Two relatives of the Michael Jackson are deeply offended by the way that the late King of Pop is portrayed in the newly released trailer to the upcoming British show Urban Myths.
The cousins expressed that they saw this as being intentionally insulting towards Michael Jackson's legacy - as well as the late Elizabeth Taylor, who is played by Stockard Channing. In the film, Taylor will be played by Emmy victor and Oscar nominee Stockard Channing. Shameful portrayal. ... He made a point of it plenty of times to express his pride in his roots.
The special, which fictionalizes a road trip Jackson allegedly took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in the immediate wake of 9/11, stars Joseph Fiennes underneath a few pounds of makeup apparently meant to make him resemble the late singer. "He would never have wanted this".
If you fancy catching the controversy in motion, you can catch the series Urban Myths on Sky Arts on January 19.
A petition has also been launched calling on Michael's fans to boycott the TV film over the casting of Fiennes to play "one of the world's most iconic black musicians".
Jackson, who had the medical condition vitiligo that lightened the color of his skin, died in June 2009 at the age of 50 after an overdose of the sedative propofol. "This casting is an insult to the very real professional struggles and health issues Jackson dealt with during his lifetime", it continued. Considering he's a white, British male in bad prosthetics and makeup, we can't exactly say we blame Paris for how she feels.
'But it's absolutely inexcusable for a film to whitewash a movie based on an actual human being, whether his appearance was typical of what we expect a black man to look like or not'. "He's given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance".