A new teaser video for ‘Urban Myths’ has just been released, and it’s stirring up controversy.
Last year, news that actor Joseph Fiennes was being cast to portray Michael Jackson was received with skepticism. Now, a new teaser video has been released for the comedy series ‘Urban Myths’ that confirms that Fiennes will be playing Michael Jackson:
Fiennes does not seem to play a very big part, appearing only for a few seconds. However, the new clip was still enough to stir controversy on social media. People have been making fun of the casting choice by parodying the late singer’s most famous lyrics under the hashtag #FiennesJackson:
"You'd like to begin something" is always a real toe tapper. #FiennesJackson— Pterodactyl Farmer (@ayrryk) January 11, 2017
Joseph Fiennes just sabotaged his own career— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) January 11, 2017
"William Jean" was never a personal top 10, but it's still a favorite #FiennesJackson— TLOMSR (@MakeSomeRice) January 11, 2017
We can’t blame the Twitterverse for being upset at this recent upsetting casting choice. After all, we have good reason to believe that Michael Jackson himself would have been upset by the idea of a white actor playing him. He even admitted this exact sentiment to Oprah on TV: