Something’s Missing From This “Couples Retreat” Poster, No?
Let’s play a little game. Check out these two posters for “Couples Retreat“—the one on the left was used in the US, and the one on the right in the UK. What’s different about these two images? The flick is about four couples who head for a therapy vacation, but in the British version of the poster, Faizon Love and Kali Hawk—aka, the film’s black couple—have been removed, both from the image and list of actors. People are up in arms over this and have started a letter-writing campaign to Universal Pictures about the omission. “I think this was an ill-conceived move,” said Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch-UK. “We celebrate diversity in Britain and we could have coped with seeing the same poster used in America.” A spokesman for Universal says the studio intends to use the original poster in all other countries, and that they’re sorry for causing offense. The change was made to “simplify the poster to actors who are most recognizable in international markets.” So what do you think—was Universal justified in changing up the poster or was this totally wack? I, personally, feel that they should also feel bad for the bad Photoshop job putting all the actors knee deep in water. Oh, and for making the ridiculous rom-com in the first place. [The Daily Mail]