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The Rev. Al Sharpton thinks Michael Jackson deserves being honored commensurate with his star status. That means a postage stamp, a national day of mourning and deferential treatment from the media.

In advance of Tuesday’s memorial, Sharpton appearing Sunday as a guest speaker at Los Angeles’ First AME church, announcing to parishioners that he would would push for a commemorative Jackson stamp, and a waiver of the U.S. Postal Service’s usual five-year waiting post-death period. (The only exception so far has been for late presidents.)

Sharpton also took issue with how certain press outlets have covered Jackson’s death, saying there was a “disrespectful double standard” between the “Thriller” singer and other fallen icons such as Frank Sinatra or Elvis Presley. 

“I’m here because of the disgraceful and the despicable way [the media] is trying to destroy the legacy [of Jackson],” Sharpton said.


July 6, 2009 Posted by | Celebrity Gossip, Michael Jackson | , , , | 3 Comments