11
Jan
2017

White Actor Plays Michael Jackson In New Series [VIDEO]

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White Actor Plays Michael Jackson In New Series

White Actor Plays Michael Jackson

Joseph Fiennes, a white actor, is facing new backlash after playing the role of Michael Jackson for a TV special titled “Urban Myths.” This week, the first trailer for the project has been released. Images of Fiennes as the late legendary singer has re-ignited the controversy surrounding his casting. Fiennes responded to the controversy last year, stating

I’m a white, middle-class guy from London. I’m as shocked as you may be. [Jackson] definitely had an issue — a pigmentation issue — and that’s something I do believe. He was probably closer to my color than his original color.

White Actor Plays Michael Jackson In New Series

In the teaser released from the satirical comedy series, Fiennes as Jackson rides in a care with Stockard Channing, who portrays the late Elizabeth Taylor.

Some suggest Fienne’s portrayal of Jackson is ‘whitewashing’. In fact, Jackson once told Oprah he’d be ‘horrified’ if a white actor ever played him on screen. Check out the teaser.

Is Fiennes playing Jackson offensive? 

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