Another month, another controversial Michael Jackson biopic. Lifetime has faced fierce backlash after airing Searching For Neverland, a film which recounts the late King of Pop's last few turbulent years and focuses on the allegations of child sexual abuse against the musician.
Famous Jackson impersonator Navi, who bears an uncanny likeness to the late musician, stars in the lead role as his icon. Based on the 2014 book Remember The Time: Protecting Michael Jackson In His Final Days, the film which aired on 29 May, begins with Jackson's descent into hibernation after being acquitted on various charges relating to child sexual abuse.
Many fans have condemned the network's film for regurgitating an already highly-publicised story.
One viewer said: "Ok, so is Lifetime kidding me with this Michael Jackson disaster of a movie?.. O M G!!. Horrible," while another added: "Terrible Movie!Lifetime exploiting Michael Jackson."
Producers also faced a barrage of criticism from unimpressed viewers over the omittance of Jackson's original music after they were unable to obtain the rights to iconic songs, such as Billie Jean, Thriller and Man In The Mirror.
Reacting to the soundtrack, one tweeted: "Imma have to give Lifetime an E for effort. I mean...it's Michael Jackson AND they couldn't use any of his music."
Others weighed in on the biopic with many claiming that no films should be made about the icon. "Lifetime wrong as hell for this Michael Jackson movie," one fumed while another complained: "Lifetime need they ass whooped! Don't make another Michael Jackson or any legend biopic!" One other stated: "Have not seen it yet but let him RIP people."
Watch the Searching For Neverland trailer:
Although some gave kudos to Navi's acting skills, one critic said of his attempts at an American accent: "I like this Michael Jackson movie. But Navi can't consistently hide his accent though. But when he does he sounds like MJ," while another questioned: "Okay but like why was the makeup for the Lifetime biopic about Michael Jackson so terrible?"
Navi has impersonated the Bad singer for 28 years and even worked with Jackson before his untimely death in 2009 at the age of 50. Sharing fond memories of his icon, Navi told E! News: "Michael has always been a gentleman, he's always been humble and encouraging. He's always told me, 'You're a great dancer'. To be honest, whether you met Michael once or 25 times, it's still amazing."