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Network Pulls Show That Cast White Actor as Michael Jackson Following Backlash

Playing Network Pulls Show That Cast White Actor as Michael Jackson Following Backlash

European television network Sky Arts has pulled an episode of their forthcoming Urban Myths anthology series featuring a white actor portraying Michael Jackson.

Read: Michael Jackson's Daughter Reacts to White Actor Portraying Her Dad: 'It Makes Me Want to Vomit'

The series, which will be broadcast in England, features an episode in its upcoming season with Joseph Fiennes as Jackson, Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor and Brian Cox as Marlon Brando.

The episode featured the three stars driving across the country to flee New York City following the 9/11 attacks.

On Friday, Sky Arts took to Twitter to release a statement citing concerns from the Jackson family as to why they pulled the episode, saying they “never intended to cause any offense.”

On Wednesday, the late King of Pop’s daughter, Paris, 18, vented her anger at the show on Twitter.

“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, responding to a fan who asked how she felt about the series. 

Read: New Docu-Series Suggests O.J. Simpson's Son Might Have Committed Notorious Murders

The “Black or White” singer’s nephew, Taj, the son of Tito, also tweeted his frustration, saying: “Unfortunately this is what my family has to deal with. No words could express the blatant disrespect.”

Watch: More Questions Arise Over Janet Jackson's Alleged 'Secret Daughter' With First Husband

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