More people watched MJ's memorial than BHO's inauguration - did you watch?

@Rollo1 (16668)
Boston, Massachusetts
July 8, 2009 9:02am CST
MSN says that 50% more people watched their live-stream of Michael Jackson's memorial service than watched the live-stream of Obama's inauguration. Maybe Obama made a mistake in not attending? Had he given a speech he could have said they all tuned in to watch him. Oh well, hindsight is 20/20. Honestly, I didn't watch either one. I wasn't at home for the inauguration and caught up later. But I didn't even think about watching Jackson's memorial, didn't even cross my mind. How about you? Did you watch Jackson's memorial tribute? Did you watch President Obama's inauguration? Did you just play games on your computer and ignore both events? Are you concerned about the fact that people are more interested in a celebrity than they are in their government?
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@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I watched hours of the inauguration but only a small part of the memorial (Lionel Ritchie & Berry Gordy parts). Certainly the crowds for the inauguration were a lot more impressive. There were about 17,00 people inside the Staples center and 600 or so outside but there were over two million in Washinfor the Obama inauguration.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jul 09
I think they were really particular about who got in and who was allowed around it. They were making money to pay Michael's debts, I guess.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
8 Jul 09
Well, then let them reimburse LA for some of the expense if providing security at the event.
@spalladino (17927)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I don't believe I watched the inauguration live...I don't remember now. If it was on a Monday when we normally have our business closed I most likely did because it was an historical event and I always like watching historical events. If not I caught it later. As far as the memorial for Michael Jackson yesterday...I was at the shop all day and we don't have a television there so I didn't watch it. When I got home it was either still going on or being replayed on so many stations that we had to resort to watching a couple of episodes of Operation Repo just to avoid watching it.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jul 09
We watched some reruns of House. But it wasn't to avoid it, it just never occurred to me that it was even on television although I had seen reports of it on the news websites.
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@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I think it was actually better to watch it live on tv or recorded on tv than trying to go see it live because Staples Center was a mess.... I was actually in Hollywood that morning and half the day . There were about 20 newstrucks parked in front of Forest Lawn. Not something I had expected to see, it just worked out that way.
• United States
9 Jul 09
I did not watch either and had no intention of watching! I managed to find some CSI shows which were IMO much more entertaining.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jul 09
CSI is pretty good. I just started watching House this season and already I have seen all five years' worth. It's hard to find anything worth watching.
• United States
9 Jul 09
I also started watching House this year but have not yet seen all espisodes. Now as I have watched every ytpe of CSI show spinoff I have now started watching Burn, Lie to Me and Mentalist.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jul 09
We've seen just one episode of Lie To Me but we've decided to follow it too. It's the best of the House-like type shows they've tried to create this year.
@K46620 (1996)
• United States
9 Jul 09
People have been too interested in Obama and I think it is good to get a break from him being the center of attention. However now MJ has been on too much. I did not watch either events on TV I was busy doing school.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jul 09
School is much more important. With an education you can get out there and change the world yourself, instead of being an onlooker. Good Luck.
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@K46620 (1996)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Thanks
@fkys509 (99)
• China
9 Jul 09
Um, only watch Michael's memorial can be understood. only watch the inauguration can be understood. both watch can be understood. watch neither of them can be understood. MJ: a star on the pop music. a shoal of brilliant songs and dances are left. Obama: the newly on board president. a political star will be shining. Therefore, you can either one is nothing wrong. If you care nothing about them, is also not a big deal. sometime, it's just like the butterfly effect.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jul 09
People will pay attention to the things that are important to them. For some, neither was important enough to take the time to watch or be there.
• China
9 Jul 09
yep. So, that is it. Everyone has its own concern. No matter what happens, the world still needs to rorate. I can recall that some bunches of words in the book "audacity of hope" written by Obama, main meaning is that: after frustration during his political road, he returned to an steady, non-passion life with his family for some time. I think maybe even he paid less attention the so-called big news or issues.
@anniepa (27162)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I watched most of the inauguration, as I always have whenever I've been able to for as long as I can remember and I saw bits and pieces of the Jackson memorial. I really don't think that watching or not watching either even really indicates someone's interest or lack of interest in our government. Of course there was a great deal of interest in Michael Jackson. Like him or not, he was an icon and he WAS one of our greatest entertainers of all time. People will always be fascinated with celebrities, it's just human nature. Annie
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jul 09
With Michael Jackson, I think there's a combination of normal interest in a celebrity and maybe a slight bit of morbid curiosity as well. He wasn't your average celebrity.
