral service and burial for and from this Entertainment Magician. It would not have surprised me to see that he had constructed a pyramid for himself and would be laid to rest in exactly the same style as he had lived his life. But as a fan, a mother, a musician and a Christian, I was so moved throughout the whole service and so thankful that the family chose to appear as a FAMILY...I am from the south, folks, and that was definitely a "going-home" service if I've ever seen one. I come from a musical family, and have been around a few top-notch, well-known musical icons. I am able to discern genuine emotion from staged emotions (to evoke a certain response from the audience - that even happens in church!). What I witnessed on Tuesday was raw emotional performances by the majority of Michael's family and friends. Stevie Wonder...wow - hearing those two songs together just pulled out all the pent-up mourning in me. And if everyone will just watch the "Paris moment" which seems to be drawing such cynicism, you can see the brothers and the sisters visually choking back sobs, and some not being able to do it. I applaud everyone involved in allowing us to sit in on that memorial service. We at home had the best seats in the house, and I appreciated the media individuals who did not interrupt the service with commentary. Somehow, in this world of digitalized smoke and mirrors, I felt like I was sitting right there in it all. We are praying that the repercussions of this horrible tragedy which will not haunt his familiy and his children for mult-generations, and instead, as Marlon said, they will finally leave him in alone...in peace.

    July 9, 2009 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  41. Mel Rahim

    Stevie Wonder's "I'd never dream you'd leave in summer" was perfect. Michael, why didn't you stay.....

    July 9, 2009 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  42. Sabina from Bulgaria

    The memorial for Michael was touching.Seeing his little girl cry and say these wonderful words about him, i couldn't stop crying. I will miss him very much. REST IN PEACE, MICHAEL!!!
    BULGARIA LOVES YOU!!! ОБИЧАМЕ ТЕ,МАЙКЪЛ!!!

    July 9, 2009 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |
  43. Mo Telford (UK)

    I was a great fan of MJ when I was growing up and when I hit my 40s, I developed a much wider taste in music aside from pop and rock. However, I was pained by the allegations made against this incredibly gifted humanitarian and was pleased he was later found not guilty. I could not stop weeping through his memorial service; it was so moving but tastefully done. I was particularly moved by Jermaine, Marlon, Brooke Shields, Rev. Al Sharpton and little Paris Jackson. However, it all made me wonder if these people, apart from Paris, told him how much they cared when he was alive. MJ said in his book (Moonwalk) that he was very lonely. Perhaps, if the unfair media attack and constant public scrutiny he was subjected to had been matched by those close to him telling him they loved him, he would still be here today. I feel that God loaned MJ to us and when we did not all appreciate him as we should have, God took him back. I hope MJ is no longer in pain and is much happier.

    July 9, 2009 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
  44. Debbie Atkinson

    I think this was a beautifull memorial service and i really give them credit the family for letting Fans take paer in this too. I dont remember totally about Elvis Memorial Service but i think only Certain people could be a part of it and fans had to sit behind the gates and wish they could be there. this way his fans who were a big part of Michaels life to him could actually be there with him. And yes i think if MIchael is looking down that day he would be so proud , proud of the service and proud of his Children for being so Brave and proud of his little girl which i think she wanted to let Everyone know that her Dad is not BAd he was the Greatest DAd that anyone could of had. memorable...

    July 9, 2009 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
  45. Lee Thomas

    Journey on now brother Michael. We will follow when we can. We are blessed to honor your life.
    There is only love. The love of god gives birth to the universe. The love of our parents gives birth to us. The love of our friends and family sustains our life. Kindness, love, and pleasure – we are formed from these and we form each other. You attached your soul to your music and performances and for that we Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
    We get the final word to say we actually love you more.

    July 9, 2009 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  46. Deborah

    i just wanted to say to the family–how very sorry i am for your loss. Michael was a gentle soul. you could see that in him with everything he did. to his children –the loss is so overwhelming. i lost my mother at age 40, and i still grieve for her.someday it will be a little easier. for all the people who judge,who keep bringing up all of the past horrible stories,who now are speculating on all of the unknow stories, talking about things they no nothing about,SHAME ON YOU. THIS MAN IS DEAD, HIS CHILDREN ARE GRIEVING, HIS FAMILY IS DEVASTATED. LET HIM REST IN PEACE, PEACE THAT HE DIDN'T HAVE IN LIFE. ONE DAY YOU ALL WILL BE JUDGED, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SAY ABOUT YOU. just leave him and his children alone.

    July 9, 2009 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
  47. Margaret

    I cried during the entire memorial. I LOVE YOU MICHAEL. I will forever miss you. But I promise, your true fans will always keep your music going. Did anyone else notice that Prince Michael II was wearing black pants, white socks, and black shoes!!! MJ... You are still here!

    July 9, 2009 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  48. Alicia Peralta

    I am very sad about Michael Jackson's death.I am so disappointed that even in death his memory is still being tarnished by those who still believe him to be a child molester. I wish the media would provide the public with the truth about the cases about him.I have looked into both cases and found them both to be false accusations and attempts at extortion. I just read an article in GQ dated 1997? Titled was Michael JAckson framed? I wish the Chandler and ARvizo family get what they deserve............. I wish to GOD his name claeared. The MEDIA must report the FACTS about the case

    July 9, 2009 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  49. Luann

    The Memorial was very touching,and I think Michael was very happy with what was going on. My heart goes out to Paris who I cried with her,Jermaine when he sung "Smile". Marlon who spoke from his heart.
    My heart,thoughts,& prayers are/will always be with Michael's children,& his family.

    July 9, 2009 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  50. Derek Perry

    It was the definitive tribute, it is so hard to choose a moment. I laughed, shouted, cried, and was just emotionally drained after the live showing, rested up and watched two more times, and went through the same changes! I feel as though a family member has gone that's how connected I am to MJ's music!!! It is the soundtrack of my life, funny how you you remember the particular song, the era, what you were doing, what was going on- truly iconic! Rest In Peace King, and I will see you when I get there!!!

    Derek Perry

    July 9, 2009 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
  51. nyc317

    I thought that the coffin alone was the most disrespectful thing to poor Michael. His brother claimed they were Jehovah's witnesses and all that money can't follow him from this earth into the spirit world. The money should have been donated to the homeless or some other worthwhile chartity. It was disappointing but typical of famous people who want to show off. I liked Michael Jackson and believe that justice for him will be found but the show was typically gaudy. He was far too young to die. I didn't want to see the "show" because I knew if he could have lived he would want to be in London, enjoying himself and others enjoying him.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
  52. Pat Leon

    For me, this is the best way to say good-bye to one of the greatest music entertainers in history. Michael Jackson deserved a memorial like this, full of the people he loved and who loved him as well.

    July 9, 2009 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
  53. Patrice

    You know guys, I learned so much from this event. Not just because I love Michael Jacksons music and I adore him having a big heart into helping lots of people from all over the world, but because I learned that Michael Jackson shared his love to a lot of people that is why people love him back. I learned to love my daughter more so one day when I die she would also say that I am the best mom in the world just like Paris referred to her father. That is doesn't matter whether what race you are, you have to respect them for being unique, you have to embrace them as a person and not just another foreigner to you. I learned to much from this. I learned so much.

    July 8, 2009 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Tina Alderete

    MJ will live on FOREVER!! no matter what all you haters say!! If you are sick of watching him on the television then change it! us fans of MJ want to hear more about him. AND WE WILL!!
    It does not matter who fathered MJ'S children, the truth is that it takes any man to father a child,but only a DADDY will raise them.
    I LOVE YOU MICHAEL, MAY PEACE BE WITH YOU & YOUR FAMILY

    ALBUQUERQUE, NM

    July 8, 2009 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Charlene

    The memorial for Michael was in great taste and with the utmost respect and class. "THANK YOU" Jackson family for sharing such a private moment. My heart bleeds for his children......this was their Daddy. Biological or not, many children are not biological to their parents but that does not mean they don't feel pain when a parent passes on. Could all the people that have negative things to say just focus on the children? Michael was a human being, a father, a brother, and a son. He was a musical GENIUS and had so much talent! I wish all would allow him to just rest in peace, something that we all deserve in the afterlife; after all, HE could not when he was with us. PEACE BE WITH YOU MICHAEL and to his children and family -MAY GOD EASE THE PAIN FOR EACH OF YOU!

    July 8, 2009 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  56. samantha

    The memorial was very fitting. It was filled with those who loved Michael and shared experiences, memories & music. It was void of tabloid talk, speculation & disecting his every word & action...just as his life should have been.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Tom

    Michael's daughter did him the greatest service with her heartfelt words and her obvious devastation over his early, sudden passing. All notions of any child abuse should be forever destroyed when you truly listen to what she says at the memorial. Out of the mouths of babes...

    July 8, 2009 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Tina Davis

    Hi Larry,
    I was one of the few in this world that was given a gift from I believe God ,to attend Michael Jacksons memorial at the Staple Center in Los Angeles. I am at a loss for words in describing what I witnessed and the emotions that ran through me during and after the services. I attended the services with 2 of my daughters and we all agree that this was the most profound experience that we have ever had in our lives. I have not heard anyone mention that although there were many police officers surrounding the staple center, it was amazing that in side the staple center there were non nor were they necessary. Larry I know that you were there and you must agree with me, it was an amazing gift to witness the service and all that were present have been blessed to witness saying good bye to the most unique and most wonderful person in this world. The best way to put it " It was simply Magical" Thank you for listening, I just had to write.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Willa

    The service was most befitting of a star - not a spectacle, not a circus, not overly religious, yet respectful and sincere. A great homegoing for a great person

    July 8, 2009 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  60. willa

    Michael, we loved you in life and we love you in death. Sleep on, take your rest, we love you but God loves youi best

    July 8, 2009 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  61. JEANICE

    YES, YES, YES, with great emphasis...

    I always held Michael in high esteem, I know he is one of the greats. I never swayed in thinking him guilty of any wrongdoing.
    The memorial service was wonderful. Michael will live forever in the great and wonderful paradise, singing and dancing, praising Jah. The memorial was so remarkably pulled off as one of the most beautiful services I have seen. Jehovah says he does not give one more than he can bear. May he continue to live in our hearts and minds forever.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  62. whiteg589

    Did anyone notice that Michael Jackson's youngest son had on white socks and black loafers at the memorial sevice just like his dad, and his hairstyle is just like Michael's?

    July 8, 2009 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Jomokee

    The moment for me was when Usher was singing his song and touched the casket as he was singing. That broke my heart.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Suzanne

    You know what is really sad.......... The Bitter Hate that human being's have!
    Remember..... Innocent until proven guilty. We shall never know the truth,however I truely believe in my heart that MJ was an innocent man . People, love feel's so much better than hate !

    Suzaane
    Auburn,Me.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  65. KEN

    DID ANYONE EVEN SEE DIANA ROSS AT MICHAEL JACKSON'S FUNERAL?......

    July 8, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Zena

    I have never posted comments online before, but after watching Michal Jackson’s memorial last night I was moved to post my thoughts somewhere on the net. CNN seems to make perfect sense.

    I pray that Michael is at peace and we did him justice last night. I also pray that people will be inspired to be more like him. Our almighty father needed him back, but sometimes I wonder why the very few true kind, sensitive, loyal, honest and most loving people leave this earth. The world needs more people with a heart like Michael.

    I also pray that every person who has the power to do so capitalizes on every media possible to pay Michaels expenses. I also pray someday the Neverland Valley Ranch is purchased back, remains in his family and every single piece of Michaels belongs are placed right back in his home before all of the horrible legal troubles began. I believe in my heart that would put a smile on Michaels face as he watches over the people who loved him.

    My finale prayer is for his children, may they have peace in their precious lives and will always know how wonderful their father is and always will be.

    Michael I hope you are looking down and you feel the love you never felt from the very people you tried to care for.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Yvette

    Simply the best.

    Fitting for a man who has made such a contribution to the world. Thankfully, the world showed their love for this man whose accomplishments were many and whose generosity was overflowing. 20% of his estate to go to charities. I am impressed!

    July 8, 2009 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Christine Moore

    Hi Deared Ones,

    I would like to say, when I watched the tribute ceremony of Michael's, on the net, I was most touched by Paris's goodbye to her Father which brought me to tears as well... I felt that I knew Michael more than a friend . He had something very special in him, which touched the hearts of people around the world... Do you know what it was ? Nothing but, the TRUE LOVE and affection he had for His people, which brought them close to Him... As human nature, everyone needed that love and concern for themselves, which they never got, but Michael showed it to them all , and that's why today we see the world seeking His love, that we all may not feel this kind of love and care any where.... I always will remember you Michael, love you forever. Just one last thing to say to Michael, I feel happy that now my brother who was a big fan of you, is together with you now.... May your souls rest in peace ... My condolences to the Jackson's Family and to Paris and the two little Princes, I will be there for you three.....

    Love & Prayers
    With All My Heart..

    Christine...

    July 8, 2009 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  69. lor

    What is wrong with people? Can't they just let a person rest in peace? The memorial was a beautiful tribute to a historic person who the world loved and his family is crushed. Now we have people questioning Paris's comments and if the coffin was empty or not, who cares? What I saw was a little girl who is devestated by a loved ones death, who had the right to speak. As far as paternity MJ is the only father the children have ever known. MJ was their father, sperm or not. LEAVE THEM ALONE!!! RIP MJ I LOVE YOU!

    July 8, 2009 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  70. elissar from lebanon

    i love you so much micheal. you are the god of pop and the saint of humanitarianism. i call that micheal jackson be declared worldwide a saint. i wish i had the oppurtinity to meet him so that i plunge into his arms. i always felt that i have this spiritual bondage to micheal jackson. i adore you forever

    July 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  71. cindyhd

    First, my sincere condolences go out to Michael, Paris, and Blanket, and the entire Jackson family onn the loss of your loved family member.

    I want to say several important things here, so I hope wonderful CNN will post this. I'm not a "crazed fan" of Michael Jackson, I am an admirer of the person he was and what he gave the world. I almost didn't get to watch the memorial, and I was just grief stricken, because Michael Jackson meant so much to me in terms of his music, which as a caucasion teen and young woman, I knew every word to all his songs, tried to dance like him, and admired his great talent well into the late '90's-2000's as well, when the US had lost a lot of interest becaase he was different. How ironic since his music spoke of acceptance. But he meant MORE TO ME for his efforts to unite people of all races than anything else. Last year, when my 5 yr old son graduated from Pre-K, I asked the school to please use Michael's "We are the world, we are the children", for their show. They did, and it was VERY special. Please go read the words to that song, and you will understand MJ better than his "pop" success. Michael didn't have to sing more than 70% of his songs through 2009, dedicted to love and acceptance, but through music, I believe that was God's calling to him. Only his very earliest songs had any "mass pop" words of appeal in them. His songs of love and acceptance and morals were "Pop" and that alone is incredible! Try doing that today....impossible...there will never be anyone who can do that and affect the entire world. His song "Bad" was awesome, and through his popularity, was able to send a message to our youth to get out of gangs. WOW.

    Yesterday morning, I was caught and pinned on a moving car and dragged along the ground, ending up injured and in pain.
    THANK YOU CNN, for making it possible through your live internet feed for me to attend the funeral, that I thought I would miss. Alhough my injuries and pain were great, my heart was broken even more, thinking I would miss that fitting memorial. I am so glad I was able to say Goodbye. THANK YOU CNN!!!!

