by TRN Staff Writers,
People weren’t happy last year at the thought of a White actor portraying Michael Jackson when it was announced. Now that a trailer has been released with actor Joseph Fiennes as Jackson in the British TV show “Urban Myths”, people still aren’t finding the idea behind the comedy show very funny. Here’s the trailer that dropped last week for the show.
The episode for the show is titled “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon” with Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and another actor playing Marlon Brando–not Marlon Jackson. Even though the show is a comedy, people are taking some serious offense to the entire idea of the show.
Push back on social media has been harsh from Michael Jackson fans, but the harshest criticism comes from Jackson’s daughter Paris who tweeted…
Paris added “where is the respect? they worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. shameful portrayal”. Paris went on to speak for her father saying, he “made a point of it plenty of times to express his pride in his roots...He would never have wanted this.” Apparently, a lot of Michael Jackson fans don’t want this either and joined Paris in defending her father’s memory.
Paris seems mostly offended that after all her father accomplished musically, he’s still nothing more than the butt of jokes for a TV show. Other fans are upset that a White actor was chosen to play the role of a Black man. This isn’t a first time we’ve seen movies and shows use White actors for Black roles. Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra, Sir Lawrence Olivier in blackface as Othello. Kevin Spacey in 2000’s “Pay It Forward” as the lead character after Denzel Washington reportedly turned it down. Hollywood and movie makers often take creative liberties whenever and however they see fit. But fans aren’t going along quietly this time.
Many fans are calling for a boycott of the show. At this point, no response from those behind the show’s creation about all the negative responses it is generating. And apparently, plans are still in the works to air the show which is scheduled to run January 19 on Sky Arts.
Are people over reacting to what is nothing more than a comedy sitcom? Or is the show going too far in getting a White actor for the role?