1.5 million people signed up for a ticket giveaway to Michael Jackson's memorial service. 8750 received an email stating they were one of the lucky winners. Now these tickets are being sold on EBay for HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of dollars. What the f**k! Let the man rest in peace already...
While I know Michael would have loved the ticket giveaway because he loved his fans. I don't agree with everyone profitting off of his death. He was a great entertainer and will be missed but all these opportunists need to stop
Sounds like typical celebrity merchandising. Many people followed Michael Jackson so thoroughly in the news for decades that they know him better than some of their family members, music fans are overwrought, and this goes on for anything to do with a big celebrity. The memorial service isn't a personal event, it's a public one.
But the way I look at it, Michael doesn't have to show up or do anything for this one so it's not as if it's a problem for him. I hope his heirs do earn something from it though.
I'm under the impression he would have liked all the hoop-la. It has been said he loved his fans, and it appeared he was pretty much in his element when around them. I, personally, think a dignified, private, burial is nicest; but I don't the Jacksons are about "private and dignified".
You may be right on that one...but there is something not quite right about selling tickets to view a dead guy. I mean if these "winners" were truly fans, I would think they would use the tickets to go to the memorial service, not scalp them on EBay.
I was hoping that they'd sell the tickets for $25 a piece or something and donate it all to a few good charities. It's too bad that the the Staples Center did not do this!!
That being said, I don't object to people making money from their tickets (if they can figure out how - I heard they have taken anti-scalping measures), but even still $25 a ticket could've raised a lot of money for charity! Even the scalpers would've had to donate.
The difference is the funeral people a providing a service they are not just making a cold profit on someone's death. I do believe they overprice their service to take advantage of the emotional state of their customers.
I thought I heard on the radio that they were preventing scalping by using a ticketing system AND a wristband PLUS checking IDs at will call. So, if you won a ticket, you get a special code that corresponds with your name (you have to show ID) then you get a wrist band at one place and then go over to another place to get a ticket? I dunno, sounds complicated but how the guy explained it on the radio made it seem like scalping would be downright impossible.
It is sad when people will put in for a ticket to pay tribute to another human being just to profit from it. It takes a certain level of greed or a terrible need for money to get it that way. I did not feel the need to go and I wouldn't pay to get there so I would never consider putting in for tickets.
And to scalp tickets for a funeral... well that's about as morbid as it comes.
I'm no fan of Michael Jackson, but these so called fans seem to have lost sight of their soul.
Like the Jackson impersonator I read about here in Australia, apparently the death of Michael Jackson crushed him. But he may as well be dancing on MJ's grave because he's so excited of the prospects of making LOTS of money.
As far as "providing a service" is concerned, I'm sure drug traffickers could use the same argument.
OK...Then I'm going to start marketing my own brand of Michael Jackson crack cocaine. I'm going to call it Crack-fer-Jax, and every $20 baggy will come with a secret prize! It should hit the streets in a couple of weeks...
It's a memorial service, not a funeral, the news said his body wouldn't be there. I tried to look on ebay to see if there were any tickets there, I saw one, but two seconds later it said ebay deleted it. Scalping tickets to a concert is different than scalping tickets to a memorial service. Hopefully the security will make this impossible. The memorial is for the fans, it's pretty cool that 17,500 fans will be able to attend, if someone isn't one of them... suck it up. Put on his record and chill.
There was a report on cable news about the city being upset about being stuck with providing security. Since it's CA they don't have the money--not the city or the state either--and the concern is, this is a great place for a terrorist group to 'make a point' by blowing up a bunch of people all in one place.
I doubt people would pay to come to my funeral. Well maybe a few people. Seriously though, CA is one of the only areas where their governor told them unless the cut back on pork spending, they'd go broke and the people told him to shut up. They're getting everything the deserve.
Well, yeah. I thought it was kind of immature when they threw Gray Davis out and replaced him with the Governator. That referendum thingie they got going there has to go. But wouldn't that actually fit your philosophy? The referendums, I mean? You know, minimal government, just let the public decide directly by referendum?
