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Italian 12 Years A Slave posters pulled amid racism claims

Published on Dec 25, 2013 9:31 AM
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Still from movie 12 Years A Slave. The US studio behind Golden Globe-nominated historical drama 12 Years A Slave, has asked the film's Italian distributors to withdraw posters which triggered an online storm over alleged racism. -- FILE PHOTO: SHAW

LOS ANGELES (AFP) - The US studio behind Golden Globe-nominated historical drama 12 Years A Slave, has asked the film's Italian distributors to withdraw posters which triggered an online storm over alleged racism.

Lionsgate did not specify why it was asking for the publicity material to be pulled, but a source linked to the Italian distributors said they were in the process of removing "unauthorised" posters of the movie, tipped for glory in Hollywood's annual awards season.

The Italian posters feature large pictures of Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, who have relatively small parts in the movie, but barely show black actor Chiwetel Ejifor, who plays the main role.

Many online commentators pointed out that the posters simply used Pitt's and Fassbender's huge celebrity to sell the film.

 
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