Twitter reacts to the whitewashing of a Michael Jackson film
Reactions ranged from confusion.
Joseph Fiennes is playing Michael Jackson pic.twitter.com/YkT9UDZVFZ— nada (@overloved) January 27, 2016
I'm *very* confused about the Joseph Fiennes/ Michael Jackson thing. It's like it's April 1st, except we're still in January — Katya Shipster (@Publicistkatya) January 27, 2016
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Twitter: "Joseph Fiennes to play Michael Jackson" Me: pic.twitter.com/o20MuCzvYX — Eric Haywood (@EricHaywood) January 27, 2016
Remember in 1995 when Joseph Fiennes floated a statue of himself down the Thames? Oh right, sorry. It's just that they look so alike — Michael Hogan (@michaelhogan) January 27, 2016
Congratulations to noted African-American actor Joseph Fiennes on being cast as Michael Jackson... — Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) January 27, 2016
Joseph Fiennes can play Michael Jackson. (A real person). But Idris can't play James Bond (a fake spy for a fake agency)? Cool, cool, cool. — Prentice Penny (@The_A_Prentice) January 27, 2016
Joseph Fiennes is playing Michael Jackson? Fab. Now we can all shut up about lack of diversity. — Shappi Khorsandi (@ShappiKhorsandi) January 27, 2016
I've decided that Joseph Fiennes thing isn't real. Even if it is real I'm pretending it doesn't exist. Only way. — Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) January 26, 2016
Followed by anger.
joseph fiennes better NOT play Michael Jackson if he knows whats good for him. What a fucking insult. — little simz (@keyedhiscar) January 11, 2016
Like... this is so ridiculous that it's ALMOST funny. White people are now trolling us. Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson, dude. — Awesomely Luvvie (@Luvvie) January 26, 2016
Whose on board with boycotting the whitewashing of Michael Jackson in a show where Joseph Fiennes has been casted to play him? — shadeoncé (@tawnybananas) January 27, 2016
Which soon turned into bargaining.
So Joseph Fiennes (A WHITE DUDE!) is gunna play Michael Jackson... I say Denzel Washington plays Elvis in the next movie just to be fair.😒😡— Nico Madden (@_nicomadden) January 27, 2016
I'm TOTALLY on board with Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson IF AND ONLY IF Angela Bassett is cast as Elizabeth Taylor — Orlando Jones (@TheOrlandoJones) January 27, 2016
Plus, a little acceptance (or trolling).
@The_A_Prentice Why not? They're practically the same colour. No problem with Idris as Bond when Daniel Craig is done, MI6 is a real agency. — Dean Stoner (@thor6580) January 27, 2016
Joseph Fiennes playing Michael Jackson? Black people shouldn't get mad since there are few black people with light enough skin to play him. — Jim Lucio (@JimLucio) January 27, 2016
And ALOT of shade.
Over her? RT @billboard: Joseph Fiennes is set to play Michael Jackson in a British TV movie pic.twitter.com/NxXlqExqsm — abes (@ab_obi) January 27, 2016
Joseph Fiennes is playing Michael Jackson, but I'm really looking forward to James Franco portraying both Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown. — Glenn Mann (@yourdamnnews) January 27, 2016
Oddly enough, it won’t be the first time I’ll see Joseph Fiennes portray a man of color. I saw him 20 years ago as Jesus in a London play. — Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 26, 2016
Joseph Fiennes is playing Michael Jackson. Who's playing Diana Ross? Benedict Cumberbun? — Petey RobLowe (@jteeDC) January 27, 2016
Charlie Hunnam will play a Mexican drug lord and Joseph Fiennes is set to play Michael Jackson. How's that for diversity in casting? — AwardsWatch (@awards_watch) January 26, 2016