Arts and Entertainment Italian cinema posters for the Oscar-tipped drama 12 Years A Slave were criticised for promoting the film’s white stars ahead of its black protagonist

BIM Distribuzine promoted film's white actors over black lead Chiwetel Ejiofor

Hollywood studio Lionsgate has vowed to recall “unauthorised” Italian cinema posters for the Oscar-tipped drama 12 Years A Slave, after they were criticised for promoting the film’s white stars ahead of its black protagonist.

Italian 12 Years A Slave promoters criticised for over-promoting white actors on movie posters

Marketing material for the Steve McQueen film heralds the roles of Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender ahead of the  main character Chiwetel Ejiofor

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