When I think of the Jackson family, the word normalcy doesn't come to mind. The Jacksons aren't like you and me: most of us wouldn't be able to function if our family member passed away under suspicious circumstances.

Here's what the Jackson family did over the weekend while the body of their son and brother lay in a morgue:

Mama Katherine Jackson went shopping at target (doesn't she have staff to do that?) It appears she stocked up on sleeping bags -- most likely for Jackson's adopted children who might be moving in with her permanently.

Papa Joe Jackson laughed it up with Jesse Jackson and friends outside the Encino, CA mansion where Michael and his siblings grew up.

And both Janet Jackson and Joe attended the BET Awards, where Joe made sure to promote his new record label while walking the red carpet (!)

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  • Anna

    IMO I think they knew this was going to happen, it was just a matter of time. Mike weighed 112 lbs.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Leave Katherine and Janet alone.

    But Joe's azz is going on my "Sit your azz down" list. I posted his CNN interview on my blog, Character Corner. Now I see what Michael and LaToya were talking about. He is a punkazz parent if - ever saw one.

  • leat

    I cant believe that was just posted! WOW. I agree with attorneymom tho

  • http://myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    I have lost both a brother and my mother prematurely and both times I reminisced with friends and family where laughter was involved. When my brother died at the tender age of 30 my friends asked how I could be with them laughing and I let them know that they know me better than anyone and they kept me sane. How dare you judge these people. If Katherine is shopping at Target then obviously she doesn't have a staff. Maybe she needed to get away. To do something other than sit around and cry for her baby. Are you questioning their love for him?

    Joe is a lunatic. He always has been, but you know what? I know he loves his children. He raised all 9 of them from birth to adulthood which is more than I can say for most black fathers. He has issues. He doesn't appear to be a very nice man, but his older kids were damn near grown by the time they made it. Before then he struggled to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. I'm not going to fault him for his foolish actions right now.

  • iscream

    You forgot to add that Joe was on CNN pluging some company he has out. Smiling like the blanket Micheal had them under has now been lifted. Its as if he created this world and they all had to live under it. OR ELSE.

    Katherine I give a pass to because she may have just needed to get out. To get away from everything.

    Seriously Joe. When was the last time we've seen you out doing interviews. He came across very Ike Turner like to me.

    & who is leaking these phots's of Mike's Kids. A veil has been lifted.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    I mean can we at least bury Michael before you promote your record label???

    Boy, he and Matthew are neck and neck for the Punkazz Father of the year award. Both of them are pimp daddy - pimpin their own children. SMH.

  • http://charactercorner.blogspot.com attorneymom

    Katherine had to put up with his dumbazz all these years. Doesn't he have a daughter younger than Janet???

  • http://myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    As for Janet I was so appreciative of her thinking about us. They could have disregarded us, but the family decided that someone needed to reach out to the fans no matter how hard it was. We were his family too. It was clearly very difficult for her.

    Your response to death may be to ball up in the fetal position in a corner somewhere and completely shut down, but personally I have NEVER seen anyone do that before. People make funeral arrangements, receive many many guests, go to the store, even make beer runs. There is nothing odd about any of this, other than crazy Joe, but that is nothing new.

  • lexdiamonz

    WOWWW!! this fam always been suspect but we greive in different ways however michael was SSOOOOO messed up i would have thought they would have been more involved he CLEARLY had mental issues,,,, SMDH

  • http://myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    attorneymom Says:

    Katherine had to put up with his dumbazz all these years. Doesn’t he have a daughter younger than Janet???
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    Yes. She lives with him in Las Vegas. I'll see if I can find a link.

  • PAHairston

    Hello All. RIP Michael. Janet has always been in Michael's corner. As for the rest, he was their meal ticket for sure. Crazy looking and acting Latoya will probably cash in on his death and raise Mike from the dead by saying SHE's Michael. (Wouldn't put nothin' past this Jackson.) She looks so much like him now. They were such a beautiful young family, all of them. I loved their huge, natural afros. Such a tragedy. Peace.

  • http://myspace.com/thegameoncw Bird

    Here is the link to pics of Joe's daughter he made outside the marraige.

    http://forums.luxuryfashion.com/forums/20428/ShowPost.aspx

  • melinla

    I think this post is a bit harsh - People deal with grief in different ways...and sometimes you have to laugh or get away just to deal...

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    LEAVE JANET AND KATHERINE ALONE. JANET JUST COULD MUSTER UP THE STREGNTH TO OPEN HER MOUTH, SHE IS DISTRAUGHT, IT WAS WRITTEN ALL OVER HER FACE. KATHERINE IS DOING WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE. I AM SURE YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH A FUNERAL IN YOUR LIFETIME SANDRA, THERE IS ALWAYS PLENTY TO TO DO, KATHERINE IS DOING IT. THESE PHOTOS SHOW A FEWS MINUTES OUT OF A DAY, WE DON'T KNOW THESE PEOPLE'S ANGUISH WHEN THE CAMERA ISN'T IN THERE FACE. JOE AGAIN, I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY FOR HIM, HE WAS DEFINITELY ENJOYING HIMSELF LASTNIGHT, BUT HEY WE ALL DEAL WITH THINGS DIFFERENTLY, SOMETIMES WE HAVE TO LAUGH TO KEEP FROM CRYING. THE PROMOTION WAS JSUT TOO MUCH THOUGH!

