Fact: You do not mess with Paris Jackson. Or Michael Jackson fans, for that matter! From the moment British channel Sky Arts premiered its first trailer for an upcoming episode of Urban Myths titled 鈥淓lizabeth, Michael and Marlon,鈥 in which (white) actor Joseph Fiennes starred as MJ, the network was flooded with MAJOR backlash.


Among those enraged by the depiction of the late pop star? Michael鈥檚 18-year-old daughter, Paris Jackson. Girl held nothing back, voicing her anger and disapproval of the (shall we say, questionable?) portrayal of her father on Twitter. 鈥淚鈥檓 so incredibly offended by it, as I鈥檓 sure plenty of people are as well,鈥 she began. 鈥淎nd it honestly makes me want to vomit.鈥

More angry tweeting followed, in which Paris continued her response to @TheMJCast (a podcast focused on the Jackson family), who initially asked her how she felt about the bizarre trailer that also included weird AF takes on her godmother, Elizabeth Taylor, and acting legend Marlon Brando. 鈥淚t angers me to see how obviously intentional it was for them to be this insulting, not just towards my father, but my godmother Liz as well,鈥 she wrote.

Soon after, a petition was started by fans to boycott the episode, which was to tell the story of an alleged road trip the trio took immediately after the 9/11 attacks. Between Paris鈥檚 tweets and 21,996 signatures on the petition, Sky Arts folded under pressure, announcing that the episode had, in fact, been cancelled. A Sky Arts rep explained in a statement that they simply 鈥渟et out to take a light-hearted look at reportedly true events and never intended to cause any offence,鈥 and that 鈥淛oseph Fiennes fully supports our decision.鈥

Most people were not expecting Sky Arts to completely pull the plug on the project, especially since the controversy could have actually meant bigger ratings, surprising even Paris, who was quick to tweet her gratitude. 鈥淚鈥檓 surprised the family鈥檚 feelings were actually taken into consideration for once, we all really do appreciate it more than y鈥檃ll know,鈥 she wrote.

But they鈥檙e not out of the tunnel just yet: New reports are surfacing that Michael鈥檚 life will indeed be brought to the small screen, albeit hopefully in a more tasteful manner, as Lifetime has cast a British MJ impersonator named Navi to take part in a biopic that鈥檚 tentatively titled Searching for Neverland. The movie will tell the story of 鈥淛ackson鈥檚 final years through the perspective of two of his personal bodyguards, Bill Whitfield and Javon Beard.鈥

LONDON - AUGUST 28: Michael Jackson impersonator 'Navi' poses for a photograph as he promotes the launch of the new 'King of Pop' Album on August 28, 2008 in London, England. Hundreds of fans gathered to get a glimpse of the look-alike, many thinking he was the real thing. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

While Navi claims to be supported by both the MJ Estate and his family (he reportedly performed at the King of Pop鈥檚 45th birthday, during which Michael is said to have given him a standing O), Paris has given no blessing or rebuttal via social media thus far (though she is apparently dancing onstage with him in this YouTube vid as a young girl, if the video鈥檚 caption is accurate).

Between this, the controversial Britney Spears biopic and Cher鈥檚 upcoming role in Flint, Lifetime sure is gearing up for a major year, and we鈥檙e so ready!

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(h/t E!, photo via John Sciulli, Chris Jackson + NBC/Getty)