Actor Joseph Fiennes maintains that there is nothing wrong with him playing Michael Jackson in an upcoming made for TV comedy. Fiennes star in Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a 30-minute one-off about a road trip the King of Pop took cross country following September 2011.
Black Twitter erupted earlier this year when the casting was initially announced. But Fiennes, a White man from Britain, says he welcomes the backlash. “I think outrage is good, as long as it doesn’t get into a violent shouting match,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “These conversations are really important and they shape our industry. It’s vital to have them. I kind of welcome it. You can’t do this and not welcome it.”
Fiennes adds that Jackson, an African-American male, appeared slightly different in his older age than he did as a child star. “It’s not a biopic, and it’s not Michael in his younger days. It’s Michael in his last days when, I have to say, he did look quite frankly rather differently than when we grew up with him in the ’80s or earlier. So it’s Michael as we last remembered him and how he looks. The decision with the casting and the producers — I wrangled with it, I was confused and shocked at what might come my way, and I knew the sensitivity, especially to Michael’s fans and to Michael’s family. It doesn’t negate who he was.”
After reading Finnes quotes, do you plan on giving Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon a chance? These people certainly are not.
From one white person to another, no, you are wrong Joseph Fiennes. Accept it with understanding and condolence. https://t.co/Bbz1ysxCDU
— Nicole Andrejek (@NicoleAndrejek) February 19, 2016
Joseph Fiennes is a perfect example of a culture that Takes from others without shame or restraint & still expects to be praised #Whiteness
— Kim (@truthrocker) February 18, 2016