emancipation Producer Joey McFarland was slammed by critics for bringing “slave memorabilia” to the film’s premiere.
During the film’s recent red carpet on Wednesday (November 30), McFarland carried with him the “original 1863 photograph” of former slave Peter, on which director Antoine Fuqua’s latest Will Smith-led thriller is based.
He took the plastic-wrapped picture from his bag, titled “Whipped Peter,” and shared it diversity: “I wanted a piece by Peter to be here tonight.
“It is [sad] to say that so many artifacts and photographs have not been preserved, curated or respected. And I took it upon myself to curate and build a collection for future generations,” McFarland explained, before noting that his collection will be donated to “educational causes” when he dies.
“My love of history, my love of truth, my love of larger than life individuals who have impacted not just some people’s lives but the world worth fighting for, preserving, seeking and protecting, and that’s what I wanted to do.” The Wolf of Wall Street Added producer.
“It’s a conversation that’s needed, it needs to start and continue and keep growing and evolving. We just have to come together. We must reckon with the past so that future generations do not make the same mistake.”
The Independent has reached out to McFarland for comment.
Many reacted to the interview clip with “disgust”. diversity shared on Twitter, with Rewire message group Editor-at-large Imani Gandy calling it “crappy”.
Journalist Yashar Ali commented, “It is truly bizarre for a white man to have such an important piece of black history in a private collection and refuse to donate it to a museum until he dies.”
“I’m probably talking theoretical nonsense,” wrote film exec Franklin Leonard, before asking, “Who would play a marketing arbitrage game with slavery memorabilia?”
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Another found McFarland’s ownership of “an important part of American history” “offensive” and argued that it “belongs in a museum, not your private collection.”
“It doesn’t matter to carry it in your bag to movie premieres,” they added.
One called it “reprehensible,” while another added, “Black trauma is not your trophy.”
emancipation Stars Will Smith as newly freed slave Peter, whose escape from a Louisiana plantation must be replaced by an agonizing journey to safety.
It’s the first Smith film to be released after the actor slapped comedian Chris Rock in the face onstage at the Oscars for a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.
He has since twice apologized to Rock for the incident that led to his resignation from the Academy.
Recently published by The Daily Show With Trevor Noah, On Smith’s first late-night talk show since the March fiasco, he told host Noah he “went through something that night.”
He attributed his actions to “bottled rage.”
On the same day, November 28, in conversation with journalist Kevin McCarthy, Smith said he “totally understands” if some viewers aren’t “willing” to watch him lead Emancipation, follow his behavior.
Read that of the independent Two star rating of the film here.
emancipation will be available to stream on Apple TV+ on December 9th.
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