Gina Florio
January 12, 2017 12:39 pm
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Last year we learned that a white actor, Joseph Fiennes, was set to play Michael Jackson in a British comedy TV show called Urban Myths. There were a lot of people who spoke up about the casting choice, insisting that it was yet another example of Hollywood whitewashing roles that belong to people of color. To make matters worse, the news came smack dab in the middle of the #OscarsSoWhite controversy that had the whole Internet in a frenzy.

Nearly an entire year later, we can finally see a clip of Fiennes playing Jackson in the trailer of an Urban Myths episode called “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon.” It’s a humorous telling of a story (perhaps an urban legend) of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando, who were together doing a concert, taking a road trip together after 9/11 because all the flights were cancelled. Fiennes told WENN last year that the episode is meant to be funny. “It’s a comedy,” he said. “It doesn’t poke mean fun, but it’s a story.”

Still, there are some mixed reactions about seeing Fiennes poised as Jackson. And when prompted to give her own opinion on the matter, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris had this to say.

She’s not happy with how “insulting” the skit is toward her late father, and she’s equally displeased with it portrays “my godmother liz.” Paris Jackson’s godmother is the late great Elizabeth Taylor (and her godfather is Macauley Culkin, strangely enough), so she feels doubly offended by this clip.

It’s never easy to hear when someone is upset with the portrayal of their close family member. We’re particularly sorry that Paris isn’t cool with how the king of pop is being remembered in this show.

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