January 13, 2017

Grand Closing: Controversial Michael Jackson Episode With White Actor Cancelled Before Airing

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Grand Closing: Controversial Michael Jackson Episode With White Actor Cancelled Before Airing

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Earlier this week, TV show Urban Myths released the trailer to their forthcoming episode about Michael Jackson, starring white actor, Joseph Fiennes. His look for the show was nothing short of alarming, and Michael’s daughter Paris Jackson – among many others – immediately expressed her disgust:

“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.”

Now before it even hit the airwaves, execs have opted to pull the plug. Fiennes is fully behind the decision as well.

“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 Arts said in a statement. “We set out to take a lighthearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offense.”

The episode, titled Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, was based around the widely circulated tale about the Michael’s post-9/11 road trip with Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor from New York to Los Angeles. Are you happy that they’ve decided to can this, or did you want to see it?

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