A British TV production announced last year that its going to launch a series called “Urban Myths” that will tell stories of stars. Michael Jackson was played by Joseph Fiennes. When they found out that a White man will play the beloved star, both family and fans were outraged.
Wednesday, a teaser was revealed and people are not happy.
Jackson’s daughter, Paris, took to Twitter to express her feelings: “I’m so incredibly offended by it, as I’m sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit.”
The series also features Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando. The three stars took a road trip after the 9/11 attack.
Paris was also upset by Elizabeth’s portrayal, a family friend and her godmother, saying that it is insulting.
Michael Jackson wouldn’t have been happy about it too. In an interview with Oprah in 1993, the star revealed he wouldn’t like to be portrayed by a White actor.
Fans took to social media to express their indignation. “The most disrespectful thing I’ve ever seen!”, said one user.
Fiennes dished on how he feels about his portrayal of the star: “The decision with the casting and the producers — I wrangled with it, I was confused and shocked at what might come my way, and I knew the sensitivity, especially to Michael’s fans and to Michael’s family. It doesn’t negate who he was.”
After the backlash, the broadcast pulled the episode off. It was supposed to air in April. The network did not want to offend anyone, just create good comedy. They called Fiennes’ performance full of character.