At this point, it’s pretty safe to assume that you’ve seen at least one trailer and poster for the upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie. It might also be safe to assume you saw the shit storm that was China modifying the poster for their audiences. They downplayed or removed altogether characters of colour. Not the best idea, really.
The Chinese state-run newspaper, the Global Times, has since 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.”, said Chen Qiuping of the Beijing Film Association. But that doesn’t have everyone convinced.
Now they seem to have learned from their mistakes (hopefully) and have released four new posters to accompany the release of the new international trailer. The posters feature Finn, Rey, Han and Leia, and Kylo Ren. You can see them bellow!