Two African-American actors who portrayed one of the four couples featured in the Universal movie Couples Retreat were removed from posters and print ads for the movie in the U.K., prompting critics to condemn the editing as racist. A spokesperson for Universal told London's The Mail on Sunday that Universal was merely attempting to "simplify" the ad for the U.K. and international markets. But the newspaper, which published a photo of the U.S. version of the ad next to the U.K. version, pointed out that there appears to be little that is different about the two -- except for the deletion of the two black actors, Faizon Love and Kali Hawk. Universal said that it "regretted causing offense" and that it had abandoned plans to use the ad in other countries. In an interview with the Mail , 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."

17/11/2009