Sharpton Tweets During Jackson Burial

Reverend's thumbs stay busy during historic ceremony
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 4, 2009 2:39 PM CDT
Rev. Al Sharpton arrives at the funeral reception for singer Michael Jackson at a restaurant in Pasadena, Calif. on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009.   (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg)
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(Newser) – The burial of Michael Jackson was a somber, private moment—and Rev. Al Sharpton made sure all 10,286 of his Twitter follows knew it, E! Online reports. During the ceremony, Sharpton chatted with MJ's friends and tweeted: "We are all discussing his battles. This is a real moment for those who witnessed what he"—whoops, those pesky character limits. Sharpton went on: "What MJ went through was so unfair, yet he succeeded..."

Sharpton included himself in the tweets: "I just spoke at the conclusion of tributes. Glady knight sang her heart out. Now we prepare to lay him top rest.” A few minutes later: "MICHAEL JACKSON HAS BEENb LAID TO REST."