If you are a Michael Jackson fan, this story and video is probably going to make you mad. BUT….the good news is the show has been cancelled however WHO came up with this stupid idea in the first place remains a mystery.
European pay-TV company Sky has ditched plans to air the controversial footage from British comedy series “Urban Myths” in which white actor Joseph Fiennes plays the late, great King Of Pop Micheal Jackson.
In a statement, a company spokesperson said: “We have taken the decision not to broadcast ‘Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,’ a half-hour episode from the Sky Arts ‘Urban Myths’ series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family. We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offense. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”
The Micheal’s daughter, Paris Jackson, called the skit/portrayal, “shameful” after viewing a trailer for the series. She tweeted: “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.”
Michael Jackson’s nephew Taj Jackson joined the condemnation. “Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect,” he tweeted.
Check out the ill fated episode below….does this made YOU mad?
The episode was to depict Jackson on a post-Sept. 11 road trip across the U.S. in 2001, with Elizabeth Taylor, played by Stockard Channing, and Marlon Brando, played by Brian Cox. Intended to be a “light-hearted look” at an event rumored to have actually taken place, the episode had been positioned as a satire by its creators.
“It’s a sketch about a story that could have been a legend or could have been true,” Fiennes said in Rome early last year, though he, too, admitted he “was shocked” that he was cast in the role of Jackson:
“You have to ask them as to why they would want to cast me.”
The director of the episode, Ben Palmer, stated this week that the casting was based partly on the challenge of matching physical resemblance, partly on the basis of Fiennes’ performance.
“We were really looking for the performance that could unlock the spirit, and we really think Joe Fiennes has done that,” Palmer said. “He’s given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance.”
To be sure, though, the questions and criticism came hard and heavy, especially since the announcement was made smack in the middle of last year’s #OscarsSoWhite backlash over a lack of diversity in the entertainment industry.
It appears that trailer is the only glimpse we’ll get of the now-notorious episode…..thank goodness and let the church and all true MJ fans say “AMEN!”