Last year, British broadcaster Sky Arts announced a series called Urban Myths. It was to feature "remarkable stories from well-known historical, artistic and cultural figures, which may or may not have happened in real life."
Soon after the announcement was made, many criticized the show for casting a white actor to play Michael Jackson. Fiennes dismissed the criticism, saying "No one’s trying to do an exact impersonation, but it’s just a sense of the fun of the road trip." He added, "That’s all it is, a lighthearted take."
Then in January 2017, Sky Arts released the trailer for Urban Myths, allowing people to see Fiennes as Jackson for the first time. Many were still upset, including the people at The MJCast, a Michael Jackson podcast.
Ultimately, Sky Arts decided to put the episode on the shelf, even though it was already finished. A spokesperson said, "We have taken the decision not to broadcast 'Elizabeth, Michael And Marlon,' a half-hour episode from the Sky Arts Urban Myths series, in light of the concerns expressed by Michael Jackson's immediate family."