The recent presidential election of Donald Trump might take the cake this year for bringing the world to a screeching halt. But the upset following the tapping of actor Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson in a British comedy television show comes a close second.
The actor and British TV channel, Sky Arts, came under fire this week after its offensive and downright wrong portrayal of MJ in an episode of Urban Myths.
After the world practically spontaneously combusted following the release of the show’s first trailer, the network decided to cancel the episode that was set to air January 19.
It was announced on Friday that the show was pulled and will not run.
The channel released a statement that read: “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 lighthearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offense. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”
The 30-minute episode, titled “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,” chronicled a road trip the late King of Pop took with dear friend, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando following the 9/11 attacks.
Jackson’s daughter, Paris, by the way, called the show “offensive” and it was enough to make her “vomit.”