Photo of the Day: Brad Pitt, really?

This Italian poster for “12 Years a Slave” seems to have missed the point.

Brad Pitt ad for 12 Years a Slave
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Originally posted at Carefree Black Girl.


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Alexandra Brodsky is an editor at, student at Yale Law School, and founding co-director of Know Your IX, a national legal education campaign against campus gender-based violence. Alexandra has written for publications including the New York Times, the Atlantic, the Guardian, and the Nation, and she has spoken about violence against women and reproductive justice on MSNBC, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, FOX, and NPR. Through Know Your IX, she has organized with students across the country to build campuses free from discrimination and violence, developed federal policy on Title IX enforcement, and has testified at the Senate. At Yale Law, Alexandra focuses on antidiscrimination law and is a member of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. Alexandra is committed to developing and strengthening responses to gender-based violence outside the criminal justice system through writing, organizing, and the law. Keep an eye out for The Feminist Utopia Project, co-edited by Alexandra and forthcoming from the Feminist Press (2015).

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  • Guybrush Threepwood

    There is a perception (albeit obviously a self-fulfilling one) in Hollywood studios that films starring African American protagonists do not perform well overseas. Usually this is a factor in limiting the budgets of films starring black actors, as the execs have less expectation of international box office success.

    This poster, perhaps is one marketing team’s horrible attempt to mitigate this supposed problem by making it sound like the movie is about a white dude. And while Brad Pitt plays a Christly figure in the movie (and it’s kind of annoying in my opinion) based on a real dude from Northup’s book, he is no way, even slightly kind of a main character. If they really wanted to do this poster they should have had the face of Michael Fassbender’s evil character leering at our hero, or something.

    Freakin’ hollywood. When will they realize they make this problem up and perpetuate it by kinda racist hedging of their bets like this.