Michael Jackson memorial: full video and our commentary

EW’s Simon Vozick-Levinson and Missy Schwartz, and Essence.com’s Emil Wilbekin live-blogged today’s emotional memorial to Michael Jackson. Click “Replay” on the widget below to see their running commentary. Note: The live blog widget is closed to comments, but you can share your thoughts in the regular comments feature at the bottom of this page.

More on Michael Jackson on EW.com:
Michael Jackson: A life in pictures (1991-2009)
Michael Jackson: A life in pictures (1958-1988)
Michael Jackson: 10 top videos
Michael Jackson: 18 milestones
Is Michael Jackson haunting Neverland Ranch?

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  • paqpaqa

    Live blogging a memorial service? Really? Seriously? It’s just so… weird

  • DawnM

    This is just tacky.

  • unbelievable EW…

    dawn, you are right…totally tacky

  • unbelievable EW…

    dawn, you are right…totally tacky

  • Johnny

    Oh good, I am not the only one who finds this a bit disturbing. I mean really, what are they going to comment on, who is sobbing and who looks distressed? I just hope they will at least refrain from trying to be witty or snarky.

  • Dennis

    It is so sad to see so many willing to overlook Jacksons criminal transgressions because he could sing and dance. The man only avoided prison because of his money, this says little of America’s justice system. Another nail in the morality coffin.

    • carson rhodes

      Says alot about the your “morality coffin” when people like you can make comments that are not based in fact or truth. As you weren’t there, you simply don’t know. I hope you are never on anyones jury.

  • alexandra

    yeah, tacky was the first thing that came to mind for me, too. i mean, really? are there no boundaries anymore? sheesh.

  • Kevin

    In a world of perversion where Priest, Politicians, Judges, and the Elite as well as the common man will, and do themselves, all of the things that they preach to be terrible and wrong and immoral while condemning others for the same things but hide behind the fact that they themselves have not been caught. I will say now that I would bet my life that Michael never molested a child. But once again because the people that condemn him have there own perverted thoughts of the acts as I am quite sure Michael did not, he just had love and happiness that he wanted to give to the world and especially children, because he never had a childhood. And because he never had a childhood because he gave his childhood up to be the most Loving, Giving, Talented Entertainer in the History of the World as we no it. Peace & Love Michael, you will always live in my heart…
    And to all you F*%@&* Up accusers…as Michael said ( Look at the man in the mirror ) for you to think he is a pervert you must be one

  • Kevin

    In a world of perversion where Priest, Politicians, Judges, and the Elite as well as the common man will, and do themselves, all of the things that they preach to be terrible and wrong and immoral while condemning others for the same things but hide behind the fact that they themselves have not been caught. I will say now that I would bet my life that Michael never molested a child. But once again because the people that condemn him have there own perverted thoughts of the acts as I am quite sure Michael did not, he just had love and happiness that he wanted to give to the world and especially children, because he never had a childhood. And because he never had a childhood because he gave his childhood up to be the most Loving, Giving, Talented Entertainer in the History of the World as we no it. Peace & Love Michael, you will always live in my heart…
    And to all you F*%@&* Up accusers…as Michael said ( Look at the man in the mirror ) for you to think he is a pervert you must be one

  • sbwm

    This is a disappointing response to a funeral by EW. I really am surprised that you are offering a live blog of the memorial service. This is beneath you. Perhaps you can choose not to do it. Just because it is turning into a “whooplah” ( tm Liz T.) does not mean you have to sink to their level. Bummer.

  • Stanley

    They should have hidden the Memorial Tickets inside Wonka Bars! http://hidensneek.com/2009/07/06/michael-jackson-memorial-biggestfuneralever/
    Michael would have liked that! I bet those memorial tickets make the chocolate taste awful though?

  • darrin

    tacky ew tacky

  • darrin

    this is tacky and slightly disturbing

  • Alison

    This is really tacky. I expect more class from a magazine like EW. This is really low.

  • Angie

    I don’t know how I feel about bloggin this event, but the BET awards were also blogged because it turned into a an MJ tribute. Tuesday is a Memorial Service – not a funeral. It’s supposed to be a celebration of his life. I actually wish they had waited until perhaps the Saturday after the private funeral to conduct the memorial service.

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