Following a backlash from Michael Jackson’s family, the Sky TV programme about his life has been pulled. The TV show starred white actor, Joseph Fiennes as the singer.
The programme was to be shown as part of the Urban Myths season. The episode was entitled Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon.
Paris Jackson the late star’s daughter said she wanted to vomit after seeing a teaser clip of the television programme.
In an official announcement, Sky Arts said it was dropping the episode and the decision was supported by Fiennes. A Sky Arts spokesman 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 offence. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision”
Paris Jackson became aware of Sky Arts casting a white actor in the role of Michael Jackson after she saw images online. In a series of tweets, she said, “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.
“It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother Liz as well.
“Where is the respect? They worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. Shameful portrayal.
“He made a point of it plenty of times to express his pride in his roots. He would never have wanted this.”
Following the tweet a petition was started to boycott the show and gained 20,000 signatures. The petition acknowledged why the film would be compelling but questioned the decision of Fiennes in the leading role.