Protest halts Jackson TV drama
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.