A day after the King of Pop's daughter, Paris Jackson, took to Twitter to slam the recently released trailer showing the actor in full prosthetic makeup, T.J. Jackson shared his disdain for the "insulting" portrayal.
"My uncle was incredibly proud of his heritage and of who he was," said T.J., son of Michael's brother, Tito Jackson, in a statement released to The Insider on Thursday. "He was proud to be a black man who suffered from the skin disease vitiligo."
"He loved all people as my entire family does. But for a white actor to play my uncle, a black man, is insulting to him, his legacy, his family, his fans and really the entire black community," he continued. "This isn't comedy, it's disgusting mockery with no taste."
The TV movie, which is part of the anthology series Urban Myths: A Brand New Collection of Comedies, created for the U.K.-based TV network Sky Arts, tells the supposedly true story of a road trip taken by Michael, Elizabeth Taylor (played by Stockard Channing) and Marlon Brando (played by Brian Cox) from New York City to Los Angeles in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.