Comedy With White Actor Joseph Fiennes As Michael Jackson Pulled

Sky Arts cancelled the "Urban Myths" episode after Jackson's family expressed outrage.
Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson.
Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson.

British TV channel Sky Arts announced Friday that it was dropping a controversial “Urban Myths” episode featuring white actor Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson.

The 30-minute comedy, titled “Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,” revolved around a road trip that Jackson was alleged to have taken with Elizabeth Taylor (Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (Brian Cox) after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Sky Arts wrote on Twitter that it made the move “in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family.”

A trailer of the show premiered Tuesday, prompting Jackson’s daughter Paris to later say on Twitter she was “incredibly offended” by it and made her “want to vomit.”

This is a snippet of what Paris Jackson saw (Sky Arts deleted the preview on YouTube):

Fiennes supported the decision, Sky Arts said. The “Urban Myths” series premieres Jan. 19.

“We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events & never intended to cause any offence,” Sky Arts wrote.

The late King of Pop’s nephew, TJ Jackson, called the decision “a great victory for his legacy!”

This article has been updated with comment from TJ Jackson.