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Michael Jackson's daughter Paris' moving tribute to her father--poignant moment, or too personal?

By Expert HERWriter July 8, 2009 - 10:47pm
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Did any of you happen to see Paris-Michael Jackson's emotional speech at the end of her father's memorial service on Tuesday? For me, that sweet little girl was able to capture in 2 tearful sentences what everyone else took hours to say about Michael Jackson. I felt so bad for her and I'm glad she was there with her other family members who hugged her right away and who seem to be taking good care of her. To me, it was an unscripted moment that was not intended. Paris just decided to do it, I thought, and Aunt Janet and the rest of the family helped her to the microphone.

But after talking with other people about Paris' appearance, and reading some comments on some online newspapers, it seems that some people are really upset that she spoke. I heard from more than one friend that they felt Paris' grief should have remained private, not for the world to see. And the fact that we have really never even seen her without a mask or veil, and have never heard her speak about anything until now also bothered several people. I even read several opinions that referred to it as child exploitation.

It always fascinates me how we can all see the same event, or hear the same thing, yet have such different views on it. So I'd love to know--what do you think of Paris Jackson's speech? Should she have been allowed to do it, especially if it was her own idea, or should she have been encouraged to not speak on national TV? Was it too personal a moment and something that such a sheltered child should not have been allowed to do?

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I tend to agree with you about Michael Jackson's life being a circus. It'd be interesting to look at the cast of characters who truly played a role in his life. We know his father had tremendous influence on him in his younger years. Certainly, not in a good way, I might add. And we wonder why Michael turned out the way he did?? Where's the empathy?? Beaten over and over again. So sick when he saw his dad that it made him vomit.

I can't begin to imagine what is must have been like for him to be surrounded by people who viewed him as a meal ticket and really didn't have his best interest at heart. Even some of his own family members continued to put him in horrible positions when it came to certain family members financial needs and caused Jackson to suffer through countless lawsuits, when he had no idea of the deals that we're being cut and promises being made on his behalf. Sad but true. I guarantee you that most did not have his best interest at heart. But what about sweet Paris standing up there on that stage with many a watching eye on her. And here she has the courage to speak out in front of thousands of people simply because she had something to say. She wanted her daddy to know how much she loved him. It was as if she was talking directly to him, and him alone. It didn't matter who was there. Paris had something to say and we all got to witness the heartbroken young girl share her love for her father to the world. She unveiled herself for the first time since her birth.

July 9, 2009 - 12:49pm
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Michael Jackson and his family have been under intense scrutiny for years -- some would even argue that it was Jackson's sensitivity to this scrutiny that motivated him to make some of the choices that he did. Yeah -- life was an apparent circus and some were several steps removed from reality, but Paris's heartfelt reaction to her father's death seemed very real and put a human face on the so-called freak show that had become Jackson's life. In my opinion, grieving families should be given a little room in how they want to express that grief -- whether it's openly or in private. Had she stood up stoicly and uttered an unemotional good-bye, would people's reactions have been the same? Was it exploitation? I dunno. Is airing a funeral bookended by advertisements and selling ads around continuous coverage exploitive? Maybe the microscope needs to be turned on someone else.

July 9, 2009 - 12:58am
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