Nothing like a spot of controversy on a Friday morning.
When it was announced that white actor Joseph Fiennes would be playing the role of King of Pop, Michael Jackson in upcoming Sky Arts show ‘Urban Myths: A Brand New Collection of Comedies’, many viewers expressed their disapproval.
And we don’t think anyone was quite as disapproving as Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris, who took to Twitter to express her outrage over the casting decision.
“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,” she said.
The series aims to tell “true-ish stories” surrounding Marlon Brando, played by Brian Cox, and Paris Jackson’s godmother, Elizabeth Taylor who would be played by Stockard Channing. Paris didn’t appreciate that casting either…
“It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother liz as well,” she also wrote on Twitter.
“Where is the respect? They worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. Shameful portrayal.”
Perhaps the good news in all this is that Sky Arts has actually decided not to air the half an hour episode after all, so we hope that makes things a little bit better for Paris and anyone else who was offended.
Joseph Fiennes was a good sport about it and said he respected the decision.
What do you guys think of the casting?