    It grieves me to hear those who still think Michael molested children....please read the facts. I NEVER believed he molested children. For all who keep repeateding this, the 13 yr boy in 1993 refused to testify and the criminal suit had to be dropped. Michael settled in the civil suit to get it OUT OF HIS life. As Marlon said, "How much stress is too much stress"? At that time $20 milliion was not much. That 13 yr boy, as an adult came out pubically and admitted that his "song-writer" Father made it all up because Michael didn't want to record one of his songs. Did some of you miss that? In 2003 when new "allegations" came up, he was aquitted (found not guilty) on ALL COUNTS due to lack of any credible evidence at all. Those were people trying to gain money through a rich man, who now had an "inaccurate" reputation in regards to children. The trial took 5 MONTHS and THEY LOST! Please before you post your opinion, please research the facts so that you can hopefully be more accepting. How can we judge somone who dedicated his whole life to love and peace....even when you might not understand the non-sexual love he gave to kids all over the world? He really was the boy that never grew up. He loved the innocence and truthfulness of children, and loved to be around them....built an amusement park because he was so childlike. As an older adult that need turned maternal, and he wanted to be a Father. Could Paris' final remarks NOT convince everyone that he did indeed love treat his children with great respect, as did to all his fans, his whole life?

    In closing, our family too lost the first our our siblings, the first of the family, and it is overwhelming devestating. In memorial for the Jackson family and his children especially, I would like to post this memorial poem, which is very fitting. I hope The Jackson family gets this through CNN, and not the negative posts. God bless you all and keep you during this time of sadness, and please know, as I do, that in time, you will be able to think of Michael with many more happy memories than sad, you may not believe it now, but it will happen. My heatfelt thoughts go out to you now and in the future.

    For the Jackson Family:
    "The Broken Chain"
    We little knew that morning that God was going to call your name,
    In life we loved you dearly, in death we do the same.

    It broke our hearts to lose you, you did not go alone,
    For part of us went with you, the day God called you home.

    You left us peaceful memories, your love is still our guide,
    And though we cannot see you, you are always at our side.

    Our family chain is broken, and nothing seems the same,
    But as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again.
    Amen.
    This is not goodbye Michael, it's farewell for now with tears, until we meet again, and all who wished to know you, will see your shining light in heaven or in the beyond. XOXOXO

    July 8, 2009 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  72. elissar from lebanon

    i adore this man in every single aspect of him. Heis the God of pop. eversince i was a kid i always felt that i have this spiritual bond to micheal jackson. i love you more than you can ever imagine micheal.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Navymomswk

    Gladys Knight actually discovered the Jackson 5 she was the one that had Berry Gordy listen to them. He didn't want to take on any other child stars because he had Stevie Wonder & the laws for minors made working with them difficult.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  74. Kuuipo

    It was indeed a fitting tribute, very tasteful, very respectful, honoring the deceased and his family rather than spotlighting the celebrity guests. I thought the family did the right thing by allowing the fans to bid farewell and figuring out a good way to accomodate the many fans. It would certainly have been less stressful for the Jacksons to have a private service. They did a superb job of selecting the guest speakers, all of whom put a great deal of thought into their eulogies. I'm glad that little Paris gathered the courage to have her say, her few words were very moving. May the remaining family members continue to love and support each other and honor Michael's memory.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Penny

    Most poignant moment – Stevie Wonder singing "They Won't Go When I Go."

    July 8, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Renee

    My heart goes out to MJ's children. Losing a parent, especially at such a young age, is a traumatic event and I pray that MJ's children will have the fortitude to pull through this tragedy and that they will flourish in the years ahead.

    Concern for the welfare of MJ's kids is a natural reaction to their father's untimely death. However, what I have found disturbing is the media's obsession with the issue of who the children will eventually end up living with. I am sure I am not the only one who has thought that if MJ's children were black that there would hardly be the same intensity of attention focused on their welfare and who will take care of them as there is now.

    Is the media concerned about the welfare of MJ's children only because they are white? Is the media's discomfort with a black family raising MJ's white children essentially the core motivation behind its coverage of this news story? I think these are valid questions worth exploring...

    July 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Me S.

    I thank you CNN from the bottom of my heart for letting me say goodbye to our dear Peter Pan :´(
    You were on the air all the time. All that time from those horrible news of Michael taken to hospital to those most glorious memorial ceremonies held for him.
    Finland (it´s media) didn´t give me that comfort at all.
    So I´m grateful and I truly thank you CNN!
    Take care and be well!!

    sincerely
    Me S.

    July 8, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Suzan

    I agree with Dave and others...enough already! Geeze others have died at the same time and only a short time on them...and all this glamour for a man who hated how he looked as a black man...a white wanna be who took what God gave him and tried to make a MJ he wanted to be...and in the end he paid the ultimate price as a dopehead. Gotta wonder what he said to God when he died and met Him...so sad!
    I just cant believe our TV had all that time to this...on 7 different channels on regular cable TV. I slept through most of it in a nap...woke up just a short time before Paris spoke. Yes as a teacher I found what she said very sweet and touching...like most kids would say of their "daddy"...after all she and the other two have been sheltered and never ever given a chance to be with other "normal" kids and getting a school education!
    So many are IDOLIZING a dopehead and unfortunately we will never ever know the real truth of what happened with the kids he was accused of hurting!
    Lastly...all those $$$ spent on such an elaborate occasion...all the "stuff" left at sites to HONOR him and his craziness...
    Yes he was musically great and his dancing...
    BUT so many people are suffering and starving...and on the street as families and all...and so many spent their $$ to leave all that stuff....what happens to that stuff now...
    If he was a great "giver"...why didnt they set up a fund for people to give to to help those hurting instead of leaving "material stuff" on the streets...
    Geeze...enough...he is gone and he is buried...
    Learn from his dopeheaded life and let his kids be kids...
    God help them if the testing proves he aint the father and God help them find stable life...
    Prayers to the children and the family...let them deal with their sorrow...in peace...please!

    July 8, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Dave

    When will we honor the true heros, our fallen men and women in service to our country? All this coverage of MJ is sickening. Enough already.

    July 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Janet in Kansas City

    The tribute to Michael Jackson was beautiful and moving. Frankly I cried through the whole thing, which is weird since I never felt THAT
    connected to his music,(which I really loved. )
    But enough already. For the past ten days the media coverage has been non-stop. It has been impossible to turn on the TV without yet another angle about his life and death. There are other things going on in the world: Iraq, Iran, North Korea, President Obama's foreign trip, the economy, etc.
    A service is supposed to help bring closure for family and friends. In the last decade his life was filled with alot controversy. In due time there will answers for questions surrounding his death and alot of other things. So lets give his kids and the public a break and talk about something else for awhile.

    July 8, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  81. Debbie

    I watched the entire memorial on CNN.com and think it was beautiful. There were so many memorable moments. Jermaine singing Michael's favorite song, Brooke Shields talking about her friend, and of course, Paris speaking about the love of a man, few really knew that side of. Michael will be greatly missed, but his music and legacy will live on forever. The memorial was fit for a "King", and I want to thank his family for allowing me and the rest of the world to share in their grief, and be able to say goodbye, as best we could. God Bless you, Michael, and your beautiful children as they go on without their wonderful father.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  82. Stephanie

    I really enjoyed the svc that just goes to show you that a memorial svc doesn't have to last all day long. Michal touched the heart of many people in his life time it doesn't take everyone that you know and care about to get up and speak on your behalf. Great Job I wish that everyone can take notes for future memorial svcs for famous people.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Janedoe

    Thank goodness this is over. Yes: great singer for many, many years. Yes: great entertainer/dancer for years and years. No: not worth two weeks of non-stop media slobber fest.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  84. carmen

    After seeing the memorial to The King Of Pop, Michael Jackson...breaking down uncontrollably, and reading some of the posts here, I feel compelled to say this. I agree with many, that there was alot of coverage on Michael's death & funeral planning...but there are many, many, many fans for the late King Of Pop who, like me, did not know how to convey their sympathies to this family. The Jackson family did a very fitting tribute to Michael and they gave "us" his fans a chance to say good-bye as well. I will miss Michael terribly. I feel like I lost a member of my family. I loved him when he was younger singing with his brothers, I loved him when he went solo, and I loved & believed in his innocence when he went thru the accusations. I love Michael with all my heart and soul and I hope and pray that now he will finally be able to find that elusive childhood and rest. The final curtain has been brought down on his physical life...let the message from his music now have the stage. I hope my message will somehow be seen by the Jackson family. Thankyou for letting us share Michael with you. May God Bless All Of You and Help You Get Through This Hard Time.
    REST NOW MICHAEL...YOU'VE EARNED IT.
    TIL WE MEET–I WILL NOT SAY "GOOD-BYE"-I WILL SAY "SEE YOU LATER".

    July 8, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Kenyatta

    To CNN, MSNBC and others,

    Please stop calling, MJ's ,memorial service a concert! This is so ignorant of those reporters that do so. That insensitive description shows how detached our country still is in relating to each other. Obviously anyone that considered his memorial a concert has never been to a African-American homegoing service. We pray , we sing, and we speak words of encouragement to the family.

    It was beautiful and heart wrenching. I watched it as a mother, a sister and a fan and my prayers have always been for God's blessings on Michael and his entire family. He will rest in PEACE. Regardless of what low levels "you" in the media continue to say and do.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  86. CAT from Toronto

    I think MJ's memorial service was very tasteful and beautiful. It seemed to be very professionally done, and I think Michael would have expected and like that very much.

    Regarding his beautfiul daughters comments on stage at the end of the service, Michael was always so diligent in shielding his children from prying eyes, I think this may have surprised him, but my prayer is that he understands that his daughter was gallant and brave enough to take that mircophone and declare her love for him to all the millions worldwide. I think he would understand that she needed to do that.

    I do hope his wishes for the privacy of his children are respected by all.

    Regards from TORONTO

    July 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  87. krb

    The memorial was a true tribute and reminder that MJ was a person and not just a personality – gifted entertainer. The media and paparazzi stalk celebrities and their families. For most celebrities, they got a weeks peace while nearly all attention went to MJ. It's no wonder he left the country and kept them hidden. We'll see what happens when the toxicology results come back and maybe someone elses life may be saved or changes will occur. It's sad he had to leave this world to get peace as he obviously loved nothing more than the three children he tried hard to protect. Being a celebrity is a job – cover them when they're working ... leave them and their families alone when they are not. Media – focus on what's important.

    July 8, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  88. bradley

    It is a shame that people can comment that only PRESIDENTS and dignitaries should get a solemn and meaningful memorial.

    Michael use his talents and influence to help feed Africa when it is most needed; he used a language everyone understands: MUSIC; and the world responded; the money came from people's heart;

    Michael, even with his idiosyncracies, is very clear with his message in his every song: Make this world a better place. Politicians and Presidents always has to compromise something to achieve something. Michael never doubted about giving and never buckle to give...

    Any person deserves a great memorial that people can give them. Michael for all his quirks, is loved, and people who loved him have enough talents and enough love to make his memorial one of the best..should they be faulted? NO! Our show of love and adoration should not be suppressed because people who do not believe in Michael...Michael is no saint, nor a President..but Michae ruled in our hearts...through his songs and his clear message of love and healing...

    I dare ask, is anyone less of a person than anyone else? I don't think so...So let the people that love Michael give the best send off...we should not be condemned for loving unconditionally. We are not blind..we just happen to see and love way beyond perceptions and speculations....if believing Micahel is a good person is crazy, then call me crazy...but that is not a crime.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Frank

    I thought it was very nice.
    Paris at the end almost made me cry. (I was at work and I didn't want to cry there–I would have if I was at home.)
    It is a shame that her grief can now be watched over and over again on youtube or one of the other video on demand sites. I can't even image what it might be like to have my reaction to my mother or father's death shown again and again.

    July 8, 2009 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Kay

    I am amazed of memorial. I think family did great job sharing witH his fans on how they were there not hiding. Jermaine and his song "smile" for him was a moving tribute. And Marlons speech. I wouldve like to seen the remaining Jackson 5 all sing "smile" together. No matter what he was human and Michael had to much pain physically and mentally and Recieved the wrong help from $ grubbing drs he shouldve been put in rehab instead. RIP MJ

    July 8, 2009 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  91. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    It was a nice ceremony, it was. But I do think is a bit weird though, I do. It was a lot, and let alone we are speculating who MJ liked who or who adored and so on. I don't think it was about his ceremony as much as it was his death, people did feel like they know him. I don't know him, I don't. I respect him but who knew what kind of funeral MJ wanted it, or let alone, seen it coming.

    But it is a one time thing, that's what I'm happy about. It is too much on T.V but with the worldwide attention, you understand, you do.

    As for burying him, don't matter, just bury him! Let him deserve his peace, like the rest of of everybody else...

    July 8, 2009 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  92. haydelin

    I will remember Michael for the rest of my life, he was a special huam being, the truth is, that is hard for me to put into words what he meant for me. All my love goes to his family, his kids, blessings for them.
    Michale RIP.
    You will always live in our hearts

    July 8, 2009 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  93. chinu

    I will never forget him in my life. I love Michael so much, my heart is broken that he's gone so soon I always prayed for him good in life. now that he's gone his music and he will be in my heart always.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  94. Joe in NJ

    What a bunch of hypocrites all those people were, standing on the stage and shedding crocodile tears. Where were all these so called family and friends while Michael was being victimized and abusing drugs? The Jackson family's only concern now is that their cash cow is dead and they are scrambling to protect their interests and make sure they still get their piece of the pie. The only ones I feel sorry for are MJ's kids. In addition to losing their father, now it's their turn to be victimized by the vultures.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  95. Linda

    It was dignified, respectful, and full of love. We should all take a lesson away with us that this kind of love and respect can indeed exist, and change the world. God rest his weary soul.

    And the kids? As a grandma myself...I defy ANYONE to try to take her babies. If someone were to try to take mine? GO AHEAD! BRING IT ON!
    May the family find strength and courage in the coming days that are sure to be tiresome and trying, even for the most patient humans.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  96. Paula

    In the word's of Micahel Jackson "The King of Pop"

    JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE!

    Let his family and especially his children mourn their loved one in peace!

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. There appears to be people on here who must be perfect i hope when you face your ultimate judge you can justify the awful things you have judged this man for which you have no proof. The one thing that Michael Jackson was obviously guilty of was loving his fellow man and trying to do things for those that were less fortunate than him. People took their children into his home in order to get something for nothing because it sure never cost them anything but Micahel paid the ultimate price for people's greed. The sue happy people of the United States make it very hard for someone to want to do something for them.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  97. Mike

    Golden casket on a stage, people paying for tickets to the "celebration", horrible tribute songs.

    THE most gawdy and disgusting exhibition of celebrity worship I've ever heard about.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  98. Rose

    I want to thank CNN for the entire two weeks coverage of the life of Michael Jackson. I appreciate the way your commentators report the negative side of Michael Jackson's life and it isn't done in a degrading manner as is on other networks. Michael Jackson was loved by many and although he made bad choices he also made great choices that has helped many. I love CNN and it is my favorite channels and Caferty is one of my favorite commentators. I trust the news you put out daily. Keep up the good work.

    July 8, 2009 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  99. Doreen Chang

    Tears well in my eyes when I see his rose-covered casket. This is it...he's really left us. Wish this is a bad dream, that Michael would just surprise us like he has always done...that it is only a gimmick for his comeback concerts...
    Paris's words to his daddy as 'the best father you could ever imagine' absolutely brought tears to one and all. A reminder of the great loss of this loving dad, a gifted entertainer who shared his talent with the world to spread his humanitarian messages of love and peace...Long live the King of Pop...from Singapore

    July 8, 2009 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  100. Milka Bruster

    Michael Jackson The Memorial was the right kind of remembrace. This is was the right way for the fans all over the world to say the last goodbye to a legend of all legends.

