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Joseph Fiennes' Michael Jackson Episode of 'Urban Myths' Has Been Canceled

Joseph Fiennes' Michael Jackson Episode of 'Urban Myths' Has Been Canceled

The episode of the upcoming Sky Arts series Urban Myths featuring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson has been canceled after backlash from the entertainer’s family and fans around the world.

There was controversy over the casting of a white actor as Michael a year ago when the news was announced and it all resurfaced when the trailer for the program was released this week.

Michael‘s daughter Paris Jackson said she is “incredibly offended” by the portrayal of her father.

Click inside to read the network’s statement…

“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,” Sky said in a statement (via THR). “We set out to take a lighthearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offense… Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”

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  • Torii Wehling

    Why is this casting just coming out now? WTF was Sky thinking?

  • http://www.soundcloud.com/cigo8179 eternalfratboy

    Thank god

  • Roscoe

    I’m offended that they pussied out. They would have to find a “black” actor so light they he might as well be white. Another example of how history is hidden or ignored due to “feelings” and so-called offensiveness.

  • Casey C

    It didn’t, there was huge backlash last year when it was announced, but for watever reaon they went ahead anyway.

  • Legendary Trolly

    Completely incorrect. They could’ve got a white guy, but that dude looked goofy af

  • Cookie Monster

    Good!

  • j b

    That is a total shame. Would have been great to see that pedophile Michael Jackson get made fun of like he deserves. Sick bastard would lock his bedroom door so that he could “play” with the children without anyone seeing.

  • laura

    Michael Jackson spent his whole life trying to become white, and at the end in an extremely weird way he was: I don’t understand why the fuss…

  • mafergarrido90

    So a black actor in white face would’ve been better? Not that this was a good idea any way they did it, but common, if anybody was offending anybody was Jackson himself by becoming white however he did it (the vitiligo story never convinced anyone). He was a white man for a very long time, so the actor has to be white too.

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