New controversy surrounds “Emancipation,” the new Apple TV+ movie with Will Smith based on the story of a black man who escapes from sadistic slave traders, crossing the swamps of Louisiana, infested with alligators and snakes, to find his freedom. he and his family.
After involuntary media attention on being the first to feature Will Smith after slapping comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars, a producer apologized for taking and displaying a photo of the slave with the scars on his back on the red carpet. Premieres through November 30th.
In the photos and video that sparked controversy, Joey McFarland said he wanted “a piece of Peter” to be with him at the premiere, saying he kept his own collection of 19th-century African-American portraits for his “love of history.” , claiming that it was poorly preserved and protected.
Social networks, including figures from the entertainment industry, agreed in criticism that the photo could not be displayed in preview as a “memorial” and this type of record of violence against black people is not a collector’s item and should be donated to the National. Museum of African American History and Culture.
“I sincerely apologize to all whom I have offended by bringing a portrait of Peter to the premiere of Emancipation. It was my intention to honor this remarkable man and remind the general public that his portrait not only effected change in 1863, but still resonates and enhances changes in the present day,” he wrote. Producer Sunday evening.
He adds, “I hope my actions will not distract from the message of the film, Peter’s story, and the impact he has had on the world.”
According to the studio, the story of the film, which becomes available on Apple TV+ on December 9, is inspired by historical photographs taken of Peter during a medical exam while he was enlisted in the Union Army during the American Civil War of 1861-1865: one, Known as “clean the back”published by printing presses on both sides of the ocean, galvanizing the cause of the abolition of slavery throughout the world [a causa política para abolir a escravatura] And leads to an increase in the recruitment of blacks.
Concluding the statement, Joy McFarland wrote that “These images, which existed before me, will be available long after I’m gone; they belong in the world. My goal has always been to find the appropriate permanent home and make sure they are accessible, their meaning is respected, and most importantly It is, therefore, that the people depicted in the photographs are remembered and their stories told with dignity and respect.”
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