Michael Jackson told Oprah why he didn't want a white person playing him

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MICHAEL JACKSON

Michael Jackson told Oprah in 1993 exactly how he felt about a white actor playing him in a TV commercial. 

This week it was announced that white actor Joseph Fiennes would play African American-born Michael Jackson in a new British TV movie. MJ fans around the world were outraged at the choice and the poor guy was basically told to Beat It.

Now it turns out, even Michael himself was opposed to the idea. A clip of the King of Pop chatting to Oprah back in 1993 has surfaced. In it, MJ is asked about a rumour at the time saying he wanted to be played by a “little white boy in a Pepsi commercial”.

Take it away, Mike.

The flick titled Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon is about a rumoured road trip taken by MJ, and legendary Hollywood celebs Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor. The British actor taking on MJ’s role is the younger brother of Ralph Fiennes, and is best known for taking on the role of Billy Shakespeare himself in Shakespeare in Love. 

And if you’re wondering why Michael does in fact look white-skinned, you're not alone - it’s been heavily debated for years. According to MJ and his family, he suffered from vitiligo, a condition that causes depigmentation of parts of the skin. The white spots that eventually develop on a patient’s body are even more noticeable on someone with a darker complexion.

Written By Sangeeta Kocharekar
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