UPDATE: 'Urban Myths' Starring White Michael Jackson Is Cancelled

The announcement that Joseph Fiennes would be playing Michael Jackson in the Sky Arts' satirical Urban Myths series had already been met with grave critiscism last year. So it comes as no surprise that the release of the official trailer ruffled more than a few feathers.


Fans have openly aired their views on a caucasian actor playing the king of pop who is of black origin, despite Michael Jackson's complexion in his later years. Fiennes himself even expressed his surprise at landing the role to Entertainment Tonight saying he was "as shocked as you" to be playing Michael Jackson, "[Jackson] definitely had an issue—a pigmentation issue—and that's something I do believe," he said. "He was probably closer to my color than his original color." The portrayal, he added, is a "light comedy look" and "not in any way malicious."


'Urban Myths' which is due to air on January 19th, has been described as a "believe-it-or-not stories" series by Deadline, that explores an alleged "Trueish" road trip involving Jackson, Marlon Brando, and Elizabeth Taylor.




Shortly after the official 'Urban Myths' trailer was released Twitter users chimed in on their disapproval of the casting.










Check out the full trailer below and let us know what you think.



After much controversy and concern over the protrayal of Michael Jackson in the Sky Arts first episode of 'Urban Myths', the airing of the one-off show has officially been cancelled.


Michael Jackson's daughter Paris and nephew Taj (of 90s boy band 3T) were openly vocal about their disapproval about the skit after the official trailer was released. Over 20,000 people agreed with the family, signing a petition to boycott the show.


This morning Sky Arts released a statement confirming that the controversial episode will no longer be broadcasted, saying:


"We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a half-hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson's immediate family.


"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."


Words: Keisha McDonald


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