  • Daisy

    @Bird I think you said it all. People grieve differently.

    Janet looked FAB last night and she had me in tears..:-( :cry: :crying: :sad:

  • Daisy

    Sandra didnt mean to have 3 smileys- Don't :ban: me thanks

  • http://myspace.com/rayne215 spongebobfan

    yeah Janet i ave no prob with mind you, the jackson kids grew up in the spotlight so thier grieving is gonna be in the spotlight as well...janet said it best, to us he was a icon but to them he is family and he is gone, im glad she was there....Joe can sit down...katherine is trying....

  • melinla

    I thought it was very interesting that Janet said the family voted her as the spokesperson for the night - just as I'm sure the voted for Jermaine on the day of. I truly appreciate this family and the respect they have for the fans. They don't have to include us but the do.

  • avidreader

    Papa Joe was funny! Plugging his record label ! He needs to retire and enjoy his family!

  • Shauny

    I think it's more of a shame that I can't say I'm shocked that Sandra actually posted something like this. Maybe trying to be Perez Hiltonish.

    Why are you coming at Katherine? She can't go shop because he son died? Are you kidding me? Her life has to go on and as everyone said, people grieve in different ways. The only person this post should apply to is Joe. I LOATHE this man, it's a shame but I really do.

    I also kinda think Janet made a point of saying we REALLY didn't want Joe's azz to come but he did (by her saying the family elected HER to come and speak). He would'e been up there like I have a this coming out, and watch out for my new artist SMDH.

    Like I said it only took a matter of time for even our own to start throwing the hate around. There's only a few left who aren't.

  • http://twitter.com/joycejustice LadyJustice

    janet looks so beautiful at the awards. im sure it was hard for her to get up there :sad:

  • SunnyPA

    I don't think it's strange and agree with most of the comments so far.

    Life has to go on. And, I think the only people taken totally by surprise at his death are his fans. And ... After reading how tormented Micheal was ... it may have been a relief that he is at peace now.

    We don't know what they are thinking and/or feeling as a family unit. I appreciated Janet's remarks as well.

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    Shauny Says:
    I also kinda think Janet made a point of saying we REALLY didn’t want Joe’s azz to come but he did (by her saying the family elected HER to come and speak). He would’e been up there like I have a this coming out, and watch out for my new artist SMDH.

    I THOUGHT I WAS THE ONLY ONE WHO THOUGHT THAT! ^5

  • anti-PC

    Auntie, I can't agree with you on this.

    Joe is a loon but I have never heard that there were problems betweem MJ and his mother or his baby sister Janet.

    I think I'm going to google 'SCREAM' by MJ and Janet and watch the video.

    I am so distraught.....

  • KaraZ

    Did they ALL have rhinoplasty?

  • dallas214

    Granted, you may not grieve that way, but guess what? They do. We all are different. If Im not mistaken, they are a very religous family...thefore, they prob accept death as a part of life...which it is. Just because you grieve one way and someone else grieves another, doesnt make netiher right or wrong...

  • dallas214

    And people keep sensationalizing this relationship Joe and Michael had....they made up people....Joe has been at Michael's side numerous times recently...I just read that the first family member they called was when Michael passed out was Joe....

  • coaretained

    @karaz.. I think they did and somehow think it was Joe's idea.. I think he made the entire jackson family feel bad about who they were/how they looked.

    I missed Joe's promo attempts and am glad I did... rocking out to MJ right now... some folks didn't realize how deep he was...

  • http://myspace.com/t3pps Mika

    i dont tell people how to grieve but joe promoting that record label on tv just told me everything michael had said about him over the years was true

  • pointhimout

    once again sandra, ur reaching. not everyone is falling over crying every day after someone passes. life really does go on, especially when kids are involved. u dont have time to sulk and cry all day. nothings going to bring him back, that's the first thing.

    sm1 else already said it. let cnn and the others bash him. let's uplift him.

  • http://myspace.com/eastpointvet eastpointvet

    people handle death different bottom line. and as crazy as joe was and is if he wasnt crazy and did what he did this wouldnt be a story because we wouldnt know mike

  • Daisy

    @east :clap:

  • MRSJONESK

    Everyone deals with death in thier own way. Personally, I choose to be with those that will make me laugh and remember all the good stuff about the deceased.
    **Sidebar**
    Can someone PLEASE explain Beyawnce's performance. Why did she choose to sing ave maria (sp)? Didn't like it one bit..screaming in the damn mic!

