A comedy about Michael Jackson which was set to feature white actor Joseph Fiennes in the starring role has been pulled after complaints from the late megastar’s angry family.
Mr Fiennes had been given the role of the Bad singer as part of Sky’s Urban Myths series, which was set to start later this month. However, after Mr Jackson’s 18 year old daughter Paris said the idea of the actor playing her father made her want to vomit, the episode has been dropped.
The episode was set to be shown as Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, featuring a road trip with the three stars. However, the channel has now issued a statement, saying that it will not be shown. It said that the idea had been to take a light-hearted approach to true events, but had decided not to go ahead with the broadcast. The media firm said Mr Fiennes supported the decision.
It came after Paris reacted with anger when she saw photos online of the Shakespeare in Love actor playing her father, along with Stockard Channing, who was playing her godmother Elizabeth Taylor. The teenager said she was horrendously offended by the programme and she was sure lots of other people would be too. She went on to say it was an insult to both her father and her godmother.
Paris added: “He made a point of it plenty of times to express his pride in his roots. He would never have wanted this.”
As well as Paris’ comments, more than 20,000 people had signed a petition, calling for the upcoming show to be boycotted. The premise of the programme is that it takes a fresh look at fabled events. In this case, it was about Mr Jackson, Dame Elizabeth and Marlon Brando driving from New York to Los Angeles following the 9/11.