    The day that i heard the news (friday morning, around 7 am CET) about his suddend death, i could't not believe it, even though his brother Jermaine Jackson annouced it on tv for the world press. It was until monday, third day after his death, it 's dawn on me that he is no longer alive. I saw the life coverage of the memorial on CNN at 5.30 pm (CET) at home. When the brothers brougth out the coffin of Michael Jackson and put it in frond of the stage, i really began to cry. I cryed trough the whole service. Even now i cry whyle writting this down, behind the pc on work. Even though Michaek Jackson is gone, we the people over the whole shall not or aloud to forget it.

    Even oure future children will know who he, Michael Jackson The King of Pop, pioneer of everything, the groundbreaker, was and what he did with & thrue his music over the years.

    I appplaud for & and to he, Michael Jospeh Jackson, Thank you for you'r great music.

    You're Sincerly,

    Milka Bruster
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe

    July 8, 2009 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  101. Vanesa

    I believe it was the greatest memorial they could have given him. Jermaine singing "Smile," Usher singing "Gone Too Soon," and Paris saying goodbye... those moments just broke my heart.

    July 8, 2009 at 8:02 am | Report abuse |
  102. Junie

    Its so touching! I stay awake the whole nite until 4am in Malaysia times despite the next day have seminar to attend but its worth and more than words can say!

    July 8, 2009 at 8:01 am | Report abuse |
  103. Jade Wraye

    I was saddened to notice that Michael's children were totally left out of the photographs used to highlight his life and his work. There he was with his parents, his siblings, his friends and his fellow musicians, playing concerts and dancing and yet, not one photograph was shown of him holding his children or relaxing at home with them.

    Seen from their point of view, they must've felt deeply invalidated and unimportant. They've spent their whole lives with him as their only parent and were not even given the generosity of being seen with their dad.

    Shame on the adults who are supposed to be so good for them!

    Perhaps Debbie Rowe would've believed, had she had a say, that Michael's children deserved an honorable seat in his Life's story.

    Very sad and doubley so when you realize that not one commentator noticed it or mentioned it. Everyone else mentioned was more important.

    There are no do-overs for Michael's children. They were cruely left out of his life tapestry and it must've cut deep!

    July 8, 2009 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
  104. Bolachurch

    As I watched the show, several emotions engulfed me; sadness-that he was such a tragic figure who had it all but never really was happy, anger-that he died an unnecessary death misery- that we were holding a funeral for someone who should still be alive and well if only he had known how much he was adored and loved by all, amazement as i listened to all his former tracks and appreciated just how many timeless, meaningful and beautiful songs that he left us with, and greif as i wacthed his 3 kids struggle with thier loss. I just wish Micheal could have known he was this loved. Maybe he would have died happier! RIP MJ

    July 8, 2009 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  105. NIcola HoShing

    I am in the Caribbean and Michael death hit us so bad. I grow up sitting on the floor watching his videos on TV, try at times to do his moon walk never could get it but i just keep on watching him. It was a tearful moment watching his memorial service on the internet as i had to work so i must give thanks to CNN. It is really hard to say goodbye. I hope his family all the best and hope they try to be strong for each other.

    July 8, 2009 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  106. Yeru

    I was glued to CNN coverage of his memorial. I was grieving the whole time, though I was far from LA, and though I will never know Michael in person. It was more aching to watch his family…his siblings and his daughter particularly. He is part of my story (I think also of several others)…the story of my fascination with Michael's performance on the stage, and my several failed attempt to copy his seamless dance. Rest in peace, Michael. And my deepest condolence to your family.

    Yeru,
    Switzerland

    July 8, 2009 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  107. Fiona from New Zealnd

    The broadcast began at 4am here in NZ and I watched every second, many through tears. I was so impressed by the respect of all the fans in attendance. All involved with the organization of the memorial deserve a medal....they did a wonderful job. Michael would have been so proud of his family. How Jermaine managed to get through "Smile" I'll never know. He was brilliant. Somehow you always find the strength. To the Jackson family.. God Bless and Kia Kaha (be strong) He'll live in many many hearts forever. R.I.P Michael

    July 8, 2009 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  108. Lisa Win

    I thought the Memorial for Michael was fabulous. It was a sedate, classy affair. I teared up a few times while watching but lost it when little Paris spoke up. My heart just breaks for her and her brothers and it reminded me that this man was a little girl's Daddy too.
    Thank you Jackson family for sharing the day with us.
    xxx

    July 8, 2009 at 6:50 am | Report abuse |
  109. E

    The whole thing has been ridiculous! He was an entertainer, not the leader of a country or something. TICKETS?! For a MEMORIAL service?! Non-stop coverage on NEWS outlets. Ludicrous. I liked his music. I thought he was very talented. But no more so so many others, whose deaths go almost unnoticed.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
  110. nik fuad

    No doubt it was the most tear jerking event that the world citizens had ever watched on TV. All segments of the ceremony had a tinge of sadness as they relate to what MJ had gone through in life. The show reminded us of what life is all about – purity of childhood, search for excellence, human need for appreciation and love, and the evils of richness and popularity. But hypocrisy has also been observed as many suddenly turned from haters of MJ in life to ardent fans after his sudden death.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  111. Chamara

    I don't think you can put-up a memorial for this man in two hours. The whole world is mourning. In the end the memorial they put-up was satisfying. Every speech and every performance that performed was great. Eventually it was really touching when Michael's brother speaking and the show ended with the great man's daughter's speech. I think it is the best ending we can give him.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:21 am | Report abuse |
  112. Kav

    Paris' eulogy for her father was really the proof that Michael was a good and loving father.

    July 8, 2009 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  113. Laurel

    RIP Michael, Gone too soon – and for all of you negative people, this is why the whole world grieves to such a great extent – this death has been a shock – this death should not have happened. This death affects the whole world. and that is why the media is there – because the whole world wants it to be.
    I have had regrets in the days since MJ's passing. I am 6 years older, I loved his music as a child, as I moved into the teenage and adult years, I became a "rock n' roller" ... but Michael Jackson's music still was the background to my life, I danced to his music, I watched his videos, I bought "Thriller". Still, I am guilty of not appreciating what we had until we lost him. I have lost time in recent days delving into Michael's life since the Jackson 5 days, when last I followed him closely. And I have found that I missed a lot – Michael rocked, I just didn't see it. And I thought that Michael's dancing was mesmerizing and set the style for the times, but what I didn't see was that he was an amazing dancer. He incorporated tap, ballet, jazz as well as modern dance and then took it all to a new level. I missed out on much of his writing as he came of age, because in my rock world, he wasn't "cool". I never thought bad of him, but I was dismissive of some of his strange behavior and wrote him off – I was wrong. He was, as some have said, an entertainment genius, a good soul and undeserving of the years of bad press and crap thrown at him. He was different and as he said, he was Peter Pan. But he was a caring, loving person who did make a difference in this world. So, I want to say Sorry Michael for my indifference. I wish I had paid more attention, but I did not expect that you would be leaving us so soon. and now I am left with the thought of what might have been, in addition to what we have lost – at the age of 50 and with the new shows coming up – who knows, Michael might have regrouped and gotten it together to give the world so much more than he already has given us. So again, Michael, I am sorry. And I pray that your children may have peace and joy and freedom from the damn media to get through the rest of their childhood in the loving care of your family. And thank you Jackson family for sharing this time with the world. I shed many tears tonight, watching the memorial. and I agree with Deborah, early in this thread who said that if Michael had known so many people cared so much – his pain might have been healed and he would still be with us. regret... is a hard thing.

    July 8, 2009 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
  114. Stefanie Irene F.

    i have to say i'm devided..
    On one side i was very moved that real friends like Brooke Shields or people like "Magic" Johnson fulfilled Micheals greatest wish, to present us the "PERSON" Michael and not just the "personality" as the king of pop.
    On the other side i was dissapointed that we got to see so little of Michael HIMSELF and his musical legacy...but a few photos and a video lasting 20 seconds :(
    What worries me the most is the behaviour of the Jackson clan regarding Michaels kids. There is a reason why there a but a handful of photos of the kids on the internet.
    Michael NEVER wanted to hand his kids to the press on a platter like his family did on the memorial. Michael loved his kids too much for something like that and wanted to protect them no matter the costs!
    My heart really broke when Janet commanded "speak up", as if it's Paris duty to speak, even when her heartbreak let her loose her voice. Michael would NEVER approve for his kids to be part of such a media spectacle, at least they should have veiled the kids to protect them in their mourning. Even though i was deeply touched by Paris words, deep in my heart i felt that Michael would not have wished for his beloved little daughter to bear such a burden.
    I really hope that at least Diana Ross may have the strengh to protect the kids, so that they may not experience what he had to endure, to get dragged on the stage and in front of the media without mercy.
    Sadly his mother seems to have not enough power to do soanymore, as she could not prevent for the kids to get dragged into the spotlight of the media.
    His family is aready fighting over his money and i'm sooooo sad to see that his kids are only used to get hold of the money Michael consigned them. For gods sake they are but little kids which lost her daddy but a few days ago!!!!
    As his FANs we have to do whatever we can to ensure that his kids won't be used by others, even if it's their own family!
    There's a reason why Michael distanced himself from the Jackson Clan and had no contact to them for years!!
    I have seen but two photos of the kids unveiled, one of a birthday party and one of a shopping tour with Michael and i decided for myself to never buy any magazine that helps greedy people exploiting the kids by showing them off!
    I pray that someone who REALLY loves and protects Michaels kids gets to take custody of the them because it's my deepest believe that only then Michael will truly rest in peace!
    He gave us so much and moved so many people all around the world with his music that i feel that we have to give something back.
    Like i said i decided for myself to honour one of his dearest wishes, for his kids to be left alone to a "normal" life away from the media circus!
    Dear Michael i send my prayers to you inheaven & your kids and hope that in death you find the peace you could never have in life! We will never forget your generosity, grace of charity or your fragile and gentle soul!
    With deepest sympathy Stefanie

    July 8, 2009 at 4:38 am | Report abuse |
  115. Judy

    Yes I think this was the right kind of the rememberance, but maybe the location should have been a church. In that order the fans shouldn't have made donations for the cost. I just which all the gossip around him stopped and let his soul rest in peace.

    July 8, 2009 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  116. can kyıldırım from istanbul

    how can i forget mj?
    i never met with him.
    but we spent a lots of time.we had a lots of memories.
    i feel such i lost my memories with him.
    i'm so sorry.
    rip michael.we will show you and your magic music to everyone who will born around us.

    July 8, 2009 at 12:08 am | Report abuse |
  117. HALLE

    TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL, EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE I WILL SEE THE WORLD THROUGH THE EYES OF AN ANGEL. THANK YOU MICHAEL. RIP

    July 8, 2009 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  118. Lucinda Magwood

    Dear CNN,
    Today I was able to pay tribute to a true American Icon, Michael Jackson. I was touched the enormous outpouring of love for Michael Jackson and his family. Truly, he lived the American dream, and left a legacy of wonderful and gifted music for generations to share and enjoy. The tribute was excellent, the musical renditions by John Mayer, Usher, and Jennifer Hudson allowed us to relive the musical genius of Michael Jackson. Michael will always be remmbered in my heart for his signature "Moonwalk Dance" moves, "Billie Jean", and his "Thriller" album. I enjoyed the Congressional tribute bestowed to Michael Jackson, the friendship that he had with Brooke Shields, and I cried when his daughter spoked about her love for her father. Truly, Michael Jackson had touched the hearts of many, his music has transcended across many countries and cultures. "We are the World" was a wonderful tribute and I hoped that the humanitarian spirit of Michael Jackson remind us of the difference that we can make to our children and fellowman. Thank you for the wonderful coverage, and allowing me and many families to partake of this wonderful legacy and tribute to Michael Jackson. It is the character of a person that makes his or her legacy garner the love of so many people all over the world and leave many wonderful memories for generations to cherish. May God bless the Jackson family. Sincerely, Lucinda.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
  119. CASSANDRA OPPONG

    I loved Michael, I danced with Michael, I cheered for Michael, and today i cried for Michael. The tears i shed for Michael are the tears of joy for he is truly home. No more judement no more pain just everlasting peace. I also cry for his family especially his children who only knew him as DAD nothing else. So please consider that before you pass judement on him. Let's just remember him as the king of pop and the most giving person of all times. We will truly miss him. To the Jackson Family be strong and hold on to each other no matter what comes. God is in control of all things

    July 7, 2009 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Ana (Colombia)

    Michael tu hiciste parte de mi ninez y de mi juventud. Nunca te vi en persona pero si pude disfrutar de tu musica ...Con tu partida he sentido por primera vez el paso del tiempo (ya no soy una nina ni una adolescente). Gracias por tus palabras y tu musica ...

    I really feel the Michael Human been ....It was a wonderful opportunity to be with him today trough the CNN. Thanks again Michael your music make my childhood and teenagers days. All my heart and prayers to his children and family.
    My heart is aching .......

    July 7, 2009 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Nancy Esperanza

    I'm very sorry of your son Micheal Jackson. He were my best singer and A best friend. I'm is fan and I know what the family is going throw, I know the feeling and the pain. I just lost my son to and I know that they are smiling down and looking at us, but micheal jackson is in a better place god reach to him and said micheal your time has come and i need you to. So micheal went to god and thats how he gone so soon. But micheal is here and he always be here doing his music and giving lots of loves.To the family always think that micheal is here and he never left us.Right now he is in heaven dancing and sings to the angles and watching down to his family and kids. God will bless the family and his kids and never, never think that he is gone because he is not gone for us and for the family and friends.
    "Micheal We All Love You"
    Keep playing his music and his spirit will be there. Love and faith will never end and will never die.

    Nancy E Love
    May God Bless Family And The Kids To.
    P.S. You Are Not Alone that's the songs that micheal sang the family is not alone.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Joy L

    To the Jackson Family, thank you for sharing your son, brother and father with us. Losing my own brother at a young age and my father, I pray you can feel God's amazing love with all of you during this time and the days ahead. God Bless all of you. Michael will certainly smile at the wonderful memorial today.
    Thank you.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  123. MacH DiEseL

    Honestly? For some reason I've had this sinking feeling that I lost a good friend since he passed. I actually feel like I knew this man. He was such a public figure. Incomparable. You knew him when you saw him. You knew the music when it came on no matter what country you were in. If nothing else, people that don't speak a lick of English knew, at least, two words: Michael. Jackson. Talk about being a household name. Even if you "weren't really into him", he still had you. Michael Jackson commanded our attention. He was the ultimate entertainer. I stop short of calling Michael Jackson "the hardest working man in showbiz", because it seemed like he did things so effortlessly. No one today is doing it like MJ did it. And no one will ever match his greatness. It's been said people like MJ only come around once in a lifetime. That's "people like MJ". Michael Jackson only came around once. We mourn you and we love you, MJ. God Bless.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Paris65

    MJ you will be missed, but never forgotten. I will carry you in my heart forever.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Suzanne Peterson

    TO THE JACKSON FAMILY: TODAY'S MEMORIAL CELEBRATION OF MICHAEL JACKSON' S LIFE WAS EXTREMELY MOVING AND DIGNIFIED.....HE WAS A WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING AND FATHER...I'M SURE HIS FAMILY HAS ALWAYS BEEN VERY PROUD OF HIM AND SUPPORTIVE INSPITE OF ALL THE NEGATIVITIES THROUGH THE YEARS....HIS LEGACY WILL LIVE ON FOREVER..I JUST WISH THAT HE WAS APPRECIATED AND SUPPORTED WITH LOVE AND RESPECT MORE WHILE HE WAS LIVING...MICHAEL, YOU ARE WITH THE ANGELS NOW AND SURROUNDED BY "UNCONDITIONAL LOVE".....YOUR MUSIC WILL BE OUR CONSOLATION.....