The problem isn't government or even how people elect or depose governors. The problem is that government appoints itself overseer of all and generally speaking, screws things up. As for mass democracy, I'm not a fan. Mass democracy will always devolve into the majority sticking it to the minority. That's why we were conceived as a republic, not a democracy.
I think you just don't like the Governator and that's why you think it was immature they threw him out. It had nothing to do with the corruption in Davis' tenure did it?
It's like a religion for you, isn't it? Certain mantras. Over and over.
Libertarians always sound like that to me. It's always about finding facts to fit the theory instead of dealing with actual issues. Like, if you just repeat the main dogmatic points often enough and passionately enough it will make it all true. I really hate that kind of politics.
No one looks at what is happening anymore and crafts a solution. All we get is this politics as religion nonsense. People start with their dogmas and mantras and just start piling them on, repeating them over and over whether they fit or not.
California was a boom state for decades until they decided they didn't want their property taxed and installed a system of endless public referendums. The problem isn't their 'welfare state', the problem is you can't run a government without funding the government. You can't have public programs and no taxes.
I should think you'd applaud the desire of Californians to pay for nothing. Soon they will have no government. That's what you want, isn't it?
And I could certainly say the same thing for the idea that the state knows what it is doing. There really is no middle ground. You'll either end up with a totally free society or one in which the government rules all.
Let's face it, you think that government is the answer and that is religion to you. You vehemently disagree with me and use religion as slander to detract from my points. That's not debate.
As for CA being a boom state, why do you think people cut their property taxes? Especially during the housing boom. They couldn't afford it. Inflation started taking off and consequently people had less money for everything, including taxes. So yeah, people wanted to cut spending wherever they could and that includes property taxes. Inflation makes it inevitable that people will cut spending once the boom phase is over. As for fixing it, abolish the Fed. Take away the governments ability to force the interest market and you won't see booms and busts on the scale we see them today.
But that's anathema to you vision of government providing all. Ask yourself this, if government was so all-seeing and all-knowing, how did they not see this coming and correct for it?
Ugh, that sucks. That's gonna cost a lot! I was wondering about that, I sort of assumed the Staples Center was comping everything (they or concert promoters are typically responsible for hiring police for every other event they host...whatever's in the contract). Here, no one's making any profit so there is no contract.
(I still say they should've charged a few bucks for each ticket for charity!)
I hear that there were roughly 11,000 seats for about 500 million requests and that information was of first reporting.
Some of the viewers were to be seated at the Nokia Center and the Staples Center. One local woman won tickets and proved to be a true fan with old Michael Jackson tickets and all.
It is hoped that what SweetiePie said is right and there is a system in place out of respect to assure that ticket receivers do not try to profit from the small amount of tickets available. Also, it is true that Michael Jackson loved his fan and he loved his fans while he was alive. Now that he is no longer with them, I think that the ticket-memorial was disrespectful and the public could have witnessed Michael Jackson's memorial service as a tribute other than with tickets that may have the propensity to get sold.
But with the supply and demand feature of any economy, the organizers of the event should have expected that this sort of ridiculous attempt at selling probably bogus tickets would emerge from the dark places of capitalism.
Earning for a living..? What honest labor is invested in this hypocrisy of hype...? More like taking advantage of an immature group of grieving people, much like Madoff's using investors' ignorance to line his own pockets...
His whole life was a circus. I can't believe that anyone is surprised by the lack of reverence. I have my own karma to worry about. I couldn't take part in that. I am not a religious, or even very spiritual, person, but that is on them.
With all of the more interesting current events going on in the world I really do not know why people are speculating about how Jackson would think and feel about people selling tickets at his funeral. No one made anyone buy an overpriced ticket, and the people who did so much have a lot of free spending money in this economy.
I am deeply, emotionally, financially and spiritually entrenched in music. That being said...why do people get so emotional about a pop star / rock star or whomever else that is a celebiry when they die? Seriously...you did not know that person in the slightest.
I love the Who, Jack Black and a few others and if they died suddenly, I would be like..."that sucks," but...I am not going to shed tears over it.