Social media went up in flames after news broke Wednesday that white, British actor Joseph Fiennes would be playing Michael Jackson in an upcoming TV movie about a road trip the King of Pop allegedly took with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando.
Many fans expressed both rage and sadness—rage that such bold racist, revisionism would be taking place; sadness that the same whiteness that Michael sought safety in to hide his illness would be the same whiteness that desecrated his memory.
As the conversations swirled, an old clip of Michael talking to Oprah Winfrey surfaced during which the legend expressed anger over a rumor that he wanted a white child to play him in a Pepsi commercial.
Michael Jackson said it from his own mouth, He never wants to be portrayed on screen by a white actor ! 🙇🏾 pic.twitter.com/ZUQEd0qtZF