Sky Arts Cancels Michael Jackson Comedy Episode After Backlash

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Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor, Brian Cox as Marlon Brando in Sky Arts’ comedy series, ‘Urban Myths’

After a huge backlash against the announcement that Joseph Fiennes will portray Michael Jackson in the satirical comedy series, Urban Myths, Sky Arts has pulled the episode. The one-off episode titled Elizabeth, Michael And Marlon follows the three stars on a road trip after the 9/11 attacks.

Jackson’s daughter, Paris rallied on social media urging Sky Arts to pull the episode and calling for a petition against the show. “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,” she tweeted.

A Sky spokesperson said: “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 offense. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”

The first episode of the series will air January 19 on Sky Arts.

Source: Screendaily

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