The first look at Joseph Fiennes portraying Michael Jackson draws horrified reaction

Publish Date
Thursday, 12 January 2017, 2:31PM

The first footage of Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson has emerged – and people aren't quite sure how to feel.

Fiennes' prosthetics-heavy visage barely resembles the singer he's supposed to be playing. Which fans say is intentionally insulting towards Michael Jackson's legacy.

But fans aren't the only ones feeling disturbed over the casting decision.

Paris Jackson has even broken her silence on Fiennes being cast as her late father, taking to Twitter to share that she is “incredibly offended” by the decision.

“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,” Paris tweeted.

Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson and Stockard Channing as Elizabeth Taylor in Urban Myths.

The casting of Fiennes, for an episode of the new series Urban Myths, copped backlash when it was announced almost a year ago that a caucasian would be playing the King Of Pop.

At the time, Fiennes said while the special isn’t a biopic, he understood the concern but that he did not believe it was inappropriate for a white man to play the music star, due to the fact that the pigmentation of Jackson's skin had significantly changed by the time of his death.

Its director, Ben Palmer, has defended his decision.

"We were casting Michael Jackson in 2001 and that obviously is a challenge in terms of the physical resemblance," he told the Guardian.

“We were really looking for the performance that could unlock the spirit, and we really think Joe Fiennes has done that. He’s given a really sweet, nuanced, characterful performance.”