Sky Arts have cancelled an episode of their highly anticipated television movie Urban Myths, which featured Michael Jackson, after the trailer received major backlash from fans.
Paris Jackson was adamantly against the casting of Joseph Fiennes as her father, Michael Jackson, in the upcoming flick.
“I’m so incredibly offended by it, as I’m sure plenty of people are as well,” Paris responded on Twitter, when asked for her thoughts on the portrayal.
This guy playing Michael Jackson in a movie looks like you just told him you never heard of reddit pic.twitter.com/3TNdkt8NE8
— yc (@yc) January 11, 2017
"It makes me want to vomit."
The TV movie was set to focus on an alleged road trip across America that Michael Jackson took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, after 9/11.
However, people were outraged by the depiction of MJ in the TV movie.
Thank you to everyone who made their voices heard. As I said it wasn't comedy, it was mockery with no taste. A great victory for his legacy! pic.twitter.com/SfcPqAVguy
— TJ Jackson (@tjjackson) January 13, 2017
"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," read a statement from Sky Arts.
i'm surprised the family's feelings were actually taken into consideration for once, we all really do appreciate it more than y'all know. https://t.co/MdOZgP3tD7
— Paris-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 13, 2017
Paris took to Twitter to express her surprise and gratitude at the fact that the opinion of the family was taken into consideration.
Michael's nephew, TJ, also took to Twitter to thank people for helping to preserve Michael's dignity.
The trailer of the film has been set to private on YouTube.