    July 7, 2009 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Michelle

    Beautiful memorial today. Thank you for the great coverage CNN. Michael Jackson defined pop culture of this generation and I don't foresee anyone coming close to him in our lifetime. I thought the memorial today was simply elegant. Kudos to the family for putting together an appropriate line up. Gotta ask, what was Mariah Carey wearing? Plunging necklines at a funeral are distasteful. My heart breaks for those kids, his siblings and his mother. May God guide them through this hard time and be with them in the future.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Yvonne R Oxley

    For those who posted here and can only say that Michael was a great dancer and singer and get over it, you guys still don't get it. He not only changed the music business, but he was a great humanitarian...I don't get how that can be overlooked, he broke records with his generosity. The fans are not just celebrating music and dance, there are celebrating the life of a great man...no one on this earth is perfect, however, Michael even knew that about himself, he tried to make a difference in this world and no matter what you haters say, he did.
    Rest in Peace Michael.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Barbara Wise

    Today's service for Michael was remarkable; it was beautiful, heartfelt,
    professional, touching. My prayer is that in the difficult days to come
    and all the media hype will only serve to keep all of the Jackson family
    together and especially that Michael's children will be safe and loved
    and in the place where they belong. I'm 75 years old and live in
    Wyoming so I've watched Michael all his life. What an incredibly
    talented, loving person, and I think most people will keep that
    image of him in their hearts and minds.
    My prayers and best wishes for all.
    B Wise

    July 7, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Jen

    What's this about Michael Jackson paving the way for African Americans?! Al Sharpton can't get enough of it. Michael Jackson was accepted because he was super and because of a generation that doesn't see color. We loved his music because he was great at it!! Our generation doesn't even understand some of these racial barriers that are so often spoken of. Sure, we realize they exist in some hearts, but not most. It's sooooo insulting to include a person's race in their accomplishments. So, don't ride the coat tails of M.J.-be great on your own, regardless of your color!

    By the way, I really couldn't even explain to my children the color change Michael Jackson went through. They don't really get why color is even brought up. If it really "doesn't matter if we are black or white," then give him(Michael Jackson) kudos as a man...just a man.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:39 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Atila

    I still can't believe it.
    He touched the whole universe with his music.
    I hope he knows how much he is loved by the whole world.
    Those who understood him loved him deeply and always will.
    Our Star, our Legend, we miss you desperately.
    You are in our hearts for all time.
    Peace be with the King.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Tiffany Howard

    My heart is heavy with saddness, Paris made me cry even harder..One could see how torn up she was on the inside. What Paris said came from her heart. Whether Michael is her biological father are not, I really don't care, he was the only father she knew, the only father any of the kids knew.. I hope Katherine gets to keep the kids..It would be dreadful if that other woman is granted custody. I love you Michael, you will always be in my heart... R.I.P. My Beloveth King..There will be no other like you!!

    July 7, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Kim

    I saw Michael when he was with the Jackson 5 in Atlanta. I was 12 years old. He mesmerized me then and still at age 53. Michael will always be there...in our hearts.We will never see the next level he could have taken music. I can only round it up to say God has control of our time on earth. May you finally rest...rest...rest in peace.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Richard Clark

    Why is it that so many people now toute Micheal Jackson after death as a "saviour of our world" ... yet before death ,,,, he was a cartoon character?

    July 7, 2009 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Saravauhgn

    First of all, African Americans nationwide have plenty of class, talent, and intelligence regardless the media or hater vision. Once again in this blog, beware of the insignificant haters, they are no match for MJ,family, friends, and fans.
    On another note, the hate is not even related to the brilliant artist and performer as a human being and father. Instead it is the sentiment of the bible thumpin, die hard racists left in this country who can't stand to see MJ or any other blacks recognized as talented contributing forces in this country and around the world. How dare your gossiping and jadedness label him as a criminal, pervert or less than the father as his "own daughter" described. MJ thrived under these circumstances as will his music, community, and fans. "I love you MJ."

    July 7, 2009 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
  135. enrique (Philippines)

    All I can say is that the memorial is vary tasteful, class and solemn. NO one can replace MJ.His song will always remain in our heart. To those people who don't like him and judge him, and even issued some crude remarks, leave him alone. May he rest in peace and I hope you have done good to others and sorry for you just dont understand

    July 7, 2009 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Pearlie Pearson

    I felt that services for MJ was very touching and I know alot of people came together to give a wonderful fewell.I grew up listening to MJ songs. I could not listen to them all the time I grew up in a christain home. But after listening to some of his music Some of them were very spiritual and inspirational. And it is sad how we seem to judge people before they are proven inocent. But I know within my heart that God is a God of Love and he forgives why can't we. I don't feel that MJ was that kind of person people claimed and judged him to be. But God know it all. And he will judge the world one day. People need to stop having so much hatered in their heart. And ask God for Guidess.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Vicki

    I truly appreciated the wonderful celebration of Michael Jackson's life. I thought that it captured so much of who I knew and admired as an entertainer.

    If I were to "critique" anything, it would be the disappointment I felt about the presenters not being of many color. In spite of all the talk about how Michael broke down many color barriers, it certainly didn't convey itself during the memorial service. Disregarding any singers and dancers on stage, the two token whites included a childhood friend and a musician that had never met him. In fact, if you look at the performers, I'm almost sure that they all had Clive Davis in common.

    I'm happy that such a wonderful service was pulled together as quickly as this – and with the respect that was due Michael. I just wish it had included the diversity that Michael sang about.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Saadi

    Michael was the reason I started listening to music....but he gave us so much more. The event today was a wonderful tribute. The real tribute, however, are his fans...us...and that we celebrate what he loved doing...making music. As long as we listen to Michael, he'll not be forgotten, and he will be with us, wherever our paths may take us.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  139. A fan

    His life and the things he did in the open is what made him ,him.What he did for others is what makes him a hero across the world.We all make mistakes in life,so who are we to judge anyone.How many singers or movie stars would have done what he did?If he never took that step to be different or a loving person that he was yes he was gone too soon from people that still need him and truely loved him.The whole service was touching and moving and if he touched your life you should have been there no matter what you was feeling.He was there for all the ones who called on him can you say the same.Was the king of pop truely really happy in this life.I pray that you are know at peace.Sleep on MJ until that great getting up moring.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Ken

    As one who has been critical of the nearly 2 week 24/7 coverage, let me just say this was a very touching and moving memorial. In some ways kind of reminded me of the Bobby Kennedy memorial. Congratulations on your excellent coverage.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Sharon P

    Micheal Jackson was the greatest. I have never seen anyone in my life to die and had such a great impact on so many generation. In his dealth is the true meaning of living a legend versus just living a life. I pray stength for the family and especially for his mother and children.

    July 7, 2009 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  142. James Antonicello

    If you have a heart you had to feel bad for the kids, his Mom and entire family! He was a great entertainer who appears to have been completely misunderstood in life. He's now died young and you wonder why? Could no one intervene in what appears to be drug abuse. What about his so called friends like Marlon Brando's son. They knew what was going on and did nothing! I hope he is know in peace and I wish his family well!

    July 7, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Deb Reginek

    Gosh, what a tribute, what a memorial, I teared , off and on, but when his little girl broke, so did I. Wow, so heartfelt. I shut off the entire world, I sat on my sofa, all day. no phones, no nothing. This was truly wonderful for Michael and his family......

    July 7, 2009 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Peachykeen

    I thought the entire service was wonderful, totally befitting the man it honored. All of our thanks should go to the entire Jackson family for sharing this very personal and tragic loss with all of us. It had to be very difficult for them to be so exposed. And to those friends of his who shared their special Michael moments, like Brooke, our deepest thanks. Whether a celebrity or a Michael fan, we were all one during that very special service.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Tania Montes De Oca

    Michael Jackson's memorial was very moving and well executed. I didn't think I would cry, but I did. When Paris spoke it touched my heart. I love Michael's music, brings me back to when I was a little girl and danced with my brother and sister. We always played his music, especially on our birthday parties. Great memories that are never to be forgotten !
    Loved his music, the dancing and the kind person that he was.
    May he rest in peace. My prayers are with the Jackson family.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  146. mike

    I was not a huge fan of Michael Jackson, but appreciate that his presence was huge within his genre and that he did more good than many know, or will ever know.

    I do believe the fanfare around his death is a bit much, however it is a heckuva lot better than having the media flooded with negativity.

    In the end MJ brought to the world a day (the better part of a day anyway) of reprieve from lazy, useless, no-talent, rag 'reporters'. My guess is that they will be back tomorrow armed with more profound, unfounded findings that do more damage than good in this world; but for today we get to reflect on better times while they are relegated to the back pages for the day.

    Thank you Michael.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Crustea Booger

    Nice to see that Farrah is getting her dues...

    Is this being added to the 400 million dollar debt owed by Michael?

    July 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Bill

    Thanks, Christy, at least there is one person who shares my sentiment... to everyone else, sorry, didn't watch, didn't care to watch... I do have sympathy for the family but, he didn't do anything to enrich my life and I'm too busy trying to make up for the income I used to have... actually, I feel sorry for the taxpayers in LA...

    July 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Todd

    I am sort of torn about this whole debacle. Yes, in his earlier days he was an icon, the "King of Pop." But as time went on in the late 90's and 2000's he was seen as a pervert, a pedophile and a child molester. He paid out millions of dollars to families because he wanted to keep things quiet. To me he is still a living human being that should be honored for his life, but I have a hard time getting over the darkness that surrounded him. RIP MJ.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  150. paaky

    Al Sharpton made his comeback today, crawling out of Obama's shadow to remind us that he is the king of race baiting. Too overstated? OK - lets just say he is a master baiter.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  151. sarah Warren Singer

    when Paris cried for her father, the whole world cried with her. i hope the nanny is still with them. good bye Michael. you will be missed.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Joseph

    All the hate and jealousy in the world cannot hide all the love that we have for Michael Jackson. It makes me sick how people condemn him– people who do not know him– who were not there– who know nothing more than hearsay. He was a loving person who made this world a better place. The memorial was done so well!

    July 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Sylvia Winik

    Today we celebrate all that Michael was and what he gave to us. I'm deeply sad that he isn't with us anymore, but have the hope that I will see him one day again. Until then I will miss him and am thankful for his music and legacy and am grateful to have grown up hearing and experiencing it and sharing it with my family and friends. He was such a big part of my childhood and adult life. I remember seeing him in concert and the thrill and joy. He was truly uniquely created by God. Fans that understand this gift will miss him very much.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Mark L

    I did not watch the service because I had to work but thought it was out of proportion to who he actually was. I am very sorry for the Jackson's family loss and the impact it will have on his children but this reaction to his death is WAY OVER THE TOP. He was a great entertainer who had most of his success 25 years ago. I don't understand why people are so moved when he has been out of the public eye for so long and when he was in the public eye it was usually for all the wrong reasons. Like Elvis and Marilyn Monroe before him he died too soon under unclear circumstances. I can only hope he finds the peace in death that he was unable to find in life.

    Mark L
    Napa CA

    July 7, 2009 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  155. hhazel

    I think it's just plain sick. Enough already. He is not God – no wonder our world is what it is when people make someone like MJ into their idol, Get a grip – there are millions of ordinary people who become heroes thru their sacrifices and no once recognizes them. He was only a human being – and a very flawed one at that.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Leslie

    Classy, touching and honest going home cermony.

    Thank you to the Jackson Family for sharing your private time with his fans. You didn't have too but you did, we are truly honored.

    To all...don't judge least you be judged. I can honestly say I know now with all my being Michael Jackson was an innocent made to look like a monster due to hatered and I'm pained that "they" got away with it but MJ has the last laugh.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Jamie

    An absolutely beautiful ceremony today. The recollections of Berry Gordy & Brooke Shields were wonderful. Young Paris just broke my heart. This family seems to stick together no matter what & that will be a blessing for these children.

    I just pray the media can let this man rest in peace.....but I have my doubts.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Sherri

    I was very moved by the memorial service. The parts of the service that touched me the most were the ones in which we saw a "human" side of Michael. I loved the story told by Magic Johnson. Brooke Shields and little Paris brought me to tears. God Bless the Jackson Family.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  159. Tom in Encino

    Paris was of course heartbreaking & Sharpton was terrific, but my favorite moment was Jermaine singing "Smile."

    July 7, 2009 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  160. appy68

    I told myself I would not watch but I did. I was really moved by Brooke Shields . It was so heartfelt and true . May God bless his family and children.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  161. master

    The remembrance was cheap, tacky, and lacked class. Like mj.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Samuel

    I think the entire world cried out in unison when Paris Katherine Jackson spoke. That was the most bitter-sweet and memorable moment of the entire event.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  163. pc72orf

    God Bless you Michael... hopefully they'll start to care about us.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  164. Gloria

    To all the haters who keep putting michael jackson down,i'm almost sure u were not behind his closed doors.Michael was an awsome entertainer and dancer, and i'm sure if u haters had a chance u would go after his money too if u knew u could get it.The memorial was beautiful and his poor kids while every one including the news still drag him down u r cold hearted people those kids lost there father and no one seems to care.REST IN PEACE MICHAEL U DESERVE IT AND WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AND FOR THE HATERS GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  165. B

    Seriously I think its pretty disgusting how the media is using this to spike their ratings. In reality MJ was a great singer, but flat out a weirdo. Even his most die hard fans would have to agree with that statement and if you don't your just in denial. He did alot of good for the music business and was undoubtedly and inspiration to many people. I am saddened that his children are now fatherless. I do think that is is a complete shame that we mourn his death more then we do the death of our Presidents. I guess it just shows where people's priorities are, and maybe thats why we are in the sad shape we are now as a country.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Tiffany

    Tiffany, San Francisco

    After watching the memorial as with the rest of the world I wanted to say that I feel Michael Joesph Jackson was truly the "Musical Ambassador for the World". One Man. Impacted an entire planet with his music. Every country, continent, embraced Michael because he showed us through his music that "We are indeed the World"
    We need to take a moment and think about that.

    One Man, showed us that are all connected through his artistry and talent and compassion. Michael Jackson showed us that he would not let race, discrimination, poverty, inequality affect him. He rose above that.

    And ironically he showed us, the global community, to not let race, gender, discrimination, poverty, inequality stop us. He made us rise above it through his music and rejoice. And we did.

    Michael taught us through his songs to take care of our planet, to take care of each other, let go of racial differences, to help heal those who are sick and to feed those who cannot feed themselves.

    So I say today that I hope we rise together and continue to listen to Michael's words, his music and his message begin to believe that we are one world , we heard you Michael and we will make the world a better place.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  167. Liza Dye

    The memorial service was beautiful. Sharpton and Marlon Jackson spoke some very wise words. After the media has killed him, let's now please follow Michael's wishes and leave him alone.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Keith Jones

    Congratulations to the Jackson Family and to the people of Los Angeles (and the world) for conducting yourselves with such dignity and grace; no doubt the city of LA expected the worst, based on the number of law enforcement that was on the scene; but the people of LA showed that a large number of black and brown folk could congregate without problems .... kudos to you all. And then there's the media .... Campbell Brown just asked a panel on CNN if they thought little Paris Jackson's emotional outpouring "was planned"; I think her question epitomizes all that's wrong with the press when it comes to MJ - can't a little girl have a spontaneous emotional response at her Dad's funeral without the media immediately taking the position of conspiracy theorist? Damn! Exhale Campbell ....

