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Chinese state media hits back at claims of racist 'Star Wars' poster

Chinese state media hits back at claims of racist 'Star Wars' poster

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The U.S. poster for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' (left) and the Chinese one (right), which has been accused of minimizing or removing characters of color  

 Chinese state media has hit back against claims that the poster for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" used in mainland China deliberately leaves out or downplays characters of color.

Fans complained on Twitter earlier this week that British actor John Boyega, who plays Finn in the movie, had been shrunk on the Chinese poster. Other characters played by non-white characters, including Oscar Isaac's Poe Dameron and Lupita Nyong'o's Maz Kanata were missing entirely, as was Chewbacca the Wookiee.

    Star Wars' Finn (who happens to be black) and Chewbacca (happens to be Wookiee) get shafted in China. HT @asmuniz pic.twitter.com/ATpvcd51L6
    — Ray Kwong (@raykwong) December 1, 2015

"Finn (who happens to be black) and Chewbacca (happens to be Wookiee) get shafted in China," tweeted Ray Kwong, a Hong Kong-based columnist and political commentator.

Another tweeter called the poster "profoundly wrong."

A representative for Disney would not comment on the matter.

Others compared the posters to the controversy over an Italian-promotional campaign for "Twelve Years a Slave," which sidelined star Chiwetel Ejiofor in favor of Brad Pitt, who only had a brief role in the movie. Studio Lionsgate later pulled the posters, saying they had not been authorized.

Defense

Not everyone was on board with the Star Wars criticisms, Chinese state-run newspaper the Global Times quoted several local analysts who claim "the change has nothing to do with racism."

"Since the poster is merely a promotion method and an individual case, it would be unfair to criticize Chinese audiences for discriminating against the black actor," the paper quoted Chen Qiuping of the Beijing Film Association as saying.

The Global Times itself has faced accusations of racism in the past. Earlier this year it published a cartoon ahead of U.S. President Barack Obama's trip to Kenya showing the Hawaiian wearing tribal garb gazing at the savana with the caption "homecoming."  


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