Protest halts Jack­son TV drama

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A SKY Arts drama fea­tur­ing Joseph Fi­ennes as Michael Jack­son will not be broad­cast fol­low­ing a back­lash by the late pop su­per­star’s fam­ily.

Fi­ennes was to por­tray the king of pop as part of the Ur­ban Myths se­ries start­ing on Jan­uary 19.

Ear­lier this week, Jack­son’s daugh­ter, Paris, 18, said she wanted to “vomit” af­ter see­ing im­ages and a teaser clip of the ac­tor as her fa­ther.

Sky Arts said it is drop­ping the episode, ti­tled Elizabeth, Michael And Mar­lon, adding the de­ci­sion was sup­ported by Fi­ennes.

A 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 fam­ily.

“We set out to take a light­hearted look at re­port­edly true events and never in­tended to cause any of­fence. Joseph Fi­ennes fully sup­ports our de­ci­sion.”

Af­ter im­ages were pub­lished on­line show­ing Fi­ennes as Jack­son and Stockard Chan­ning as her god­mother, Dame Elizabeth Tay­lor, Ms Jack­son wrote on Twit­ter: “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.”

A pe­ti­tion had been signed by more than 20,000 peo­ple to boy­cott the up­com­ing tele­vi­sion pro­gramme.

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