MILAN (AP) — The Italian distributor of the film “12 Years a Slave” has apologized for promotional posters attacked as racist for featuring Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender, despite their relatively minor roles, and not the film’s star, Chiwetel Ejiofor.

BIM Distribuzione said in a statement Monday the “inappropriate materials have now been withdrawn” and expressed “regret any distraction this incident may have caused.” BIM said the new posters feature only Ejiofor, who has been nominated for a Golden Globe for his portrayal of a freed black man who is abducted and sold into slavery.

The distributor said the posters featuring Pitt and Fassbender were aimed at “giving wide representation of what is told in the film itself.”

The film by director Steve McQueen opens in February in Italy.

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3 thoughts on “Italian Distributor Apologizes for “12 Years a Slave” Posters

  1. Amber pay this fool no mind he might even be legal,need to renew his green card & can’t, talking out both sides of his mouth, where did he get is PHD on Blacks on culture & black people, he needs to go back & find his true culture & stop blaming others for his misfortune, he is a dumb ignorant moron who is uneducated & writing what he was told, just pure stupidity on his his mouth piece no mind he is just LUCIFER” just a hateful piece of garbage & don’t know just where to throw himself, he’s not worth responding to.

  2. Kimberly on said:

    The N word comes from the African Deity Nagas! Let’s up lift and inform. – It sounds like the person is in denial. All races come from a Black woman. . .

  3. YOu sound like a fool. Blacks have sufferered more than any other group and blacks are discriminated more than any other group. THAT IS A FACT. does blacks need to do better when it comes to crime? yes, just like Whites need to do better in the crimes they do such as murder-suicide, child molestations, school murders, etc. So do not come in here and act like whites, hispanics, etc are wholesome and crime free. Blacks are not cry babies but they are not stupid either and want to live in denial. Blacks live it. As for calling each other the N word, that is something ALL of us need to stop doing. Yes, this was just a movie however we know how movies can have an impact on people.

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