Fury over smarmy, smug Brit actor Joseph “Whitey” Fiennes playing Michael Jackson in a UK TV flick EXPLODED with such a globe-shaking bang that Fiennes tried smoothing ruffled feathers with a hand-delivered letter to MJ’s mom Katherine!
Said my Jackson Family insider: “Fiennes wrote that even though the movie’s a tongue-in-cheek comedy, he promises to honor Michael’s memory and not portray him as a cartoon character. But sweet words didn’t sway the family!
“Katherine’s upset, but kids PRINCE and PARIS are LIVID! They’re ultra-sensitive to Dad portrayed as a weirdo by casting a white man to play him — highlighting his unfortunate skin condition in a creepy running joke! So Fiennes gets NO goodwill, period!”
NOTE: Michael flipped years ago when Oprah asked about reports that a white kid might play him in a Pepsi commercial, raging: “That’s the most ridiculous, horrifying story I’ve ever heard. It’s crazy!”