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You may have tired of the Michael Jackson coverage. But his memorial service was one of the two most-viewed in human history, along with Princess Diana's. That's news.

But it also means there will be that many more people with opinions about it, about Jackson and about his legacy.

So why are some folks so sensitive about criticism of him, even to the point of being irrational?

Enter the Rev. Al Sharpton, who never fails to jump to the head of parades such as Jackson's funeral, and never leaves home without his righteous indignation, however contrived.

In Jackson's case, Sharpton angrily told the audience that Jackson never did anything freakish, but that he had to deal with a lot of freakish stuff -- from the media and public, of course.

That got a nice round of applause, but it was quite irrational, as in denying reality. It's observable fact that Jackson did plenty that many people considered beyond bizarre. Such things need not be recounted here; they're well-documented and well-known.

In acknowledging that fact, rather than joining the crowd to deify an exceedingly eccentric entertainer, no one is "trying to destroy the legacy of Jackson" as the perpetually puffy Sharpton told mourners. They're merely expressing their opinions, which they have every right to do -- especially when the media made the subject inescapable for several weeks.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., has been called every name in the book, including a racist, for espousing his unflattering views of Jackson and his befuddlement at the hubbub surrounding his death. Of course, it has nothing to do with race, unless you simply want to silence the critics.

Every entertainer is an acquired taste. Michael Jackson was like any other entertainer, only more so.

Commentator and columnist George Will has long noted that America has a booming "indignation industry," the type which the Sharptons of the world are captains of.

Anymore, it's America's chief industry.

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centerbalic
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centerbalic 07/10/09 - 04:13 am
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No matter what the critics

No matter what the critics say Micheal Jackson will always be a music icon!!!! It would be nice if people would remember him for the good he did for the world instead of trying to tear him down

centerbalic
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centerbalic 07/10/09 - 04:13 am
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No matter what the critics

No matter what the critics say Micheal Jackson will always be a music icon!!!! It would be nice if people would remember him for the good he did for the world instead of trying to tear him down

LolaJean
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LolaJean 07/10/09 - 05:01 am
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I thought he was a great

I thought he was a great entertainer but didnt watch 1 second of the coverage.

GACopperhead
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GACopperhead 07/10/09 - 06:04 am
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If anyone read the

If anyone read the transcripts of testimony at Jackson't trial, the would be convinced that he was a homosexual pedophile. It's another example that money, race and fame can combine to win someone an acquittal to a heinous crime just like Simpson. Failure for a jury to find someone guilty of a crime, does NOT mean innocence. That Jacko was an extraordinary talent is true, but with that talent and fame and money came an opportunity to forward his perversions evidently with no consequences. The only solace that I have is that he has had to stand before the face of God, and answer for his offenses. The outcome of that though, is in God's hands. As for me, I will not speak well of someone who preyed on children, apparently unrepentant, and is still idolized by the ignorant and the perverts.

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dashiel 07/10/09 - 06:08 am
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How about a compromise? If

How about a compromise? If everybody in America (except members of the Greek Orthodox Church) will stop using the word "icon" we will give Michael Jackson a national holiday or bury him in Arlington.

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charliemanson 07/10/09 - 07:00 am
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Priscilla's age when

Priscilla's age when officially introduced to the world as Elvis Presley's girlfriend = 14. Complaints of Elvis being a pervert = zero. (This is not including the rumors of how Elvis used to like watching young girls wrestle in their underwear for his entertainment. LOL.)

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charliemanson 07/10/09 - 07:16 am
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Plus, why was Elvis still

Plus, why was Elvis still sleeping in bed with his mom even as a teenager and never referring to her as "mom" but using playful pet names like she was his girlfriend? LOL. The point is no one is perfect. These stars are dead and we need to move on with our own personal lives.

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ladyjanegrey 07/10/09 - 07:36 am
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MJ was a freak plain and

MJ was a freak plain and simple....get over it.

patriciathomas
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patriciathomas 07/10/09 - 09:05 am
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Adolf Hitler gave us the

Adolf Hitler gave us the Volkswagon beetle. A very durable vehicle that was good on gas mileage and easy to repair. He should be remembered for his humanitarian side and people shouldn't try to tear him down for his other actions. Let's just get on with our lives.

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southernguy08 07/10/09 - 09:35 am
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Not worth commenting. Moving
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Not worth commenting. Moving on, for now.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/10/09 - 09:37 am
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Oh, I remember now...who the
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Oh, I remember now...who the Hell cares what a fat [filtered word], ignorant race pimp like Al Sharpton says anyway? The man is only good at selling hair relaxer.

