King of pop TV show pulled
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.”