‘Emancipation’ Producer Apologizes For Bringing Portrait Of Man Escaped And Inspirational Film To Premiere

Joey McFarland has apologized after controversy over his red carpet walk Release The premiere with the original image of an enslaved man known as Peter inspired the film.

“I sincerely apologize to all those I have offended by bringing a picture of Peter to me Release “Premiere,” the Oscar-nominated producer said in an Instagram post Sunday. “My goal was to honor this remarkable man and remind the general public that his image not only led to change in 1863 but still resonates and promotes change today.”

The picture shows a man named Peter, who has escaped slavery, and has scars on his back as a result of being repeatedly whipped. The picture was known as “Whacked Peter” and “The Executioner’s Back”.

After unearthing Peter’s origin story with the help of hardworking historians, I’ve spent the last few years working with Release A creative time to bring his story to life so that fans around the world have a chance to appreciate his heroism. I hope my actions will not distract from the message of the film and the story of Peter and his impact on the world.”

“During the research and development of Emancipation, I discovered portraits of overlooked and historically significant individuals whose stories also needed to be told. One portrait, by Martin Delaney, is on loan to the National Portrait Gallery and is currently on display. My plan has always been to donate the photographs to the appropriate institution, In consultation with the community, I believe there is no better time to start this process than now.”

The Release The producer ended his statement, saying, “These images, which existed before me, will continue to exist long after I am gone; they belong in the world. My goal has always been to find the appropriate permanent home and to make sure that it is accessible, respectful of its importance. And most importantly, that it is done.” Remember the individuals depicted in the photos and have their stories told with the utmost respect and dignity.”

McFarland faced heavy criticism online after his Nov. 30 carpet debut from members of the entertainment industry, including #OscarsSoWhite creator April Reign and Blacklist founder Franklin Leonard. Both expressed sadness and “disgust” at the producer’s decision to show the photo, which the producer said in a video posted online that he had brought “a piece of Peter” with him.

Leonard questioned the producer’s keen interest in and reasons for collecting artifacts related to enslaved black Americans. “Why do you own the picture? Why did you bring it to a movie premiere if the intent was to respectfully preserve it? Did you want a piece of Peter here? Do you collect slave memorabilia that will be donated upon your death? What do you do with it in the meantime? So many questions,” he tweeted. at that time.

McFarland said Hollywood Reporter on the carpet before the film’s Los Angeles premiere, as images like Peter’s “are so poorly curated, preserved, and protected. And so for the past two decades I’ve been searching for and acquiring as many forgotten and lost images as I can.”


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