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Michael Jackson: Mr. Weird or Mr. Wonderful?

Faithful Michael Jackson fans started flocking to his childhood home in Gary, Indiana at 4 this morning.

Samantha Moritz and her dad drove from the town of Highland, Indiana to pay their condolences to the king of pop.

Now, 15, Samantha swears she fell in love with Jackson's music at the tender age of 3. Samantha clutched a laminated photograph and autograph of Jackson. She got them during Jackson's last visit to Gary in 2003.



In between wiping away the tears, Samantha told me how she hadn't slept all night and begged her father to bring her to Gary.

I asked Samantha what she thought about all the weird things Jackson had done over the years - the surgeries - the court cases involving children.

She told me that while Jackson was a great entertainer, he was also human and just like the rest of us, he had his ups and downs. She said he had changed her life forever, and one day she will tell her kids about the man dubbed the king of pop.

So, how will you remember Michael Jackson?

As a great entertainer or a troubled man-child?

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Kwolf:

MEDIA..PLEASE STOP TALKING ABOUT HIS SEXUAL PREFERENCE..HIS COURTCASES...LEAVE THAT B.S. IN YOUR GLOVE BOX..OR YOUR CLOSET..THIS IS NOT THE TIME AND PLACE..LET'S TALK ABOUT HIS ACHIEVEMENTS....
HE WAS THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER TO EVER WALK THE EARTH...GIVE HIM RESPECT..GIVE HIS FAMILY THE RESPECT THEY ARE DUE...respect them the way you would want respect if your family member had died.... speak of how great he was as a singer, dancer, choreographer, filmmaker etc. etc.

TRUE FANS...WEAR A WHITE GLOVE ON THE DAY OF HIS SERVICE...SHOW YOUR LOVE.

Kwolf

KWOLF:

America,

TV STATIONS, NEWSPAPERS, EVERYBOBY PLEASE STOP!!!
Im tired of hearing reporters comparing Mike to Elvis...CLTV today is running a poll...is Mike this generations Elvis?
Mike is not.. He is Micheal Jackson.. KING OF POP..100%!!! There is no one to compare...and if I started naming
those his equal..or near his equal..it would not be Elvis....Elvis was all hype....A media generated star.

Guys like Chuck Berry and Little Richard were the ones with the sound....if there was no racism...Elvis would have been the 50s Vanilla Ice no more....in a world of no racism..with equal opportuninty...he would just been another white guy tryin to be like the great Little Richard...or the great Chuck Berry.
Thats all he was..the 50's Vanilla Ice. (he was no slim shady either). Elvis copied black entertainers...he patterned himself after the great black singers he saw perform ...

back then...blacks found it very hard to get work...no one wanted to see blacks make any money so they did all they could the block the money from our hands.... so promoters would teach a white to do what the blacks created..to invent a
"white black man",...then this imitation would get work.and .make money...leaving the black unemployed and BROKE. case closed...Micheal Jackson is not this generations Elvis.. and does'nt want to be. Mike is the REAL DEAL!!

I remember when they refused to hire Bruce Lee..even they he came to the studio with the idea.. they gave the job to David Carradine..and he did'nt even posses Kung Fu skills... RACISM
same when they made a film about Geronimo I think it was..instead of a qualified native american gettin the job...they hired Chuck Connors (rifleman). In fact in most of the movies..the native indians were seen as the enemy when they were the ones being killed and robbed....In the 50's young whites wanted some "rock and roll" on tv.. the new sound of black america..because of the thirst for black music...they felt a need to find a white guy who could do the job..it was Elvis..
his job was to deliver the black sound.... If Micheal Jackson had been locked away and hidden...and Vanilla Ice knew all his songs and moves..he'd be huge today instead of being a has been.

Yesterday when I turned on the television I saw the same brittish reporter who boosted his career by downing Micheal Jackson...
martin basheer I think his name is.... I hated the way he used Mike... he pretended to be a friend...got close to Mike then roosted him im public...burned him at the stake. It was alot of nerve for channel seven to even hire this clown. When I saw him talking about past issues that Mike had been cleared of I turned the channel. The man is dead..HE IS DEAD..WHY WASTE TIME TALKING ABOUT NEGATIVES.
TALK ABOUT THE GREAT THINGS THAT HE DID..IF YOU DON'T WANT TO DISCUSS ALL THE GREAT THINGS HE DID. STAY OFF THE AIR. I WOULD NOT WALK UP AFTER SOMEONE WAS DEAD AND BRING UP DUMB SHIT AT A TIME LIKE THIS..RESPECT HIS FAMILY...RESPECT HIS FANS WHO ALSO GRIEVE..RESPECT MIKE.

QUESTION: Why had'nt there been any blacks on mtv anyway...befor THRILLER??? Why do "they" insist on being racist?
That's why Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, and so many others got beat out thier money

Please STOP the racism. Please STOP bring up Micheal Jackson's court cases from the past. Sure it was part of his life..but this is not the time or the place to discuss it.

People please anytime you hear them bring up Micheal Jacksons court cases call the station and complain...tell your friends to complain. email your grievance to everyone on your email list and tell them to forward it. Let's make sure they keep this moment the way Mike would have wanted it..a time of love.... If channel 7 insists on allowing Mike's enemy to speak...turn the TV....call them and tell them why you turned. NO MORE MARTIN BASHEER!! NO MORE COURT CASES!!! NO MORE PERSONAL LIFE!!! KEEP THE NEWS ON HIS ACHIEVEMENTS..HIS CAREER..THE GREAT THINGS THAT HE HAS DONE.

Please email this to all your friends and co workers.

True Fan..k'wolf
Chicago/Gary 2300 Jackson Street
Im thinking we should all..worldwide wear one white glove on the day they have his service.
wear one bedazzled white glove on that day..all day in honor of M.J.KING OF POP
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mia kirkwood:

michael was my favorite singer.I was crying yesterday because he died.I wish he will come back.RIP Michael Jackson

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