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avidreader 07/10/09 - 09:41 am
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Every American should read

Every American should read Neil Postman's book, Amusing Ourselves to Death. It's an easy, entertaining read concerning the hold that media/technology has on the American public. I recently asked my "brainiac" students to list 5 specific traits that they admire about Barack Obama and 5 specific traits they did not like. The results were pitiful. All they could come up with were the views of BET and MTV -- all opinion, with no supporting details. This fall I will attempt the same lesson using MJ as an example. I have found that in the African American community MANY opinions come directly from the pulpit (if the preacher says its so they, by God, IT'S SO!). MANY of the white kids banter with their parents at the dinner table. My sixteen-year old son has a mind of his own, and even though I do not always buy into his assessments on politics, I encourage him to search for his opinions. I DO NOT LIKE AL SHARPTON (remember Tawana Brawley). Without racial tensions, this man would not have a job. However, Michael Jackson's accusers during his trial were idiots, and I am still willing to give him the benefit of doubt concerning many accusations. Am I a racist?

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Riverman1 07/10/09 - 09:51 am
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It's AN observable fact

It's AN observable fact Jackson is dead.

cparker
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cparker 07/10/09 - 11:09 am
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I loved Michael Jackson's

I loved Michael Jackson's music, but my opinion of him is the same for everyone... Immorality has no race, no gender, and no address!! It is society's fault that people are elevated beyond what God intended. We institute our own foolishness that create iconic figures that we choose to trust regardless of their behavior. Our political views, our religious views, and now our rationale is senseless because we want to believe in people even when it makes no sense to elevate them... We need to be careful about this because we can easily treat Michael Jackson with the same courtesy as God himself...

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Ode 07/10/09 - 12:29 pm
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Why doesn't Al Sharpton and

Why doesn't Al Sharpton and the rest of the righteous spokesmen for blacks come out and condemn all the violent crimes their race commits at a rabid rate?

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corgimom 07/10/09 - 12:48 pm
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Gotta love Al Sharpton's

Gotta love Al Sharpton's view. Sleeping with young boys is not strange. OOOOOKKKKKK. Too bad the district attorney of Santa Barbara County didn't hold Al's view.

3M3T1B
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3M3T1B 07/10/09 - 12:50 pm
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First - "...most-viewed in

First - "...most-viewed in human history" - when it's the only show on TV it's not hard to be the most viewed.

Second - Misplaced idolatry does not a great person make.

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jack234 07/10/09 - 02:07 pm
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Michael gave so much to

Michael gave so much to charaties that he is in the Guiness book of world records. Such a caring person, unlike many of the people that post here. All mouth with no follow-up. HELLO! HELLO! and bye. I have things to do in the yarrd like PT has things to do in the Home. HELLO! HELLO!

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/10/09 - 02:26 pm
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JACK234, showing off your
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JACK234, showing off your lobotomy again?

colcamp1
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colcamp1 07/10/09 - 02:27 pm
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Why don't George Bush and the

Why don't George Bush and the rest of the righteous spokesman for whites come out and condemn all the violent crimes like serial rape, serial murders, work place shootings, school shootings, church shootings, that their race commits at a rabid rate?

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/10/09 - 02:29 pm
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Let's see if the AC will
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Let's see if the AC will remove my post again. All I said was Al Sharpton was a fat [filtered word], ignorant race pimp.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/10/09 - 02:31 pm
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Oh, and that he, Sharpton,
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Oh, and that he, Sharpton, was only good at selling hair relaxer.

Ode
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Ode 07/10/09 - 03:15 pm
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When did Bush become a

When did Bush become a spokesperson for white people? Some of you are obsessed with the man.

colcamp1
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colcamp1 07/10/09 - 03:17 pm
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When did Al Sharpton become

When did Al Sharpton become the spokesperson for Blacks?

colcamp1
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colcamp1 07/10/09 - 03:20 pm
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Rush Limbaugh is a REALLY fat

Rush Limbaugh is a REALLY fat azz, ignorant race pimp.

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john 07/10/09 - 03:37 pm
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yeah colcamp. rush wants you

yeah colcamp. rush wants you to be the best you can be and elevate yourself instead of be a victim. how dare he.

Ode
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Ode 07/10/09 - 04:19 pm
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So are you denouncing Al

So are you denouncing Al Sharpton and what he stands for?

ladyjanegrey
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ladyjanegrey 07/10/09 - 04:38 pm
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rush scares the crap out of

rush scares the crap out of you guys ......lol

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/10/09 - 04:39 pm
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Fat Al Sharpton stands
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Fat Al Sharpton stands for...what? If there aren't any cameras and microphones around, he doesn't get off his fat [filtered word].

ladyjanegrey
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ladyjanegrey 07/10/09 - 05:01 pm
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Looks like ole jessie was

Looks like ole jessie was scanning the papers for a cause... found a cemetary in Chi townj he could rant about....LOL

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