The comedy is about Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, and Jackson traveling across the country together after September 11th. It will air on Sky Arts.
Paris Jackson made sure to make her opinion of the series clear on Twitter.
@TheMJCast 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.
— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 11, 2017
Fiennes had this to say to the Hollywood Reporter of the casting decision:
“The decision with the casting and the producers — I wrangled with it, I was confused and shocked at what might come my way, and I knew the sensitivity, especially to Michael’s fans and to Michael’s family,” Fiennes said. “It doesn’t negate who he was.”
Michael himself told Oprah in a 1993 interview that he rejected the notion of a white actor playing him in a Pepsi commercial:
“That is so stupid,” Jackson said. “That’s the most ridiculous, horrifying story I’ve ever heard. It’s crazy.”
We wonder if Jackson is now rolling over in his grave.