The patriarch of the Jackson Family, Joe Jackson, speaks publicly for the first time since his the death of his son, Michael Jackson. The interview was very awkward and many people are saying Joe just attended the awards for media face time. He even had his assistant read this statement, ON THE RED CARPET:
“Until such time, however, we have the personal and legal authority to act, and solely Katherine and I have authority for our son and his children. We wish to handle his memory and legacy with dignity. The attorney for the Jacksons is L. Londell McMillan and no one has the authority to speak on behalf of the Jackson family at this time.”
In the press room, where he made a brief appearance, Joe Jackson was asked if Michael might have a message for his fans at this time. He responded,
“I think if Michael was here he would’ve enjoyed the celebration, but … he couldn’t be here. It’s like he was larger than he was ever before. I think Michael gives his love to everybody and we hope his record will never be broken.
As for how he would like his son to be remembered, the elder Jackson said, “Well as you know, since the tragedy has happened, I would like him to be remembered forever all over the world. We know that all over the world everybody will support him.”