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The United States Constitution affords people the luxury to say just about whatever they want provided it doesn't jam police lines, but that doesn't mean airing your uncensored opinion is always the best policy. Case and point: Gene Simmons and his band Kiss have had their invitations to perform at the Michael Jackson tribute concert in Wales rescinded because the long-tongued reality star previously said he thought Jackson had in fact molested children.
Kiss' appearance was announced yesterday, leading to a flood of angry Facebook posts, letters and calls. According to MTV, the outcry led to Jackson's estate sending a letter to organizers of the tribute concert questioning the band's involvement. A few hours ago, Global Live Events, the company putting on the show, issued a statement acknowledging it may have messed up…
"We have listened to Michael's fans and are grateful to have been alerted to these unfortunate statements by Gene Simmons. Under the circumstances we fully agree that even though Kiss is a band Michael admired we have no choice but to rescind our invitation to them to appear in our tribute concert. We offer our sincerest apologies to Mrs. Jackson and the family for this oversight - our primary concern must be to do justice to Michael's memory, and to put on a tribute that the family and the fans will find suitable and fit for a King, our King of Pop."
Crisis solved, right? Wrong. In addition to raising hell about Kiss' inclusion, MJ's estate also questioned why the concert was being advertised as “for charity” when none of the ticket sales had been pledged to specific organizations. That seems like the type of glaring oversight that will be corrected, but there's also the whole matter of whether Jackson's kids will attend and whether brothers Randy and Jermaine will ever sign off on the concert taking place during the trial of their brother's doctor.
There's nothing quite like Jackson on Jackson crime. Expect this mess to continue and escalate for months.