TV Network Cancels Episode That Featured White Actor Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson

British network Sky Arts has pulled a block on the argumentative episode of a upcoming TV anthology series featuring Joseph Fiennes‘ opening as late song idol Michael Jackson.


The preference comes a day after Jackson’s 18-year-old daughter Paris spoke out about a show’s initial trailer, job it “insulting” and “shameful” after the white actor was expel as Jackson, who was black.

Urban Myths: A Brand New Collection of TV Comedies billed itself as an eight-part array recreating rumored tales about celebrities. Feinnes’ opening as Jackson came in a partial patrician “Elizabeth, Michael Marlon” — depicting a story of an alleged highway outing that Jackson took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after flights were grounded in a arise of a Sep 11th militant attacks of 2001.

“We have taken a preference not to promote ‘Elizabeth, Michael Marlon,’ a 30 notation partial from a Sky Arts Urban Myths series,” Sky Arts wrote in a array of tweets on Friday. “This preference was taken in light of a concerns voiced by Michael Jackson’s evident family. We set out to take a jaunty demeanour during reportedly loyal events never dictated to means any offense. Joseph Fiennes entirely supports a decision.”

The initial trailer for Urban Myths caused fan snub when it initial dropped over a secular issues.

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Paris was “so impossibly offended” by Fiennes’ casting. “It overtly creates me wish to vomit,” she wrote on Twitter. “It angers me to see how apparently conscious it was for them to be this insulting, not only towards my father, though my godmother Liz as well.”

“Where is a respect? They worked by blood persperate and tears for ages to emanate such surpassing and conspicuous legacies. Shameful portrayal,” she continued, concluding, “He done a indicate of it copiousness of times to demonstrate his honour in his roots. He would never have wanted this.”

Paris’ cousin Taj, who is a son of Michael’s hermit Tito Jackson, also tweeted his reaction. “Unfortunately this is what my family has to understanding with. No difference could demonstrate a blatant disrespect,” he wrote.

On a preference to expel Fiennes, prolongation association Sky Arts formerly told PEOPLE in a statement: “It is partial of a array of comedies about doubtful stories from humanities and informative history. Sky Arts gives producers a artistic leisure to expel roles as they wish, within a farrago horizon that we have set.”

Fiennes shielded his role last year, telling Rolling Stone“I understanding in imagination, so we don’t consider imagination should have manners hammered on them.”

Urban Myths is set to entrance Jan. 19 on Sky Arts.


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