Sunday, November 15, 2009

Universal Removes Black Couple From U.K. Movie Poster

In August, Microsoft had to apologize after it doctored a photo on a web page on their Polish website to remove a black man's image. Now, Universal Studios finds itself in the same boat.

The U.K. version of the "Couples Retreat" promotional poster not only removes a black couple from the poster, it removes the actors' names, Faizon Love and Kali Hawk, from the poster as well.

Above is the U.K. poster; click to see the U.S. poster.

The Mail reports:
A spokesman for makers Universal Pictures confirmed the poster had been changed to ‘simplify’ it for the UK and international market outside America. The studio said it regretted causing offence and has abandoned plans to use the revised poster in other countries.
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18 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why cry foul, it's not doctoring when they are completely different pictures! Is anyone suggesting Universal thinks the UK audience would be uncomfortable with the idea of seeing blacks in a movie?

As to the removing their names from the billing, I'd say its time to start shopping for a new agent...

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It's definitely photoshopped...
You can tell by just looking at it.
the main couple is the same pic on both they just added the lei on one

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The studio said it regretted causing offense.

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Nice to know about this the UK and international market outside America.Thanks

Fishing Charters said...

Thanks for sharing this information. I think the racism has also affected to the movies.

New Foreclosure Online said...

It's not doctoring when they are completely different pictures! Is anyone suggesting Universal thinks the UK audience would be uncomfortable with the idea of seeing blacks in a movie!!

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A spokesman for makers Universal Pictures confirmed the poster had been changed to ‘simplify’.

Gatehouse Academy Review said...

ACCORDING TO ME IT IS WRONG..it should not matter that blacks are being included in the movie...all are humans...Why would UK audience be uncomfortable seeing blacks in poster and movie?

Organic Baby said...

A Universal spokesman said the revised advert aimed 'to simplify the poster to actors who are most recognisable in international markets'...thats ok..

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The film,which features four couples who go on vacation together...but The studio said it regretted causing offence and has abandoned plans to use the revised poster in other countries.

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Its not at all good that Universal Studios finds itself in the same boat.

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Its really removes the actors' names, Faizon Love and Kali Hawk, from the poster as well..

Max Furniture said...

I think the racism has also affected to the movies.

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I don't know why they did this.. I think the racism has also affected to the movies...Hope it will never happen in future ..

crowdSPRING said...

Discrimination must not be done! this racism is too bad! promotional poster not only removes a black couple from the poster, it removes the actors' names as well! this is not done!

WFG Women said...

Well according to me this is wrong!Why this is to be done? I dont believe in such discrimination!

Kripalu ji Maharaj said...

This is a racial discrimination, which should not be done at all. And Universal's this act is just shameless!

Jagadguru Kripaluji Maharaj said...

This is very bad of them who did this racial discrimination, they should be punished!