Joe Jackson Announces Michael Memorial Service

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In a slightly bizarre press conference yesterday, Michael Jackson's dad, Joe Jackson, accompanied by Rev. Al Sharpton, announced that there would be a public memorial for his son.

But that's it on that.

Joe said funeral arrangements have not yet been made for the entertainer, as they are waiting for the results of the second autopsy, but that he knows Michael would have been overwhelmed by the support already shown for him.

"The family and I are very proud to see all of you come out here and help us with this whole situation. I wish Michael could be here to see all this. Michael was a superstar. He was loved in every country and the U.S...but one thing Michael didn't know, he didn't know how strong this could be."

"There's going to be a tribute at the Apollo. People are planning museums in Gary, Indiana," Al Sharpton said. "There's all kinds of things the family is going to consider. As a family they came out of Gary and they gave the world a whole new glow and they must be careful to protect that glow."

Joe also commented on his wife, Katherine, getting custody of Michael's children.

"We love those kids still," he said. "We're going to take care of them and give them the education they're supposed to have. We can do that. And we have the area enough and the premises large enough to be able to extend to them all the help that they might need."

Here's the weird part -- Joe used his time with reporters to also pitch his new record label, Ranch Records.

Um, ew. 

Is that tacky or what?

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