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Michael Jackson ‘Urban Myths’ Episode Pulled After Controversy Erupts

Well who would have thought it? Just a couple of days ago Sky Arts released their first trailer for Urban Myths, an upcoming comedic anthology series that would explore the many tales of urban folklore regarding some of the biggest names known to man. To say it didn’t go down too well would be a bit of an understatement.

Apart from the whole concept looking completely ridiculous for all the wrong reasons, the brunt of the anger had moslty came from how shockingly misguided their attempts were at portraying Michael Jackson.

Portrayed by Joseph Fiennes in some of the worst prosthetic makeup known to man, fans and family members of Michael Jackson were deeply offended by the brief footage that they had seen in the trailer.

Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson was asked via Twitter for her opinions on the trailer and she didn’t hold back as she tweeted how offended she was and how it made her want to vomit. Now it seems as if Sky Arts have had second thoughts on the episode and have published a statement on their decision to can the episode … for now:

“We have taken the decision not to broadcast ‘Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon,’ a half-hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson’s immediate family. We set out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offense. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”

To be quite honest, I can fully understand why family members of the Jackson clan would be offended as even though Sky Arts may have had no ill intentions, the whole thing looks pretty poorly thought out. Personally, I’m offended by how awful the whole thing looks! Then again, it seems as if they’ll commission any old tripe nowadays.

What did you make of the trailer? Were you offended by any of the content? Does Sky Arts canning the episode make you want to see it even more? Sound off down below!

Source: Deadline

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