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Greene: White actor playing Michael Jackson a ‘Bad’ move

Leonard Greene

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 3:42 PM

Look, if we can't have a black James Bond then there is no way in hell, on this side or that side of the Atlantic, we should sit quietly for a white Michael Jackson.Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Look, if we can’t have a black James Bond then there is no way in hell, on this side or that side of the Atlantic, we should sit quietly for a white Michael Jackson.

Here are two words for actor Joseph Fiennes, who has been cast to play Michael Jackson in a British TV movie about the late pop star’s reported 9/11 getaway:

Beat it.

Look, if we can’t have a black James Bond then there is no way in hell, on this side or that side of the Atlantic, we should sit quietly for a white Michael Jackson.

Stacy Dash? Done. O.J.? OK.

But Michael Jackson? MJ? Uh-uh. Not havin’ it. You just wanna be startin’ somethin’.

I get the whole plastic surgery, skin lightening, he-really-wanted-to-be-white-anyway thing.

But that doesn’t give some producer or director executive license to swoop in and claim one of the most famous black men of all time as one of their own. That’s just Off the Wall.

Do they not have Twitter? Have they not seen #OscarsSoWhite. Did they not hear that Jada and Spike are sitting this one out?

And who are they, by the way, to stand behind a camera and decide who gets to be black and who gets to be white?

“I’m proud to be a black American,” Jackson told Oprah Winfrey in 1993. “I’m proud of my race.”

The TV movie starring Fiennes focuses on a bizarre road trip that probably never happened.

In the days after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, Jackson, in New York for a concert, reportedly high-tailed it out of town with his buddies Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in a car bound for California.

OK. Whatever. Long story short, Viola Davis and Ving Rhames aren’t playing Taylor and Brando.

The producer or director shouldn’t have the license to swoop in and claim one of the most famous black men of all time as one of their own.MJ Kim/Getty Images

The producer or director shouldn’t have the license to swoop in and claim one of the most famous black men of all time as one of their own.

“Joseph Fiennes can play Michael Jackson. (A real person),” one movie fan tweeted. “But Idris can’t play James Bond (a fake spy for a fake agency)?”

“Oddly enough, it won’t be the first time I’ll see Joseph Fiennes portray a man of color,” wrote Twitter user Jamil Smith. “I saw him 20 years ago as Jesus in a London play.”

Yes, Black Jesus. Another day, another time.

In the meantime, we can’t wait to see which black icon the movie makers choose next to usurp.

Muhammad Ali? Jackie Robinson? Martin Luther King? Oh, wait. They already did that.

Remember the Time, last year, when a Kent State University group cast a white actor to play King in a drama called “The Mountaintop?

That was Bad. Just Bad.

I know, I know. Michael Jackson said it himself: It don’t matter if you’re black or white.

Trust me, folks. This ain’t what he meant.

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