Chris Brown on Joseph Fiennes’ casting as Michael Jackson
Chris Brown has criticized the casting of Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson in Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, a forthcoming TV comedy from Sky Arts.
Writing on Twitter, Brown said, “Y’all know y’all dead wrong to have dude play MJ. If that’s the case LET ME BE SUPERMAN. Da fuck they do that at? Is that blackface?” He tweeted again to say, “I don’t support that corny ass shit!”
Fiennes recently defended his casting as the late singer, saying, “I’m a white, middle-class guy from London. I’m as shocked as you may be… [Michael Jackson] definitely had an issue – a pigmentation issue – and that’s something I do believe. He was probably closer to my colour than his original colour.”
The one-off 30-minute comedy, Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, is based on an urban legend (from a 2011 “Vanity Fair” article) — which claims Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando fled New York City together in a rental car in the wake of 9/11.
According to the legend, Jackson had invited the Hollywood icons to his concert at Madison Square Garden and after the 9/11 attacks, when all air travel was cancelled, the trio decided to take a road trip to safety in California. “They actually got as far as Ohio – all three of them, in a car they drove themselves,” a former employee of Jackson later claimed. Along the way, they apparently made pitstops at several fast food restaurants.
Alongside Fiennes as Michael Jackson, Stockard Channing has been cast as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox will play Brando. Journalist/author Neil Forsyth has written the script.
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