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@anniepa (27162)
• United States
15 Jul 09
You're right, Rollo, he sure wasn't an average celebrity. Speaking of morbid curiosity, I heard people actually say they wondered if they'd show him in his casket on TV, which I felt pretty sure they wouldn't, and some were hoping for some kind of controversy to happen at the memorial. Annie
@coolcoder (2022)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I didn't watch either event. For the Michael Jackson memorial, at that point I was so tired of the coverage about his life, that I was just sick and tired of the whole thing. As for the inauguration, why should I have watched it? It was only going to make my blood pressure go sky high, and I was in too good of a mood that day to get mad and yell at the TV.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jul 09
The strange thing is that nearly every school child was forced to watch the inauguration as every school system showed it live. I never once watched any inauguration at school and I know the schools didn't show Bush's inauguration because my kids were in school then, too.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Heh. If they try to force my daughter to watch something like that, I'll pull her out of school for the day. At least give people an OPTION whether they care to watch something or not....
@jaisundar (216)
8 Jul 09
I couldn't watch and i feel i am unlucky.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
8 Jul 09
don't worry, you didn't miss much.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jul 09
I am sure you can see it on the internet. There are sure to be videos available.
@baileycows (3669)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I actually didn't watch either one, but I am glad to know more people watched MJ than Obama
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jul 09
I don't know if it's possible to have such an event and not have millions of people watching, we are conditioned to pay attention to those things that the television people tell us are important. I don't think that's really a good thing.
@arkaf61 (10891)
• Canada
10 Jul 09
LOL would I look to bad if I confessed that I skipped both? ok so I did peek here and there at the Obama's one, just because hubby was watching. As for MJ, I had a few friends calling me asking me if I was watching and trying to describe to me what they were watching when they found out I wasn't. LOL it's not like I don't have a tv. It's just that I was doing something else more interesting to me :) As for your last statement, of course people are more interested in celebrities. Actually what they are more interested is in celebrities lives. Often wishing that their own lives could be like that. Avidly watching documentaries, reading magazines, looking at pictures.... Don't take me wrong. I liked him. But my best tribute to him was to enjoy his music while he was alive. Other than that I could really care less of how he lived, where, doing what etc.
@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
17 Jul 09
Nah, it's not bad to skip both. Heck, it's probably healthier to have other interests that keep you as far from the television as possible.
• United States
9 Jul 09
I am one of the people that watched the memoral service of MJ but not the inaugeration. I just don't like Obama at all sooooooooo, I just didn't watch it. I don't think it would have been a really great idea for Obama to show up at the services haha, after all, there are some major things he has to take care of, but I do think that Diana Ross should have appeared and she is nothing but a, oh never mind, just makes me wonder why MJ loved her so much haha
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@robert19ph (4586)
• Philippines
9 Jul 09
hello Rollo1, just like i did not watch either of them because i have a work. But i did watch replay of MJ's memorial in the news and it has a replay. This will be the last time that we can see MJ again unlike President Obama that he will have a better and brighter tomorrow.
@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jul 09
Maybe we could work on Obama's brighter future now by finding him a new job.
@debrakcarey (19925)
• United States
9 Jul 09
I watched the inauguration only because I've watched all of them that I have lived through. (as an adult) I was embarrassed for him. A moment in history and it got messed up when the oath taking began. Is it an OMEN? I caught glimpses of the memorial as I was at work and it was on every tv in the place. (I work at a nursing home.) I did see his daughter cry and her aunt Janet hold her...and got choked up. Life is so fragile. We are all secretly obsessed with the dying process...and the famous do it so much more extravagantly. Not being sarcastic, just realistic.
• Canada
9 Jul 09
I didn't watch Micael Jackson's memorial service. I just wasn't interested in watching it and had other things and priorities. I watched a bit of the inauguration but not all of it.
@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jul 09
I still haven't seen any part of the memorial service. Maybe someday I will see some of it on youtube, but I doubt I will take the time.
