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Jackson Family Feuding Over Michael's Funeral

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It's the Jackson ladies versus the men in the decision of how the public should pay their final respects to Michael Jackson.

MJ's father, Joe, as well as all the Jackson brothers, wanted to honor their brother with the excessiveness of both James Brown and Princess Diana's funerals, says the King of Pop's former business manager, Dr. Tohme Tohme.

Joe and the Jackson men were set on having an open casket funeral and having the late King of Pop's body driven through the streets so fans could throw flowers onto the casket a la Princess Diana.

"The family is fiercely divided. You’ve got the brothers on one hand, who all want to perform and turn the funeral into a showbiz extravaganza, and then you have Katherine on the other side who is a deeply religious woman and is determined that this won’t descend into a circus," Dr. Tohme told reporters.

Bless her heart!

Added former Jackson tour manager Frank DiLeo: "'She is the one who is pushing for a spiritual element to the funeral. If the brothers had their way, it would be the Jackson Five’s greatest performance. Or rather, the Jackson Four’s greatest performance."

Momma Katherine has been backed by daughters Janet and LaToya in her decision to have a closed casket memorial at the Staples Center in LA on Tuesday. A single sequined glove and black fedora will be placed on top of the coffin in honor of the late music legend.

Katherine has yet to decide if Jackson's three children will attend the memorial, but if they do, they'll be at the Staples Center sans masks.

[Image via WENN.]

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54 comments to “Jackson Family Feuding Over Michael's Funeral”

  1. 1

    well michael put his mother in charge of his estate…so im sure that means he knew she would know what was best for all this…and yes, having a spiritual funeral would be more appropriate….but im sure that all his fans want to be part of this too…he was very loved by many….

  2. 2

    What was wrong with diana's funeral? It was the perfect way for everyone to say goodbye.
    They should do the open casket thing, it'll give the fans closure.

  3. 3

    team katherine here

  4. 4

    I agree with MJ's mum here…it is going to descend into a circus. Make it simple and elegent, and more focused on family and friends, and his kids espeically. They should be allowed to mourn their father in privacy and to attend his funeral openly without everyone gawking at them and being papped. I do think the fans have a right to mourn his death, but maybe a memorial event a few days after the funeral would have been more appropriate.

  5. 5

    I'm deffinetly on his mothers side.

  6. 6

    His father will use him for profit right til they put him in the ground (or in the mausoleum), and for years to come. So will you, PZ

  7. 7

    i think they should do it like dianas so everyone can pay their respects
    michael said in an interview once he'd prefer to be cremated…don't they think they should go with his wishes?

  8. 8

    Michael was over the top so it could be appropriate for his funeral to also be over the top….and not everyone is religious so i think they should keep that out of the funeral….i hope they can compromise and find a happy medium…

  9. 9

    It has all turned too commercial, yes he was ridiculously famous, arguably one of the most famous people in history, but he is meant to be rested and in peace, and it's a very personal thing to die, (duh!) and family and close friends should be the ones who really respect that, they knew him best and knew who he really was, aside from the schamoas, moonwalks, gloves, they know what has all really happened in his life, and that is most important, memorials for him will be held across the world for him, fans should rejoyce in those, wheras family should pray and say goodbye to him the way any loving family would. xx

  10. 10

    Re: UrMajestyMsG – Morning Hottie♥♥♥ nice and hot today….. letz go for a ride!!!!!

  11. 11

    Re: brainchild – how will he make profit out out people being able to pay their respects on the street? they did it for diana too…

  12. 12

    Re: JontavionBrownXIV
    keep religion out becasue not everyone is religious? Well, he was religious - a JW I believe. So, the funeral should fit his and his families beliefs not everyone else's. His mother is in charge. She should make the decision. Her kids should respect that too.

  13. 13

    Michael would have wanted a big show.
    Not necessarily with them, but a big show nonetheless.

  14. 14

    So sad, may he rest in peace. Katherine has been through so much bless her heart, and I am sure she knows best what he would have wanted.

  15. 15

    It is disgusting how some of you are saying that it should be like Princess Diana's and basically comparing the two. Yes, Michael was great back in the day, but come on. Did he do the things that Diana did? He is NOT royalty. Why do they have to have a public funeral anyway? Why can't the funeral be private and have a public memorial?

  16. 16

    RIP MJ

  17. 17

    Next they will be takinkg his remains on tour with them to sell tickets if old Joe has his way.Not a sane one in the bunch.

  18. 18

    Re: Long Dong Connery – Vroom Vroom….alright…i need to get outta this office anyhow, come scoop me up sir….im getting the leather pants out…haha

  19. 19

    she'll come around after mr joe slaps her around a little bit… just like he did with his kids

  20. 20

    Re: UrMajestyMsG – Leather Chaps???????? ♥♥
    how are ya??? to much work……..?

  21. 21

    Team Katherine!! Michael loved his mother and wwhat she wants is most likely what he would have wanted.

  22. 22

    I agree with the Ladies

  23. 23

    keep it civil.
    please, everyone who cares enough for this man.. Go to the STAPLES.
    Show the world that he had fans and ppl that adored him. Thats the least you could do. Screw L.A.P.D. Go and show your love for this man.

