“It don’t matter if you’re black or white?”

Michael-Jackson Fiennes

Famous lyric from the ’91 track ‘Black or White’ (although it was not a question at the time) by Michael Jackson, a black man who stated that he did not want a white man playing him on screen. That being said, white British actor Joseph Fiennes has been cast to play the King of Pop in an eccentric comedy which sees Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando take a road trip immediately after the self inflicted 9/11 attacks.

Fiennes defends his decision to play the role and told AFPTV that he was “shocked” at being chosen for the role, but insisted he had no qualms about taking on “a wonderful role” in what was “just a 20-minute satire.”

Given the recent race awareness at the Oscars coupled with casting a white man to play a SUCCESSFUL black man on screen, makes the length of that film is irrelevant. This raises questions of whether they do not want a black actor playing a successful black man because it then shows that black actor as being indirectly successful too. Secondly, are they setting up Fiennes for an Oscar?

This is a blatant attempt to keep black people oppressed and adds to the current struggles of black people face today.

Media mogul and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey asked Michael Jackson in 1993 if it was true that he wanted a white boy to play him in a television advert. Jackson’s idea on this; “ridiculous”: “Why would I want a white child to play me? I’m a black American. I’m proud to be a black American. I’m proud of my race. I’m proud of who I am.”

Stripping a people of their identity is a business and the attempts to distort and destroy the history of black people are still in affect and with not much change from the days of defacing African statues.