Joseph Fiennes Is Playing Michael Jackson And The Internet Is Pissed

Seen here preparing for the role by acclimating himself with a young boy’s school desk, Joseph Fiennes is in the middle of some shit after it was announced yesterday that he’d be playing Michael Jackson in a British TV movie about a supposed road trip Jackson took with Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor after 9/11. Us Weekly reports:

Soon after the news was announced, critics took to Twitter to bash the film for casting a white actor to play the legendary black singer.
“The fact that the Joseph Fiennes & Charlie Hunnam whitewashing announcements are made during #OscarsSoWhite campaign says a whole lot,” @Lexialex tweeted.
@_nicomadden added, “So Joseph Fiennes (A WHITE DUDE!) is gunna play Michael Jackson… I say Denzel Washington plays Elvis in the next movie just to be fair.”
“Charlie Hunnam can play Mexican-American Edgar Valdez & Joseph Fiennes can play Michael Jackson, but Idris Elba can’t play Bond?” @HashtagLaToya tweeted, referencing the black British actor, who was bypassed for the role of the international spy.

Alright, look, you people know me and know that I wear being called a “SJW fag” by knuckle-dragging mouth-fucks who somehow still read this site day after day like a badge of honor, but is early-2000s Michael Jackson being played by a white guy really a hill you want to die on? I’m all about #OscarsSoWhite, but let’s be honest, Michael Jackson looked like a skeleton dipped in bleach and then painted white again just to be safe. That said, I propose a compromise: A young black actor gets to play Macaulay Culkin tied up in the trunk. And speaking of, how come he didn’t throw them paint cans at no black robbers? Racist.

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