Jul 3, 2009

Back to Back Circuses

I find it sad that there is going to be a charge to attend MJ's memorial service. I also heard today that the City of Los Angeles is broke, and is requesting donations to support police overtime and sanitation services. Below is the triggering entry:

Hollywood long ago realized that death has no dominion over a star's ability to pull in cash, but Michael Jackson's funeral may be a landmark in money-grubbing. If the report by Radaronline.com is true, those who wish to attend his official memorial service at the Staples Center will have to shell out $25 apiece for the privilege.

The event, scheduled for next Tuesday, July 7th, at 10:00 a.m. PST will include testimonials from some of MJ's friends and admirers, as well as music and video clips. The Center, home of the recent world champion Los Angeles Lakers, will be equipped with extra video screens so those inside and outside can share in the ceremony.

T-shirts made for his canceled "This Is It" tour will be hawked to those attending the event.

Radaronline.com also reports that the day after the Jackson memorial service the Staples Center is scheduled to host the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus.


  1. I would go so far as to call this obscene.

  2. It could also be the Staples Center charging, they want money for everything!! Anyway, VERY SAD that ANYONE would be charging! It's just not right!!

  3. Hi Ken,
    Yikes ... I haven't heard this. All I've heard is that there will be a memorial at Staples center and that tickets were being somehow made available on the Internet (though I hadn't heard anything about a charge). This all sounds so crass.

  4. I'm not surprised, his father was already promoting a video the day after his passing. I agree with Beth, this is jus downright creepy. (Hugs)Indigo

  5. My only contrary thought on this, though, is that anyone who is crazy enough to pay the money to attend a FUNERAL... well, the probably deserved to get ripped off. I know that's harsh, but seriously.

    This next comment probably reserves my place in Hell, but the circus playing there the day after... well, that's just hilarious!

  6. I mean no disrespect to MJ but I think they should just add a 4th ring and call it even. I cannot even imagine what it's going to be like in LA tomorrow, just glad I am about 3000 miles away.


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