  24. 24

    No! Michael was only over the top while performing. He was actually a very shy person, Katherine is right. Joe Jackson never looked out for Michael's best interests.

  25. 25

    MJ gave more than 300 million dollars to charity. . He was listed in the 2000 edition of the Guiness Book Of World Records for breaking the world record for the "Most Charities Supported By a Pop Star". It states that Michael Jackson has supported 39 charity organizations either with monetary donations through sponsorships of their projects or by participating in their silent auction.

  26. 26

    Pero, they are Yehova's Witnesses!!!

  27. 27

    Re: Long Dong Connery – gotta wear the chaps when riding…dont want road rash…lol….yeah, any work is always too much….lol jk….just need a way over due vay-cay…

  28. 28

    Ok, now I think Ive had enough and read enough. Diana's funeral was done with grace, class and dignity. Period. RIP MJ. Taking a long vacation from this site and others and skipping over as much MJ related BS as possible…there are other far more important issues that continue on in the world and those who may not have been rich or famous who are dying and no less deserving of respect and honor.

  29. 29

    i'm with ms. katherine on this one…i think a closed casket memorial is the best route.

  30. 30

    I'm on the ladies side on this one. It should be kept classy not over the top.

  31. opkl says – reply to this


    i read this from another source like 2 days ago…


  32. 32

    Re: UrMajestyMsG – come to Kanada……..

  33. 33

    Re: Long Dong Connery – well now that the "Mav-ress" aka Palin is outta office in Alaska…i might stop thru Canada when going to visit Alaska…lol….i do have a couple friends i need to visit in the northwest territories…lol

  34. 34

    duh why wouldnt the children be there?

  35. 35

    Unfortunately, everything involved with Michael's death will be excessive, circus-like, and commercial.
    So far, media coverage has been ridiculously over-hyped. So much speculation and inaccuracies ..
    Rest in Peace, Michael

  36. 36

    All Los Angeles needs is to have a funeral procession so that the lower classes can make asses of them selves. Sheesh, can people get any stupider???????????? The Jackson clan is not known for having a lot of class or dignity, so what more should we expect?

  37. 37

    i think michael would've wanted the BIG show.

  38. 38

    his dad is an asshole, even in his death he's still exploiting his son. michael's whole life was a circus, it's time to let him rest in peace.

  39. 39

    OMG. theyre putting a black fedora and a sequined glove on the coffin! That just made me bust out crying. It's still so hard to believe he is gone ="((((

    I would have to go with MJ's mom's wishes. It just seems more…right.

  40. 40

    I'm with the ladies on this one, keep this from becoming more of a circus than it already is!

  41. 41

    can't they do both somehow? Isn't there a swtich in a Jackson family memeber that says, "let's collectively do what's best for Micheal, and cover all the issues? jeez…

    Kinda makes me cool with being a peon Russo. gosh!

  42. 42

    Wish they could have it both ways. Just respect his wishes. I remember all too well Diana's and John John's funerals. RIP Michael.

  43. 43

    Funerals are stupid; cremate, donate organs, then just look at photos and videos (we have plenty!). There's no hereafter, let Katherine do her mumbo jumbo praying stuff alone. people can have memorials if they want.

    and why didn't Rebbie weigh in? Does no one ask her for HER opinion???? she has more seniority than Janet and Randy!

  44. 44

    Why should his death be any different then his life. They faught over everything the poor fuck did anyway. LEAVE HIM BE FOR HELL SAKES. He is dead. Close the casket and let him rest. There is NO freaking need for some huge ta da shit thru town. JOE Jackson is looking to make a boat load of cash from this. I wouldnt be a bit surprised if he himself was running one of the t shirt stands in the street. 45 dollars each. ( Framing additional ) what a bunch of losers. THEY LOST A FAMILY MEMBER IDIOTS.

  45. 45

    I'm on the girls side, but I do think his body should be driven to the streets also. Not for show purposes, but for people to say goodbye.

  46. 46

    I hope she decides to let his children attend. I understand that funerals are devistating for children however I believe it is also an important part of the healing process and a final good bye. I attended my parents funerals when I was young and as far as I know I'm not emotinally scared by it. Also I think the kids would be so amazed to see just how many people loved their dad, it will be something that will bring them comfort and that they will always remember about him.

  47. 47

    Rest In Peace.

  48. 48

    joe jackson should not be allowed to talk. and it seems like the brothers are trying to use this to get some sort of comeback for themselves, which is disgusting as well. please listen to the females…we know best, you know :)

  49. 49

    Mrs. Jackson cannot be THAT religious. She knew very well her husband was molesting his daughters and nieces and did nothing to stop it. She was IN the home at the time! It is said she would say on occasion "Joe, cut that out. We all have to get up early tomorrow."

  50. 50



  51. @v@ says – reply to this


    Team Katherine. Michael put her in charge of his estate.
    I love the glove and black fedora on top of the coffin.
    That's dignified, and right. After all, it was the circus that got him, IMHO.

  52. 52

    Re: Hate Low Class People – Why don't you just say black people and get it done with?

  53. 53

    Team Katherine. RIP Michael

  54. 54

    "Katherine has yet to decide if Jackson's three children will attend the memorial, but if they do, they'll be at the Staples Center sans masks" yeah i didnt see any! paris's speech was so sad :'( it got to me every time it was replayed on the news