People who were already inflamed by the lack of black actors and actresses nominated for Academy Awards (view a sampling here, here, and here) went insane Wednesday when a white actor was pegged to play Michael Jackson in a new movie.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, black talk show host Wendy Williams argued that M.J. would be “doing cartwheels in Heaven” with the news.
Joseph Fiennes was chosen to play the iconic entertainer in an upcoming comedy about a road trip taken by Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and the King of Pop after the attacks of 9/11.
The story is based on an urban legend about the three stars road tripping to Los Angeles due to flight cancellations following the attacks, the Huffington Post reported.
“I got the script the other day,” Fiennes said in an interview with WENN. “It’s a challenge. It’s a comedy. It doesn’t poke mean fun, but it’s a story, possibly urban legend, whereby Michael, Marlon Brando, and Liz Taylor were all together the day before 9/11 doing a concert. Airspace was shut down and they couldn’t get out and Michael had the bright idea to go to hire a car and drive.
“So the three of them got in a car and drove 500 miles to Los Angeles. It took them a while because they had to stop at a lot of Burger Kings for Marlon; but they got out!
“It’s a lovely thing about Michael’s relationship with Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando. It’s a fun, light-hearted tongue-in-cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like. But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships as well.”
Williams believed that Jackson would welcome this news — if he were around to see it.
“Apparently he’s achieved what he’s always sought after based on the tweaked nose and the bleaching, oh I’m sorry vitiligo,” she said of Jackson.
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Many on social media, who think there is a war on black talent in Hollywood, disagreed.
— BET (@BET) January 27, 2016
Why is an ugly cracker that has no correlation to Michael playing Michael Jackson? The world would like to know
— Janet’s Nipple (@MJsusChrist) January 27, 2016
I don’t even wanna talk about whitey playing Michael Jackson. Ion even wanna see that shit no more
— Bobby Masson (@bobbytornado) January 27, 2016
The White Man Plays Everyone debacle continues. Joseph Fiennes, his whitey mcwhiteness, cast as Michael Jackson l– https://t.co/9YW9Dfjyo6
— Steffani Cameron (@SnarkySteff) January 27, 2016
If you need further proof that its the business and not the Oscars that are racist, Joseph Fiennes is playing Michael Jackson on TV movie.
— Whiskey Eyes (@CanineBRATS) January 27, 2016
White people will go to the ends of the earth just to fuck up ur day, ur life… Like really b ur gonna have a cracker play Michael Jackson?
— Kalmplex *LL (@Kalmplex) January 27, 2016
Way to keep racism alive by casting a white actor to play Michael Jackson smh…
— Terra (@TfNeatherlin) January 27, 2016
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