Today is the Staples Center celebrity-studded bash memorial service for Michael Jackson. If you live in L.A., I’d like to extend my condolences to you right now. I predict that the city will be shut down. Speaking of the city, isn’t Los Angeles running at a deficit? Because this cluster is costing about $3.5M. How is paying for this? I mean, Michael Jackson was a singer. Dead presidents don’t get this much honor.
The morning began with a private funeral service for family members to attend — that’s happening now. Afterward, the 10-car motorcade will proceed onward to the Staples Center for the big concert memorial service.
Originally the Jackson family intended on charging $25 a ticket, but that plan was quickly abandoned. Hopefully, that plan was quickly abandoned because they realized that it was crass to capitalize on their son’s death. The cynic in me asks: “Who wants to take bets that there will be a Jackson Memorial Tribute DVD on the market before the holiday gift-giving season?”
Anyway, today would be a terrific day for any celebs to be arrested for solicitation or to get caught cheating. Media coverage is going to be all MJ, all day. And I’m sorry for that.