There’s been a lot of raised eyebrows over the news that British actor Joseph Fiennes, who’s white, has been cast as Michael Jackson in an upcoming British TV comedy about Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. The plot concerns a rumored road trip that the unlikely trio made across the U.S. after they couldn’t get a plane back to California following the 9/11 attacks. While the King of Pop is no longer with us, there is proof that he wouldn’t be happy with the news about Fiennes’ casting.
In February of 1993, Jackson sat down for a one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey, during which he said he was greatly upset by a rumor that he wanted a white child to play him in a Pepsi commercial. “That is so stupid. That is the most ridiculous horrifying story I’ve ever heard. It’s crazy,” Michael told Oprah.
“I mean, why? 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?” he continued. “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. I have a lot of pride in who I am, and dignity.”
Comedian and actor Orlando Jones tweeted earlier this week, “I’m TOTALLY on board with Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson IF AND ONLY IF Angela Bassett is cast as Elizabeth Taylor.” Bassett replied, “BRILLIANT! Ordered my violet contacts & bathed in White Diamonds this morning, so I’m READY! Let’s do this! xo! Ang.”
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Source: Oldies News