The Rev. Al Sharpton, who will be one of the featured guests at tomorrow’s memorial for Michael Jackson, attacked the media yesterday for its coverage of Jackson’s death.
“I’m here because of the disgraceful and the despicable way [the media] is trying to destroy the legacy [of Jackson]," Sharpton said Sunday at the First AME Church in Los Angeles, according to E! Online. Sharpton continued, "You have had other entertainers that have had issues in their life; you [the media] did not degrade and denigrate them."
He then called for the U.S. Postal Service to honor Jackson with a stamp.
Besides Sharpton, other personalities scheduled to appear at Tuesday’s Jackson memorial are Mariah Carey, Usher, Kobe Bryant, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Brooke Shields, Magic Johnson, Berry Gordy, the Andrae Crouch Choir, and Martin Luther King III. Also scheduled to appear are Smokey Robinson, Jennifer Hudson and Lionel Ritchie, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Reports say some of the artists in attendance will perform as well.
The ceremony will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 1 p.m. EST/10 a.m. PST.
For those not attending Tuesday’s ceremony, the event will also broadcast live on ABC, NBC, Fox and Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, E! Entertainment and TV Guide Network, with numerous Web sites scheduled to stream live as well.