By Bill Matthews
Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have always traveled wherever Michael went
(LOS ANGELES) They’ve barely been seen since Barack Obama won the White House, but since Michael Jackson’s death, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton have barely left TV screens.
“The American public expects us to be at the forefront of every single issue whether we should be involved or not,” Jesse Jackson told The Peoples News. “I know it gives people great comfort to see me and Al in front of cameras again. It provides a sense of continuity in this dark time.”
JackSharp, as the dynamic duo calls themselves, have been all over the media since June 25, and plan more appearances following the memorial service for Michael. Both have provide running commentary about Michael and the state of his family. Sharpton accompanied Joe Jackson to the BET Music Awards, Jesse has been at Katherine Jackson’s house since the day after Michael died, and both volunteered to babysit Paris and the Prince Michaels.
“No no no, we’re not exploiting the situation by putting our faces out front,” said Sharpton, 54. “As you remember—because I say it at every opportunity—I’ve been a friend of Michael’s since we were teens. I comforted him at James Brown’s funeral, so it’s only fitting that I’m here now.”
Besides, added Jesse Jackson, “Everyone knows that it’s not like me to stick my nose in someplace where I haven’t been asked to be. If you get on us, you’ve got to come down on Roland Martin and that Taraborelli fella too. Those guys have really been hogging air space with their constant blathering. Jermaine too.”
JackSharp lost their prominent political status after Obama ignored them while he was running for president. Jesse Jackson made the situation worse by questioning Obama’s blackness.
But now, the civil rights activists are asking America to hold ‘love vigils’ on Tuesday, in honor of Michael Jackson’s memory.
They also hope to turn their return to the airwaves into a talk show.
“Fun with Al and Jesse,” Sharpton said. “That sounds like a good show.”
“I think it would be Jesse and Al, however,” Jackson said.
“Potato, po-tah-to, tomato, to-mah-to,” Sharpton responded. “We can say it anyway you like as long as we’re saying it on TV.”
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