File this one under: I am not surprised even a little bit.
As we told you a few days ago, the first images of Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson were released and it did not go well. People were unimpressed by the look the show gave MJ, as though they were making a parody of him.
Michael Jackson's daughter, Paris Jackson, expressed her extreme displeasure with the show.
"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. It angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother [Elizabeth Taylor] as well. Where is the respect? They worked through blood, sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. Shameful portrayal."
After the extreme backlash about the project, the network has decided to pull this specific episode from their series.
"We have taken the decision not to broadcast 'Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon,' a 30 minute episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series," Sky Arts wrote in a series of tweets on Friday. "This decision was taken in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson's immediate family. We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events & never intended to cause any offense. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision."
I don't really know what they were expecting, honestly. When you don't involve the family in the decision process, there will always be negativity. Especially for someone of Michael Jackson's fame.
It wouldn't surprise me if this was all a publicity stunt, anyway. Without this MJ controversy, people probably wouldn't have heard about this show.
What do you think? Was Sky Arts right to pull the episode? Or were people being overly sensitive? Let us know!