  • DMNB

    Now the media is going to tell them how they should be grieving, anyone who has lost loved ones know you can't just sit around crying all day, I know I welcomed some laughter and yes I did go to the mall too.

  • MUNCHOSGIRL

    MRSJONESK Says:

    Everyone deals with death in thier own way. Personally, I choose to be with those that will make me laugh and remember all the good stuff about the deceased.
    **Sidebar**
    Can someone PLEASE explain Beyawnce’s performance. Why did she choose to sing ave maria (sp)? Didn’t like it one bit..screaming in the damn mic!

    YOU ARE QUESTIONING A PERFORMANCE WHICH IS A PRAYER COUPLED WITH "IN THE ARMS OF AN ANGEL" YET SAY NOTHING OF THE DEBACLE OF THE CLOSING OF THE SHOW? WOW......THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THAT.

  • scorpio

    I feel so sorry for Katherine. She reminds me of my mother, I wish I could give her the biggest hug. The grief in her face is undeniable. The family had to know that this day was coming, Katherine deep down always knew they were going to get her son. I don't think it is strange for her to be shopping after such a horrific thing. In such grief we do things to allow our minds to process what has happened. Katherine probably accepted the death quickly. Her real mourning isn't gone to begin until after the funerals, and tributes.

  • scorpio

    In addition she probably didn't want to face going home, because at home the reality that Michael wasn't ever going to call again would have been too real.

  • kwallace577

    i read somewhere that it is thought that joe has his eyebrows and his mustache tatted on......

    wtf? i mean REALLY? what the phuck?????

    what old cat you know who would DO that? i think about my own pops and my uncles and their friends....ah...NO.

    cosign with attymom about mother and janet. leave them out of the nuckkafoolery club. but joe azz is the president rat round now....

  • miamore73

    Yeah don't mess with Kate. She's got a house full of people to deal with. I'm sure the sleeping bags were needed for all the relatives that I'm sure are falling all out of the wood work.
    I'm with attorneymom leave Mama Kate and Janet alone. Everybody knows that Joe's ass is crazy. He stopped making money off of Michael years ago.

  • wiggy2272003

    :clapping: for munch

    worried bout the wrong dam things what I call it

  • luvly1957

    Can we remember that the Jacksons are Jehovah Witnesses adn they don't grieve as we do. They do not believe in death. When my mother dies she was a Witness and her friends did not want us to have a funeral they had a meeting and read from their books, no one was really allowed to get up and speak but the head elder. So the Jacksons are doing what they believe is right. But Joe going and promoting and partying at the awards to me is still a disgrace.

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  • omina-homina

    you know, Katherine is the matriarch, always moving forward. She probably has so much to do in so little time to secure her son's estate and the custody/safety of her grandkids. she probably cares more about her children/grandchildren than they do about each other. So, maybe she figures she has to step up and take care of things because no one else will do it right.

    she sure is something for a woman her age. like, wow...go mama. and this is a woman who suffered and was physically affected by polio as a child. she doesn't miss a beat. I just hope that when the time calls, someone will step-up to take as good of care of her as she's done for everyone else all these years.

    Joe Jackson is a pure mess. Michael's issues started with his crazy arse...

  • http://wecantbestopped.proboards.com BlkButterfly

    Bird Says:

    I have lost both a brother and my mother prematurely and both times I reminisced with friends and family where laughter was involved. When my brother died at the tender age of 30 my friends asked how I could be with them laughing and I let them know that they know me better than anyone and they kept me sane. How dare you judge these people. If Katherine is shopping at Target then obviously she doesn’t have a staff. Maybe she needed to get away. To do something other than sit around and cry for her baby. Are you questioning their love for him?

    Joe is a lunatic. He always has been, but you know what? I know he loves his children. He raised all 9 of them from birth to adulthood which is more than I can say for most black fathers. He has issues. He doesn’t appear to be a very nice man, but his older kids were damn near grown by the time they made it. Before then he struggled to keep food on the table and a roof over their heads. I’m not going to fault him for his foolish actions right now.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I have to agree with Bird. My brother was murdered at 13 months at his daycare and it was the hardest time in the world for my entire family more so my mother, myself and my grandmother. We all grieved in our way and there were times we laughed and times we needed to get away and did nothing more than went to a store and shopped ALONE... Katherine was probably clearing her own head and often shopping does that....

    SR your being pretty disrepectful to judge how they mourn and grieve when you don't know them personally...

    SLOPPY

  • http://wecantbestopped.proboards.com BlkButterfly

    Also... JOe Jackson is just outta his head no need to waste space on him. Janet EXPLAINED exactly WHY she was there rather she wanted or not...

    It's a damn shame... if this was Rihanna doing this your caption would be: Rihanna uses retail therapy to deal with her grief...

    What a trip