Joseph Fiennes aka Ralph Fiennes’ brother will be playing Michael Jackson in a UK TV movie. Yes, Joseph Fiennes is a white guy and will be portraying the King of Pop, who was a Black man, at least for now.
Reports The Guardian:
September 2001 was allegedly witness to one of the strangest road trips in history: Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando driving from New York to Ohio in an attempt to get home following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
The saga is now being dramatised in a one-off special for Sky Arts, starring Joseph Fiennes as Jackson, Stockard Channing as Taylor and Brian Cox as Brando.
Details of the improbable trip emerged in 2011 when it was reported in Vanity Fair. The story goes that Jackson invited the pair to his concert at Madison Square Garden. Following the 9/11 attacks, when air travel to and from New York was cancelled, the trio rented a car and began their quest back to California. “They actually got as far as Ohio – all three of them, in a car they drove themselves,” claimed a former employee of Jackson. Brando apparently insisted on stopping off at various fast food restaurants en route.
The audacity of a white guy to accept such a role—playing a Black man who changed his appearance due to the confidence crushing influence of white supremacy—is baffling. But then again, white privilege is very real, as is whitewashing.
Don’t be fooled—this is not art, this is kitsch. This is trolling. Seriously, who signed off on this?