New Yorkers angry at pol's video calling Jackson a "pervert"
By Anastasia Economides and Heather Haddon
Lay off the King of Pop.
New Yorkers shot back yesterday at Rep. Peter King (R-Long Island), who called Jackson a pervert, child molester and pedophile in a video he posted to YouTube Sunday.
It was uncalled for, said Dohrey Schlau, 18, of the Bronx. This is the last thing anyone wants to hear when grieving.
In an amateur video shot by a staff member, King stands before an American Legion hall on Long Island and blasts the widespread media coverage of Jackson's death.
There's nothing good about this guy, King said in the two-minute video. Would you let your child or grandchild be in the same room as Michael Jackson?
Thousands of people watched the video on-line yesterday, some responding by posting retorts.
New Yorkers yesterday largely defended Jackson.Jackson brought love, peace and understanding to the world, said Mario Clemenzio, 62, a Manhattan executive. If King doesn't get it by now, he never will.
Ken Sunshine, a spokesman for Jackson's family, declined to respond to King's criticism.
(King) is narrow-minded, said Troy Edwards, 40, of the Bronx. Michael made a positive contribution to the world.
Still, Pedro Martinez, 42, of Brooklyn, thought Jackson's past was a prime-target for scrutiny.
Michael Jackson was creepy looking. He was a strange individual, Martinez said. I wouldn't let him near my house.