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Joseph Fiennes Cast as Michael Jackson — Uhh… But He’s White!

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LOS ANGELES — So uh, we do know Michael Jackson was a black man, right? Well, why in the hell would they cast a white man to play him in a new movie? Especially during a time when #OscarsSoWhite is trending like crazy?

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That’s what social media is demanding to know after Joseph Fiennes — a white actor from London — got the King of Pop role in a British made-for-TV movie called Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon.

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“I’m a white, middle-class guy from London. I’m as shocked as you may be,” Fiennes told Entertainment Tonight.

Really, huh? But he points out…

“[Jackson] definitely had an issue — a pigmentation issue — and that’s something I do believe. He was probably closer to my color than his original color.”

So! Why not cast a lighter skinned black man then? Smh…

Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon  is centered around the urban legend story that Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando fled New York City in a rental car together after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“It’s a light comedy look. It’s not in any way malicious. It’s actually endearing,” Fiennes explained.

Endearing? Ha. Try telling that to social media where folks are saying — it DOES matter if you’re black or white.

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