Getty | Sky Arts Last January, reports revealed that Joseph Fiennes, brother of Ralph Fiennes, would…
Paris Jackson is sick to her stomach at the moment.
But it’s not due to anything she ate.
It’s due to something she watched.
The daughter of Michael Jackson has spoken out, in very harsh terms, against the casting of Joseph Fiennes as her father for the upcoming television movie Urban Myths.
Fiennes, of course, is white.
Michael Jackson, whose skin grew noticeably light late in life, was black.
Fans of the iconic artist were stunned when the Urban Myths first trailer (below) hit the Internet on Tuesday, with one Twitter user asking Paris for her feelings on Fiennes’ portrayal of Jackson.
“I’m so incredibly offended by it, as I’m sure plenty of people are as well,” the 18-year old replied.
She went on to add:
“It honestly makes me want to vomit.”
Here’s a close-up of Fiennes in the role of Jackson:
In January of 2016, the British actor was cast as the music legend for the half hour Sky Arts special, which is based on an alleged road trip Jackson took with Elizabeth Taylor (played by Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox) after flights were grounded in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
There was controversy of this decision at the time.
But the complaints have only grown louder now that folks have seen the trailer.
“It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother liz as well,” Paris wrote in another message, continuing when pressed:
“Where is the respect? They worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. Shameful portrayal.
“[My dad] made a point of it plenty of times to express his pride in his roots. He would never have wanted this.”
Michael Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson, also released a statement in response to the trailer.
“Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect,” he Tweeted.
For his part, Fiennes told the Associated Press last year he doesn’t believe the project promotes stereotyping.
He did, however, eventually concede that “this is territory that is sensitive.”
That’s very clear.
Journalist Soledad O’Brien made her thoughts on the subject clear via Twitter this week as well.
“I woke up feeling like it’s going to be a beautiful day and then I remembered this is someone’s idea of Michael Jackson,” she wrote, along with a photo of Fiennes as The King of Pop.
Stop what you’re doing and take a look below at the trailer for Urban Myths.
Where do you stand on this scandal?