    July 7, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  169. Anthony, Orlando Florida

    He deserved so much more but it was very fitting.
    Im always going to remember him not just as an entertainer but as an ambassador of peace for us all on this planet.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Chrissy Gavin

    Paris...coming from a mother, I am so proud of your strength to be able to share your feelings about your daddy. I pray that you will feel his love always. I will pray for you and your brothers specifically that God will watch over you and shower you with love...just as your daddy showered the world with his love.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Wanda Ray

    Michael Jackson was and is a beautiful human being. He was the most incredible preformer I have ever known. I am 52 yrs. old, I "grew" up with Michael. So did my children. I truly believe he is with God today. I do not believe he ever hurt a child, he loved children. Michael was so misunderstood. He just wanted the childhood he never had. My heart aches for him, I do understand him totally. I work with the public, I have "taken" up for him many times when negative comments were said. All I can say is I love you Michael, you truly made a possitive impact on the whole world. I have prayed for you and your precious babies...may God be with you ...I Love you!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  172. WGB

    This was a beautiful memorial "celebration" of Michael Jackson's life. However, CAMBPELL BROWN'S verbal/mental blunders this evening are those of a novice reporter. Ms. Brown do your homework; learn or READ people's names so you won't make such mistakes which take away from the subject at hand............

    July 7, 2009 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Teresa (OH)

    What a wonderful celebration of Michael's life, God's gift to us. I thank Michael's family for sharing the memorial service with us. It was so passionate and intimate. The fans there were so respectful of the family, friends and each other. I'm grateful the media and photographers brought it LIVE to us. I felt I was there.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Jodie

    I sat here and watched it with my son. I have never seen or felt such a heart wrenching service in my life. I have seen Elvis, Lennon,Princess Di. and now MJ's.. I dont think it could of been done any better. I am sure he felt everyones love from here on earth. You guys did a awesome job of covering the whole thing. From 6/25 till now. You guys keep up the great work.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Christy

    To all those saying they "love" Michael jackson....they "love" his family...are you kidding?

    HE WAS A SINGER AND A DANCER – THAT'S IT!!!!!

    DEAR GOD YOU ALL SOUND LIKE SHEEP...."BAHHHHHBAHHHHH" "MICHAELLL....MICHAEL...."

    How many of you uber fans gave a damn what was going on or knew anything about what was happening in this man's life 2 weeks ago?

    This is so beyond ridiculous, this idol hero worship that we (NOT ME) as Americans engage in...pathetic.

    Oh, and I'm SURE all the police officers and fireman and state workers who have been laid off due to the economic crisis in Los Angeles are perfectly fine with this nauseating public, tax dollars funded extravaganza!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  176. susan

    our kids say alot about us and is daughter changed my feelings about michael jackson..great job michael..my prayers are with your kids and your family

    July 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Garnetta

    I really enjoyed watching the program this afternoon. It was very organized and appeared to move smoothly. Wish I could have attended.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Audray

    Wonderful memorial service. Rev. Al Sharpton speech was right on target. There was nothing controversial (although the media thinks so) about his speech. It was appropriate and Michael's children needed to hear the trials and tribulations their father had to endure.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  179. Anita

    Larry,

    I watch CNN all day, I don't alway agree with everything but at the end of the day I feel informed.

    I'm so disappointed with Campbell Brown , I would like to know why she ask the folks who arranged Michael's memorial if his daughters statments were planned.

    I found it to be cheap and in very bad taste.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  180. l briggs

    This was a very touching memorial, however, Brooke Shields said it all. She has put my suspicions to rest about Michael Jackson. It seems no one really understood him but her. I did not get emotional until that point. Then the tears really began to roll when Paris spoke.

    On another note – I thought it was very disrespectful of Joe Jackson to be wearing a hat. Shame on you Joe.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Smitty6122

    This was a great send off for a man who turned this world we live in around. For the broadcast of your coverage on Michael, you have done a terrible job. You guys call yourself journalist, you are a bunch of racist people who like to drag people through the mud and that is what you did with Michael Jackson. Get out and enjoy life sometime. No matter what he has done for everyone including everyone of you so called reporters, you still find ways to say bad things about this man. It's not your right to bring his business out like you did, how do you think a family is reacting to his service, have any of you have death in the family, well that's how they reaceted,like they just lost a love one, not a villian as you have made him out to be. I will never watch your news station ever.God Bless Michael and his family.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  182. dlrobinson01@bellsouth.net

    One could not have given a more moving and well deserved tribute. He has truly gone too soon, but now maybe he will find peace. When one becomes a shining star as he was, we who love him also consume him. Michael did not have an evil bone in body, and that is what made him such a fragile individual. He carried the weight of the world on and in his fragile frame. My thoughts, prayers, and love go out to entire Jackson family. We love you all, and apologize to you for all that has been said and written trying to break your spirit. Hold your heads high and continue to pray for us as a nation of consumers, consumers who use up the people we love and admire. KEEP THE FAITH!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Rick

    Sad but true, at times, it's after you lost someone or something that you finally realized you had the most wonderful gift in your hand.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Gina

    My heart goes out to the Family especially the children I hope that they actually get to be kids and do things that kids get to do.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  185. richard gee

    Lived a circus act. Died a circus act. Sad.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  186. Glenda Lee

    To the news and entertainment media, please stop the bashing of the dead. For once have some decency and respect Michael Jackson, his family and us the viewers who want to cherish the good gifts and memories from a great artist, musician, dancer and humanitarian. We are tired of the mud and sleaze. Please let Mr. Jackson and his family in peace and in the process do us a favor and do your job of reporting real news such as the food crisis we are about to have in this country, pollution, the thieves in the banking industry which continue to rob us blind, the robbers in Congress and State and local government that continue to squander our resources. Take a look at Montgomery County Maryland where Ike Legitt continues to raise our taxes, put traffic cameras every 50 meters from each other, and rob us blindly no providing essential services such as cleaning the streets. Take a ride through Washington DC metro area and see and report what's going on. You are the stewards of equity, transparency, and the rule of law in governance DO YOUR JOB! Instead you pick on someone whose only crime was to create art and music and bring joy to millions. Shame on Campbell Brown and company for her racist and utterly inappropriate and bias reporting. Shame on you woman.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  187. americarocks

    Michael Jackson's funeral deserves less airtime than any other funeral to every occur. The funerals that should be on televison are those at Arlington Cemetery where people who truly make a difference are buried.

    God Bless America

    July 7, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  188. melissa

    Thank you to the Jackson family for allowing allllll of us to share in the beautiful memorial. God bless all of them.

    Michael helped to save my soul through his music. When I was a child, I was abandoned by my mother and abused by my father, there were so many days I wasn't sure when I would smile again. Michael gave me an escape that became my security, there was a certain hope I felt when I heard his voice. I wish I could thank him for giving his fans so much more than he could ever imagine, and I may not be able to thank him, but I will defend his honor until the day I die.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Jean Bennett

    I think CNN should be totally ashamed of their Jeffrey Toobin's comments about Michael Jackson, just as recent as a few minutes ago!!! This man has said nothing but vile things since Michael's death and just a few minutes ago said "Give me a break" in response to Rev. Al Sharpton's comments to Michael's children when praising their father. Jeffrey Toobin should shut up and keep his unwarranted comments to himself!!! It is obvious how he feels and he deliberately set out to say anything he can to taint Michael Jackson's memory. Well, Jeffrey, it is NOT working!!! I am a 68 year old woman who loved Michael Jackson, first the man and then his music and I NEVER FOR ONE SECOND believed any of what he was accused. His love for children was not sexual, but just very human.

    CNN, you need to shut Jeffrey Toobin up and real soon!!!! Most of the people of the WORLD do not agree with his vile comments.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Laura

    President Obama was in Moscow and you guys asked him about Michael Jackson. I'm sorry, but someone should be fired over that.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Quietstorm

    Honestly i feel that the people that put Michael down are just as bad as Joseph Jackson..Michael's father..So many reporters laughing about MIchael and everyday people..they all remind me of child bullies that grew up to be arrogant adult bullies..People judged Michael on what they saw on the outside..I know how that feels and its a horrible feeling..then when a person dies people feel regret...too little too late

    July 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Andrea Hine

    The Memorial was wonderfully done and I appreciate the family allowing us to share in this by allowing it to be televised. I love this family and I feel their pain. I hope that Michael's children get to remain with Katherine as Michael wished. The Jackson family is strong and they have been through so much. I hope that the media will leave this family alone for a while and leave his children out of the spotlight. They owe this much to Michael.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Lavee

    The media has spent too much time on Mr. Jackson. He was an excellent singer and performer, we acknowledge that but let ' s move onto some other news please.
    There more important problems in the world that should be reported.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  194. fufu

    i feel so sad i cant stop crying over mj.the world has lost a true legend.not sure if my sense of loss over mj is normal. it feels like l have lost family,

    July 7, 2009 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  195. wendi

    LARRY KING IS SO NEGATIVE... THE JACKSONS ARE HURTING AND ALL HE CAN DO IS BRING UP THE NEGATIVE IN MICHAEL. DOES HE FORGET THAT THIS MAN HAS KIDS AND A LIVING MOM THAT MAY BE WATCHING. HE NEEDS TO HINK THAT HIS OLD ASS WILL NOT BE HERE FOREVER AND HIS KIDS MAY EXPERIENCE THE SAME NEGATIVE STORIES. I AM VERY SURPRISED THAT DON LEMONN GAVE A POSTIVE STORY ON MICHAEL. VERY SURPRISED. GOOD FOR DON FOR ONCE...

    July 7, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  196. Jeff, Canton Ohio

    To quote another talented artist,,, I learned things “I never knew, I never knew”
    Thank you Michael,,, I’ll come see you someday.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Aaron

    I thought the Memorial was wonderful – Michael would have loved it.

    I cannot understand why CNN however, always has to put someone on their broadcasting that speaks ill of Michael – on the day he died and on this his memorial day. Jeffrey Toubin is awful. I just turned CNN off because I am tried of his bad mouthing of Michael Jackson.

    I grew up with Michael – sensed that he was a very sensitive man that loved children and never thought he did anything improper with them. I realize others have different ideas..but for crying out loud keep your views to yourself and OFF the air on the day he dies and on his memorial day. CNN – do you like to mix it up that much!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  198. danise

    i thought the memorial was excellent. i wasnt expecting them to roll out his casket which made me break down in tears but this was far more better than the horrible bet tribute to him.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Tie Benton

    I think Al Sharpton said it best. Whoever that guy was during the Lou Dobbs program that had a comment about Al Sharpton's speech to give him brake, and stated that Michael Jackson was strange. All I can say is it’s easy to Judge someone else from your seat. And if that's how you feel we (The Fans) don't care. Keep your opinions to yourself. And I'm giving this guy the respect that he apparently can't show to Michael, his family The Fan's. CNN Please find someone that Loved and if not loved at lest a person that can respect the situation.
    Tie Benton Omaha, NE

    July 7, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  200. elle

    Lovely ceremony even though there seemed to be more focus on the Jackson 5 than Michael himself. I wonder if this was scripted to start promoting them now that they see there is a market again.

    Germaine seemed to be having trouble deciding whether he was more sad than excited at the reception they have been receiving. I could see those Joe Jackson dollar signs even though I could see his pain.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Bonnie

    This was a very well done Memorial Service in honor of Michael Jackson. It wasn't overdone or overrated. I think Michael would have been proud! He is the King of Pop and noone will ever take his place in music and dance. He will be greatly missed. My prayers to the family.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  202. susie

    Ok so today was the biggest thing his music was awesome but has the world gone mad????
    I know he was found not guilty in one trial but did everybody forget he made a 25 million settlement before. You dont settle if you didn't do it
    we have lost 3 other stars this last week but you guys never gave a damn about them its just about mj well now he deals with god

    July 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Travis

    From what I saw of the memorial, I think it was given the significance that someone as accomplished as MJ deserves. I have to say however that I find his degree of self-hate so incredibly stricking as Quincy Jones so honestly alluded to in a recent interview. For a black man to have such a disdain for his blackness that he didn't want to pass his DNA on to his children is mind boggling. To have not one, not two, but three children all of which are white undeniably illustrates the issue. Why not use a male sperm doner from someone in his family if he had reproductive issues? For any black man to appear as if he wishes to be a white child (Peter Pan or whomever) has to qualify as some sort of disassociative-type mental illness. For that reason, I simply do not share the same adoration that everyone seems to have for him. Sure I grew up dancing, playing, driving, living to his music however I can not admire someone who seems to abhor the one definitive quality we shared... being a black man.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  204. Carlton, New York

    It was an absolutely beautiful tribute to a generous and loving man. My favorite three moments were:

    1) Gone too Soon by Usher
    2) Heal the World, Judith Hill's vocals
    3) Jennifer Hudson's vocals

    July 7, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  205. jmtill

    I am in awe of the truly amazing life that Michael Jackson lived. I believe that if we had let him know "before" he left us how we "really felt" about him, as was made evident during his memorial, perhaps he would have made other choices and not fallen victim to such an early death. It is true what was said about him at the memorial that there was "nothing" strange about Michael, it was "us" who made his life difficult and brought him so much pain. Is it just human nature that when we don't understand someone we just put them down or is it that when we don't understand we just do that to cover up our own ignorance or fear that we could "never" measure up to what they have to offer others. Let all who choose to say anything negative at all about Michael remember that he who has "never" throw the first stone. I ask them this, "how many will show up at your funeral?" "Who will remember you and why?" I wept through almost the entire memorial as though I had lost a beloved friend. If only I could have had the honor! My wish is that we will all learn the truths that Michael was always trying to help us understand in his music and that is that "love" is really the most precious of all gifts that we can share with each other in this life. Do we have the "courage" as he did to express it with our words, with our actions regardless of the cost of being judged so harshly, sometimes painfully? He did!

    July 7, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Angela

    I felt the memorial was a good celebration of Michael's life and accomplishments. I was a big fan of Michael's and it was difficult to see all the negativity surrounding his death. My son would watch the news and comment "what a freak". I had him (he's 13) watch the memorial with me today and it opened his eyes. Throughout the coverage, the media focused on the scandals and sensationalism, which of course boosts ratings. However, he was human and a very giving person. The memorial touched on his many accomplishments and why people love him everywhere.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Nicole

    I've been watching CNN since 9 AM EST and I still can't believe that Michael Jackson is gone. I grew up listening to him. I love watching him. It's so sad to think of those three beautiful children without the wonderful man they were lucky enough to called "Daddy". I hope that they also know how much their father was loved around the world and in the country he had believed desserted him. May in find the peace in death that he never found in life. Good-bye to a wonderful artist, humanitarian and father. RIP Micheal. You are well loved.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Christina

    What an appropriate, classy, and moving memorial this was for Michael Jackson. This man had talent above and beyond the obvious. It was so touching to see and hear the real human feeling that was described by those who were the closest to him, those who REALLY knew him. God Bless his family and children.

    July 7, 2009 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Mikey

    A gold casket? A GOLD CASKET? The final period on a life of self-indulgence. It's too bad that this talented entertainer never had an actual adult in his life.

