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Black Twitter is understandably up in arms over news that White actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming film. Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon is a project centered around a post 9/11 road trip the pop icon took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.

Fiennes tells Entertainment Tonight he understands the outrage over the announcement. “I’m a white, middle-class guy from London. I’m as shocked as you may be.” Still, the American Horror Story actor thinks he’s a good fit for the role because of his skin color resembles Jackson’s more than another actor’s might. “[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.”

OK, buddy. Point taken, but definitely not accepted by a lot of folks who decried the casting on Twitter:

What do you think of Fiennes landing the role? Is this just another example of clueless filmmakers and producers completely disregarding common sense when casting films or is Fiennes actually a fair casting?

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86300, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – Sunday October 28, 2012. **EXCLUSIVE** English actor Joseph Fiennes best known for his career-making role in the 1998 hit film ‘Shakespeare in Love’ seen spending the day with Swiss model wife Maria Dolores Dieguez, daughter Isabel and new baby girl at a Halloween fair in Los Angeles. Photograph: ©Anthony Monterotti, PacificCoastNews.com **FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE** **E-TABLET/IPAD & MOBILE PHONE APP PUBLISHING REQUIRES ADDITIONAL FEES** LOS ANGELES OFFICE:+1 310 822 0419 LONDON OFFICE:+44 20 8090 4079

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