Friday, May 24, 2024

Michael Jackson Family Split On How to Exploit Him


Yesterday, some members of Michael Jackson‘s extended family made an announcement. They say they’re going to be part of some kind of tribute concert to Michael in Cardiff, Wales on October 8th. Good luck. Michael’s mother, Katherine–with LaToya, Tito and Jackie— has been roped into this quote unquote all star show in a stadium that will accommodate 75,000 people. They say the “greatest performers in the world” will be joining them. Ok. No word on what their cut of this concert will be, although there’s mention of two charities receiving something unspecified.

But Michael’s brothers, Jermaine and Randy, were obviously not happy with the deal. They’ve announced that they’re against the concert because it takes place during Dr. Conrad Murray‘s trial for allegedly killing Michael on June 25, 2009. Jermaine and Randy rarely agree on anything and certainly don’t speak to each other much since Randy’s girlfriend (and mother of his two children) left him and had two children with Jermaine, whom she married.

There’s no word on the concert from Janet Jackson, who’s on tour and is no doubt disgusted by this whole enterprise, or from the usually voluble Joseph Jackson. who’s never seen a deal he didn’t like. And what is Global Live, the company behind this project? On their website, Eric Bute, a commercial director with few credits, is listed as the American COO. He directed a music video for LaToya in 2009.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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