Michael Jackson is going to be played by White actor Joseph Fiennes in an upcoming comedy movie, which has some people calling foul.
In less than a day since its announcement, the film is being held up as another tone-deaf scenario involving race in the filmmaking industry in the wake of the Oscars controversy.
Detractors of the casting rushed to Twitter to air their grievances.
The parody’s frontman, for his part, has addressed his placement as Michael Jackson. “It’s a fun, light-hearted tongue-in-cheek road trip of what celebrity of that kind is like,” Fiennes said of the film. “But also it’s rather beautiful and poignant about their relationships as well.”
Joseph Fiennes and the film's production team aren't rising to the race-baiting being thrown at them. Hollywood is famous for making casting decision based on looks and at the time in which the movie takes place, Michael Jackson was already suffering from vitiligo. The crew clearly has no intentions to say Michael Jackson is White, and is wise to not lash back at the criticism they are receiving for their casting choice.