Move over, #OscarsSoWhite, there's a new king in town - the "King of Pop" that is.
It has been announced that white, British actor Joseph Fiennes, the younger brother of Ralph Fiennes (and just as white), has been cast to play Michael Jackson in an upcoming British television comedy.
Of his new role Fiennes said,
"It’s a challenge. It’s a comedy. It doesn’t poke mean fun but it’s a story, possibly urban legend, whereby Michael, Marlon Brando and Liz Taylor were all together the day before 9/11 doing a concert. Airspace was shut down and they couldn’t get out and Michael had the bright idea to go to hire a car and drive.”
This news comes at a very precarious time for American film, a time when black actors in Hollywood are complaining that they aren't being recognized for their roles as they should. It also comes at a time when some black conservatives are calling out Black History Month and BET as examples of racist double standards.
Speaking of BET, they were none too happy about this announcement, pleading, "Fix it, Jesus" and publishing several angry Twitter reactions. BET.com added, "This news makes Spike Lee's upcoming documentary on the King of Pop all the more urgent. We can't even imagine how Jackson's family will feel about this."
The Daily Beast echoed the cries of "whitewashing" in Tinsel Town, saying Fiennes' casting is a "symptom of Hollywood's deep-seated race problem."
"Black Lives Matter" leader DeRay Mckesson lamented, "They seriously couldn't find a black actor to play Michael Jackson?"
Others suggested Denzel Washington to play Elvis in a move to make it fair.
The 30-minute comedy is set to air in 2016. Stockard Channing is cast as Liz Taylor and Brian Cox will be Brando.
As a reminder, Michael Jackson once sang, "It doesn't matter if you're black or white." But it certainly matters these days.