Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson Is as Offensive as Expected

Sky Arts has debuted the first trailer for Urban Myths, the upcoming comedy starring Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson.

If you were one the people who took to social media to protest your outrage that a white man was cast to play a black, Michael Jackson, you can rest assured that after watching the trailer you will be back on Twitter retweeting yourself.

Urban Myths will debut January 19 in the UK, and there are eight episodes that center around the tall tales celebrities. The late Michael Jackson’s story is centered around a post 9/11 trip taken by himself, Elizabeth Taylor, and Marlon Brando. In the trailer, Fiennes is made to look like a very exaggerated version Michael Jackson. Compared to the rest the cast, he looks more like a muppet than a real person.

The satire will also feature stories about Muhammad Ali, Bob Dylan, and Samuel Beckett. Director Ben Palmer has been accused “whitewashing.” Last year, he was mentioned among other directors on social media during the Oscars using the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite for lack diversity and inclusion in films.

Palmer stands firm that Fiennes was cast to play Michael Jackson based on his talent. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Palmer stated that Jackson was closer to his color than his original color. He went on to say that it’s a comedy and there was no malicious intent behind the decision to cast a white actor as a black man.

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