ByBrooke Geller, writer at Creators.co
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Brooke Geller

The first trailer for has finally dropped, and it's everything we'd expected and more; A quirky, comical retelling of some of the most hilarious celebrity anecdotes of all time. Take a look:

Branding itself as a series of "true...ish stories", the upcoming retro series has a serious Wes Anderson vibe to it. Unfortunately, it's not Cary Grant's LSD visuals that's got the internet talking, but something far more controversial: Joseph Fiennes being cast as Michael Jackson.

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The Controversy

Every since casting was announced, there's been outrage over Fiennes portraying the King of Pop. Why? Well, let's break it down.

[Credit: Wikimedia Commons]
[Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

This is Joseph Fiennes. He's an accomplished actor from England. You may remember him from his previous roles in Elizabeth, or maybe American Horror Story— not to mention his famous brother, actor Ralph Fiennes.

[Credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis Flickr]
[Credit: Tilemahos Efthimiadis Flickr]

And this is singer Michael Jackson. He was, undeniably, a black man. His appearance changed drastically throughout his career, but it wasn't entirely out of choice. Jackson suffered from a condition called vitiligo, which causes skin to lose its pigment— hence the lightening of his skin.

He also broke his nose after a backflip gone wrong early in his career, which required a nose job. Whilst filming a commercial, a light exploded above Jackson's head; his hair caught fire, requiring him to undergo hair transplants. Later on in life, Jackson became somewhat addicted to plastic surgery, and he continued to significantly modify his appearance.

As much as Jackson's appearance changed from when the above picture was taken to the time when Urban Myths is set, his ethnicity didn't. And that's what a lot of people are finding problematic: A white, English guy is now playing one of the most famous black entertainers of all time.

The Internet Reacts

The reactions to Fiennes' reveal as Jackson has sparked an array of reactions, from outraged to highly amused:

It's Not All About Michael

Of course, the show isn't solely based around Michael Jackson. The series will explore an array of famous names and their equally renowned antics. Check out some of the other actors and judge their likeness for yourself:

1. Ben Chaplin & Aidan Gillen As Cary Grant And Timothy Leary

Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]
Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]

2. Stockard Channing As Elizabeth Taylor

Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]
Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]

3. Brian Cox As Marlon Brando

Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]
Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]

4. Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson

Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]
Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]

5. Iwan Rheon As Adolf Hitler

Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]
Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]

6. David Threlfall As Samuel Beckett

Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]
Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]

7. Eddie Marsan As Bob Dylan

Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]
Urban Myths [Credit: Sky Arts]/[Wikimedia Commons]

What do you think about Joseph Fiennes being cast as the King of Pop?

Thriller [Credit: Epic Records]
Thriller [Credit: Epic Records]

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