King of pop TV show pulled

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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, adding the de­ci­sion was sup­ported by Fi­ennes.

Af­ter im­ages were pub­lished on­line show­ing Shake­speare In Love star Fi­ennes as Jack­son and Stockard Chan­ning as her god­mother, Dame Elizabeth Tay­lor, Ms Jack­son said: “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.

“Michael Jack­son would never have wanted this”

“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.

“Where is the re­spect? They worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to cre­ate such pro­found and re­mark­able lega­cies.”

She added: “He made a point of it plenty of times to ex­press his pride in his roots. He would never have wanted this.”

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

The pe­ti­tion de­scribes how Jack­son suf­fered with skin con­di­tion vi­tiligo, thereby caus­ing the light­en­ing of his skin.

The au­thor of the pe­ti­tion, Julie Ro­driguez, wrote: “It’s ab­so­lutely in­ex­cus­able for a film to white­wash a movie based on a hu­man be­ing.”

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