    July 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  210. Lori

    It is a blessing when the world is touched from one end to the other. It is magic when a human being with talent touch's us all. Bless the family that was strong enough to share there grief and loss with the world. May we all be that strong.

    July 7, 2009 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Lujean Rogers

    Michael Jackson's death was too soon, as the song goes. But it also may have been one of the most important and timely deaths we will experience in our lifetimes. If it had happened, say 10 years from now, we might have missed much of what Michael did to bring all of us together. And I mean worldwide at a time when it is so needed. His death just could be the beginning that leads us to work harder to influence our politicians to go for world peace and understanding, diplomacy instead of wars, love instead of hatred and racism. Because "We Are The World" and we are all in this together.

    I am a white grandmother who admired Michael Jackson, and loved him from the start as a beautiful, talented little boy, and I am so proud of him and his little girl, Paris, and what she said to further our knowledge of the real man she called her Daddy.

    I want to add that I found it appalling that a US Congressman would issue crude, hateful remarks about Michael a couple of days ago, and the fact that congressman was described as "powerful" is very very disturbing.

    Thank you, Michael.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Anonymous

    I can't believe the amount of focus this is getting from our 'news' sources! He made great music 20 years ago...now I just see him as a disturbed predator that bought his way out of jail.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Heather Havens

    Michael Jackson was a critical figure in my childhood. I remember being in the sixth grade at a roller rink field trip. Thriller came on and the entire building erupted in cheers. As for the memorial service, I completely lost it when Paris said goodbye to her father. My second favorite moment was Jennifer Hudson singing Will You Be There. the whole memorial was respectful, classy, and moving.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Alex

    Michael was an inspiration to all who heard his music. the memorial touched me personally and i feel so bad for his young daughter Paris who has to go through life only hearing stories about her amazing father and the lives his touch.. God bless the Jackson family and i wish them the best

    July 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  215. julie

    i loved the whole memorial.it was sad and also had some laughs.i loved how sharpton spoke to michaels kids telling them there was nothing strange about there father,what was strange is what he dealt with.and ushers performance"wow".it was heartfelt.
    ~rest in peace michael~

    July 7, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  216. jen

    What a wonderful tribute. And those three beautiful children, what a blessing they were to Michael and his love for them shown through. You could see so clearly that they are so loved by Michael's family and how much they love them. I sure he was so touched and proud of them today. God bless those beautiful kids and my they be surrounded by all the love their family will give them and most of all may they find peace.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Adrienne S.

    Very moving, the family was outstanding to say the least. As a fan im happy the world of nonfans got to truly know Michael Jackson and his family. Sad that they had to find out in this way, but it happen in the best of blessings the lord could ever give us.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  218. TRINA MAILMAN

    WHAT A SAD DAY, IT'S AMAZING WHAT ONE MAN BROUGHT TO THE WORLD.
    IT'S SUCH A SHAME HE DIDN'T FEEL HE COULD SHOW HIS BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN TO THE WORLD, AND FELT HE ALWAYS NEEDED TO KEEP THEIR BEAUTIFUL FACES COVERED, HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SO PROUD OF HIS DAUGHTER TODAY. SHE SHOWED ME THAT THEY WERE A NORMAL AS CAN BE FAMILY. TO BAD WE COULDN'T OF SEEN THAT PART OF MJ BEFORE IS DEATH
    .
    TRINA, BRIDGEWATER, NOVA SCOTIA, CANADA

    July 7, 2009 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  219. Alice

    Oh brother, I am always moved when someone I have never met passes.Get a life.....

    July 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Dorisene Miles

    I cryed during the entire memorial today. It was very touching. Everyone done a good job. This day will always be remembered by the whole world. Also his little girl loved her dad dearly, she was daddy's little girl, what she said just made me cry much more to see children lose someone as close as a parent, it is very hard to explaine to them what's going on. Paris, Michael, and Blanket your dad will always be there for you. Look into the night skies at night he will be the brightest star you see. My prayers are with all the Jacjson family. Dorisene Miles

    July 7, 2009 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  221. Lee Williams

    In regards to LA looking for help on the costs of the Michael Jackson Memorial? KFC got the biggest slice of free world observed airtime in media history...they could probably donate now?

    July 7, 2009 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Silvia

    a very classy and moving ceremony. I cried throught the whole thing, especially at the very end of course when Paris spoke about her father. Wow, that was totally unexpected and I was in tears when she spoke. those kids were very much loved by their dad who worked so hard to give them all the love he could which he didnt get a child. We'll miss you Michael:( rest in peace!

    July 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Candice

    absolutely perfect. i called off work to watch it and many tears were shed. the raw emotion of the entire event and its participants was my favorite aspect of the ceremony. RIP, may they now leave you alone!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Russ

    Maybe it now time to move on!!!!!! Thank you MJ

    July 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Martijn Dekker

    I wasn't going to watch. When my partner turned on the TV, I expected to cringe. I ended up being moved and fighting tears instead. What a wonderful celebration of the man's life, work and influence.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Tammy

    I grew up with Michael and always believed in him. He will be in my heart always. God bless Michael and his family. He was 1 of a kind.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  227. Jennifer, Kansas City

    I "listened" to the memorial via the radio today at work. It's amazing what you hear when you can't see images. There was genuine love, respect, appreciation, admiration and thankfulness for Michael. It was funny, sweet, poignant and revealed just how many lives he touched. The memorial was truly beautiful. Thank you to the family for sharing him with us. Rest in Peace, Michael. You will be with us always.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Phil

    Yes. I first saw Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 in 1970 at the Black Expo in Chicago, Il. Without a doubt, I knew then he was something special. I saw this little guy sliding across the stage like Jackie Wilson and James Brown. The thing I clearly remember was his voice. Michael had this huge commanding voice coming from this little body. A grown man's voice from a little boy's body. Micheal's sensitivity to the world and his abilty to knock down barriers through his music will always be a true testement to his god given ability. It was Michael Jackson who made MTV what it is today. MTV was a struggling network swimming in RED INK, before Micheal Jackson. MTV had a ban on African-American artist before they reluctantly allowed Michael Jackson to perform on their network. The owners of MTV should be forever greatfull to Michael Jackson for saving them. So when you ask, is this the right kind of rememberence the answer is YES. First you had Sinatra, then Elvis, now The King of POP. He had a sendoff fit for a KING. God bless you Michael and RIP.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Michelle

    I really enjoyed the memorial,but one question remains in my mind. Why didn't they open the casket for one last look?

    July 7, 2009 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Karen

    How very brave it was for 11 year old Paris to speak about her daddy at this memorial. It just goes to show how very much she loved her daddy. My heart goes out to Paris, Prince, and Blanket. God Bless and Keep you all safe. I was so completely moved by this memorial. Michael Jackson your family is in my prayers.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  231. KAREN

    Yes, where was Diana Ross??!!! If she is supposed to be good enough to be the childrens guardian should something happen to Katherine Jackson, shouldn't she have been there to comfort the children????

    Yes, of course they have the rest of the family there, but I think her not showing up was just plain disrespectful. Same for Elizabeth Taylor. So what if they would have been 'too overcome with emotion' to speak (as Taylor was quoted)! That is what a Memorial is for! Both of those women were supposedly his closest friends, but evidently their huge egos got in the way, and they decide not to appear to pay their last respects. SOME FRIENDS.

    Both of them have enough money to have had a private limo to and from the event, go in and out of special entrances and exits as not to cause a scene, but no... They considered themselves too 'important' to come.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Sonja

    My top 3 for moving performances were (1) Germaine Jackson (2) John Mayer and (3) that awesome little boy Shaheen Jafargholi.

    I must say i did not enjoy Jennifer Hudson's performance – she shrieked and screeched her way through one of Michael's most beautiful songs. And her lovely voice would have done such a good job if she had sang more and screamed less.

    Very wonderful of the Jackson family to allow fans worldwide to be a part of his tribute. Rest in peace, Michael Jackson.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Sandra C.-Ferrua

    To me the most memorable part of the ceremony was Brooke Shields' testimony. REAL friends are few and far between, and Brooke certainly came over as the most touched, most affected, most sincerely grieving of all outside of the family.
    I also very much appreciated Rev. Sharptons comment to the children that "some poeple said your daddy was strange, but what was strange was what your daddy had to deal with" (forgive me if I didn't get that quite right, but you know what I mean) and the following standing ovation.
    Poor Paris' breakdown had me crying all over again, as if I hadn't done enough of that already throughout the service.
    As they said, maybe they'll leave him alone NOW, and may he, finally, rest in peace!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Mike

    The hoopla was grossly overdone. I can think of no one in recent history that has garnered such undeserved limelight by the media.

    My question is, can we now get on with what is REALLY IMPORTANT?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Paulina

    It was truly a beautiful memorial, fitting for Michael Jackson. Rev. Sharpton was great. There is no need to have any negativety when someone has passed away, especially for someone that has given so much to all. I cried through the whole ceremony; and I will miss Michael Jackson. He was a big part of my childhood. May he rest in peace.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Pamela H

    The best homegoing ever! It was well planned and without incident. Thank you to the Jackson Family for allowing video and television coverage of MJ's Memorial service. I will cherish all the music and the memories; now, I have a sense of closure. Long live the King. RIP My Spiritual Brother !

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Barbara Bowen

    The memorial service was beautiful, friends such as Brooke Shields, Barry Gordy, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson did an awesome job of reminising their memories with him. WOW did he leave a legacy behind!!!
    LONG LIVE THE KING OF POP!!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Ty

    Paris, Jermaine, Marlon and Usher broke my heart. The pictures and video was incredible. Very beautiful service, but and unfortunate sad occasion. The Man in the mirror is all of us. Love you MJ R.I.P.
    Will always be remembered through your dedication and hard work. xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

    July 7, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Valerie Robinson

    I was truly moved by this service. He will always be in my heart as the king. When he came to Jacksonville Florida I was there for 2 nights....Wonderful and captivating. The memorial service was beautiful! I laughed and cried while listening to the speakers! Long live the King!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Lisa Love Whittington

    It was perfect.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  241. terri

    Why was Joe Jackson wearing a hat in this service and chewing GUM??? Very uncalled for, at such a time like that.

    A beautiful tribute to MJ, all the performers were classy and respectful and I loved the whole thing.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Barbara Bowen

    ToThe Jackson Family,
    I thank God for giving us a world renowned Artist, one that I grew up with and said as a child, " he would be my husband one day." I'll always love Michael and what he represented. He was and will always be a beautiful person, MICHAEL I MISS YOU AND I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!!!
    GOD BLESS YOU MICHAEL AND THE JACKSON FAMILY!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Bill

    I know I'm one of many, I hope, but, after the almost full day coverage of jackson's star studded memorial, as well as the coverage since his death I have lost all confidence in CNN. I have been a faithful watcher for more than 15 years.
    Recently, everytime I switched to CNN to get news, we're being bombarded with something about this person who should not be eulogized, but should represent what the people of this country should begin to question more. Money talks, and though he was aquitted,he still left powerful doubt of his "moral" conduct.
    My god, there are so many other important US and worldy events that should be on 90% of the time, instead of watching something that lasts 5 milliseconds on my TV while trying to "get news".
    I'll never watch CNN again.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Jill

    What a wonderful testament to MJ this memorial was! I cried numerous times, especially when Paris spoke at the end. Other memorable moments were when Stevie Wonder and Usher sang, and Brooke shields' and Magic Johnson's eulogy. This man was so so loved. I am just hoping that he can see all of this from above. My prayers are with his family, especially his children. RIP Michael......I will really miss you.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Victoria Platek

    It's amazing to sit back and wrap your mind around the idea that ONE person can really affect millions upon millions of people. He's the reason I started dancing, his interview on Oprah, years ago, is what sold me and I haven't forgotten his impact. I feel robbed that I missed the opportunity to see him in concert, I was finally old enough to travel and afford a ticket...and then he was gone. I could only imagine what being in his prescene would of felt like. My deepest condolences go out to the Jackson family, especially the children. My prayers are with you.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  246. joni

    I had been a sceptic before all this happened, I figured the fans would riot and get out of hand, and the entertainment would not be fitting, but I was wrong. It was beautiful and emotional. I watched the whole thing. Paris brought me to tears, as did Brooke Shields.
    What a wonderful tribute to MJ.

    Sure hope the state of California could afford this lavish send off, since they are broke! Hopefully the Jackson family paid for the ceremony and all that went with it.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  247. rita

    my heart aches, but i have courage now to do something about the situation in this world. i just want to pray for everyone in this world. i want to help all the poor children , here and abroad. how painful. That was the best farewell they could do for him. As for Paris she made feel it/........i was okey until she spoke... I'll pray for them just as i do for my own children everyday, forever. To my mum and dad now you have MJ enjoy . I miss you all forever.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  248. tina

    God Bless Michael's children. May they find comfort knowing what a great man their father was, and always will be. Very touching ceremony, my heart aches for the family, and my eyes won't stop crying.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  249. AJ

    My most memorable moments of the memorial: when the choir sang Soon and Very Soon while the casket was being brought in, Al Sharpton's speech and comments by the family at the end (Marlon & Paris especially). It's still a shock that he's gone, but the memorial helped to say goodbye. My heart aches for the children especially, but it was a blessing to see the way his family rallied around them. They will be okay.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  250. Toni

    Amazing...Loving...Gentle...Missed!
    Rest in Peace Michael ~ Love T, J, & B

    July 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Connie

    I think overall it was a very moving and touching memorial. I wish they would have showed more photographs during some of the songs performed. I didn't start to cry till Paris spoke of her "Daddy".

    Thank you CNN – you are the best!

    Connie

    July 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  252. S.

    Nothing they would've done or even thought of doing in his memory would never be truly enough.He always deserved more than he got

    July 7, 2009 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Sharon

    CNN, you guys are totally the best. Felt as though I was right there even though I live in the Caribbean. I hope everyone can now realise what MJ really brought to his fans, and why he meant so much to us. Paris said it all and broke my heart. Rest Michael....Rest!!

    You were loved

    July 7, 2009 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Susan Russo

    This was an incredible memorial to Michael Jackson. I will remember him as the beautiful soul he was. I am blessed to have lived during his lifetime. My heart breaks for his children. When his daughter, Paris, put a human element to the pain of losing the man she only knew as her father..I could not breath after that.

    Rest in peace Michael. May you find the solace that escaped you in life.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  255. rhonda despaux

    Most beautiful memorial! We will miss you, Michael. We love you and you will be in our hearts forever. Thank you to your family for sharing and allowing all of us around the world to be apart of this memorial.
    And God, Thank you for sharing such a beautiful human being and allowing us to enjoy this beautiful soul, and phenomonal voice. He will be remembered for his caring, loving, sharing, and youthful spirit.
    We love you and may your legacy be forever in our hearts.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  256. leaf

    This was a very touching and sweet memorial service, and a great tribute to a great performer. It couldn't have been better or more fitting if they had had a month to plan it. Nobody who saw it will ever forget Paris's beautiful words for her daddy. God bless Prince, Paris, and Blanket.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  257. Angel Eyes

    The memorial service was sweet, endearing and heartfelt. Despite the critics and the cynics, Michael Jackson touched many lives from Coldwater MS to Paris France. There will never be another like him. I was fine until his brother Jermaine sang Smile and Paris said Goodbye. I know what it's like to lose a father. Just know that he is at peace and God wanted him to come home. May God give the Jackson family strength and comfort during this very difficult time. Love, Peace and Happiness.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  258. jj

    Gee – his daughter looks JUST LIKE HIM!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Rachel

    Such a Beautiful Tribute to The Legend Michael Jackson. He will be truly missed.
    Words cannot describe how I feel about the sudden death of Michael Jackson, my heart & mind are very confused because He was not supopsed to go, but He is in a better, more safer place, with the Dear Lord looking over him.
    You changed so many lives Michael, including mine.

