The Reverend Al Sharpton is now pushing for Michael Jackson to be memorialized forever with a US Postage stamp bearing his image. Read more and see photos and video here.
The desire for a Jackson stamp is part of Rev. Al Sharpton’s attempts to advocate for a more positive portrayal of MJ in the media, which he claims have “denigrated” him in the week since his passing.
Al Sharpton expressed that he wanted to institute a national day of mourning to honor Michael Jackson as well.
But there may be one hang up: the US Postal Service does not issue stamps to honor a person until five years after their death. The only time they have bent the rules thus far was for former presidents who have passed away.
A spokeperson for US Postal service said:
“I’m sure we’ll receive tens of thousands of letters advocating for the stamp, but the rules are the rules.”
There are a few vocal critics of bestowing such an honor on the late King of Pop, one of which has uttered a slew of negative comments about him lately. Congressman Peter King hasn’t held is tongue at all with regard to his opinion of Michael Jackson, and even called him a “lowlife” during the week of his funeral. King seems vehemently opposed to such an honor.
Conversely, others in Congress, such as Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas, want Congress to pass a resolution recognizing Jackson as a “global humanitarian and a noted leader in the fight against worldwide hunger and medical crises.”
What do you think, should the US Postal Service bend the rules and grant Sharpton’s wish for a
Michael Jackson stamp? Or do you agree with Congressman King? Let us know in the comments section below.
Check out more photos and video of Rev. Al Sharpton speaking out for Michael Jackson below.
Al Sharpton Michael Jackson Video