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Row over US cover of Chris O’Dowd DVD

It has been called racist and sexist.

AMERICAN DISTRIBUTORS OF The Sapphires have apologised for the movie’s DVD cover art after some called it sexist and racist.

The Australian film tells the story of a female aboriginal soul group in 1968.

The plot surrounds their fight to overcome prejudice at home to achieve worldwide success, including touring Vietnam to entertain American troops.

Chris O’Dowd plays the talent scout that discovers the band.

The controversy surrounds the contrast of the Australian and U.S. cover.

The former shows four actresses of aboriginal descent featuring as prominent figures in the foreground, while on the American cover they are seen in the background behind O’Dowd to highlight the star for U.S. audiences.

Anchor Bay Entertainment said in a statement that it “regrets any unintentional upset” caused by the artwork and “new cover art is being considered for future replenishment orders.”

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