Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris ‘offended’ by casting of white actor to play him

Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris says she’s “incredibly offended” that a white actor has been selected to play a partial of her father in a new TV film.

Joseph Fiennes, who’s seemed in films like Shakespeare in Love and Elizabeth, pronounced he was shocked to be given a part final year.

But essay on Twitter, 18-year-old Paris pronounced images display what he looked like finished her “want to vomit”.

A petition’s been sealed by some-more than 20,000 people to protest a movie.




Urban Myths is a collection of tales including one about Michael Jackson holding a highway outing from New York to Los Angeles with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after a 9/11 apprehension attacks.

The cocktail thespian died in 2009 aged 50.

Sofia Richie and Paris Jackson

The petition opposite a film, that also stars Brian Cox as Marlon Brando, was set adult on a website Care 2.

It says: “It’s easy to see because a story would make a constrained film – though it’s harder to know because a actor best famous for his purpose in Shakespeare In Love was a initial choice to play one of a world’s many iconic black musicians.”

Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando

The petition describes how Michael Jackson suffered with skin condition vitiligo via his life, that caused a lightening of his skin.

The author of a petition, Julie Rodriguez, wrote: “This casting is an insult to a unequivocally genuine veteran struggles and health issues Jackson dealt with during his lifetime.

Joseph Fiennes

“It’s bad adequate when actors of colour are denied opportunities to play illusory characters of their possess ethnicity due to a favoured diagnosis of white actors.

“But it’s positively inexcusable for a film to varnish a film formed on an tangible tellurian being, either his coming was standard of what we design a black male to demeanour like or not.”


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Ben Palmer, who destined 4 episodes of Urban Myths, has shielded a casting of Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson.

He told the Guardian: “We were casting Michael Jackson in 2001 and that apparently is a plea in terms of a earthy resemblance.

“We were unequivocally looking for a opening that could clear a spirit, and we unequivocally consider Joe Fiennes has finished that. He’s given a unequivocally sweet, nuanced, characterful performance.”

The TV film is partial of a array called Urban Myths that starts on 19 Jan on Sky Arts.

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