Paris Jackson says Joseph Fiennes’ portrayal of her father ‘make me want to vomit’

Michael Jackson was a black man. For those who seem to be confused. Why Joseph Fiennes was casted to play the most iconic pop star in the world in the upcoming UK comedy series Urban Myths is a mystery to me. And why Fiennes looks utterly ridiculous donning prosthetics to look like Jackson in his later life is troubling. Paris Jackson, The King’s 18-year-old-daughter is like the rest of it — not here for it. Understandably so.

The release of the Urban Myths trailer on Wednesday sparked a second round of backlash (the first being when the Fiennes casting was announced). To see a pasty white man trying to pull off the most successful black pop star in the world is jarring. Jackson thinks so to. When a fan asked her if she had any thoughts she said she was “incredibly offended by it” and that the visuals “make me want to vomit.”

We feel you, girl. Jackson didn’t mention race at all, but instead focused on the lack of respect. Michael Jackson’s nephew, Taj Jackson, also feels the portrayal to be disrespectful. “Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect,” he tweeted.

It’s no secret that Jackson was visibly lighter in his later life due to the skin disease vitiligo. For years people doubted the disease was that progressive and accused him of bleaching his skin because he didn’t want to be black. I won’t speculate on any internal issues MJ may or may not have had. But I know he made black music, and when he did talk about being black, he spoke proudly.

Fiennes accepting this role is another example of white people co-opting black stories. A petition asking for cancellation of the series has reached over 21,000 signatures. Perhaps Fiennes thinks all the controversial press will boost his career. He’s in for a rude awakening.