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Racism furore over DVD cover

06 August 2013, 14:06Sandy Cohen

Los Angeles - The American distributor of the Australian film The Sapphires is apologising for the DVD cover, which some have called sexist and racist, and said on Monday it is considering new cover art for future shipments.

Anchor Bay Entertainment said in a statement that it "regrets any unintentional upset" caused by the DVD, which will be on US store shelves on Tuesday.

"New cover art is being considered for future replenishment orders," the statement said.

The Sapphires tells the story of an all-female Australian Aboriginal singing group in 1968 that overcame prejudice at home to achieve success that included touring Vietnam to entertain American troops.

The original Australian cover on the left, versus the controversial US edition cover on the right:

The Sapphires

The Australian DVD cover shows four actresses of various races prominently in the foreground and the white actor who plays their manager in the background.

Their positions are inverted on the American cover to showcase Bridesmaids actor Chris O'Dowd.

O'Dowd took to his Twitter to address the furore caused by the US cover:

Chris O'Dowd
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