Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson Makes Paris Jackson Want To ‘Vomit’

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By Jenna Amatulli

The controversy over casting Joseph Fiennes to portray Michael Jackson for an upcoming comedy show continues.

The trailer for the episode “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon” of the British TV show “Urban Myths,” which features Fiennes as Jackson, dropped Wednesday ― and the blowback has been excruciating.

For context, this is what Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson looks like:

A Michael Jackson podcast called “The MJ Cast” sent out a call to arms to boycott the upcoming show and asked Jackson’s daughter, Paris Jackson, for her thoughts.

Boycott culturally insensitive #UrbanMyths & contact @SkyArts Director @PEdgarJones (philip.edgar-jones@sky.uk). J. ✊ #AngerIntoAction pic.twitter.com/cs5ClRaVl1

— The MJCast (@TheMJCast) January 10, 2017

@ParisJackson Thoughts on this portrayal of Michael? So many fans r sickened by it. Able to hit this original tweet up with a RT? J. https://t.co/mt2BNjdlo8

— The MJCast (@TheMJCast) January 11, 2017

Paris Jackson responded to the missive to share her disdain for the portrayal:

@TheMJCast 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.

— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 11, 2017

@TheMJCast 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

— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 11, 2017

@TheMJCast where is the respect? they worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. shameful portrayal

— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 11, 2017

She also added that her father “made a point of it plenty of times to express his pride in his roots” and that “he would never have wanted this,” in a response to a fellow tweeter.

And she wasn’t alone. Her feelings were shared by many:

Michael Jackson DESERVES a great theatrical movie. With BLACK actors playing him & a good budget for makeup, costumes, locations, etc.

— PimpNamedSlickBack✞ (@Khryssi05) January 10, 2017

IDGAF how pale Michael Jackson became. He was B L A C K and he said HIMSELF he didn’t want a Caucasian to play him in ANY film. Disrespect

— Stoney Σavage (@Stoney_Blu) January 11, 2017

Michael Jackson? Please tell me this is a joke. #UrbanMyths pic.twitter.com/hslLUGpxHl

— SCOTT WARNER (@ScottWarner18) January 11, 2017

full offense casting a white man to play michael jackson is disgusting and racist and i actually can’t believe anyone thinks it isn’t

— gia ☄️ (@ARlSDANTE) January 11, 2017

They have Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson. Maybe Tom Hanks will play Berry Gordy in the next Motown movie.

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 10, 2017

Paris followed up her tweet about her discontent with the portrayal of her father with another tweet that just read “#justice4mj #justice4liz.”

The “Urban Myths” episode, with its contentious casting choices, debuts Jan. 19 on Sky Arts and will feature other “believe it or not” stories.

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