Someone Has a Brain: Sky Arts Cancels Horrific Urban Myths Episode

It’s Friday the 13th, and we can celebrate … an intelligent decision? Maybe, now that you-know-who is about to take office, everything’s turning upside down and backwards, including days we’re traditionally superstitious of?

Don’t ask me, it makes about as much sense as anything else.

If you, like me, were dumbfounded when you saw the actual results of someone’s decision to have Joseph Fiennes play Michael Jackson — WHAT THE ACTUAL FORK? — you’re probably feeling very relieved about now. Yeah, we get it; this was a comedy, a lighthearted take on strange relationships, like Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando, and Adolf Hitler and his “friend” (presumably, he only had one, and ha ha you’ll love this — it was Ron Weasley!). It was bad news when Sky Arts announced Fiennes’ casting, and it was even worse news when we saw this awful Urban Myths trailer.

I’m not even a Jackson fan, and that just repulsed me. Imagine if you were one of his relatives, and specifically his child. The Jackson family was predictably upset,

and in the end, that’s what had the biggest pull on this decision, because a couple of days ago, director, Ben Palmer was still defending the abomination.

We were casting Michael Jackson in 2001 and that obviously is a challenge in terms of the physical resemblance. 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.

It’s a really lovely, sweet film. I’m really looking forward to seeing how people react once they’ve actually seen it.”

Thankfully, that won’t happen. In a statement on Twitter today, Sky Arts announced the cancellation.

We have taken the decision not to broadcast Elizabeth, Michael & Marlon, a 30min episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series. This decision was taken 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 & never intended to cause any offense. Joseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.”

Good to know, Joe! (If he’d had a lick of sense, Fiennes wouldn’t have touched the role.)

And now, back to your regularly scheduled Friday the 13th, where the Republicans are taking steps to dismantle our health care system, with absolutely no replacement plan, whatsoever.

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis

Cindy Davis has been writing about the entertainment industry for ​over seven years, and is the ​Editor-in-Chief at Oohlo, where she muses over television, movies, and pop culture. Previous Senior News Editor at Pajiba, and published at BUST.

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  • THEasscrackbandit

    I think you’re being too nice to them with that headline. If they actually had a working brain they could have avoided all of this at several steps along the way. There was the audition, casting, the first makeup session, screen test etc. and the dumb dodos still thought it was really working. But good on Sky Arts for showing respect to his family in the end.