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Paris Jackson: 'Insulting' for White Actor to Play Her Father

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Joseph Fiennes (Sky Arts screengrab) and Paris Jackson.  (Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

By    |   Friday, 13 Jan 2017 06:20 AM

Paris Jackson said it's “insulting” that white actor Joseph Fiennes plays her father, the late pop legend Michael Jackson, in an upcoming comedy series.

A trailer for the series, “Urban Myths,” was released on Tuesday, according to Gossip Cop.

 

“I’m just so incredibly offended by it, as I’m sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit,” tweeted Paris, per The New Daily.

The British-produced comedy series set to start Jan. 19 will present eight episodes highlighting the lives of different celebrities.

The episode on Micheal Jackson is about a road trip he took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after 9/11. Taylor will be played by Stockard Channing.

“It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother liz [Taylor] as well,” said Jackson. “Where is the respect? they worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. shameful portrayal.”

When asked if her father identified as black, Paris responded, “He made a point of it plenty of times to express his pride in his roots. he would never have wanted this.”

She ended her tweet with the hashtags, “#justice4mj #justice4liz.”

Taj Jackson, Michael Jackson’s nephew, also said he’s not happy with the trailer.

“Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with,” he tweeted. “No words could express the blatant disrespect.”

The website Care 2 has created a petition calling for people to boycott the TV series, according to The Sun, and has already been signed by at least 20,000 people.

“It’s easy to see why the story would make a compelling film – but it’s harder to understand why the actor best known for his role in "Shakespeare In Love" was the first choice to play one of the world’s most iconic black musicians,” reads the petition.

Here's part of Paris Jackson's online reaction:

 

 

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