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'Couples Retreat' poster brings cries of racism by removing black actors

posted 11/16/2009 8:02:40 PM |
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  StraddleMyNose

First off, who wants to go see this movie that's currently out? Looks like a pretty good movie to check out for some adult laughs. I would love to go see it.

I found something a little interesting on my yahoo page about this movie. On down below is the details.




Marketers of the Vince Vaughn comedy, which stars four couples in a tropical paradise, removed black actors Faizon Love and Kali Hawk from the promotional poster used in the United Kingdom after the U.S. version used all four couples. In response to outrage over the move, a Universal spokesman said the altered poster aimed "to simplify the poster to actors who are most [recognizable] in international markets."

While Love and Hawk aren't generally as well known as the film's other six stars, it's still a questionable motive. As noted in a 2007 New York Times article, American films with black stars typically struggle in the overseas market. According to the article, Will Smith, the undisputed king of the American box office, ranks no better than twelfth when it comes to ticket sales internationally. Simply put, said industry watcher James Ulmer, "The international marketplace is still fairly racist."

However, there's good news for those who believe the removal of Love and Hawk from the UK poster was racist: Universal issued a statement regretting any offense it caused, and the studio has scrapped all plans to use the modified poster in other overseas markets.

Anyone have any thoughts on what might be a promotional blunder by Universal, or do you believe this is an understandable move on Universal's part?

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sugarnspice005

Nov 16 @ 8:08PM  
If the movie stars four couples, then ALL four couples should be on the promotion poster.
selectusername

Nov 16 @ 8:09PM  
I say we ban all movie posters with white people in them!

See how the dumb cracker mutha fuckas like that!
ShadowMale

Nov 16 @ 8:24PM  
Hmm... interesting.

As far as Faizon, I think they are probably saving on all that black ink. That is one big black dude.

Now Kali on the other hand, is kinda, pretty damn hot in my opinion. Not sure why anyone would want to remove her from anything other then her clothes. Just saying.

Kali Hawk
NightOfOld

Nov 16 @ 9:19PM  

All the stars should be listed. How else will they become known over sea's.
KitKat25

Nov 18 @ 2:06AM  
Hmm... interesting.
As far as Faizon, I think they are probably saving on all that black ink. That is one big black dude.

ROFLMFAO @ ShadowMale

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