Saturday, April 13, 2024

Paris Jackson Angry Joseph Fiennes Playing Michael Jackson in Brit TV Show: “It honestly makes me want to vomit”


On Twitter today, Michael Jackson’s very astute daughter Paris commented on her father being played by actor Joseph Fiennes in a British comedy for SKY Television. “Urban Myths” is a series of 30 minute comedy sketches about things that never happened– but people believe they did. This was about Michael, Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando driving cross country from New York to LA after 9-11.

Last year I wrote that the idea of Fiennes playing Michael was not a good one. When I saw the clip the other day. I wrote that it wasn’t so bad– it’s a comedy and nothing can take away from Michael Jackson.

But my opinion doesn’t count when it comes to Paris or Michael’s other children. They have a right to be upset and to say so. I think Paris has put it very succinctly here. Again, this is for British TV, I don’t know if we’ll see it here. But I will endorse Paris’s opinion, largely because of the three stars potrayed in the show, Michael comes off as most buffoonish.

Paris wrote in three separate Tweets:

“i’m so incredibly offended by it, as i’m sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother liz as well..where is the respect? they worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. shameful portrayal..he [Michael Jackson] made a point of it plenty of times to express his pride in his roots. he would never have wanted this..”

PS Paris made a low key appearance at the Golden Globes, even got a picture taken with Jimmy Fallon in the Bev Hilton garage. She wore a beautiful gown to the InStyle/Warner Bros. party. It looks like she had a good time. And I’m sending get well wishes to her mom, Debbie Rowe, who’s a real fighter and a winner…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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