Michael Jackson’s 26 year old nephew Jaafar Jackson will play the King of Pop in a new Antoine Fuqua directed and John Logan written biopic to which MJ’s mother Katherine Jackson expressed how happy she is to see him in that role. She told Hollywood Reporter, “Jaafar embodies my son. It’s so wonderful to see him carry on the Jackson legacy of entertainers and performers.” Fuqua himself said he was “Proud to announce [Jaafar Jackson] as Michael [Jackson] — the motion picture event that explores the journey of the man who became the King of Pop. Coming soon.” But not everyone is excited about him playing his uncle or the project itself.
Dan Reed, the director of Leaving Neverland slammed the project saying, “In an era when full-throated outrage accompanies anything that smells of delegitimization or insensitivity against a vulnerable group, it amounts to a deafening silence. No one is talking about ‘cancelling’ this movie, which will glorify a man who raped children.” He went on to say he felt those supporting the film are sending the wrong message saying people “who grew up loving Jackson are willing to set aside his unhealthy relationship with children and just go along with the music.”
In reality, complex individuals have to have some balance in their coverage. On the flip side, Jackson’s family criticized his film as a “public lynching” and “character assassination.” They made a statement saying that “Michael is not here to defend himself, otherwise these allegations would not have been made.”
Jaafar is happy to play in the film and has said “I’m humbled and honored to bring my Uncle Michael’s story to life. To all the fans all over the world, I’ll see you soon.” Hopefully he does his uncle justice in this new biopic. After all, those are some big shoes to fill.
Glitzers, will you be watching the new MJ biopic once it’s out?
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