On June 25th, a sea of Michael Jackson fans flocked to Forest Lawn in Glendale, California to mark the first anniversary of the King of Pop’s passing. According to various reports, the iconic performer’s final resting place was vandalized.
According to a report by TMZ, Jackson’s tomb in itself was not defaced, due to the fact that only family is allowed inside — but right outside the window of the mausoleum, writing was discovered. While nothing was found to be insulting, the messages depicting feelings of love and loss that were written are being seen as an act of vandalism, causing anger among Michael Jackson fans. One such message read: “Miss you sweet angel.”
As the media outlet states, reps from Forest Lawn say of the incident:
“Activity such as this, is a prime example why we are evaluating the level of access to the various entrances of the Great Mausoleum.”
Reps added that anyone caught doing anything like this will be banned for life from stepping foot on the premises. There is concern among fans – for example that is being discussed on Twitter messages – that such acts as these could result in the blocking of all fans from being able to leave Jackson flowers, and the like in the future. Many fans hope that this is not the case, as most who were at the cemetery on June 25th followed the rules, and were respectful, apart from a few who obviously ignored the rules, and ultimately did not show respect. Most fans were just happy to be allowed limited access on that sad day.
There are many fans around the world who are still adjusting to the loss of Michael Jackson. He had an impact on countless individuals, and will continue to have an affect on future generations. While fans are allowed limited access to Jackson’s final resting place — acts of vandalism done by a few, is not at all representative of Michael Jackson’s fans. It is sad that people felt the need to deface the property at the cemetery, and hopefully nothing like this happens again.
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