Human Flower Project
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Spotlit Sympathy for Michael
Is there is “sixth stage” of grief, called self-promotion?
A plea for tributes brought quick response—2000 sunflowers at Michael Jackson’s grave in Glendale, CA
Photo: Richard Beetham, for Splash News
Floral customs may be rooted in the past (sometimes so far there’s no accounting for origins), but the enduring ones can’t help but bloom in the present.
How’s this for an “extreme make-over” of sympathy flowers?
It’s coming up on a year since performer Michael Jackson died. Lisa Marie Presley, who was married to Jackson 1994-96, tried to fire up his fans with a request May 12 on MySpace.
Presley wrote that she had recently visited Jackson’s crypt at Holly Terrace, Glendale, California, and was dismayed at the puny number of floral tributes. “I thought you might like to know,” LMP informed the public, “that he would want and deserves more than what is there…. I know how much he loved and appreciated being showered with Gifts and flowers by his fans.” She explained that “happy” sunflowers were MJ’s favorite and asked everyone to “SURROUND HIM” with blooms.