Couples Retreat Somehow Gets Worse

Gabe Delahaye | November 16, 2009 - 12:46 pm

Couples Retreat, this fall’s most thinly veiled paid vacation for Vince Vaughan and his friends, was already obviously terrible. We all know that. No one is wondering whether or not Couples Retreat, a nominal “comedy” in which three unhappy couples go to Hawaii for almost no reason other than that the stars of the movie wanted to go to Hawaii, is unfunny and miserable, much like the characters’ marriages. But somehow this movie has managed to get even worse now that the token black couple has been Photoshopped out of the movie poster in the UK’s marketing push. From the Mail:

The makers of a hit Hollywood film are at the centre of a race controversy after removing two black actors from a poster being used to promote it in Britain.

A spokesman for makers Universal Pictures confirmed the poster had been changed to ‘simplify’ it for the UK and international market outside America. The studio said it regretted causing offence and has abandoned plans to use the revised poster in other countries.

Yikes! Both posters enlarged, along with some additional COMMENTARY, after the jump.

Black people:

No black people:

How is it that Barack Obama can get elected president of the United States of America, but Faizon Love can’t make it onto a UK subway poster for a hackneyed romantic comedy no one wants to see anyway? Just kidding. Actually, if anything, it is weird that the cries of racism are only happening now. That original US poster is no great shakes in the racial equality department.

“Could the black people be any smaller or any more shoved into the deepest background?”
–Bandler Ching

Although, Universal’s defense is pretty thin. They wanted to “simplify” things for an international audience? Whoops, international audience, that is your simplification! Oh, wait, you mean the international audience who doesn’t understand what huge stars Faizon Love and Kali Hawk are? I mean, in America, you put Faizon Love and Kali Hawk on a movie poster and you might as well just print money, but in the International market, you have to appeal to a different audience. Sarcasm! No offense to Faizon Love and Kali Hawk, but I’m sure they know that they are not huge movie stars. We’re all adults here.

In any case, I made a new poster for Couples Retreat that skirts the complicated issue (not complicated) of race in the movie.