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Jesse and Al Ecstatic To Be in the Limelight Again

By Bill Matthews

mjaljesseJesse 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.”

Note: This article is satire, brought to you by the creative minds at The Peoples News.

© 2009 The Peoples News

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Discussion

6 thoughts on “Jesse and Al Ecstatic To Be in the Limelight Again

  1. Hi there!

    I am not surprised that Jesse and Al jumped on the publicity bandwagon in the wake of Michael’s death…

    I think that they wanted to re-ignite the national discussion about the racism of the white media in reporting on cultural norms among blacks… KellyBelle at Ephphatha3.blogspot.com mentioned that the media was reporting that the Jackson family had a “repast” after the memorial.

    “What’s a repast?!” they wanted to know.

    Again… black people are reported on as Martians from another planet who have straaaaang customs.

    Like adults and children sleeping in the same bed… this is NOTHING NEW to black people in the lower classes… and yet the white media decided that this is just sooo “suspect” for all… of course, only what is normative in white culture is “HEALTHY” and anything that is not normative in white culture is “DYSFUNCTIONAL”…

    But I digress…. *smirk*

    Don’t get me started!

    Posted by BlackWomenBlowTheTrumpet | July 11, 2009, 1:55 pm
  2. These two should have been listed as the “Trifling Opportunists of the Week.” There’s no news story small enough that they would pass up the chance to put their faces in front of the camera and attach themselves to any sensational event.

    Posted by kjohnson | July 14, 2009, 8:52 pm
  3. Oh, man, KJohnson, you ruined it. I was enjoying the delicious irony of the fact that no-one was commenting on these two limelight lovers. Zero comments for two people who like nothing more than having someone comment about them. And you ruined it! You commented! I was biting my tongue and enjoying the silence.

    Posted by KenK | July 20, 2009, 6:36 pm
  4. So how do you like your cheese? Jack or Sharp? And I am pretty sure someone is fudging the age of the cheese.

    Posted by Renee | July 22, 2009, 9:49 am
  5. I’m glad TPN did this one. It was driving me crazy everytime they would introduce a close friend of Michael who has something to share, here come these two crazy baldheads talkin like they used to kick it hard with Mike. I think the real story is that they’re secret lovers who had that overnight conversation after sex about how they were going to make a come back and then one said “Hey babe! Let go setup Michael J’s death. Then we could really be in as the supporting heroes. Would it help if we said that we were there when he fell? Hey how about we can say that we were the last to see him? Oh yeah it show time baby!!!!”

    Posted by La'N'R'G'cia | July 24, 2009, 10:26 am

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