It is just so wrong. How could any white man play a man who in “real life” was Black? We aren’t talking about a Black Hamlet or a white Othello. Those were imaginary characters that had no factual basis in life. Would one even conceive of making Martin Luther King Jr. white? Would one make Abraham Lincoln Black? To do so is to deny the experience of being Black or white in any culture. In this case to imagine Michael Jackson as a white man, which one cannot get away from when looking at Joseph Fiennes, is an abomination.
Michael Jackson was a Black man who endured many kinds of struggles. Whatever Fiennes experience it cannot be matched or substituted as a white actor. Fiennes has no business portraying Michael. On so many levels it quietly and simply speaks to all that is wrong with Hollywood.