Faizon Love Says Universal Lawsuit Is About 'White Arrogance'
Faizon Love There's 'White Arrogance' at Universal ... So I Sued Over Movie Poster
11/25/2020 3:56 PM PT
3:49 PM PT -- Faizon says Universal's blatant decision to remove the only Black stars from the "Couples Retreat" movie poster is another example of "white arrogance" in Hollywood ... and he wishes he would have made a stink about it sooner.
Faizon joined us on "TMZ Live" after filing his discrimination lawsuit against the studio and he said he never got an explanation for why he and his Black co-star, Kali Hawk, were scrubbed from the overseas version of the poster.
He says execs tried to pass the buck in explaining the hard-to-miss change, and tells us the fact they tried to play dumb screams of white arrogance.
Faizon's wishing he raised a fuss way back when, because he thinks John Boyega fell victim to the same stunt on a 'Star Wars' poster.
It's pretty interesting to see Faizon lay out his suit in his own words ... and he's also got a few jokes.
Faizon Love claims he was scrubbed from a movie poster just because he's Black ... and now he's suing Universal over it.
The actor filed the lawsuit Wednesday, accusing the studio of racial discrimination for removing him from an overseas version of the "Couples Retreat" poster ... while leaving the rest of his white costars in it.
In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Faizon claims his name and image were erased from the poster when the movie was released outside of the U.S. He says Universal had no issues featuring Black actors in the film, but claims the studio decided to segregate white and Black talent when it came time to market to an international audience.
Faizon says he let the snub slide at first ... claiming the film's producer, Scott Stuber, promised him the overseas poster would be taken out of circulation and Universal Pictures chairman at that time, Adam Fogelson, promised he'd throw a few roles Faizon's way.
However, in the lawsuit, Faizon claims the poster without him is still being used and he never got those acting gigs he says he was promised
We reached out to Universal, which declined to comment.
Originally Published -- 1:37 PM PT