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Posted at 5:03 PM ET, 06/23/2010

La Toya Jackson and the Bubbles reunion

By Jen Chaney

As Liz and I both made clear in our Michael Jackson post Tuesday, we feel a measure of sadness about the upcoming anniversary of the pop singer's death. And our hearts certainly go out to his family members as they revisit their undoubtedly still profound grief.

But I'm sorry, this video -- the one you are about to see below, of La Toya Jackson reconnecting with Michael's former pet chimpanzee -- is just ridiculous.

As part of an Animal Planet special that apparently aired Tuesday night -- "Michael Jackson and Bubbles: The Untold Story" -- video footage was captured of La Toya Jackson reuniting with her late brother's dear chimpanzee pal, who now lives in a sanctuary in Florida.

The clip is very emotional. In fact, I am quite sure I would have been moved if I had been able to stop laughing while I was watching it.

I'm not sure which part is my favorite: the moment when La Toya says she can tell Bubbles remembers her, prompting the chimp to look away with an expression of clear disinterest; La Toya repeating the question "Bubbles?" approximately 87 times; or the fact that Animal Planet is actually suggesting that there is an untold story lurking in any of this.

Michael Jackson's memory -- and for that matter, Bubbles -- deserve a little more dignity than this.

By Jen Chaney  | June 23, 2010; 5:03 PM ET
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It's hard to take LaToya seriously...ever. Especially after she outright lied about Michael and later admitted that she lied. She has a tendency to over-dramatize any and every situation.

Posted by: iknow7 | June 23, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

Pretty lame, I must agree. What audacity this woman has!

Posted by: lskloven1 | June 24, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

HAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Oh, that is priceless! She misses him so much she hasn't been out to see him once in 6 years! I like how he kept looking over his shoulder when she asked if he recognized her. It was like he was thinking 'Am I on Candid Camera?'

Posted by: blahblah6b | June 24, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

it's lance link and she's Mata Hairi.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | June 24, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

She better not get to close or he'll rip that face off.

Posted by: SSTK34 | June 24, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

She was looking at the camera as she was talking to bubbles. He could have caed less. Did u see her move when she thought he was going to spit on her. Bubbles would have got a tounge lassing if he did and I would have died laughing. She just wanted attention wonder hw much they paid her for that

Posted by: beeps24 | June 24, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Indeed Animal Planet is making an extreme reach to find a story that is relevant to the fans of Michael Jackson. However, LaToya Jackson's grief and emotions are hers, and not for the Washington Post to judge, mock and invalidate. It would seem that the genuinely undignified story here is this Celebritology column.

Posted by: ashafer_usa | June 24, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

1) Bubbles probably recognized her. Chimps have very strong memories of people they used to know even many years later. But sometimes they don't react as we might want them to, especially if there is a distraction. Bubbles seems more interested in the camera crew.
2) The untold story is that neither Jackson nor his family (after his death) have helped fund any of Bubble's care at the sanctuary. Perhaps this widely watched video will prompt the family and/or Animal Planet viewers to make donations to the Center for Great Apes to help for the care of Bubbles and the other discarded "entertainers" and pets they have rescued.

Posted by: gerryl13 | June 27, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The untold story is that the hysteria over a musical pediphile is ridiculous and is made even more obsence by pretending that he had any sense of humane treatment of animals. He used them and dumped them, like the creep he was. Bubbles being one of the worst. Bubbles lived for years in a tiny cage, forgotten and with no support from Jackson before a foundation paid to move him and the other chimps to sanctuary. This is one of the worst examples of the human exploitation of animals, not the human-animal bond.

Posted by: glebec | June 28, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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