Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris is not happy with Joseph Fiennes’ controversial portrayal of her late father in the upcoming TV movie, Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon.
Following the release of the first trailer on Wednesday, Paris took to Twitter to share her disgust with the casting decision.
“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,” she wrote. “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.”
The made-for-television comedy is a part of an eight-part series, Urban Myths, which focuses on rumored celebrity experiences. Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon digs into the road trip from New York to California that Taylor and Marlon Brando supposedly took with Jackson following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.
“Where is the respect?” Paris continued. “They worked through blood sweat and tears for ages to create such profound and remarkable legacies. Shameful portrayal.”
Earlier the same day, Michael’s nephew, Taj Jackson, also tweeted a reaction.
“Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with,” Taj wrote. “No words could express the blatant disrespect.”
The project also isn’t sitting well with Michael’s fans, who created a petition to boycott the movie.
ET sat down with Fiennes last January, where he revealed that he was “shocked” to be cast in the role.
“I’m a white, middle-class guy from London,” he exclusively told ET of playing the late music icon. “I’m as shocked as you may be.”
“[Jackson] definitely had an issue — a pigmentation issue — and that’s something I do believe,” the Shakespeare in Love star explained. “He was probably closer to my color than his original color.”
“It’s a light comedy look. It’s not in any way malicious,” he added in defense of the project. “It’s actually endearing.”
Urban Myths premieres Jan. 19 on Sky Arts.
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