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Here's How Paris Jackson Feels About White Guy Playing Her Dad

'Shameful'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2017 10:33 AM CST

(Newser) – In case you were wondering how Paris Jackson feels about a white British guy playing her father, well ... she is not a fan. Michael Jackson podcast The MJCast, which had previously called for a boycott of Joseph Fiennes-starring Urban Myths, tweeted at Paris Wednesday asking for her thoughts. She didn't hold back, replying that Fiennes' casting as her dad makes her "want to vomit." She added that she's similarly upset with how her godmother, Elizabeth Taylor, is portrayed in the TV special, and that she finds both portrayals "shameful."

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Sky Arts, which is running Urban Myths, responded with a statement to Mashable noting that the series is meant to be "a light hearted look at unlikely stories involving a range of cultural and historical figures" and that "Sky Arts puts the integrity of the creative vision at the heart of all of its original commissions and casting decisions are made within the overall diversity framework which we have set." Fiennes himself has defended his role in the show, calling it "just a satire" and insisting it's "colorblind" and doesn't "[promote] stereotyping." See Fiennes as Michael here. (Read more Michael Jackson stories.)

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