Rev. Al Sharpton offers a different perspective on Michael Jackson’s life at memorial event

At Tuesday's memorial event, Rev. Al Sharpton told the audience not to believe the tabloid version of Michael Jackson’s life.

In the final years of Michael Jackson’s life, much of the world considered his behavior as odd as his ever-changing appearance. The spotlight glared upon one of the world’s most famous entertainers during a trial and settlements on child molestation charges, an auction of his gaudy furnishings and speculation about his marriages and children. At Tuesday's memorial event, Reverend Al Sharpton told the audience not to believe the tabloid version of events.


Rev. Al Sharpton: "I want his three children to know, wasn’t nothing strange about your daddy. It was strange what you daddy had to deal with, but he dealt with it."

Sharpton’s racially-tinged eulogy was the edgiest moment in a ceremony that emphasized Michael Jackson’s contributions as a performer, humanitarian and inspiration to people around the world. From the stage of Staples Center, Jackson’s 11-year-old daughter Paris tearfully described him as “the best father you could ever imagine.”

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