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11.16.09 16 Comments

Here you can see the two versions of the Couples Retreat poster (click to enlarge), the UK version on the left, the US version on the right.  Notice anything different?  Oops, where’s my black people!  Naturally, some folks are calling racism.  The studio, meanwhile, has a perfectly logical explanation:

The studio said it regretted causing offence and has abandoned plans to use the revised poster in other countries… A Universal spokesman said the revised advert aimed ‘to simplify the poster to actors who are most recognisable in international markets’. [via DailyMail]

What, Faizon Love isn’t a bankable star? …Okay, yeah, I guess that sounds sorta plausible.  Still, no word on why they felt the need to add in all those clouds and palm trees in the background.  Oh I’m sorry, was the mountain too uppity for you?  Either way, you have to admit both posters are an improvement over the original tagline, “It may be paradise… But it’s no vacation… Because there are black people here.”

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