    Rest in Peace, you are always in my heart forever.
    All my love
    Rachel
    x x x x x x x x x x x x x x

    July 7, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Lisa - MO

    It was an absolutely beautiful and fitting memorial for the most amazing entertainer we will ever know. Most of my childhood memories include Michael Jackson's music!! I would sit in front of the TV waiting for another Michael or Janet video to come on so I could memorize their dance moves!!! I am so grateful that they had this public memorial and included his fans in the services today. My heart goes out to his children and his entire family.

    Thank you for all the memories Michael, you will be loved and missed forever and always!!

    Love,
    Lisa

    July 7, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Christine

    My favorite part in the memorial Michael was Sheehan Jafargholi's performance. It made me smile to remember Michael's extraordinary voice as a child, and now hearing Sheehan's voice so soulful like Michael's sent chills down my spine. Clips of Michael performing with the Jackson 5 as a ten-yr-old were special too, as it helped remind people of the entertainer and musical genius Michael became. The media loved to tear him apart, but in death, I hope we can put his vision for a better world back together. As Marlon said, maybe now, Michael, they will leave you alone.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Francine (from Costa Rica)

    To me, the best moment (among lots of great ones) was when Jermaine sang "Smile," it was a GREAT moment, what a beatiful song! I was incredibly touched by Paris saying what a great father Michael was. RIP MJ

    July 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  263. san

    I was little bit disappointed with the event today – not with the way it is organized ,but in the way how the music world reacted. Every Singer and everyone from music world should have attended this event. it is shame that only a few turn'd out.

    Without MJ , there is no music ...... no entertainment... no celebrity... no humanity.... ..

    Good or bad , he is the king of pop and the greatest entertainer even lived.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Karen

    It was very well done and fortunately it was a TRIBUTE to his "human" and personal side which included his fame. There may never be someone who could play the game the same as Michael Jackson... God Bless his family especially his children that they may know the peace that their father never did.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Shelli Davis

    That was one of the most tuching things that I have ever seen. Michael Jackson was a very big part of my teen years. He was and always will be the "King" as Elvis was to my mother and father. The entire service touched my heart. I feel truly blessed that the Jackson family allowed all of us to be a part of this special day. I feel for them, he was an amazing person. Yes he had made some pretty bad choices in life, but who wouldn't with the life he lived. He was forced to grow up so fast. Anyone of us that were in that situation would make bad choices. That does not make him a bad person. Micheal you will forever be missed by many. Rest in peace and may god be with your family until they can be with you again.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  266. Niesha

    My hat goes off to the Jackson family. Through these hard times we all need to hold strong and support each other. To Prince, Paris and Blanket I know you've lost a great dad, but realize he is still around watching over you. ALL THE TIME. Michael was a son, musician,dad, icon, humanitarian a person that cared and showed all love and support. The memorial was a masterpiece it couldn't have been any better than what it was. I was more than proud to see that people such as Usher, Queen Latifah, Kobe and Magic, and Rev Al Sharpton spoke the truth and said the most powerful words you could ever hear. We love you Michael Joseph Jackson R.I.P

    July 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Yari Diaz

    I am glad the media was invited to this painfull, yet joyfull event, as many people gathered to celebrate the real side of the KING OF POP. This was an amazing way to say goodbye and let the world know the great man, friend, brother, son and father he was. I hope he has been able to witness from up there how much many of us loved him and respected his talent. Hopefully, this is the Michael Jackson we'll always remebember.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Marguerite

    This was the most beautiful and touching memorial service I've ever seen. I cried throughout most of it. To honor Michael's memory, we should listen to his message and treat each other with respect, kindness and love. He was a kind, gentle, caring human being. Let's remember him that way.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  269. cora

    Good bye Michael!
    I feel like for the last 2 hours the entire globe have stopped and mourned the lost of a Great Man and also celebrate a GENIUS...I am from a small ex comunist country in Europe and for me and the rest of my nationals Michael will remain a symbol of freedom, of unconditioned love because he came and sing in our country just 3 years after the communist regime collapsed and he became a symbol. His concert in Bucharest in 1993 was so succesful l that he decided to release it on the marketI remembered that I couldn`t afford to buy its records, but I stayed up all night to listen a radio show where they played his music...Later I started study english and graduated law. I have learnt from him so much, to be better, to fight for the truth, to always try to brake the barriers...
    I was so impressed by what little Paris said...Many people judged him and condamned him so easy...He was a MIRACLE! I will never forget you! Rest in peace!
    All he ever knew and wanted was to give love to the world...And he did it like no other

    July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Cheryl Day

    The tears just flowed listening to Brooke Shields give a glimpse of what it was like to be friends with Michael Jackson. Thank you for sharing and showing us a funny and loving side of MJ. Rest in peace forever.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Bill Bridges

    What a send off, absolutely beautiful. Michael showed us in life and death that the way we choose to look at life affects our impact on others.

    I haven't been this moved over an entertainer in many years and for that I say thank you. It will be a pleasure to keep Michael's commitment to pure love in my forethought as I move through life and work to make this world a little bit better for everyone.

    Thank you Michael, you're a tough act

    Love,
    Bill

    July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Carolina - Tx

    When Jennifer Hudson come on i thought it was truly moving after she herself had experience such a tragedy.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Delorise Rosenthal

    Words From Michael to Michael

    "We Are Not Alone"

    Another day has gone we're still all alone, How could this be
    You're not here with me, You never said goodbye
    Someone tell me why, Did you have to die
    And leave our world so cold

    Everyday I sit and ask myself, How did you slip away
    God whispers in my ear and says
    That you are not alone, For you are there with him

    Though you’re far away, You are here to stay
    For we’re not alone, You are here with us
    Though we're far apart, You're always in our heart

    For we are not alone

    D.Rosenthal

    July 7, 2009 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  274. Barbara

    Thank You, Jackson Family and friends for allowing us to share this very personal loss. You are in my prayers. May your family only grow stronger and even closer than ever. I really feel like you did his memory and life proud today!!

    July 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  275. sharon

    Michael Jackson, go now and rest in peace! Much love...Thank you for your talent, your music and your kindness...you will forever live within us.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  276. andy schwertman

    it's a shame that Michael jackson i mean he was only 50 years he was a unbeleveable dancer and singer it's just right that people called
    " wacko jacko" that's disrespectful people who tried to write him off should ashamed of themselves he was the lead singer of the Jackson Five he will be missed i hope he's happy where ever he is.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  277. katy Heys

    I liked Michael Jackson's music. I am sorry he died at such a young age. He was a very talented entertainer, who hasn't entertained for quite sometime. But I wonder at our country's intent focus on his passing almost to the exclusion of all other news. What is going on in Iran? What is going on in Afghanistan? Didn't a number of our young people die there in the last few days? How's the economy doing?

    What does this almost week- long preoccupation with the death of an entertainer say about who are we as a nation?

    July 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  278. Sharon

    It was so beautiful. I totally couldn't help but cry at the beginning when the choir was singing "We are going to see the king" and the brothers brought the casket out. Then Stevie doing his tribute and everyone else, it just felt really personal. Belinda K said it best: A send off fit for a KING

    July 7, 2009 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  279. mary

    IT WAS A VERY TOUCHING MEMORIAL FOR JACKSON
    HE WAS TRYING TO MAKE A POINT TO HELP ONE ANOTHER
    WHO CARES ABOUT WHAT HE DID HE WAS STILL A HUIMAN BEING LIKE NONE OF US MADE A MISTAKE
    HE WAS A GRAT PERFORMER AND SINGER AND HAD SO MANY TALENTS
    JUST A SHAME THAT HE WENT SO EARLY
    [PRAYERS AND CONDOLENCES GO OUT TO THE JACKSON FAMILY
    THEY ARE SO BLESSED TO HAVE HAD MICHAEL IN THEIR LIVES FOR THAT PERIOD OF TIME

    July 7, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Bill

    Man, you people all need to get a real life. Every day REAL heroes are giving their lives selflessly for others: paramedics, rescue workers, firefighters, our men and women in the military, and many more. They give every day and they don't ask for adulation or homage. They don't seek the spotlight or glory. But all of you fawn over a man who was...a singer. That's all he was. Just a singer. CNN should be ashamed of themselves for all the attention they are paying to this overblown spectacle. Michael Jackson was not a head of state, nor a religious figurehead, nor a prominent philanthropist. He was a singer and entertainer and hadn't done anything of worth, artistically or commerically, in over a decade. Not to mention his dubious lifestyle. Please, give me a break. No wonder some of the rest of the world shakes their head at America.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Patsy in Toronto

    A fitting tribute. Couldn't Joe Jackson show his son some respect by removing his hat? Shame on him!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  282. na

    Paris broke mine and my 8 yr olds heart, I am due a life saving transplant naxt weeek. The thought of ever leaving my children, words can not explain love to the Jackson children xx

    July 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Chrissy

    What a sickening spectacle. The Jackson family just can't resist putting on a show, can it? What a sad group of people. And I see that exploiting young Jacksons has passed into the next generation with young Paris' appearance at this circus. Obviously this family had the right to put on whatever sort of funeral they wanted, however weird and self-serving. But the networks did not have to broadcast it. This event is just one more sign that portions of our society are rotting.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Lucy Allen

    The first time I held my daughter, I was lisening to Michael Jackson in the background. And I just want to say I'm a 50 something year old white woman and I truley love his music, and please lets all try and remember the lesson he taught us and that is dignity,love, an equality
    God Bless his family and his beautiful Children

    July 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Muse

    It amazes me how God can bring one person into the world who had such an impact on so many throughout various generations and will continue for generations to come. I am truly saddened today that we had to make our final good byes. May God bless the Jackson family and may Michael finally have peace. It shocks me how the media suddenly changes it's tune now that he is gone. From referring to him as Wacko Jacko to treating him with the dignity and respect that he so truly deserved and gave back to all of us.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Mary

    A wonderful, heartfelt, and moving memorial for an incredible human being.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  287. YVONNE

    THE WORLD WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE KING OF POP AND WILL CONTINUE TO WATCH OVER YOUR PRECIOUS CHILDREN. MICHAEL, NO ONE WILL EVER IN OUR LIFETIME REPLACE A BEAUTIFUL MAN, SUCH AS YOU. YOUR TALENT, FATHERHOOD, ENTERTAINING THE WORLD AND YOUR MUSIC WILL LIVE ON FOREVER.

    YOU HAVE THE WORLD OF CONDOLENCES FOR YOU AND YOUR PRECIOUS FAMILY. YOU HAD MADE AN IMPACT TO ALL. WE WILL NEVER FORGET YOU.

    GOD BLESS THE JACKSON FAMILY AND MICHAEL'S CHILDREN!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Donna

    The memorial service was very nice, I thought with the time they had to put it all together, they did Michael a great service. The most memorable part for me that I will never get out of my head, and still is making me cry is, watch Blanket holding an MJ doll and program the whole time. That killed me to see him with that doll. Those kids are beautiful! Very well mannered. I am so sad for them the most. I will never get that image of Blanket holding his Daddy doll through the whole thing. He has the most beautiful hair. Paris at the end just did it. That was it for me when she said he was the best Daddy since she was born. I'm sorry, I can't stop crying thinking about those kids and Blanket with that doll.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Jim

    Am I the only one who noticed that the casket wheeled into the hearse at the cemetary (before the memorial service) was not the same one on display at the Staples Center? In early reporting, Jackson's casket was described as blue velvet with gold accents, and that appeared to be the one wheeled to the hearse. The one at the Staples Center was all metal and appeared to be mostly gold.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  290. Gail

    NO, it was most definitely not the correct tribute! He was only human, not a god the way people are treating him. He is being worshipped as an idol of sorts, and it is truly horrifying. And it is deeply disturbing and disgusting that tax dollars in a cash-strapped state were used for police presence.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Patrick from Denver

    I have been watching CNN for many years and have been online for the same. I have never seen such sensatiolized news from CNN as I have seen since Mr. Jackson's death. And the lead picture is sad. Is there not any other news to report? Larry King and Anderson Cooper and the producers should be ashamed. You guys are now ranked down there with Inside Edition and Entertainment Tonight.

    Showing a picture of a little girl staring up to the skies is very transparent and not professional in any way.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  292. bob et bobette from europe

    Very Special warm and family. Brooke was great and Doctor King reminded me the most of her father,
    We shall remember MJ as a singer, aan artist and one of FIVE.
    My days go back to thge Ed Sullivan show time, so seen the best over the last 40 years.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Bird

    God Bless the entire WORLD with Michael...Thank you Jackson family for sharing this moment with all of us. His life was amazing!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Gloria - Seattle, WA

    What a tremendous Memorial to Michael Jackson! I'm so moved, touched with tears, missing him so much and so sorry none of us showed him our love before he left us. I loved the Representative from Texas reminding us we are in this country innocent until proven guilty, and Reverend Sharpton's comments to the children: your daddy wasn't strange, it was strange what was done to your daddy. And lastly what truly made me sob was Paris Michael Katherine Jackson's affirmation that he was the best father you could imagine! Now, let's give this man some peace and his family. I hope that people can allow them to grieve and move forward with what remains of their lives. And I pray the nasty tabloids and news hungry paps leave those kids alone! Thank you, Jackson family for letting the fans remember and celebrate Michael Jackson with you, God Bless you all.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  295. jacque

    Only what you do for Christ will last, he was a man of many talents, of many gifts , love him or hate hime, that can never be taken away, finally my friend is at peace, we have to live on to deal with this crazy world!! I love Michael Jackson!!!!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  296. Steve Crow

    Absolutely ridiculous. This country had better get it's priorities straight. A singing, dancing pedophile that everyone loves and now seems to worship. I am ashamed of our American public.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  297. sharon reid

    I am a Jamaican and i remember in the 80s when the Thriller album came out and my house was not completed,the living room did'nt have any windows and my brother has a little changer and he put the album on i danced the whole night until 4am. The sweetest part of Micheal's music is the joy and happiness in his song, even if you are down. In the 90s when I became a cop I started to listen to his song more and more. I cried through the sermon because it brings back memories, I saw my mother died before my eyes 96 then 2007 I lost my father and six (6) months after I lost my 14 years old nephew. Although Iam crying I am still dancing to his music.Thank you CNN you did a great job.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Franklin

    t?
    I'm very sorry for the children and close family who are suffering from the loss of a father / son / brother but the amount of coverage for an entertainer who passed away is out of control. I still cannot believe I received a CNN news update about his daughter's comment. Anyone out there remember we have US solders dying in the line of duty daily. They deserve so much more.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Beth

    I sobbed throughout the whole thing. It was such a moving and beautiful ceremony. I'll never forget it.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  300. Joanne

    Truly touching and beautiful memorial. M.J. will always be in our hearts. He will continue to touch all of us with his music. Rest in peace Michael. My prayers and thoughts are with the family; may you all find comfort through this heartbreaking time.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Rachael

    I agree with Gayle a couple of posts up – and I add that when the rep from D.C. says in this country the law deemed him INNOCENT, all the people who STILL badmouth him are nothing but gossip mongers. Period. He was used by people for his money. Period.
    Elsewise, I thought it was very good tribute to him – thought Smokey Robinson's speech was good, gave a bit of humor to a sad occasion.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  302. Christine

    Oh, please, everybody stop acting like the man was a saint. He was a criminal!! Put away the fake tears!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  303. Deepesh

    MJ taught us to be human first and have a religion second, his efforts need to be continued together by everyone..thank you Michael Jackson.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  304. Mike Stewart

    My favorite part of the service was when Al Sharpton talked about Jackson being a civil rights hero - it really made me laugh. I have seen no evidence that Jackson ever gave a damn about civil rights.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  305. Kadija

    Thank you CNN for great coverage, I hope you will now stop referring to the shambles that was the BET Awards.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Rhonda in Alabama

    Brooke Shields seemed to really sum him up as a person.
    Smokey spoke highly of him in Music and Jermaine and Janet really had the hurt look of his loss on their face. His daughter really touched my heart at the end and I am happy she spoke of him as a father. God Bless the Jackson family. Everyone seemed so sincere and it was a great Memorial. He will be missed :(

    July 7, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  307. nika4

    I loved the memorial...and, wholeheartedly agreed with the congresswoman who restated for the record, that in this country, you are innocent until proven guilty. Michael's little daughter, Paris, stole the show for me, when she tearfully referred to her father as "Daddy". May he now rest in peace.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Belinda K.

