Paris Jackson Responds to Cancellation of Michael Jackson ‘Urban Myths’ Episode (UPDATE)
UPDATE #2 (1/14/2017 at 2:57 p.m. ET):
To no one's suprise, Michael Jackson's only daughter, Paris Jackson, is happy the polarizing Urban Myths episode, which stars Joseph Fiennes as her late father, was cancelled, and took to Twitter to share her appreciation.
i'm surprised the family's feelings were actually taken into consideration for once, we all really do appreciate it more than y'all know. https://t.co/MdOZgP3tD7Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 13, 2017
Read on to get all the details about the controversial episode.
UPDATE #1 (1/13/2017 at 10:12 a.m. ET):
It appears that someone over at Sky Arts has come to their senses, as the U.K. based network has officially cancelled its episode of Urban Myths starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson.
Sky statement on pulling that Michael Jackson show on Sky Arts. pic.twitter.com/oG3GXicRj9Scott Bryan (@scottygb) January 13, 2017
This cancellation comes after Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris expressed her disgust over the casting choice. Read more about her reaction next.
UPDATE (1/11/2017 at 6:21 p.m. ET):
Micheal Jackson's only daughter Paris is furious over Joseph Fiennes portrayal of her father in the new British televison movie, Urban Myths. The young heiress took to Twitter to share her disgust over the casting choice, calling his portrayal "shameful."
@TheMJCast 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.Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 11, 2017
@TheMJCast 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 wellParis-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 11, 2017
@TheMJCast where is the respect? they worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. shameful portrayalParis-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 11, 2017
See more of Twitter react to the absurd casting choice on the next page!
Original story (1/11/2017 at 10:39 a.m. ET)
While Hollywood has had its share of poor casting choices, Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson has got to be one of the most bizarre to date.
The trailer for the controversial new film, Urban Myths, just dropped and fans of the late icon are already calling BS.
The British TV movie, also starring Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando, tells the fictional story of these three entertainment icons fleeing New York City shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The comedy received immediate backlash once word broke that a white man would be playing the black music star. Twitter has already attacked the film for the inaccurate portrayal, with many wondering how the absurdity of it all didn’t occur to the filmmakers while shooting.
Waking up to Tr*mp'a antics and Joseph Fiennes over here Dolezal-ing Michael Jackson is a lot for a Wednesday before sunrise.Brittany Packnett (@MsPackyetti) January 11, 2017
Joseph Fiennes just sabotaged his own careerBlack Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) January 11, 2017
Joseph admitted he wrestled with the idea of passing on the role for a while before fully committing, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“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."
The comedy also stars Eddie Marsan as Bob Dylan, Ben Chaplin as Cary Grant, Aidan Gillen as Dr. Leary, David Threlfall as Samuel Beckett and Game of Thrones’s Iwan Rheon as Adolf Hitler.
Urban Myths debuts Thursday, January 19 on the U.K.'s Sky Arts.
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