Paris Jackson said in a series of Tweets on Wednesday that
she was "incredibly offended" after the trailer was released on
Tuesday for the tongue-in-cheek episode, part of the "Urban
Myths" series, by Britain's satellite TV channel Sky Arts.
The 30-minute episode cast British actor Joseph Fiennes as
Michael Jackson in a comedy dramatization of a road trip the
"Thriller" singer is said to have taken in 2001 with movie stars
Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.
"We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael
and Marlon ... in light of the concerns expressed by Michael
Jackson’s immediate family," Sky Arts said in a statement.
"We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true
events and never intended to cause any offence. Joseph Fiennes
fully supports our decision."
Michael Jackson, who had the medical condition vitiligo that
lightened the color of his skin, died in June 2009 at the age of
50 after an overdose of the sedative propofol.
Sky Arts announced the launch of the series last year, which
also featured episodes about Hitler, former heavyweight boxing
champion Muhammad Ali and Irish writer Samuel Beckett.
Sky Arts said the "Urban Myths" series, which launches on Jan.
19, explores real life stories "using a generous dose of
artistic license" but Jackson fans accused makers of
"whitewashing", where white actors are cast to play characters
of other ethnicities.
Paris Jackson, 18, also replied to fans of her father on Twitter
voicing her disgust at the film.
"It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them
to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my
godmother (Elizabeth Taylor) as well," Paris Jackson tweeted.
(Writing by Patrick Johnston Editing by Jeremy Gaunt)
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