Sky Cancels its White Michael Jackson Comedy

By Gary Cutlack on at

Sky's arty channel Sky Arts thought it got all the controversy out of the way last year, when it announced it had commissioned a comedy drama in which white actor Joseph Fiennes was to play the part of late-stage Michael Jackson. There was a bit of fuss, but that was nothing compared with the furore that kicked off when the trailer for Urban Myths it came out this week.

No less an expert on the situation than Paris Jackson, Michael's now-18-year-old daughter, spoke out after seeing the trailer, saying: "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."

So now we need to see it. It still exists on unofficial channels at time of writing:

It's quite clearly a comedy series what with Adolf Hitler appearing in an episode and the show coming with the tagline "True...ish stories," and you'd think that if Saturday Night Live did it in America everyone would be applauding it's off-the-wall casting, but still. Bit weird. And now cancelled.

A Sky Arts spokesperson said: "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." [Variety]

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