@mommyboo (13207)
• United States
9 Jul 09
Hello there . I am NOT into politics, I pay attention only when I feel like I really need to - once in awhile when my one voice would actually make a difference. As you can tell, things like that don't happen very often at all. If I could make things the way I wanted them to, you know I would, but politics as a whole is rotten through and through and as such, all I can do is protect my own personal life FROM it. I did NOT watch the inauguration, I didn't vote for Obama anyway. Why the heck would I want to watch someone I did not want elected into office get inaugurated? What purpose would that serve than to make me irritated? I recorded the memorial service because I was gone all day, but I have watched some of it as well as some parts from youtube. I am not some wild and crazy die hard fan or anything, but Michael Jackson was an icon I grew up with, and he influenced music for 4 decades.... and I love music. Sorry but a politician doesn't make me 'feel' anything. I don't tie anything they say or do to any special times in my life, there are no memories attached like there are to certain songs. I feel this is comparing apples to oranges and nothing anybody can say will convince me otherwise. If someone disagrees with me, cool beans, guess you just see the world differently than I do. This is my playground, this is where I love, play, and enjoy. If you are here to do something other than that, find another place to do it. Sooner or later we will all face our own 'memorial service' and I don't want regrets.
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@bing28 (3799)
• Philippines
9 Jul 09
The two events were in contrast with each other, It's a welcome for Obama and a farewell for Michael. MJ had conquered the world for his wonderful songs while Obama is just starting to introduce himself to the world. Watching at the news, feel sad too with MJ's memorial, also carried away with the emotions of the people around especially with the speech of her little girl. It's all tears in MJ's memorial, whatever, his good memories stays in the hearts. While the world is still in watch should Obama make it to be the best leader. They are both interesting personalities that affects the people of the world.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jul 09
There are many more good things being said about MJ than there were when he was alive. When people die, we tend to forgive them some of their faults and remember the good rather than the bad.
@LeeHolt (436)
8 Jul 09
I only watched snippets from the inauguration, however the full thing isnt of interest to me as im in England. I did watch the full Michael Jackson ceremony though, he was a great artist and a great man. May he rest in peace.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
9 Jul 09
There seems to be a strange fascination with Obama in countries all over the world, but Michael Jackson was definitely globally popular, at least as an artist.
• United States
8 Jul 09
Didn't watch either, NBC and it's affiliates are dying for ratings anyway so they had to cover it in hopes they could come within 2 lite years of fox news.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jul 09
True, at least they knew it would provide high ratings for them. Still, very few here on mylot seem to have watched it.
@gewcew23 (8012)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I did not watch either one, I kind had a life. What I am more concerned with is people being more concerned with other's lifes than their own. You go to a grocery store and at the check out stand is all of these celebrity tabloids, telling us about the lifestyles of movie stars. Sorry but I do not care about an actress that one day lost 100 pounds and then the next month decided to gain it back, what difference does it make to me. As to caring about their government maybe this is a sign that America really does not care about Obama as much as we are lead to believe.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jul 09
You make an interesting point about the love/hate coverage that goes on in tabloids that cover celebrities. One week they will gush about someone who has regained their bikini body after having a baby and the next week they will publish close up photos of her in that bikini and accuse her of having cottage cheese thighs. Perhaps it is the fickle nature of the celebrity watching hobby that made it okay for people to tell jokes at Michael Jackson's expense a few weeks ago and yet now those same people are remembering him as the greatest entertainer that ever lived. I think it's an old Hollywood saying - you're only as good as your last review.
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@uicbear (1903)
• United States
8 Jul 09
I did watch both the inauguration and most of the memorial. The inauguration I watched intentionally, I even watched some of the parade as my friend's son was in one of the marching bands performing. I watched the memorial mainly because I was off from work and it was on every channel. After I started watching it, I would flip back and forth just to see who was talking. I listened to the speeches more than the performances. I think most people keep up with celebrities more than politics, unfortunately, I think it's becoming more and more of the focus of the media as well.
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@Rollo1 (16668)
• Boston, Massachusetts
8 Jul 09
When I was young I used to watch the Jerry Lewis telethon just to see the celebrity performers, not really because it was an important charity event. The media is happiest when focusing on celebrities, I think. They get high ratings with just fluff and the public seems quite happy to have these unimportant things to think about and people to gawk at. Maybe it's why more and more entertainers are going into politics. Ronald Reagan seems to have started a whole fad.