- The Washington Times - Friday, January 13, 2017

A controversial episode of the “Urban Myths” series that would have featured Joseph Fiennes, who is white, portraying the late pop star Michael Jackson, has been pulled from the broadcast schedule by Sky Television.

The British TV network made the announcement in a statement Friday, saying that it “never intended to cause any offence,” the BBC reported

Jackson’s daughter Paris had complained on Twitter that the upcoming episode “incredibly offended” her to the point that “it honestly makes me want to vomit,” BBC reported.

According to Sky’s website, “Urban Myths” is a look at “stories that have been passed down over time and have now become part of urban folklore.” The network promises viewers “a slightly tongue in cheek, mischievous — and deliberately ambiguous — look at what might have happened.”

The now-canceled episode “told the story of Jackson taking a road trip from New York to Los Angeles with Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando after the 9/11 terror attacks,” the BBC said. 

As the Daily Telegraph reported Thursday, it’s doubtful such a road trip actually took place.

The legend of the road trip “comes from a 2011 Vanity Fair feature, which attributes the story to an unnamed employee of Jackson’s, and is supported by quotes from the actor Corey Feldman,” the Telegraph noted. “But one of Taylor’s ‘close friends’ has denied the story.”

 

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