Earlier this week, It was reported that British actor, Joseph Fiennes has been asked to play Micheal Jackson in a film about the road trip he took from New York to Los Angeles with Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor after the 9/11 terrorist attack. Twitter exploded on Thursday over the news. See tweets below.
— TheAmandaPersists (@TheLastAmanda) January 30, 2016
— Taryn Finley (@_TARYNitUP) January 28, 2016
So Joseph Fiennes (A WHITE DUDE!) is gunna play Michael Jackson… I say Denzel Washington plays Elvis in the next movie just to be fair.😒😡
— Nico (@_nicomadden) January 27, 2016
Y'all know y'all dead wrong to have dude play MJ. If that's the case LET ME BE SUPERMAN. Da fuck they do that at? Is that blackface?
— Chris Brown (@chrisbrown) January 30, 2016
Fiennes addressed the backlash saying, “I’m a white, middle-class guy from London,” the 45-year-old actor told Entertainment Tonight about being cast in the role. “I’m as shocked as you may be.” He continues, “[Jackson] definitely had an issue — a pigmentation issue — and that’s something I do believe. He was probably closer to my color than his original color.”
Hmm…How can we begin to explain this one?