NEW YORK (WPIX)—A day after posting a YouTube video labeling Michael Jackson a pervert and a child molester, Congressman Peter King has gone even further.
In an interview at his Massapequa Park, New York office, the Long Island Republican took aim at a call by the Rev. Al Sharpton that Jackson's memory be commemorated on a postage stamp. "I will certainly oppose a stamp for Michael Jackson," King told PIX News.
"I tapped into something that many people have been thinking about but were afraid to say," King said in explaining his decision to make his views on the extensive coverage of Jackson's death public via the YouTube video. "I think that those of us in public life have an obligation to try and stop something when we have something that is going so far in the wrong direction." King went on to say "I just had enough and I felt there are too many good people in this country who do good work and are not acknowledged and that we should not be canonizing someone like Michael Jackson."
King also discussed the scandals that often followed Michael Jackson, "Whatever talent he had he also behaved totally inappropriately with young boys. It is a horrible message to send to the country and the world."
King's staff posted the two-minute YouTube video on Sunday blasting the late King of Pop as "a pervert" and blaming political correctness in the media for the extensive coverage of Jackson's death. The congressman says in the video that Michael Jackson was a "low-life" and the media is glorifying the entertainer while ignoring the efforts of teachers, police officers, firefighters, and veterans.
King spoke in front of the Wantagh American Legion about the media coverage of Michael Jackson, saying people should be honoring the men and women of the Armed Forces rather than a "child molester" like Michael Jackson.
"He was a pervert, a child molester; and a pedophile. And to be giving this much coverage to him, day in and day out, what does it say about us as a country? I just think we're too politically correct," King said in the video.
"No one wants to stand up and say we don't need Michael Jackson. He died, he had some talent, fine," he said. "He may have been a good singer, he did some dancing. Bottom line is, would you let your child or grandchild be in the same room with Michael Jackson? What are we glorifying him for?"