The half hour show raised even more backlash after releasing a trailer of its upcoming season, featuring clips of its ‘Elizabeth, Michael, and Marlon’ episode.
When the casting of Michael Jackson was finally revealed to be white actor Joseph Fiennes, many voiced their disapproval over media, however, SkyTV, a European tv company, disregarded the concerns and continued with production. And now, the episode has been canceled before it even aired.
“We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a half hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family,” a Sky spokesperson said in a statement. “We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offence. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”
The “concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family” were most publicly announced by Jackson’s daughter, Paris, over twitter. More specifically, it made her want to vomit.
@TheMJCast 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-Michael K. J. (@ParisJackson) January 11, 2017
‘Urban Myths’recreates tales of celebrity encounters, which may be true or simply be a legend, and was supposed to depict Michael Jackson on a post-September 11 road trip across the U.S. alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando. The rest of the series is still set to air, which will feature episodes based on a range of well known people such as Muhammad Ali, Adolf Hitler, The Sex Pistols and more.