Daily Mail scrubs fake claim black actress was removed from Dune posters in China, but other MSM outlets still run with it — RT World News

A demonstrably false claim that Dune posters in China had a black character removed – presumably to appeal to racist audiences – had spread across the Western mainstream media like fire.

One of the characters in Denis Villeneuve’s fresh adaptation of Frank Herbert’s 1965 science fiction novel ‘Dune’ is played by black British actress Sharon Duncan-Brewster. You may have read in the British media about how images of her were taken from China promotional material or some other source.

The narrative boils down to a claim that film producers in Hollywood made a poster specifically for the Chinese market, which excludes Duncan-Brewster’s character and features instead another one played by Taiwanese actor Chang Chen. This implied that Western film producers were greedy, and would discourage any movie featuring someone of color.

These stories were published by several English-language news agencies, some of which are heavyweights here in Britain. This story was published by The Times. While The Daily Mail removed its original story, it still had a tweet attributing to it on their Twitter account as of the writing.

It was necessary to remove the story because its fundamental premise was false. In fact, commenters pushed back against it on the Mail’s Twitter account, showing examples of how both versions of the poster were used in China and in other nations. You can find the one featuring Duncan-Brewster on Chinese news sites, movie databases, and theatre portals.

This claim seems to be based on a tweet that China Africa Project posted last Sunday. It has since been deleted. deletedIt also receives grants from the Ford Foundation. It’s a US-based nonprofit news and analysis outlet that says it was initially self-funded, but has been receiving grants from the Ford Foundation since 2018. Current coverage on Chinese engagement in Africa seems to be tilted to increase scepticism about Beijing’s intentions and the benefits that its partners would get for doing business with the Chinese.

Chinese media made the claim misleading, describing how Chinese people accused China Africa Project (China Africa Project) of trying to subvert Chinese-African relations through the use of altered images. The latter part is not true: the posters appear to be identical to those that the Hollywood giant Legendary, a film production company, dropped in the run-up to the movie’s release.

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