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Tyler Perry’s blockbuster movie “Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man” was not banned in France because of its mostly black cast, as was earlier reported by media websites and even a local radio station. Though the initial buzz in chatrooms was that the film had been banned, a spokesperson for Sony US says that the film was never scheduled for release there in the first place.
The rom-com, which is based on the best-selling book by comedian Steve Harvey, stars Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union and Taraji P Henson and has been an overwhelming success since its release. It earned around $33-million in its first week and held the number one spot in the US for three weeks. According to earlier reports, the French Film Guild expressed reservations that the majority black cast was not diverse enough
Even so, the French decision has stirred up a hornet’s nest online, with many bloggers accusing the French of racism. The film’s producer Will Packer says that Perry movies have had a hard time gaining access to the French market.
“Just weeks after the debate surrounding the election of Miss Black France 2012, another question is being discussed by French people of African descent: the cancellation of the release of the American movie “Think Like A Man” in movie theatres,” he said in an interview with online magazine Martinique.
“Attaining successful international distribution is by far one of the biggest challenges facing filmmakers of colour. Surprising as it may be, the answer lies in the fact that the film has an all-black cast. French cinema is often pointed at for not fairly displaying all components of the country’s multiethnic population.”