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Update January 13: Sky Arts have announced that they will not be broadcasting Joseph Fienne's episode following the reaction from his family. Full statement below:

"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 offence. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision."

It's been all of 24 hours since the official release of the trailer, but the outrage has only just begun. Not everyone is thrilled at Joseph Fiennes snagging the role of Michael Jackson, including his daughter, Paris— something she made loud and clear on Twitter:

The choice to cast white, English actor Joseph Fiennes as African American Michael Jackson has been heavily criticized, despite a skin condition that caused Jackson's skin to lose pigment later in life.

Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]
Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]

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However, it's not Fiennes' ethnicity that's offended Paris Jackson, but the way that both her late father and godmother (Elizabeth Taylor) seem to be portrayed in the series:

Paris believes Urban Myths damages the "legacy" left behind by Jackson and Taylor:

Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]
Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]

A Close Family

Paris, now 18, still holds her father dear to her heart. She even got the following tattoo of her legendary dad on her 18th birthday; A tribute to the King of Pop:

Paris absolutely idolizes her father, so it's no surprise that she wouldn't tolerate a potential insult to his memory. Paris' cousin, Taj Jackson, also voiced his opinion on the "disrespectful" portrayal of his uncle and its impact on the entire Jackson family:

A "Lovely, Sweet Film"

Director Ben Palmer told The Guardian that he thinks people should watch it before they knock it, and stands by the casting choice:

"We were really looking for the performance that could unlock the spirit, and we really think Joe Fiennes has done that. He’s given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance".

Meanwhile, we all know where Paris Jackson still stands on the matter:

Do you think Paris' reaction to Joseph Fiennes playing her late father is justified?

(Sources: Vulture, The Guardian, Independent)


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