    A send off fit for a KING. I will never forget.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  309. jlmlr

    In my opinion, the MJ memorial was very tastefully done. Not a performance but a fitting ceremony of one who touched some many lives. Remembering the emotions of the first time hearing 'WE ARE THE WORLD' or 'HEAL THE WORLD', my heart cried for MJ's mother, siblings and his children. Jermaine's tribute to his little brother was extremely touching. May MJ's good works live on!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  310. C

    The media can ask some of the dumbest questions sometimes! The Michael Jackson memorial service was the most classy, appropriate homegoing celebration fit for America's royalty – the King of Pop. In the African American community, we RESPECT our deceased loved ones. This memorial tribute to Michael was reflective of the love of their loved one and the loss to the world. Michael was a talented songwriter, musician, dancer – his talent was God's gift to this world. Regardless of some of the talking media heads, there is a time and place for reverence, remembrance and respect for the art Michael brought to life here and around the world. Perhaps hearing Michael's daughters touching last words to her Dad will let the media grasp that the family is just beginning their grieving process. May God bless Michael Jackson's soul, his family, his children, his legacy, and the fantastic gift he left to this world. I continue to pray for his family and his children in the loss of their son, brother, father, uncles and for all of his loved ones. If AEG made the memorial available on DVD, I would be first in line to buy it. I agree with Barry Gordy that Michael was the Greatest Entertainer EVER.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  311. Andrea Patrick

    The respectful tone of the Michael Jackson memorial program and grace with which family, guests and attendees conducted themselves should be no surprise to the worldwide audience. It was a beautiful celebration of life and the message is much larger than the man himself. Hope, love, caring for one another and knowing that each person should let his or her light shine each day is the true message.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Jucee

    CNN....thank you for being the best. I was not able to be there for the ceremony, but I am so grateful that you brought us the coverage live. This was a perfect homegoing for the King of POP(world). Now that he is sitting on the right side of our Heavenly Father, I pray blessings and courage for the Jackson Family. Nothing taken or added to what was an awesome ceremony. Thanks again CNN, this is why you´re the best for news.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Mike

    Could anyone NOT have been moved by Paris? My God.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Eddie

    Overwhelming. May have been the greatest human to die in our lifetime.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Jody

    It was beautiful and inspirational. We may say John Lennon was a dreamer but he wasn't the only one-Michael Jackson had his own dreams, despite all his personal struggles, of making the world a better place.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Kema Williams Evans

    It was dignified, classy, memorable and very touching. The part that touched me most was his daughter speaking about how she loved him and he was the best father. For those who did not see him as human, that ought to show you he was real to that child.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  317. Isela

    Michael Jackson was in a way a part of my childhood, I can remember the pennyloafer shoes that I HAD to buy, and he had all kinds of memorabilia, I also HAD to have the wallet they sold everywhere. When I heard the news last week, my heart sank. While watching today the live broadcast I lost it, when his daughter Paris spoke. It just broke my heart. I hope the judge grants permanent custody to the grandmother.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  318. neow

    i just want to know who is the marvelous singer who sings we are the world at the end of the show

    pierre from france

    July 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Mary Shamblin

    I belieive this is was a terrific way to honor his life, music and to remember he was a man with a heart...that no one saw outside of his close family and friends..I pray is that they leave with the lasting memory of what the man truly was amazing artisit, humantarin, and by seeing his child comments a wonderful father...We all should take the song "Man in the Mirror" as a theme and look at our lives that could be cut short and see what we are doing to make things better in our world.
    The turmoil in his life whether innocent or guilty people made judgement calls that on rumors, here say and only GOD, Micheal and those young men know the truth...One thing I do know is that the truth usually finds a way to be told and I think the truth needs to be forward so all the speculation is gone, truth out peace can come to that family and those children.
    We are make choices in our lives that are not always the best for us, We do not know the physical condition or elements Micheal was having so we should not judge.
    My prays are for the children and family now...Micheal is in the hands of just God.
    Micheal will be missed for his amazing talent but never forgotten.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Joe Krcmaric

    Truly a touching memorial. Where was Diana Ross??? She discovered the Jackson Five!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  321. Pretty

    Paris' words broke my heart.. Brooke Shield's heart warming speech...the words from Little Prince..Smokey's tribute...It was truly an overwhelming experience, I guess I have a newfound respect for his music than ever before..in the end, everyone is human, and life is short. Puts a lot of things in perspective..

    July 7, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Roberta

    I watched the whole thing and did not realize how much Michael Jackson touched my life. I cried through the whole thing. When Paris spoke it truly broke my heart. It is true maybe now they will leave him alone. He really is a true legend.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  323. Sky in Seattle

    This was very helpful. This memorial service helped put into prespective what has happened. It hasnt just been left hanging like a wound that never heals. It allowed the world to share in their heart ache together. We forget that these individual who write for us and act for us and sing and dance for us....are real people who are just as fragile as we are selves are. Those people who paint for us, go to the Olympics for us, help us make sense of our lives in this absurd and nonsensical world...those people...behind their talent....are humans just like the rest of us. I find myself wanting to apologize to him for the people who took advantage of him; for the people who made up stories about him to fill their own pockets. How often is it, when someone is golden; when someone has come to realize their potentials and shines out...how often is it...that this makes them a mark to the opportunistic and the hate mongers. Perhaps one of the lessons we should learn is that famous people can be hurt just as much as anyone else....it isnt a game. That is someone is a national treasure....we should treat them in that way WHILE they are alive.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  324. girly

    I was touched by MJ's homegoing service. It was tasteful and well done. Al Sharpton speaking directly to MJ's kids moved me...Preformances by John Mayer, Stevie Wonder and Usher were touching, but to hear his little girl's heart ache for her daddy made it real for me...at the end of the day...all MJ was to her was daddy. What parent couldnt' relate to that. I just wanted to hug her and tell her it was ok...very moving

    In addition, it was a pleasure to hear from those who had personal and real relationships with him like Brooke Sheilds. I don't think anyone knew how close they were...it gave me a glimpse of Michael's private side and the love he showed his family and friends. Great tribute, great final show and like his brother said...Maybe now people will leave him alone...

    July 7, 2009 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  325. angel

    The Memorial service for Michael Jackson was very touching and well put together for the short amount of time they had to get it together. He will be greatly missed but will forever be with us and in our hearts. I hope he can always be remembered for the good that he did.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  326. ekie

    Did anybody know who was the female singer at the finale?

    July 7, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  327. MJ FAN

    OMG! This was awsome! I so thank the JACKSON FAMILY for letting the WORLD be a part of this day...

    July 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  328. olay arnold

    The entire service, you could feel the love. Lastly, they are common folks, like many of us, loss hurts, memories comfort, dreams are fulfilled and friends and comrades are honored.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Juliefrommass

    What I thought was most memorable was his daughter, little Paris, from behind the veil/mask is a beautiful little girl, anyone can see how very loved she was and how she was being brought up. I always believed in Michael Jackson, never thought for a sec he was guilty of those crimes. Shame on anyone who thought it.

    The other speaker was Berry Gordy, Thank You Mr. Gordy for helping Michael Shine and leading him the way., And of course, all of the entertainers who sang for Michael. I also want to send my love, thoughts and prayers to the whole Jackson Family... I will always love the Jackson 5 then, The Jacksons, Michael Jackson, and may god rest his soul, "THE KING OF POP'..

    July 7, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  330. Barbara - Atlanta

    Wonderful homegoing for the "King of Pop" – Michael Joseph Jackson

    July 7, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  331. lifegls

    Michael's music is not only the soundtrack of our lives, and what he went through the background noise of our lives, but his humaness is our humaness and the contradictions we possess as human beings – our frailties and weaknesses, as well as our strength and courage. It's very sad that he was persecuted in life – maybe it was easier for us as human beings to point our finger at him and say, "Look at him," instead of looking in the mirror and saying, "Look at me."

    I wish the news channels would focus on the human element of Michael Jackson.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  332. m. barker

    Timeless and touching.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Mike Lake

    My most memorable moment was all day, not watching a damn moment about that perv...

    July 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Pamela Eady

    The MJ memorial was Godly, classy, and more than appropriate. This service was a true memorial, NOT a concert. It gave honor to 'The Greatest Entertainer To Ever Live', while challenging us to do better and truly love one another because that is God's will and MJ knew it and exemplified it.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  335. Golda Aurora Romelien

    I bid you greetings on this somber day, I watched Michael's memorial with my young 10 year old son as we both sat on the rug and held each other and cried our hearts out, I wished I could have been there at the Staples Center but even though I couldn't be I was happy to be off from work today to watched this event unfold, it was classy, a true show of love affection and respect to honor a man who deserved nothing less, it was tasteful and humble, so glad to see his daughter speaks, may God bless his children and family, may his soul rest in peace and light eternally, may his family find rest and justice.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Gayle

    Michael Jackson's memorial was overwhelming in my heart. When the Congress of the United States acknowledges such an Icon, much is to be said about this child of God. You shall and always be a part of our lives, thank you so much Michael, for your love bestowed upon us.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Dali

    The memorial tribute was completely beautiful and appropriate at all times. However, I will never forget hearing Paris speak. I believe we'll see that repeated many times the same as we remember John John saying in salute goodbye to his father.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Miss Destiny

    Absolutely! This was the best homegoing. May his family find comfort in knowing as he loved he was loved also by many.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  339. leave

    There will never be a person like Michael Jackson. It showed all what was accomplished and the film they showed of him all through his life was so good there is not a word that could explain it. And when Paris spoke I felt so sorry for her. God bless Michael and the family.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Linda Williams, West Virginia

    This was Michael's "final curtain call". The show is over; you can rest now.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  341. karen bravata

    when his daughter spoke said it all, He had to have been a wonderfull father to his kids despite the money hounds that ruined his reputation. It was nothing but a scam on their part but it cost Micheal jackson his life and reputation shame on them they will answer to god when its time.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Anna Abunasra

    I just wanted to say that Michael Jackson was a gifted and talanted artist. His music will live on forever. I had the pleasure to see Michael Jackson at the Staple Center during Jingle Ball. We were about five rows from the stage. He seemed very humble like he didn't know what all the fuss was about. I will always remember that moment. I have also had the pleasure to see Janet Jackson in concert. Both are very talented people. I send my condolences to the Jackson family.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  343. Doris Davis

    I went home during lunch to watch the memorial. The short part I watched sent me through a myriad of emotions: laughter with Berry Gordy, tears of sadness with the Brothers, Mariah, Magic and Kobe, pure joy when Queen Latifah read Maya Angelou's tribute. I celebrate the legacy Michael has left for the world. His celebrity, while often misunderstood, has often been used for good, no greatness. The music industry is indebted to his genius. I cannot wait to go home and share in the rest. This has been a beautiful celebration of the sunset of his life. I hope the world receives it as a gift in the purest sense. Michael and the Jacksons hold a special place as the soundtrack of my life. With much admiration, Doris Davis.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Sharon Todd

    Micheal Jackson will live on in his music, however, the humility and the generousity he had will never be duplicated. He was large and always had a giving spirit. My God keep the Jackson family and friends. Remember he maybe absent with you but he is present with the Lord. Rest in Peace Man in the Mirror Micheal Jackson
    There will never be another.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  345. LISA

    Seeing his little girl cry and say the words "daddy" just made the tears roll!!! He was a great man and father.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  346. JeffinDenver

    This was a fitting celebration for a great, great, great entertainer. Thank you for covering the program. MJ would have loved it!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  347. Betsy Thompson

    My favorite moment had to be the last song.. For that short amount of time Michael Jackson brought peace on earth.... and Paris... she broke my heart and tears flowed at the words she spoke!

    July 7, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  348. April

    It was most memorable to see all the children come out on stage....what a moment...

    July 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Peace

    yes. It was all lovely. Special Hug to the Family for being so incredibly gracious to all us "fans". God Bless Michael. God Bless us all..........

    July 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  350. Maressa Seaberry

    Wow! the ceremony was beautiful and tasteful. From beginning to end I was full of different emotions, I cried and I laughed. Al Sharpton great speech. Amen! then there was Jermaine with the solo "Smile" that tore me up. Then there was little Paris, broke my heart. I will never forget this day, this will go down in history. Thank you, CNN for the great coverage, we can always count on you.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  351. Jan VanLoon

    I think the memorial for Michael was absolutely wonderful. So many touching moments. For me when his brother sang Smile was heartbreaking. I went through a box of tissues, I could not stop crying..

    July 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  352. Deborah Farion

    I truly believe that the entire world weeped today for Michael Jackson.

    The entire ceremony should teach us that we need to tell people that we love them, appreciate them and respect them while they are still alive. I couldn't help but think today as I watched the Memorial Service for Michael, that if everyone who spoke today could have told him him the same words even a week ago, that he may still be alive today. Just maybe, he wouldn't have needed the drugs he took to ease his pain and that the respect and kindness that could have been given toward his dignity as a human being would have sustained him for many years to come.....please, please let us learn from this heartache.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  353. Sandra

    Deeply moving tribute to someone who gave so much. I was surprised by the emotions I felt while watching and Rev. Sharpton was so on point when he spoke. Terrific as well was Maya Angelou's poem. This was a most appropriate send off for Michael Jackson and can only wish his family the time they will need to truly grieve. As those of us who have experienced the loss of a loved one know, the loss never really hits you at first. It is in the days, weeks and months after the death that we can then try to come to terms with what has occurred. Peace.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  354. Susan in Texas

    The Jackson family did an excellent job in commemorating Michael Jackson's life at this memorial. You could truly feel his presence.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  355. NATASHA GERMAIN

    MICHAEL JACKSON IS LOVED AND MISSED HE WELL ALWAYS BE THE BEST OF THE BEST THE KING POP AND THE WORLD

    July 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  356. MJB

    It was very touching. Except for one CNN reporter who spoke ill of Michael on this day of all days, Solidad Obrien, the coverage was great. Thanks for not commenting during Michael's going home ceremony. I grew up with him, love him and will miss him.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  357. mary gouig

    Marlons statement telling MJ maybe they will leave you alone now. and who was NOT touched by his daughter Paris' tears?

    July 7, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  358. mary gouig

    I DONT CARE WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT BIOLOGICAL PATERNITY, THOSE WERE HIS KIDS AND HE WAS THEIR FATHER.

    July 7, 2009 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |

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