Joseph Fiennes was cast as Michael Jackson and his role has been the center of controversy since the moment it was announced. The first photos of Fiennes as the King of Pop were released on Tuesday and the Jackson family is speaking out.
The problem so many have with Fiennes portraying Jackson is that Fiennes is a white man and Jackson was a black man.
Jackson’s nephew Taj Jackson tweeted, “Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect.”
The late singer’s daughter, Paris Jackson, also took to Twitter to share her feelings towards the casting choice, writing, “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.”
The television film focuses on a road trip that Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando and Jackson took trying to escape from New York City following the 9/11 attacks.
Jackson’s fans are even stepped in and set up a petition to boycott the film. The petition questions why Fiennes was selected and talks about speculations that Jackson “wanted to be white.”
It stated, "Despite a public struggle with vitiligo, a rare skin disorder that results in the loss of pigment, he identified in interviews as a proud black man, and went out of his way to fight for better treatment of black artists in the entertainment industry."
The petition already has over 20,000 signatures.
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