In 1993, Michael Jackson told Oprah he would never want a white actor to play him

In the clip, Oprah asked Jackson about a rumor that the now deceased pop star wanted a white person to play him in a Pepsi ad. Jackson rolled his eyes, and angrily refuted the rumor.

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This week, it was announced that English actor Joseph Fiennes would play Michael Jackson in a BBC television film. Twitter didn’t take the news very well, especially with the still brewing Oscars race controversy fresh in people’s minds. However, a 1993 interview with Oprah Winfrey shows that Jackson would have been equally upset.

In the clip, Oprah asked Jackson about a rumor that the now deceased pop star wanted a white person to play him in a Pepsi ad. Jackson rolled his eyes, and angrily refuted the rumor.

“That’s the most ridiculous, horrifying story I’ve ever heard,” said Jackson. “Why would I want a white child to play me? I’m a black American. I’m proud to be a black American. I am proud of my race. I am proud of who I am. I have a lot of pride in who I am and dignity.”

Jackson was so upset by the allegation that Winfrey had to cut him off and move to another question.

Although Fiennes is only playing Jackson in a TV movie, which is ineligible for the Oscars, the Academy may just try to find a way for Fiennes to be nominated for his performance.

Watch (the clip starts at the relevant part of the interview):



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    January 30, 2016 at 6:44 am

    That my be the single most disrespectful thing that I’ve ever heard. That shit is just crazy! CRAZY!

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    January 30, 2016 at 11:09 am

    “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther KING!
    Why are you judging Fiennes by the color of his skin?

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    January 30, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Jumbybird You might possibly be the most stupid person that I have ever encountered online.

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    January 30, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    How so? Please enlighten me oh grand exalted King of Mensa.

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    January 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    It doesn’t take a Mensa member to understand the insult of portraying someone as a different race. It doesn’t take a member of Mensa to comprehend the level of disrespect that would occur by not following the wishes of someone that is now dead. And last but certainly not least it doesn’t take a Mensa member to brutally pervert a quote by the Reverend Martin Luther King. You are indeed an imbecile and I imagine that you are quite proud of that.

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    January 31, 2016 at 6:38 am

    What you don’t see is how hypocritical you are. How is it perverting the quote? You are judging people by their skin color. End of story. When you call for quotas and diversity? That is judging people by skin color. Racism is not going to go away until people stop seeing skin color. How is that going to stop if you keep pointing out?

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    January 31, 2016 at 7:26 am

    MJ was black. His family was black. A good portion of his culture was black. Nothing to be ashamed of. Having a white actor portray him especially when MJ asked for this not to happen casts shame on his race and life. I am sorry that you are such a pitiful excuse for intellect. And by the way this old, white man established and directs scholarships for minorities at MY personal expense. I won’t waste my time on your babbling.

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    January 31, 2016 at 7:40 am

    Again I ask, why are you so obsessed with skin color? You have no answer. Could it be that you are a closeted racist that is using outrage to mask your true feelings, and insults to belittle and silence my perspective? Who is more intolerant, I wonder?

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