Couple's Retreat Poster Causes Controversy in U.K.

November 16, 2009 By:
Couple's Retreat Poster Causes Controversy in U.K.

The movie poster for Couples Retreat is causing quite the stir in the U.K. While the poster in the states featured four couples, their version only portrays three. The couple left out are Donald Faison and Kali Hawk, who are the only African American leads in the cast.

A spokesman for Universal Pictures confirmed the poster had been changed to simplify it for the UK and international market outside America. The statement said they had aimed “to simplify the poster to actors who are most recognizable in international markets.”

The studio apologized for causing offense and has promised to use the original poster for promotional use in other countries. Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch-UK, said: “I think this was an ill-conceived move. We celebrate diversity in Britain and we could have coped with seeing the same poster used in America.”

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