Paris Jackson is not feeling the casting of a recent British network biopic that has her father, the late Michael Jackson, portrayed by Joseph Fiennes. The celebrity’s kid took to Twitter earlier this week to express her disgust over the idea of a caucasian man depicting her father.
“I’m so incredibly offended by it, as i’m sure plenty of people are as well, and it honestly makes me want to vomit,” Paris tweeted. “It 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,” she added.
“Where is the respect,” Paris asked. “They worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. Shameful portrayal.”
Millions of fans grew angry over the British network’s decision to select Joseph Fiennes over an African American actor to represent the late Michael Jackson in the biopic. Michael was diagnosed with vitiligo during his lifetime, which resulted in his skin tone taking on a lighter form. Still, the King of Pop identified himself as an African-American man and strongly opposed the idea of a caucasian male depicting him on film.
“That is so stupid,” Michael said during a 1993 interview with Oprah. The King of Pop was responding to a rumor that he cast a white child to depict his life as a lad in a commercial at the time.
“That’s the most ridiculous, horrifying story I’ve ever heard,” he added. “Number one, it’s my face as a child in the commercial. Me when I was little. Why would I want a White child to play me? I’m a Black American. I’m a Black American. I’m proud to be a Black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am.”
Michael Jackson passed away in his Holmby Hills home on June 25, 2009. He is survived by his daughter, Paris, and sons Prince and Michael Jr.